Only one day to go, you ghouls and goblins! (Oof…sorry…I promise to never do that again.) For those of you not out trick-or-treating with little ones or dressing up for a fabulous costume party, there are plenty of TV and film options to enjoy at home. Whether you just need something on for background noise while you pass out candy, or you want a proper TV/movie marathon for the evening, below are my go-to choices. The question is…how scared do you want to be?
No scares, just put me in the mood for Halloween:
Hocus Pocus (1993) Practical Magic (1998) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) The Lost Boys (1987) Ghostbusters (1984)
Dawson’s Creek: S3, Ep 7: Escape From Witch Island
How I Met Your Mother: S1, Ep 6: The Slutty Pumpkin
Pretty Little Liars: S2, Ep 13: The First Secret, S3, Ep 13: This Is a Dark Ride, S4, Ep 13: Grave New World
Um, a little…give me the “goosies”, but I want to sleep tonight:
Sleepy Hollow (1999) Scream (1996)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) I STILL Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Supernatural: S1, Ep 5: Bloody Mary, Ep 10: Asylum, and Ep 11: Scarecrow (Actually, all of seasons 1-3 are stellar scares.)
I’m fearless…bring on the Ryan Murphy!
Halloween (1978) Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Trick ‘r Treat (2007) The Strangers (2008) The Woman in Black (2012)
American Horror Story – Seasons 1-4 That’s right, pretty much any episode from any season (even the credits!) will have you leaving all the lights on.
Grimm (FRI 9/8c NBC) Season premiere.
Ash vs. Evil Dead (SAT 9/8c Starz) – I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never seen the original 1981 film, but it’s on my very long list. Fans of the cult film will be thrilled to see Bruce Campbell as the lead.
The Librarians (SUN 8/7c TNT) Season premiere.
Opening this weekend:
Burnt – R (Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller) I love Bradley Cooper, but there’s nothing exciting or new about this story of a self-destructive/damaged chef trying to make a comeback. (It even reminds me of a character he played on the short-lived TV show Kitchen Confidential.) That said, I’ll definitely see it eventually.
Our Brand is Crisis – R (Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton) I never thought the day would come where I wasn’t excited about a Sandy B. movie, as she is probably my favorite actress, but it is here. It is a sad, sad day. I’m sure her performance will be great, as always, but the subject matter looks utterly boring–which could just be bad studio marketing, but we’ll see.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – R (Tye Sheridan, David Koechner) I don’t think those pesky zombies are going anywhere anytime soon. With the exception of iZombie and The Walking Dead, I need zombies to take a time-out, please. Go join the vampires.