Fright night movie marathons

Halloween is back, which means different channels have on their own scary movie marathons! There are specials on various channels for everyone, of all ages. All October long you can get your fix of fright just by sitting on your couch. From bloody gore to nice witches, there’s something for everyone on television this month to get you into the mood for Halloween. The classic horror movies are still playing (no need to worry for the old folk) along with new modern stories.

Disney Channel’s Monstober

For the kids, there’s Disney Channel’s Monstober that shows all October. Of course, this is more comedy horror for the children so they don’t get too scared. There’s the classic Disney movies like Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus that kids enjoy. Along with all the movies, the regular Disney shows have Halloween inspired episodes also airing. On Saturdays Screamfest airs from noon to 8 p.m. This usually plays reruns of the Halloweentown saga and a variety of all the other classics all day.

ABC Family’s 13 nights of Halloween

A step up in scariness from Disney is ABC Family’s 13 nights of Halloween. This special 15th year of airing starts on October 19 and continues for 13 days all leading up to Halloween on the 31st. This year, ABC Family is featuring the network premiere of Pixar’s Toy Story of Terror, a new children’s horror movie. Along with the classic movies, there are frightfully fun cartoons such as, Scooby Doo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that are Halloween themed.

Syfy’s 31 days of HalloweenIf you enjoy blood and gore, Syfy’s 31 days of Halloween is the Halloween special for you to watch. They broadcast Syfy original movies such as Children of the Corn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Scarecrow, as well as remakes of older horror movies such as the 1985 film, Fright Night. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a gory, disturbing movie. The killer, Leatherface, chases, tortures, and murders five teenagers with his chainsaw with help from his creepy cannibalistic family. When it came out in 1974, it was banned in some countries.

AMC Fearfest

The station to watch the original classic horror films, beloved by many, is AMC Fearfest. From October 13th through the 31st, you can tune in anytime to watch some of the most popular horror movies that have remained scary for years. There’s a marathon for the Halloween movies such as Chucky and Jason in the Friday the 13th movies on Fearfest. These horror classics have remained just as horrifying after many years and still remain relevant even today.

Classic slasher films:

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th has a series of twelve slasher films. Year after year, unsuspecting parents send their carefree teenagers off to summer camp. The teens and some of the camp staff are gruesomely killed off by the hockey masked Jason Voorhees, who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake because the staff wasn’t paying attention and the murders are his revenge.

The Exorcist

Featuring on Fearfest, this is a  supernatural horror movie. One of the popular supernatural movies is The Exorcist which has a theme of demonic possession. A twelve year old girl named Regan is possessed and two priests attempt to save her and perform an exorcism. After some jet streams of puke, head spinnings, and the possessed girl cussing like a sailor, the demon leaves her body and jumps into the body of one of the priests. The Exorcist is one of the first of its kind which makes it such a hit.


Halloween wouldn’t be complete without watching the original Halloween movies with Michael Myers in his clown mask. The Halloween movie series centers around the purely evil, Michael Myers. The movie is set in Illinois. When Michael was six years old he killed his older sister on Halloween night wearing his clown mask. He is sent to a mental hospital and escapes after 15 long years. Upon escaping, he returns to Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night to stalk and try to kill his younger sister while wearing his clown mask. He kills everyone in his way while being chased by his psychiatrist. After succeeding in killing his sister, he continues the murderous rampage. There are ten movies in the series.

The Shining

Along with the newer Halloween movies are the classics such as The Shining. In The Shining, a recovering alcoholic played by Jack Nicholson, slowly slips into madness while writing his book and acting as caretaker to the Overlook Inn. His descent into insanity is truly terrifying as he axes the door down to try to kill his family and chases his son at night through a snowy labyrinth in the dead of winter.


Saving the best for last, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho. It’s known as one of the greatest horror films of it’s time, shot entirely in black and white. It’s a film with many shocking events and has a mastermind plot twist. The main character, Norman Bates is a shy mama’s boy that runs Bates Motel. He also has an obsession with taxidermy. Psycho has all the elements that make up a unique and interesting horror movie: murders, corpses, large butcher knifes, split personalities, cross dressing, some serious “mother” issues, and of course lots of gore in the famous shower scene. Psycho is definitely a timeless classic and a must see this Halloween.

No matter what your taste or style is, there’s something for everyone to watch this Halloween. Sit back, relax, and prepare to get scared. Grab your popcorn and turn off the lights because all October long you can be horrified by popular horror films that everyone looks forward to!