The spooky season has arrived, and with it comes a new batch of new Halloween streaming shows and movies to watch. While horror movies and series are released at all times of the year, it seems that the Halloween period is becoming a more popular place to launch this kind of new content. This year we have, among other things, a sequel to a beloved family-friendly Halloween classic, along with a revival of a popular horror film series and a new take on a classic Anne Rice novel. Even the Marvel Cinematic Universe is entering the season with a brand new horror special.
New Halloween Streaming Shows and Movies
Hocus Pocus 2 (Disney Plus, available now)
Watching the original Hocus Pocus movie from Disney has now become a Halloween tradition for many families. After years of waiting, these fans can finally watch the sequel on Disney Plus. The three wicked witches known as the Sanderson Sisters, played once again by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, have been revived in present-day Salem by a trio of ill-informed teenagers who performed a séance. These kids must now defeat this group of witches and put them back in their place before the end of Halloween night.
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My Best Friend’s Exorcism (Amazon Prime Video, available now)
Amazon Prime Video has a new comedic horror movie to watch for the Halloween season this year. Set in 1988, it features the story of two best teenage friends, Abby (Elsie Fisher) and Gretchen (Amiah Miller). When they go to a cabin in the woods for a quick weekend trip, Gretchen suddenly becomes possessed by a demon hiding in those woods. Can Abby get this demon out of Gretchen and save their friendship?
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Interview with the Vampire (AMC Plus, Available Now)
Anne Rice’s classic horror novel, previously made into a movie, is now a new TV series on AMC Plus. As with the book and film, the series uses the bookend in a contemporary interview with vampire Louis de Pointe to tell its story. We will see how his life in early 20th century New Orleans is changed forever when he is turned into a vampire by the aristocratic Lestat.
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Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (Netflix, October 5)
It wouldn’t be Halloween movie season without a new Stephen King adaptation. Netflix delivers with this film, based on King’s short story of the same name. Donald Sutherland plays Mr. Harrigan, who befriends a young child. That child, Craig, gives Mr. Harrigan a cell phone, not long before Harrigan dies. When Craig starts calling Mr. Harrigan’s old number to tell about some other kids bullying him, he gets an answer from someone. Is Mr. Harrigan speaking to Craig from beyond the grave, and what will he do to “help” his young friend deal with these thugs?
Netflix is still the leading premium streaming service with over 200 million subscribers worldwide. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows that you can skip, including its ever-growing list of original movies and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton and many more.
The Midnight Club (Netflix, October 7)
It’s a recent tradition to have a new miniseries from writer-director Mike Flanigan (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass) as one of the new Halloween streaming shows. This year we get The Midnight Club, which is the name of a group of terminally ill youngsters who now live in a creepy hospice. Every night at midnight they meet to tell scary stories to each other. But things get really scary when a member of the group dies.
Werewolf By Night (Disney Plus, October 7)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally getting deep into the horror genre with this first one-shot special on Disney Plus. Filmed in black and white, the story is about a group of monster hunters who have gathered to pay their respects to one of their own, Ulysses Bloodstone, who has recently died. However, he now has a game for these hunters to play; fight and defeat a new monster due to his property, and the winner gets to keep a ruby red bloodstone that the monster wears on the back of its head. Marvel Comics fans will get to see a number of characters make their MCU debut in this special.
Hellraiser (Hulu, October 7)
Horror writer Clive Barker wrote and directed the original Hellraiser film, and it has since spawned many sequels. Now Hulu is doing a hard reboot of the franchise, with Barker’s blessing, in this movie adaptation. The plot is largely the same as the original, as a man discovers a puzzle box that, when solved and opened, spawns a group of terrifying creatures known as the Cenobites, including its leader Pinhead, played this time by Jamie Clayton.
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Significant Other (Paramount Plus, October 7)
Maika Monroe has become a modern-day scream queen with her appearances in acclaimed horror films such as It Follows and Watcher. Now she stars again in a horror film exclusive to Paramount Plus. She plays a woman who goes hiking and camping with her boyfriend in a remote part of a forest. They trip over. . . something and now it seems that Monroe’s character is starting to change and it might not be good for her boyfriend or anyone else who comes across her.
Paramount Plus includes thousands of movies and TV shows from CBS, Showtime and Paramount Pictures. It also includes new and original movies like The Good Fight, Infinite and more.
The Watcher (Netflix, October 13)
Netflix will launch this new miniseries as one of its new Halloween streaming shows. It is partially based on the true story of a family who moved into a house in New Jersey and soon began receiving messages from an unknown stalker who called himself The Watcher. The miniseries stars Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Mia Farrow in the lead roles. and Jennifer Coolidge.
Halloween Ends (Peacock, October 14)
The Halloween sequel trilogy, which began with 2018’s Halloween and continued with 2021’s Halloween Kills, finally comes to an end with this film, which can be seen in both theaters and on the Peacock on October 14. This will be the final battle between supernatural serial killer Michael Myers and his long-time nemesis Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). Which one will prevail?
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Guillermo del Toro’s Curiosities (Netflix, October 25)
The Oscar-winning horror director turns into his own version of Rod Serling for this new Twilight Zone-style anthology series. Del Toro wrote the story for two of the eight episodes of this show and is the on-screen host for all eight episodes. Each episode has its own director, and the cast of this new Halloween streaming show includes Tim Blake Nelson, Crispin Glover, Rupert Grint, Andrew Lincoln, Peter Weller and more.
Wendle & Wild (Netflix, October 28)
Henry Selick, the director behind the classic animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas, is back with a brand new stop-motion animated film on Netflix. The story is about a 13-year-old girl who is tempted by two demons (voiced by the acclaimed comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele). They want to get back to the land of the living and wreak havoc. Will this girl grant their wish or will she stop their plans?
There are plenty of other new Halloween streaming shows and movies to watch over the next few weeks. Here are just a few more of them.
- 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time — Horror experts and fans tell us about memorable events in horror movie history in this Shudder-AMC Plus series (available now).
- Munster’s — Netflix brings us this movie prequel to the 1960s comedy TV series about a lady vampire who falls in love with a Frankenstein monster. (Now available).
- Queer For Fear: The History of Queer Horror — This is a four-part series on LGBTQ+ horror and thriller stories and themes. (Shudder-AMC Plus, now available).
- Blumhouse’s Horror Compendium — This five-part series on Epix takes a look at the history of American horror films. (Epix, October 2).
- Reginald the Vampire – Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds in the Spider-Man MCU movies) plays a teenager with no social skills who is turned into a vampire. (Peacock, October 4).
- Nailed It Halloween — The latest season of the baking competition show is all about making Halloween-themed treats (Netflix, Oct. 5).
- The Curse of Bridge Hollow — The Halloween decorations in a small town come to life and a father and his daughter must stop this menace in this new family film. (Netflix, October 14).
- W/H/S 99 — This will be the fifth film in the acclaimed horror short series, featuring five all-new stories from up-and-coming directors (Shudder-AMC Plus, Oct. 20).