Halloween season is officially upon us, and there are many activities for students to look forward to this year to celebrate. While planning trips to the pumpkin patch and deciding what candy to hand out this year, individuals can enjoy the horror and thriller media available at their fingertips.
This year, streaming services developed a lengthy repertoire of films and television for your enjoyment this month. Here are six Halloween films for the season:
1. “Fear Street”
The “Fear Street” trilogy came out on Netflix this past July. The three-part series follows stories in 1994, 1978 and 1666. Through all three movies viewers can get their fill of teen drama and campy frights. Check out these movies featuring a diverse cast and a leading LGBT relationship.
The first film, “Fear Street Part 1: 1994,” follows a group of teens after they disturb an unleashed old evil in their town. They desperately try to evade and defeat the evil through the duration of the film.
The second film, “Fear Street Part 2: 1978,” takes place at a summer camp and recounts a massacre that occurred there. A group of teens band together in order to survive the murder spree of a possessed counselor.
“Fear Street Part 3: 1666,” the third and final film, follows both the roots of the evil in the town as well as the survivors of the group in 1994 trying to put the curse to rest for good.
It is highly recommended for those who crave ’90s quality horror at modern quality. These films are a necessary trilogy for those looking for a five and half hour Halloween binge.
2. “Hocus Pocus”
If one has not been forced to watch “Hocus Pocus” every year at Halloween, they should watch it as soon as they can. The movie can be found on Disney+ to stream at any time.
Taking place in the haunting town of Salem, a boy accidentally awakens three truly mischievous sister witches from the 17th century. As the Sanderson sisters wreak havoc on the town, a group of kids embark on putting them to rest and saving the children of Salem.
This film is a classic Halloween watch since the ’90s. Let the magic into life this Halloween season and stream “Hocus Pocus” with friends and family.
3. “The Houses October Built”
This terrifying film will fill all horror needs. It can be found on Hulu.
The horror film follows a group of friends as they road trip to find haunted houses across the country. As the group attracts attention from a disturbed group of individuals, the trip begins to go sideways.
Some may find this film a bit traumatizing. It’s light on the gore and heavy on the psychological trauma. This film is a twisted concept horror movie — perfect for twisted holiday needs.
The movie “Halloweentown” is another witchy watch for this Halloween.
Marnie discovers that she is from a family of witches and that her grandmother lives in a town where everyday is like Halloween. Her mother raised her and her siblings away from it all, but when evil threatens the lives of her mother and grandmother — Marnie and her siblings must save the day.
This Disney Channel Original was a staple in many childhoods, and perfect for a Halloween watchlist. On Disney+ all four movies about the Cromwell family’s adventures can be found this season.
5. “The Conjuring”
The first two films of “The Conjuring” trilogy can be found on HBO Max. Both films are required binges for any horror fiend. Legendary actress of the horror genre, Vera Farmiga, stars as a paranormal investigator that is followed by a spirit.
“The Conjuring” takes place in the 1970s as two paranormal investigators discover the dark history of the Perron home as they investigate a supernatural presence there.
In the second film, “The Conjuring 2,” the paranormal investigators travel to London to help a single mother when her daughter is possessed by a demon and the investigators targeted by a spirit.
The third film in the series is not currently on any streaming service. This series also includes films such as “Annabelle” and “The Nun” that are fan favorites in the genre. This haunted series is another perfect fit for Halloween activities.
6. “The Witches”
The final recommendation for this season is a nostalgic film for many. Both the 1990 and 2020 version of this film is found on HBO Max. “The Witches” plot is based on the Roald Dahl book by the same name.
In both renditions of the film, an orphaned boy and his grandmother encounter real life witches at a convention. The boy quickly becomes a target of the children-hating witches. Every witch fanatic will find interest in this movie.
Both films cast talented stars, Anjelica Huston and Anne Hathaway, respectively, as the Grand High Witch. While playing the villain, both take different angles to make and keep the character iconic.
A tame film to close out these Halloween recommendations. This film is cute, but a must watch for someone wo hasn’t already watched or read the story this season.
Be sure to give these movies a watch during regularly scheduled festivities this month. Halloween enthusiasts won’t regret these spooky films.
For those who live on campus, be sure to check out how to sign up for Xfinity to stream more Halloween films and movies.