If you're all Halloween-ed out from this past weekend, or you're keeping things low key this year, here are some must watch Halloween TV and movies to stream in between handing out candy (and keeping the good ones for yourself). Grab a KitKat and click "Read More" to see the whole list!
1. Hocus Pocus. Unless you've been asleep for the past 20 years just waiting for someone to come light the black flame candle, you've seen and love Hocus Pocus. It's less about watching this and more about seeing just how many times you can watch it during October. Watch on FreeForm or the FreeForm app.
2. Pretty Little Liars Pilot & Halloween episodes. Remember the PLL pilot? The sleepover in the barn, Aria's purple hair, the first time all of their phones went off at the same time. Ah, memories. Relive how it all started and then pop over to Halloween episodes, like S3 ep13 where we all became a little terrified of trains (rip Garrett). Watch all seasons on Netflix, or the FreeForm app.
3. Parenthood Halloween episode. Oh, Parenthood. We lost you too soon. Luckily, we can hop on Netflix and re-live our Braverman love, including S2 ep6, aptly titled "Orange Alert". Highlights include Julia trying to handle Sydney's choice to be a pageant queen, Kristina trying to talk her neighborhood into not having any candles (and dressing as a q-tip), Amber in her banana suit, and Zeek's love for the holiday. In classic Parenthood fashion, this episode comes with all the feels, especially the ending. Watch on Netflix.
4. Stranger Things. I'll admit that up until this past weekend, I hadn't seen Stranger Things at all. I'm not great with scary things (as you can tell from my list so far, considering this is the most family friendly Halloween watch list ever) however, I was lucky enough to feel really run-down this weekend and finally decided to give it a whirl. Three days later, I have now seen all of S1, all of S2, and all of Beyond Stranger Things, a series of interviews and behind-the-scenes info. I will tell you that I was pretty freaking terrified during most of season 1, but it's truly worth the risk. Don't miss out, you'll love this show. Watch on Netflix (because they were wise enough to not pass on the genius that is The Duffer Brothers).
5. New Girl "Keaton" (S3 ep6). I'm not sure why I love New Girl so much but I can frequently be found cracking up with an episode on in the background. Honestly, it might just be because I have bangs that I feel such a kinship for Jess and CeCe (and the boys, of course). The first Halloween episode (S2 ep6) is great, but I prefer the season 3 Halloween episode, as it involves the plot line of Schmidt's childhood friend, Michael Keaton. Plus, Jess dresses up as Joey Ramona Quimby, because of course she would, and honestly aren't you a little bit wishing you could change your costume last minute? Me too, friend. Me too. Watch on Netflix or the FoxNow app.
6. Girl vs. Monster. Oh, what's that? You've never heard of this movie? Of course you haven't, it's a Disney Channel Original Movie (or DCOM, for those in the know)! This movie is so fantastic and also so terrible, in that way that only Disney can do. It's not scary at all yet has a decent plot about a teenager who has no idea her parents hunt monsters, nor that she's also bound for the same career. As bonuses, there's a few musical numbers and also the face of Luke Benward. Pretty much anything that's a part of Monstober, Disney Channel's month-long programming in October, is fantastic. I understand if you're now questioning my viewing choices all around, but don't lose heart quite yet. Watch on Netflix or the Disney Channel app, DisneyNOW.
7. Grey's Anatomy Halloween episodes. You've got your pick here for early on Grey's or many-years-later Grey's (but pre-Derek leaving us, may we all take a moment here). S4 ep5 features Meredith running around the hospital with those ashes, the adorable little boy seeking ears, and the annual chainsaw pumpkin carving contest, which would only ever happen near Grey Sloane Memorial, let's be honest. Bummer is Ava/Rebecca is back (this character is one of my least faves), but Edward Herrmann is there in all his Richard Gilmore glory as Norman, the intern. S10 ep7 features a much more grown up cast, parents to enough kids that Meredith and Derek host a Halloween party, on-going drama between Cristina and Meredith, and the crazy zombie guy. Both are fine choices but S4 has got my vote. Watch on Netflix.
8. 13 Reasons Why. Not exactly a scary show, this drama will keep you on the edge of your seat (just kidding, we all know you're on the couch) as you gather more info each episode. As a bonus, if you watch this after the Parenthood episode listed above, you can really freak yourself out over how radically different Miles Heizer looks (and acts). Watch on Netflix.
9. Hart of Dixie Halloween episode. Season 2 episode 5 has us enjoying Halloween in Bluebell, Alabama, wherein Lemon is jealous, George is sleepwalking, Zoe is convinced she's being haunted, and AnnaBeth comes up with a scheme for once. This weird little show has a lot of great acting, quick dialogue, excellent set design, and such a positive, lighthearted feel that no one will be scared watching. Watch on Netflix.
10. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Last but not least, everyone's favorite little Peanuts gather together to celebrate Halloween. Linus is precious as ever, awaiting the Great Pumpkin, but most of the gang is set on other plans. Sally can't decide between kicking it with Linus or trick-or-treating, but winds up staying beside her beloved. Lucy causes generally bossing, Snoopy causes general silliness, and Charlie gets rocks when he tries to trick-or-treat. Thus is life with the Peanuts gang. Watch it on ABC Go app.
If you haven't already, check out mine and Henry Bear's very own great pumpkin costumes, and our other Halloween looks over on Instagram.