Boo! It’s the season when many of us are looking for chills and thrills—and, in good news, you can find them right in your TDS TV channel lineup. From classic scary movies and family friendly favorites, to festive food shows and spine-tingling new offerings, there’s lots to watch this month…if you dare.
Freeform is hosting their annual 31 Night of Halloween event. It kicks off October 1 with Hocus Pocus, with loads of family friendly favorites in the weeks to come including: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Addams Family, Hotel Transylvania, Twitches, Scream, Ghostbusters, Sleepy Hollow, and lots more! Check out the full schedule.
Turner Classic Movies is hosting Fright Favorites every Friday in October, but all month long they’re featuring some of classic cinema’s eeriest and creepiest films that set the stage for the entire modern horror movie genre.
Watch the original 1931 Dracula, staring Bela Lugosi, and Cat People (1942), still on many “best of” lists for scary movies. Or how about the original House on Haunted Hill from 1959, or the cult-classic Night of the Living Dead from 1968.
What’s particularly special about the TCM movies, is that many are tough to find anywhere else so check out this helpful list of what’s coming so you can set your DVR.
Offering ‘spooktacular” programming in October, the SyFy network just released their lineup of Halloween offerings, kicking off with the TV world premiere of The Strangers Prey at Night—but it doesn’t stop there.
- Dark Arts Sundays will feature a different Harry Potter film
- Bust A Gut Halloween on Saturday, October 3 featuring frighteningly funny films like Zombieland and Monster House
- Ride or Die Marathon Tuesday, October 6 hit the road with high-octane thrillers including Dead End, Wrong Turn, and more
- Don’t Fear the Sequel Marathon on Monday, October 12 brings you an original film and the sequel
- What’s Eating You? Marathon on Thursday, October 22 with zombie favorites
- Nightmare on Elm Street Marathon on Thursday, October 29 (just don’t fall asleep!)
- Mask Up Marathon on Friday, October 30 with Leatherface, Halloween, The Purge, and more
- Harry Potter Halloween Marathon, October 31
And they’re also premiering Tales From the Hood 3 on October 17, and showing all of the Back to the Future movies this month (they say, “nothing’s creepier than your own mother hitting on you”), so be sure to check your guide for the latest!
Sometimes, nothing is scarier than ghost encounters in real life. Ghostober on the Travel Channel features all things paranormal at haunted locations around the world. This year tune into watch Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo, Amityville Horror House, The Exorcism of Roland Doe, The Osbournes: Night of Terror, Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell, and so many more, including a favorite of this author, Destination Fear.
The Food Network
Kick off this year’s Halloween festivities with spooky sweets and treats courtesy of Food Network. They have a full lineup of new Halloween shows to inspire and wow you. Be sure to try:
- Halloween Wars where bakers try to outdo each other with frightfully good and ghastly themed treats.
- Outrageous Pumpkins where you’ll watch carving masters turn a gourd into a masterpiece
- Halloween Baking Championship with top bakers whipping up scary-good desserts
- Freakshow Cakes featuring hair-raising challenges to new cake artists
Plus, let’s not forget probably the network’s scariest show—Worst Cooks in America.
It’s Fear Fest time and in October AMC will be showing a whopping 91 movies, plus the premiere of the new original series The Walking Dead: World Beyond and the return of Fear the Walking Dead.
With all those movies we’re not going to list them all here, but they’ve got it all from nearly A to Z. They’re showing An American Haunting and Amityville Horror, through Children of the Corn, Chucky, Final Destination, Friday the 13th, Ghost Ship, Halloween, Hellraiser, Pet Sematary, Sleepwalkers, Tremors, to Village of the Damned and Wes Craven’s Dracula and Wes Craven’s They—and pretty much everything in between.
Keep a close eye on your guide and plan ahead by taking a peek at the full list!
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention all the great options airing on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. Of course, there soooooo many, we can’t talk about them all—but here are a few highlights:
- Tune into HBO for The Invisible Man, and HBO Max has Critters 2 & 4, The Haunting, The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2, Open Water, Se7en, Vampire in Brooklyn, Gothika, and It: Chapter 2.
- Cinemax will have you screaming with Ma, Us, and Shutter Island.
- With Showtime you can watch The Witch, Cloverfield, Event Horizon, Countdown, Hannibal, Green Room, Haunter, The House With a Clock In Its Walls, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Paranormal Activity 1 & 2, Rosemary’s Baby.
- Starz has scary options like Boo!, Piranha 3DD, Escape Room, Fantasy Island, The Covenant, The Skeleton Key, Brightburn, Premonition
If any of these channels aren’t part of your current channel package, there’s never been a better excuse for an upgrade—just give us a call!