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Collider’s Halloween Movie Marathon Guide: 31 Films to Watch in October
BY ADAM CHITWOOD OCTOBER 1, 2019
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Halloween Month has officially arrived, and we’re here to help you celebrate in style. While you can, obviously, watch Halloween movies any day of the year, there’s something about the October air that makes these films that much more potent. So in the spirit of spookiness and witchy times, we’ve put together the perfect 31-day Halloween movie marathon to keep you in the spooky mood all month long.

The idea? Watch one Halloween movie a day all the way through October 31st. Each day a new movie, and each movie a different sort. Be forewarned we do have a mix of kid-friendly and R-rated material mixed in, but nothing too over the top. We’ve also noted where you can find each film on streaming, if applicable, and have programmed a few of the titles to when they’ll be airing on Freeform during the network’s 31 Nights of Halloween marathon, in case you don’t already own these films.

So stock up on candy corn, turn all the lights off, and follow along with our 31-day Halloween Movie Marathon guide.

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Image via Buena Vista Pictures

Tuesday, October 1st

Hocus Pocus – Kick things off right with this family friendly classic, which is pretty darn close to the perfect Halloween movie.

Where to Watch: Airs on Freeform at 8:50pm ET

Wednesday, October 2nd

Halloween (2018) – Then go right into something truly terrifying with the 2018 direct sequel to the original film, which packs a gritty punch as Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode.

Where to Watch: Available on HBO Now and HBO Go

Thursday, October 3rd

Addams Family Values – This creepy, kooky, spooky sequel is far superior to the original in pretty much every way. Case in point: Joan Cusack.

Where to Watch: Airs on Freeform at 8:55pm ET

Friday, October 4th

Scream – The horror classic isn’t necessarily a Halloween movie, but Wes Craven’s love letter to horror movies fits right into this here movie marathon.

Where to Watch: Streaming on Netflix

Saturday, October 5th

Goosebumps – This Jack Black-fronted fright fest is surprisingly good and perfectly Halloween-y.

Where to Watch: Airs on Freeform at 9pm ET

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Image via De Laurentis Entertainment Group

Sunday, October 6th

What We Do in the Shadows – Again, not necessarily a Halloween movie per se, but this hilarious vampire comedy is a brilliant twist on a staple of the season.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Monday, October 7th

The Evil Dead – We begin the week with a marathon of Sam Raimi’s iconic franchise, and the first installment is a scrappy breath of fresh air.

Where to Watch: Available VOD via Showtime

Tuesday, October 8th

Evil Dead 2 – Is Raimi’s follow-up a sequel or a remake? When it’s this bloody good, it doesn’t really matter.

Where to Watch: Available VOD via Showtime

Wednesday, October 9th

Army of Darkness – The third film in Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy travels to medieval times and puts more comedic spin on the franchise, with a fantastic Ray Harryhausen twist.

Where to Watch: Available VOD via Starz

Thursday, October 10th

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Image via Touchstone Pictures

Beetlejuice – Keep the delightfully odd good times rolling with Tim Burton’s truly electric horror-comedy, which boasts an all-timer performance from Michael Keaton.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Friday, October 11th

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Prepare for two holidays at once with this stop-motion animated classic.

Where to Watch: Airing on Freeform at 9:20pm ET

Saturday, October 12th

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch – An underrated sequel that has absolutely no connection to Michael Myers whatsoever, Halloween III is wonderfully, incredibly weird and more than a little kitschy. It’s fun!

Where to Watch: Available VOD on HBO Now

Sunday, October 13th

Psycho – End the weekend with one of the greatest horror films ever made.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Monday, October 14th

Casper – A bit of a lighter watch, this family film from 1995 is still pretty darn delightful.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Tuesday, October 15th

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The Witches of Eastwick – Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, and Cher are three women with certain abilities who go up against the devil himself, played by Jack Nicholson. From the director of Mad Max: Fury Road. Need I say more?

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Wednesday, October 16th

Practical Magic – Two sisters—played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman—try to avoid a legacy of witchcraft. A witchy movie with a romantic twist.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Thursday, October 17th

The Witches – This Roald Dahl adaptation terrorized a generation of young viewers, so pass it along to your young ones! Anjelica Huston is dynamite as a grotesque witch.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Friday, October 18th

The Craft – Witch week concludes with this iconic 90s teen drama about a coven of high school girls who are very into spells.

Where to Watch: Available VOD on EPIX, to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Saturday, October 19th

ParaNorman – Though this LAIKA stop-motion film is airing early, DVR it and watch it later for a tremendous dose of Halloween spookytimes and a great story about anger and resentment that also packs a hilarious punch. One of LAIKA’s best.

Where to Watch: Airing on Freeform at 7am ET

Sunday, October 20th

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Director Francis Ford Coppola only used old school filmmaking techniques to bring this horror classic to the screen, and the result is a lush and truly epic horror drama.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

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Image via CBS Films

Monday, October 21st

The Monster Squad – This underrated gem is like The Goonies meets the Universal Monsters.

Where to Watch: Streaming on Hulu

Tuesday, October 22nd

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – A new release, this Guillermo del Toro-produced film hits Digital HD today and is a terrific horror movie for younger viewers with an intriguing mystery and fantastic practical effects.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Wednesday, October 23rd

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Again not necessarily a Halloween movie per se, but a spooky good time nonetheless.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Thursday, October 24th

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – While iconic as a sci-fi film, you may have forgotten this Steven Spielberg classic takes place around Halloween.

Where to Watch: Available VOD on Starz

Friday, October 25th

It: Chapter One – While the sequel was a bit more divisive, the effectiveness of this initial horror installment in the franchise cannot be denied. Nor can the newly relevant Halloween costume of Pennywise the Clown.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Saturday, October 26th

Frankenweenie – Tim Burton adapts his own short film into feature length to sweet and unsurprisingly ghoulish results.

Where to Watch: Available VOD on Starz

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Image via Disney Channel

Sunday, October 27th

Sleepy Hollow – Back-to-back Tim Burton movies conclude with one of his best, prettiest, and most consistently underrated efforts as his take on the Headless Horseman is both chilling and darkly funny.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Monday, October 28th

Halloweentown – Halloween week begins with this Disney Channel Original Movie that is every Halloween-loving kid’s wish-fulfillment fantasy come to life.

Where to Watch: Available VOD on Disney Channel

Tuesday, October 29th

Young Frankenstein – You’ll pull a stitch laughing at Mel Brooks’ comedy classic, filmed in the style of the classic Universal Monsters movies with a stacked cast of hilarious performers.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Wednesday, October 30th

Trick r Treat – The night before Halloween, treat yourself to this gory, disturbing, and delightful 2009 anthology film.

Where to Watch: Available to rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes

Thursday, October 31st

Halloween – But of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without watching the John Carpenter classic on the night-of.

Updated: October 22, 2019 — 8:46 pm

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