7 Halloween Marathons to Watch on TV This Month
Halloween is creeping up fast and other than picking out your costume, there’s no better way to get in the spirit of the holiday than by re-watching some of your favorite scary movies and TV episodes. This month, audiences will have plenty of spooky options to choose from, including a The Walking Dead spree on AMC and a slew of classic monster movies on multiple channels. Below, check out seven Halloween marathons you won’t want to miss this October.
1. Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween, all of October
All month long, Syfy will celebrate the spirit of the holiday with a slew of popular horror films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Zombieland. Every Saturday will feature the premiere of a new original scary movie from the network, such as the Shadows of the Dead film on October 22 and The Night Before Halloween on October 29. New episodes of Van Helsing, Aftermath, Z Nation, and Syfy’s new original show, Channel Zero: Candle Cove will also continue to air throughout the month.
2. TCM’s Terror Classic Movies, all of October
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is getting into the Halloween spirit too, with a great lineup of classic horror titles scheduled to air through the end of the month. Hosted by Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy), this year’s TCM marathon will include a range of scary movies, including silent films, horror comedies, and universal classics, like Dracula and The Mummy. Meanwhile, every Sunday is devoted to all things Frankenstein.
3. AMC’s Fearfest, October 13-31
Fearfest runs on AMC for 19 days, from Thursday, October 13 through Halloween night on October 31. This year’s marathon will feature more than 400 hours of horror programming, including the airing of 11 iconic horror movie franchises, like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street.
And of course, no AMC marathon would be complete without The Walking Dead. The network will re-air all 88 hours of The Walking Dead, with a two-hour The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far retrospective special on October 16. All of this leads up to the highly anticipated The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere on October 23.
4. Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween, October 19-31
Freeform’s annual 13-day long Halloween marathon kicks off on October 19, starting with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The event runs through October 31 and features a variety of classic spooky films, including The Addams Family, Dark Shadows, Scooby-Doo, and of course, Hocus Pocus. This year will also include the network TV premiere of R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls.
5. The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” marathon, October 31
This year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode — which also marks the 600th episode of The Simpsons — is set to air on October 16, but those up for a full binge might want to wait until the end of the month. FXX will air a marathon of Halloween-themed episodes of The Simpsons all day on Halloween, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EST.
6. Nat Geo Wild marathon, October 31
Starting at 7 a.m. EST, Nat Geo Wild will kick off an all-day programming event with shows featuring the strangest and most bizarre creatures from around the world. The marathon will also include the premiere of two specials, Wonderfully Weird Part 1 and Wonderfully Weird Part 2 at 9 and 9:30 p.m. EST, respectively.
7. Chiller’s Halloween movie marathon, October 30-November 1
The Chiller channel will air two full days of scary movies on and around Halloween. Starting from 6:30 a.m. EST on October 30, audiences can catch a wide range of horror flicks, from Pumpkinhead to the original Blair Witch Project. The marathon will end in the early morning on the day after Halloween.
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