It’s that time of year again when leaves change, the weather gets colder, and kids start preparing costumes for Halloween. If you’re like me, it’s also the time when you grab some apple cider, settle into the couch, and begin watching movies that match the season. If you have one of Mainstream’s fiber-optic internet packages, there’s are a ton of streaming options out there. And now, with Mainstream TV, you have options at the push of a remote button!
Where can I find my creepy favorites on TV?
Options abound across network and cable television for Halloween programming, ranging from family-friendly to rated R features, and here are the highlights.
Not for the Faint of Heart: AMC FearFest & SYFy’s 31 Days of Halloween
For the older (and braver) crowd, horror movies abound on TV. AMC’s annual FearFest horror movie marathon features 19 days of Halloween programming. This year’s selections include the entire franchises of Jaws, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Alien and Leprechaun.
SyFy’s 31 Days of Halloween will not disappoint scare-seekers. Their lineup includes a mix of both original and horror classics. Originals include No Escape Room, Dead in the Water, and Killer High. You’ll also find all the slasher favorites like Jason, Evil Dead, and Gremlins.
Family Friendly Spooks: Freeform 31 Nights of Halloween
For kids (and adults not into being scared witless), both Freeform offers more mild and fun programming for the season. Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween features favorites like Hocus Pocus, Goosebumps, Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas, and a marathon of The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror.
What are the best streaming services for watching horror movies this season?
If you don’t yet have a TV plan, you can still find plenty of screams available via streaming services.
The Big Names: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime
Netflix has added several original shows and movies to the platform for Halloween, plus they are adding a number of modern horror movie classics to their catalog. Find out more about what’s streaming now from IGN.
While Hulu is mostly focused on TV shows, it has a number of classic horror movies to really get you into the spirit of the season, as well as a number of spooky TV shows to binge as it gets colder outside. Check out their Huluween collection for all they have to offer.
Amazon Prime is another great option. They have 100s of great movies, and scrolling through their horror section reminds me of walking through a movie rental shop back in the 90s. Their selection is particularly good if you’re like me and like B-movies from the 70s and 80s.
Even More Options: Shudder, The Monster Channel, TubiTv
If you’ve checked out the big streaming services but still want more, you have other options.
Shudder is a streaming service dedicated solely to the horror movie genre. It has films spanning from the 30s all the way to modern releases, so you’re almost guaranteed to find something you like, no matter what decade you prefer. What’s perhaps the coolest thing about Shudder is that you don’t have to pay to enjoy it, as they offer a 24-hour stream called ShudderTV that pulls from Shudder’s vast horror library, and it’s free, without a subscription. It’s great if you’re not sure what you want to watch, but you want something scary.
For another free option with plenty of scares, The Monster Channel, fits the bill. It’s a streaming service that you can watch through your web browser that showcases horror films that have fallen into the public domain. Most of these films are from the 70s or earlier, but there are some newer films that are in the public domain that might surprise you. If you enjoyed watching the strange forgotten horror movies that they used to show on late-night network TV, you’ll feel right at home here.
The final streaming service I’ll recommend is called Tubi TV. It’s also free, although it does feature ad breaks about every 20 minutes. It includes dozens of different channels, but 2 are specifically dedicated to horror movies. Even if you’re not into horror films, it’s still a great app to check out for their vast content library.
Whether you watch on TV or stream, you can rest assured that with your Mainstream fiber-optic internet, you’ll be able to get your fill of scares all October, and you’ll never have to experience the horror of an unstable connection.