The Addams Family, Fix My Frankenhouse, Return of the Living Dead, and More: What to Watch on Halloween

A collage shows a few different movies people can watch on Philo this Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

The big day is almost here! Are you ready for costumes, parties, and trick-or-treaters? Let Philo help with our recommended Halloween-themed shows and movies to watch all day on October 31st! With a nod to our spooky Friday The 13th post earlier this month, we’re highlighting 13 viewing hours, with a recommendation for each hour, so no matter when you have time in your day to take a break and watch, you can kick back, relax, and find something to get you in the spirit(s). 

Why do we watch scary movies in October?

The history of the horror movie genre in American cinema traces its roots to the advent of the film industry itself. Silent classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu, to post-World War II era psychological horrors like Psycho, saw the start of the category. The 1970s and 1980s marked the rise of slasher films, and the 1990s onwards brought a resurgence of supernatural horror. Today, the genre continues to evolve but one thing remains constant, many viewers enjoy horror and thrillers to experience a range of emotions. Some of the theories proposed by psychologists as to why, are because these scary films provide a controlled environment to experience fear and adrenaline, offering a cathartic release of pent-up emotions. The genre allows people to confront and process their deepest fears in a safe and hopefully entertaining context. Whatever your reason, below is an hour by hour guide to some of our favorites to watch on All Hallows Eve. 

13 Hours of Halloween (All times in ET)

8 am: Fix My Frankenhouse on HGTV

The housing market can certainly be a spooky prospect. In this episode of Fix My Frankenhouse, after years of long-distance commuting, a couple finally settles down in Rehoboth, Mass., but the layout of their spacious home is confusing; Mike looks to bring cohesion back to the home, while Denese creates a kitchen fit for an actual chef.

9 am (8:30): Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood on STARZ Encore

The sixth movie in the horror-comedy series sees a group of friends from the city stumble upon the Leprechaun’s stash of gold. They unknowingly unleash the wrath of the malevolent creature. Determined to reclaim his gold, the Leprechaun goes on a deadly rampage, and it’s up to the group to stop him before they become his next victims.

10 am: The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time on IFC 

Still needing help deciding the perfect scary movie to watch? Perhaps a countdown of the top scary moments from horror movies will help you! The countdown begins with modern masterpieces and classic fright films from around the world.

11 am: America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3 on Travel Channel

Join Travel Channel and take a look at the biggest and best Halloween attractions from around the country!

12:15 pm: Blumhouse’s Compendium of Horror  on MGM+ Hits

Delving into iconic horror scenes from the 1930s to the present day, this exploration series offers insights from prominent figures in the genre, including filmmakers, actors, producers, and seasoned historians in horror.

1:15 pm: Messengers 2: The Scarecrow on Sony Movies

In the prequel to The Messengers, struggling farmer John Rollins plants a mysterious scarecrow in his field, hoping to ward off crows and save his crops. However, the scarecrow becomes a malevolent force, leading to a series of terrifying events and revealing dark secrets from the past. As the sinister presence grows stronger, John must confront the evil to protect his family and find redemption.

2 pm: Strange Evidence: A Vampire Down Under on Science Channel

In this episode of Strange Evidence, a bizarre entity at the location of a devastating nuclear catastrophe raises concerns about a chilling genetic anomaly. Fresh evidence indicates that a mythic bloodthirsty predator may have been resurrected.

3:10 pm: Return of the Living Dead on HDNET

A mishap at a medical supply warehouse releases a toxic gas that reanimates the dead, leading to a zombie outbreak in Louisville, Kentucky. As the undead hunger for brains, a group of teenagers and the warehouse employees scramble for survival.

4 pm: Prey for the Devil on STARZ

The Catholic Church responds to an increasing number of demonic possessions worldwide by re-establishing institutions to educate priests in the rites of exorcism. While traditionally, nuns aren’t permitted to conduct such ceremonies, one educator discerns unique talents in Sister Ann and decides to mentor her. Placed at the heart of a spiritual war, Sister Ann is drawn into a confrontation with an evil spirit haunting a young girl, the very same entity that plagued her mother years before.

5 pm (4:50): Unhuman on MGM+ Marquee

Seven disparate students unite to confront a rising horde of monstrous beings. As they battle these ferocious undead entities, their faith in one another faces severe trials in a harrowing quest for survival.

6 pm: Deadly Mom Retreat on LMN

Still grappling with the aftermath of her divorce, Jules eagerly accepts an invitation from her newfound friend, Marissa, to attend a singles getaway. But soon after reaching their destination, Jules experiences a string of alarming mishaps seemingly connected to another attendee

7 pm: Monster High 2 on Nickelodeon

As they enter sophomore year at Monster High, Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura and Frankie Stein face new students, new powers, and an even bigger threat that could not only tear their friendship apart but could change the world forever.

Bonus: Catch the first movie an hour earlier!

8 pm: The Addams Family on Paramount Network 

The eccentric and macabre Addams family’s life is turned upside down when a man claiming to be the long-lost Uncle Fester returns after disappearing for 25 years. However, as they welcome him back into their spooky mansion, they begin to suspect that he might be an imposter with ulterior motives. The family must then band together to unravel the mystery and protect their ancestral home and treasures.

Bonus: catch Addams Family Values afterward. 

These picks not scaring you enough? Try our Spooky Season channel! Tune in and let the channel serve you scary shows all day! 


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