It’s official: Hallowgivingmas has begun! To celebrate the candy-crazed start of the non-stop holiday sprint to New Year’s, below are thirteen of the most fun-yet-frightening titles to help get you in the Halloween spirit. And unlike corduroy, candy corn, or voting, you can’t possibly go wrong with any of these fall decisions.
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Ryan Murphy’s macabre masterpiece that brought Jessica Lange’s career back to life has all the chills you need to make it through the spookiest time of year.
2. Halloween Wars (Food Network)
Feeling crafty and looking for some holiday inspiration? It’s basically live-action Pinterest, but contestants win $50k if their pumpkin+cake+sugar creations are the scariest / most difficult to imitate.
3. Haunted House (Stingray Karaoke)
If your Halloween party vibe skews a bit more empty orchestra over just playing “Monster Mash” on repeat, then check out Stingray Karaoke’s special Halloween playlist.
4. Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel)
If you’re looking for night vision, shaky cameras, blurry shapes, and ordinary-yet-eerie sounds that might be messages from the great beyond, then look no more.
5. Halloweentown (Disney Channel)
Relive your childhood with all four of the late great Debbie Reynolds’ Halloweenteen Disney Channel Original Movies, originally released between 1998 and 2006. Pairs best with fun size Butterfingers and rosé.
6. Coco (rent for $3.99 HD or $2.99 SD)
Or, if you know deep down inside that Halloween is all about family and you’re not afraid of crying off your calavera makeup, then this Día de los Muertos instant classic is the way to go.
7. Sleepy Hollow (STARZ)
Remember when Tim Burton, a pre-problematic Johnny Depp, and Christina Ricci got together to serve colonial realness? And Christopher Walken + a terrifying set of prosthetic teeth were there, too?
8. The Cabin in the Woods (Syfy)
Because holidays are just better with Chris Hemsworth.
9. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (EPIX)
EPIX offers both Boo and Boo 2, so you can get double the Madea this Halloween. Like Twix or Reese’s cups.
10. Eli Roth’s History of Horror (AMC)
If you’ve already watched everything on this list, then perhaps learn a bit more about the making of these scary stories from the stars themselves.
11. The Haunted Mansion (Freeform)
Before The Haunting of Hill House, there was this horror show of a haunted house tale starring Eddie Murphy. But maybe it’s better than you remember? Pairs best with Fireball shots and mellow creme pumpkins.
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform, or rent for $3.99 HD or $2.99 SD)
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13. Hocus Pocus (Freeform, or rent for $3.99 HD or $2.99 SD)
Last, the holiday would not be complete without the story of three sassy witch sisters whose quest for everlasting youth and beauty gets thwarted by Thora Birch and a talking cat. As an added bonus, Freeform also offers a special Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher.