Halloween may be for one day a year, so don’t settle for mediocre! Netflix has created the ultimate stream and scream guide to streams and screams. A guide with enough spooky titles and inspiration to keep you in the spirit throughout the all of Halloween.
Whether you are planning to head out for a night of trick or treating, or you are hunkering down at home to hand out the treats to all the little ghouls and goblins, Netflix has something for everyone to watch. Some of the top shows in my stream or scream guide being…
Scream. In the small town of Lakewood, the murder of a high school student stirs memories of a similar slaying that took place 20 years earlier of a crime spree that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just spawned a new executioner.
Bates Motel. After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay, giving herself and teenage son Norman a chance to begin anew. Shy Norman is reluctant at first, but with the help of his mother — with whom he shares an intensely close relationship — the boy begins to open up to others and make new friends. Some locals, however, aren’t as friendly and welcoming to the Bates, who discover that because White Pine Bay isn’t as peaceful as it appears, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive.
The Walking Dead: Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the weeks and months following a zombie apocalypse. Led by police officer Rick Grimes, his family and a group of other survivors find themselves constantly on the move in search of a safe and secure home. The pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty. Rick is quick to discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.
Black Mirror: This sci-fi anthology series explores twisted, high-tech near future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House: Hired to care for a reclusive elderly author, a live-in nurse comes to believe her house is haunted.
Stranger Things: Joyce Byers lives in a small Indiana town in 1983. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries. Mysteries that involve secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.
The Purge: Anarchy: One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish — including murder — without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: The film follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life. He plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry.
Hotel Translyvania: When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula’s Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. .
Are You Afraid of the Dark? This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods; where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of the his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.
As you can see from my stream and scream guide, Netflix has you covered.
If you’re the parent who happens to be staying home for front-door duty on Halloween, take the opportunity to curl up and catch up on all the freaky films and scary series on Netflix.
One problem with taking on the door duty responsibility is that for every jump, scare and bump in the night, there’s a leaden ding-dong at your door that reverberates through the house. After gathering yourself, you realize it’s just the doorbell, hit pause on the show you’re watching, and greet the little trick or treaters that await.
You can minimize the effect of your doorbell disruptions by consulting Netflix’s “Pause and Effect” guide which offers suggestions for titles to watch at different points on your local trick-or-treating timeline (image below). Fast and fun shows like Friends and Fuller House are best to watch between 7 – 8 pm during peak trick or treating time, saving Stranger Things for when all your little neighbours are nestled in bed.