10 movies to get you prepped for Spooky Season

Grab some candy corn and let’s get this marathon started!

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 11, 2021

This time of year easily rivals Christmas and rightfully so. We’re just weeks away from Halloween and you know what that means. It’s time to break out the comfortable blankets, your favorite sweatshirt, and movies with genres that span from scare you sh*tless to warm and fuzzy. Spooky season movies are not just about the chill-inducing horror films, no. This season, unlike Christmas, has range.


The Harry Potter series


Where to watch it: HBO Max

Granted this series is a whole marathon session of its own, but it’s a known fact that this is the marathon to top all marathons. It’s got the whimsical wizarding world, potions, and just a dreary foreboding tone. If you want to trim the fat and only watch a few, I recommend skipping a couple to save some time and just stick to more exciting films — 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8.


The Conjuring


Where to watch it: HBO Max and Netflix

James Wan has quite a few horror films under his belt as a director and producer, but The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are regarded as two of his scariest films. To be honest, they might be one of the most frightening modern horror movies that have come out in a minute.


Knives Out


Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

A creaky old mansion, a Clue-esque murder mystery, a creepy dead dad who had a penchant for a good murder story, and cozy autumn attire on rich white people who all have motive to kill. If this movie isn’t the perfect blend of Halloween and Thanksgiving known in the history of cinema, then I don’t know what is.




Where to watch it: It’s not streaming anywhere for free, but you can rent it from Amazon Prime or Apple TV

This is by far the creepiest movie for children that has ever existed. Many of us who were younger when Coraline came out, have since grown into traumatized adults. We all agreed that this film shouldn’t have been watched by children under any circumstances. Anyway, super spooky, 10/10 candy corns.


The Exorcist


Where to watch it: Sling TV

A classic! The practical effects lessen the spook factor but this is a must-watch if you are newly accustomed to watching horror films without your eyes closed 96.5% of the time. Here’s a creepy fact that might up the ante a little bit — Paul Bateson, the man who in the film helps run tests on Regan MacNeil, was a convicted murderer and suspected serial killer.




Where to watch it: Sadly, this is also not streaming for free. You can still rent it on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and YouTube

Tim Burton is known for being the the go-to director for all things spooky (and known for only casting white people because they “match his aesthetic”). Beetlejuice is the perfect intersection of creepy and fun with costumes that you’ll find yourself wanting to imitate this Halloween and practical effects that highlight the old studio charm of the late ’80s, early ’90s.


The Shining


Where to watch it: HBO Max and Sling TV

The Shining comes from the haunted and mildly deranged mind of famed author Stephen King. Paranormal sights, jump scares, shock factor, cinematography that lends itself as beautifully composed nightmare fuel, and a confusing ending scene — it checks nearly every box if you’re looking for a movie that keeps the fear and eeriness lingering long after the end credits have rolled.


Fantastic Mr. Fox


Where to watch it: Disney+

Now, this isn’t particularly scary or spooky. It’s just a great autumn season film by Wes Anderson that serves as a feel-good prep movie or a post-horror comfort movie. Let’s be real here, we all look for something funny or lighthearted to watch immediately after a scary movie. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.




Where to watch it: Disney+

What better way to comfort youself after having the living daylights scared out of you than a Pixar film? Without having to ruin the seasonal atmosphere, Coco takes places during Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and takes you on an adventure through the afterlife and leaves you feeling all sentimental and happy so that you don’t see dead people when you lay down and close your eyes.




Where to watch it: HBO Max

If you want to see some vampires without the drama of Dracula and without the hipster cringe of Twilight, you have to watch Blade. Full disclosure, the effects are extremely dated but the action scenes in this film make it all worth while.


In related movie news, here are the films that are dropping in box offices near you this October.


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