Not a fan of fancy dress? Trick or treating not your thing? Can’t be bothered to brave the cold for that pumpkin spiced latte? Never fear! You can still have a pretty decent evening in on the spookiest night of the year. Just fire up Netflix (or your other on-demand streaming service of choice), heat up a mountain of popcorn and check out my picks for the perfect Halloween night in viewing.
American Horror Story marathon (2011 – present)
Pick your favourite season – or one you haven’t watched before! – and go! AHS is now a horror filled institution and is perfect for a super gross, super gory and nightmare inducing night in. I would personally attempt powering through the psychological thriller themed Season 2, ‘Asylum’, but you have your pick of Murder House, Coven and – if you’re watching in line with the US – Freak Show to get through.
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
If you’re already excited for the ‘C’ word but are being forced to think about pumpkins and skeletons instead, this is a nice compromise. The tale of Jack Skellington is both ghoulish, hilarious and ironically heartwarming all at the same time. Throw in some seriously memorable songs and you’re all set!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
What’s Halloween without a couple of witches, cheesy 90s special effects and SJP-pre-Carrie Bradshaw? In all seriousness, if you haven’t seen this movie, get on it! It’s a cult classic and fabulously funny too.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Halloween specials (1997-2003)
Ok so this isn’t exactly Halloween specific – and Buffy should really be mandatory viewing at any time of year in my opinion – but vampires, demons, and kick-ass female heroines in a Whedon-helmed TV show is hard to resist. If you want something more specific, there are a couple of Halloween episodes you can pick from.
Dead Silence (2007)
If you’re really intent on scaring yourself witless on Halloween, then try out Dead Silence. It has all the elements of your typical horror movie – creaky old town, murder mystery…ventriloquist puppets…yep, you read that right. Puppets. I watched this with a friend of mine and it’s has one of the more interesting twists to a horror film I’ve seen in a long time. I would not recommend watching solo though. Grab some friends to cuddle in the blankets with before hitting play on this one.