With October right around the corner, the time nears for pumpkin decorations, spiced coffees and most importantly, Halloween movies and TV shows. This means watching something a little spooky and a lot of fun. Luckily for you, October carries a kind of magic with it, the same way Disney or Christmas do. So now the Halloween ghosts strike again as they offer new shows and movies to consider that haven’t thought of before. Don’t worry though. I certainly did.
Read on to find the five best spooky movies and shows for the fall season.
1. Over the Garden Wall
Let’s start with a mini-series to warm up, shall we? Over the Garden Wall presents a simple cartoon style, with none other than our dear Frodo Baggins voicing the main character. I remember watching this show and thinking that it felt a lot like Adventure Time. The drawings and colors simple and plain, while the story kind of intense (especially when you got near the end). I won’t spoil it, but if you go into this show thinking that it seems mildly spooky at first, you might want to brace yourselves. That ending is all Halloween.
The Halloween staple. What can I say? I will always recommend this piece of genius and for good reason! Coraline gets all the spooky elements right, with odd characters, pronounced facial and body features and a nightmarish creature that continues to give me haunt me Who doesn’t know about the Other Mother or the funny black cat that seems to know more than any human? No Halloween —no October, in fact— feels complete without our favorite little blue-haired girl.
I just recently discovered this one. While it falls more on the side of fun and goofy than scary, it still talks about zombies so I will mention it here. Basically, Disney put out this new movie a while ago called Zombies with two sequels afterwards. Think High School Musical, but with zombies, werewolves and aliens. Doesn’t that sound fun? Honestly speaking, you can hardly consider these movies scary, but they definitely give you all the monsters Halloween promises. If you want cool aesthetics and great songs, give Zombies a chance!
4. American Horror Story
I won’t watch this because I consider myself a huge scaredy cat, but my sister watches it and she apparently really recommends it. We all know this show, right? Even if you’ve never seen an episode, you’ve at least heard of it at some point. Scary, violent and definitely spooky, American Horror Story offers true horrors with every episode. You know the kind: evil clowns, alien monsters and, apparently, terrifying sea creatures. Since I suggested Zombies earlier, I feel like it only makes sense to give you something on the other end of the spectrum and this show definitely qualifies as that.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I think his movie falls somewhere in between Zombies and American Horror Story. Jack Skellington hardly seems scary, but a giant monster made entirely of bugs? Yeah, don’t count me as a fan of that creature. Still, The Nightmare Before Christmas works as the perfect Halloween movie with spooky artistry, creepy children in masks and monsters upon monsters upon more monsters. I don’t care if people want to debate whether this film works as a Christmas movie or not, I will always see it as a Halloween must.
And there you go! Five super fun, spooky and perfect films and TV shows for October. Obviously countless films exist that I couldn’t get to in this list, but I think these offer a wide variety for a number of different tastes. Whether you prefer goofy and colorful, dark and dingy or something in between, these selections can give you that. And hey, if one freaks you out too much, you can always end the night on a happy note with some green-haired zombies from Disney.