Trick or Treat Canceled? Stay In and Watch These Halloween Movies on TV Tonight Instead
The spookiest night of the year is here. While it’s traditionally a night for trick or treating or Halloween parties, crummy weather is keeping people in many parts of the country indoors this October 31. But rain, wind, and snow don’t have to mean missing out on all the Halloween fun. There are plenty of scary (and not-so-scary) movies on TV tonight that will deliver some thrills and chills. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights. (All listings ET).
Halloween movies for kids
Even if trick or treating has been put on hold, you can keep a smile on kids’ faces with these slightly scary flicks.
Halloweentown: A little girl discovers her mom and grandma are witches in this Disney movie from 1998. 8:20 p.m. on Disney Channel.
Toy Story of Terror: This short Halloween special finds Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the other toys caught up in a strange sequence of events after Mr. Potato Head goes missing. 7:30 p.m. Disney XD.
Hocus Pocus: This cult classic about a group of kids who accidentally free a coven of witches is airing all day on Freeform. Tune in at 4:40 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:50 p.m. to watch the entire thing.
Beetlejuice: Older kids will enjoy this weird, creepy Tim Burton movie about the ghosts of a dead couple who try to scare off the people who buy their house. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Paramount.
The Bride of Frankenstein: This iconic 1925 horror movie, where Dr. Frankenstein’s monster forces his creator to make him a bride, isn’t too scary for kids. 8 p.m. on TCM.
Goosebumps: Jack Black plays Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in this movie, where a kid accidentally lets all the monsters from the books loose. 7 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. on FXM.
Halloween movies for adults
You’ll find some classic, edge-of-your-seat scary movies airing on TV this Halloween, including these gems.
Halloween: John Carpenter’s 1978 movie helped kick off the 1980s slasher movie craze. Even four decades later, seeing Jamie Lee Curtis fend off deranged killer Mike Myers is still terrifying. 7 p.m. on AMC, followed by Halloween H20: 20 Years Later at 9 p.m. and Halloween II at 11 p.m.
Get Out: Jordan Peele breathed new life into the horror genre with this movie, where a black man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) discovers that the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) is hiding a very sinister secret. 7:30 p.m. on FX.
Friday the 13th: This ‘80s slasher launched a long-running franchise and gave us memorable killer Jason Voorhees (though his famous hockey mask doesn’t show up until the third film). 7 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on IFC.
The Craft: Get a major dose of ‘90s nostalgia in this movie about a group of teenage girls who form a witches coven. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Lifetime Movie Network and 7 p.m. on Fuse.
It: If you didn’t already think clowns were creepy, you definitely will after watching this adaptation of the first half of Stephen King’s It. 8 p.m. on TBS.
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