Hi everyone! Today’s Blogtober post is a little outside my usual topic of books, but it’s similar! I love a good movie or TV show that gives you the chills, or showcases the unexplained and I wanted to share some of those with you! I’m also including some great recommendations as well, and where you can stream them.
Of course we need to start off with a classic for us 90s kids! Halloweentown to this day is a fun movie about witches, warlocks, and other magical creatures. Marnie and her siblings live in the real world, but whenever her grandmother comes to visit she brings a little magic with her. Marnie soon learns that she’s actually a witch, and so she travels to Halloweentown to train under her grandmother. The only problem is that the town is dying, and only the Cromwell witches are strong enough to save them all. Halloweentown is streaming on Disney+.
Hocus Pocus is hands down my favorite Halloween movie to watch. It’s extremely quotable and has both serious moments as well as tons of humor. Hocus Pocus takes place in Salem, where new kid in town Max, who doesn’t believe in witches, lights the black flame candle to try and impress the girl he likes. Of course, there is some truth to all the stories. Max and his friends now need to race against the clock to banish the Sanderson sisters for good. Hocus Pocus is also streaming on Disney+!
If you want a TV show that will creep you out right from the very start of the episode, you don’t need to look much further than American Horror Story. The intro music to each episode alone can give you the creeps! AHS is unique in that each season is self contained, and has different themes from Murder House, Asylum, Apocalypse, and more. There are 7 seasons that you can stream on Netflix, including my favorite season, Coven!
Practical Magic is streaming on Hulu and has both dark and creepy moments right along with fun and lighthearted ones. Sisters Sally and Gillian live with their two eccentric aunts in a small, close-minded town, where it’s long been suspected that the women of the family are witches. While it’s true that they’re witches, the people in the town have no actual evidence that they are. On top of their treatment from the town, the women of the family are also under a curse – any man they fall in love with is doomed to die. Sally only wants to settle down and have a family, while Gillian wants to get out and explore the world. Eventually, the curse comes back to affect them both in different ways.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the most versatile movies on this list, as it could also be considered a Christmas movie! This is another movie available on Disney+, and I’m sure that this is a favorite of quite a few people. Jack is the Pumpkin King, but after a successful Halloween, he’s feeling a bit bored with their traditions. On a walk through the woods, he comes across a circle of doors and wanders into Christmas Town, where he’s awed by the holiday. Jack decides to bring Christmas to Halloween Town, but things don’t go as planned when the Oogie Boogie gets involved.
This is actually the only TV show on this list that I haven’t watched yet, but I’m planning on starting this fall! I’ve heard phenomenal things about it, plus, if you like the TV series enough you can check out the original book written by Shirley Jackson. The Haunting of Hill House TV show is a dual timeline that follows a family who moves into an old mansion with plans to renovate it and sell it so they can build their dream house. It also follows the children of the family in present day, showing how they are still affected by what happened to them in Hill House. The Haunting of Hill House is a Netflix original series.
Coco is NOT a Halloween movie, but instead celebrates the Mexican holiday Día De Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is a multi-day holiday where family and friends gather to remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Coco follows a young boy Miguel who just wants to be a musician despite his family’s hatred of music. He is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead, where he has to get the blessing of his great-great grandfather, who was a musician, to return home and convince his family to reverse their ban on music. It’s an incredibly touching story, and every time I watch it I cry! Coco is streaming on Disney+, and they also have Coco in Spanish as well.
If you’re looking for something more along the lines of post-apocalyptic horror, A Quiet Place on Hulu is perfect for you! After the world is inhabited by blind extraterrestrial creatures, people are struggling to survive. If you make any sort of noise, these creatures will hunt you down and kill you due to their extremely enhanced hearing. The Abbott family has been surviving by going barefoot and using sign language to communicate, but with this being a horror movie, things go wrong very quickly.
If you’re looking for something with a little more fantasy, look no further than the Underworld movies. There are currently 5 movies in total, and they are available across a variety of streaming services. Underworld follows the vampire Selene during a centuries long war between vampires and lycans (werewolves). Selene has been killing lycans for her coven, when she discovers the lycans are after a human. She eventually finds out what they want with him, and by doing so changes everything about the war. The first three movies, Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, can be found on Netflix, while the fourth movie Underworld: Awakening is on Hulu, and Underworld: Blood Wars can be found on Amazon Prime. If you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into (pun intended), this is a great series of movies to watch.
This is actually a documentary that takes a deep dive into the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her two young children, and will chill you to your very core. Unlike everything else on this list, this is a true story and shows just how terrible and destructive humans can really be. If you’re a fan of true crime documentaries, Netflix has this one, as well as many others to keep you busy for the month of October, and beyond.