Halloween is on a Monday this year, which means you’ll have a whole weekend to enjoy your favorite movies and shows to get in the spirit of this spooky holiday. Here are just a few ideas of what you can watch with the roommate for Halloween weekend. Of course, viewer discretion is advised for some of these entries.
If You Want to Go Old School
The Twilight Zone
No Halloween marathon is complete without Rod Serling’s 1960s masterpiece. Iconic episodes like “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” “It’s a Good Life” and “To Serve Man,” are on our must-watch list. It also includes gems like “Twenty-Two,” “Five Characters In Search of an Exit,” “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?” and “I Am the Night—Color Me Black.”
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror
You can catch a new Treehouse of Horror every year, but nothing compares to the classic episodes from the first decade of the show’s run. Our absolute favorite has to be Treehouse of Horror V, which features “The Shinning,” “Time and Punishment” and “Nightmare Cafeteria.” Even if you’re not a Simpsons fan, you’re sure to appreciate this horror/comedy mash-up.
Are you afraid of the dark?
If you were a Nickelodeon kid in the 1990s, then you probably remember this show. The tales are endearing, and their life lessons are not to be taken for granted. The scares won’t hold up, but we dare you to watch that intro alone at night. Besides, who of us didn’t wish we were part of the Midnight Society?
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
You don’t need an introduction for this movie. All you need to know is in the title!
Charlie Brown plus your favorite season is always a good call.
For a good scare
Plus, the story line about astral projections gives the movie a good plot, something you don’t always see in horror movies.
A nice throwback to a time before the found-footage genre became too overplayed, “Paranormal Activity” still has its fair share of jump-scares. The recordings of a family haunted by an evil spirit is not a new concept, but the shaky-cam effect makes you feel like it could happen to you.
The Conjuring 2
It’s rare that a sequel surpasses the original, but “The Conjuring 2” was just that good. This is one you definitely want the roommate for, if for no other reason than that cringe-worthy scene of the Crooked Man.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The creepy little tune those jump-rope girls sing may be the only thing scarier than Freddy Krueger stalking your dreams and making your nightmares come to life.
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you,” is not exactly a lullaby you want to fall asleep to.
“Halloween” was made precisely for this night. It has an iconic soundtrack and one of the most recognizable masks of the slasher sub-genre. The pace is a little slow, but that final sequence of Michael Myers and Laurie in the house makes it well worth the wait.
Dawn of the Dead
You knew one of these was going to be a zombie movie! George A. Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” defined what would become the zombie genre. The effects are not the best, but for a zombie movie, all you need to know is that those creatures are out to eat you.
Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend! We’ll totally understand if you sleep with the light on just this once.