What to watch on Halloween

What to watch on Halloween

The witching hour is almost here. 

Halloween is approaching, and with it comes plenty of seasonal spooky viewings. 

Whether you want the scariest horror possible or you prefer horror-themed comedy, there’s something for everyone. From currently-airing shows to old favorites to movies, here’s what to keep an eye out for. 

“What We Do in the Shadows,” FX on Hulu

Now into its third season (and already renewed for a Season 4), the vampire mockumentary has cemented its place as one of the most delightfully goofy and creative shows on TV. Season 3’s penultimate episode shockingly killed off “energy vampire” Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), so Thursday’s season finale will see housemates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) reacting to his loss.

Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha in “Ghosts.” Back row: Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Romn Zaragoza as Sasappis, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta and Asher Grodman as Trevor.

“Ghosts,” CBS (airing Thursday, Oct 28 at 9 p.m.) 

Appropriately titled “Halloween,” CBS’ new sitcom has a Halloween episode this week. The show follows young couple Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) as they renovate a Bed & Breakfast that’s haunted by spirits. In “Halloween,” the ghosts help the couple protect their place from something that’s even scarier than they are: neighborhood children.

“The Simpsons,” Freeform (Monday through Wednesday starting at 8 p.m.) 

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Freeform will have a “Treehouse of Horror” marathon, featuring all of the spookiest Halloween episodes of “The Simpsons.”

“Supernatural,” TNT (2:00 am to 12 p.m. on Oct 31)

The long-running monster hunting show might have ended last year, but TNT is having a special  marathon of scary episodes on Halloween. So join brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester as they investigate demons, creatures, and everything in between.

Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, and Jonathan Majors, right, stand outside in a yard covered in blood in "Lovecraft Country."
Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, and Jonathan Majors, right, face monsters and blood in “Lovecraft Country.”

“Lovecraft Country” HBO Max

Even though it was cancelled after just one season, this Emmy-nominated historical horror series is well worth the watch. Starring Jonathan Majors and the late Michael K. Williams, the story is set in the 1950s and follows Atticus (Freeman), a young black man embarking on a road trip across the Jim Crow South who encounters literal horror movie monsters alongside the racist horrors of the time period. 

“The Big Bang Theory,” TBS (7 p.m. on Oct 30)

TBS is airing a special marathon of Halloween episodes, including “The Middle Earth Paradigm,” “The Good Guy Fluctuation” and “The Imitation Peturbation,” when Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) dresses up as Sheldon (Jim Parsons) for Halloween.

Hamish Linklater, wearing a white priest outfit, has his hands in the air and looks up while standing on an altar, in "Midnight Mass."
Hamish Linklater stars as a spooky priest in “Midnight Mass.”

“Midnight Mass,” Netflix

If you haven’t caught the latest show from “The Haunting of Hill House” creator Mike Flanagan yet, now is the perfect time. Set in an isolated seaside town, the story follows residents such as ex-con Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) as they react to the arrival of a charismatic new priest, Father Paul (Hamish Linklater)

Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, Creed Bratton, Rainn Wilson sit at their desks in an office wearing various Halloween costumes.
“The Office” has a slew of memorable Halloween episodes featuring overly competitive costume competitions and office Halloween parties.
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“The Office, Peacock 

The long-running sitcom has a slew of hilarious Halloween themed episodes to dive into. In particular, Season 7’s “Costume Contest,” features an overly competitive office Halloween competition, Season 9 episode 5 “Here Comes Treble” features a memorable office party, in which Andy invites his Cornell acapella group to perform, and Season 8’s “Spooked” features Dwight (Rainn Wilson) donning a costume that confuses everyone.

“I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Amazon 

Amazon currently has the classic 1997 slasher movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe in addition to a new TV show of the same name starring Madison Iseman. Although the movie and the show are different, they have the same basic plot following teens who accidentally kill someone while driving home from a party. After they panic and resolve to keep it a secret, one year later, it becomes clear that somebody knows about their dark deed — and wants to punish them for it. 

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