Those who love all things Halloween might have decided not to go out to explore haunting houses in an attempt to avoid creepy clown sightings. But that doesn't mean that you can't get into the spirit from the comfort of your own home - after all, part of celebrating the holiday is by tuning in to classic horror movies and chilling Halloween-themed specials of your favorite TV series.

And with so much quality programming on right now, the options of what to watch are endless. Channels like Freeform airs its "13 Nights of Halloween" event every year, and other networks have joined in for their own Halloween specials like AMC and Syfy.

There are plenty of fall shows dedicated to Halloween such as American Horror Story and Scream Queens, and let's not forget all the options available on streaming services.

With so many options, it may be overwhelming as to where to look when it comes to pumpkin-carving festivities. Get ready to turn down the lights and hold on to something tight because here's the complete guide of the best horror specials and titles available this Halloween.



No Halloween movie guide can start without mentioning the anticipated "13 Nights of Halloween" that airs on Freeform (what used to be ABC Family). The countdown kicks off on Oct. 19, starting with the legendary Hocus Pocus at 9 p.m. ET.

Freeform will be airing movies like Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct. 20, along with Sleepy Hollow on Oct. 21 and Toy Story of Terror! on Oct. 22. Other titles worth mentioning are The Goonies, Practical Magic, Matilda, The Addams Family and Corpse Bride. Many of these title will be on multiple times throughout the 13 days.

Check out the full schedule here.


Perfect for creepy and suspenseful movies, Syfy has already been airing Halloween-related content this month with its "31 Days of Halloween." This includes episodes of Ghost Hunters and The Twilight Zone, as well as movies like Jeepers Creepers 2 and Willard, and the marathon will continue until the 31st.

Check out the zombie flick Warm Bodies on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., and the Syfy originals Shadows of the Dead on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. and The Night Before Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m.

Check out the full schedule here.


AMC airs its "Fear Fest" every year, which kicked off this past Sunday and will last until Halloween. While horror fans already missed Carrie, make sure to get ready for for all the Michael Myer Halloween films on Thursday, Oct. 13 that lasts all day long, the Jason Voorhees Friday the 13th movies on Friday, Oct. 14 and the Freddy Krueger Nightmare on Elm Street titles on Saturday, Oct. 15.

After watching the popular slashers, AMC audiences can also watch The Seed of Chucky on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 a.m. ET, The Exorcist on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. ET, and Cujo on Monday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.

Many of the good titles like The Hills Have Eyes, Candyman, Children of the Corn and more are airing late at night, so make sure to set your TiVo or DVR.

AMC will also premiere its Walking Dead prequel on Oct. 2, which is available on-demand, with season seven of The Walking Dead airing on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET

Check out the full schedule here.


Besides giving out clues about the Green Meanie is on Scream Queens every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET and bringing new episodes of The Exorcist on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, Fox is also premiering Halloween-related episodes of its hit series such as the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode from The Simpsons. This year, the episode will premiere on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m., and will make the series's 600th episode. Expect Mr. Burns to hold a Hunger Games contest, Lisa's imaginary friend to start killing, and more.

Fox is also premiering its anticipated special, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m starring Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, Adam Lambert, Christina Milian and Tim Curry.

Viewers can also stream all these on Fox Now.


ABC will premiere its Peanuts holiday special, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Toy Story of Terror! will air immediately after.


The Disney Channel has its own Halloween marathon called "Monstober," perfect for kids and for those looking for more family-friendly options. These include spooky epodes of K.C. Undercover, Bunk'd, Liv and Maddie and more.

The Liv and Maddie and Girl Meets World Halloween-themed episodes will premiere on Oct. 14 starting at 8 p.m ET, along with Descendants on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. and Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.

Check out the full schedule here.


Those who would rather stream TV series and movies on Netflix can queue titles like the thriller The Uninvited that will leave the viewer guessing until the end, as well as the complete fifth season of American Horror Story: Hotel and season two of iZombie. Make sure to also stream part one of season three of Black Mirror, which premieres on Oct. 21.

See the full schedule here.


Hulu has lots of horror movies already added this month to the platform, including The Amityville Horror (original and remake), Carrie, The Blair Witch Project and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead. Subscribers can also stream Return to Halloweentown starting on Oct. 18, as well the new Hulu original teen horror series Freakish on Oct. 10.

Users can also stream past episodes of American Horror Story, as well as new ones from Roanoke the day after they air on Hulu.

See the full schedule here.


Prime Video subscribers can stream horror movies like V/H/S, Final Destination, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and Stigmata, which are all available as of Oct. 1. Users can also stream American Horror Story: Hotel, with season 5 of Grimm coming to the platform on Oct. 26.
See the full schedule here.


STARZ subscribers can stream horror movies like Carrie, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Night of the Living Dead on the premium cable network, as well as the STARZ app.

Ash vs Evil Dead, season 2 also premiered this month, so tune into new episodes every Sunday.

Other noteworthy titles include Sabrina, The Animated Series and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which will be available on Oct. 28.

See the full schedule here.
Don't forget that American Horror Story: Roanoke airs on FX Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, and can also be streamed online. There is also a streaming service called Shudder that is dedicated to strictly to the horror genre to fulfill all your Halloween needs all month long and beyond.

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