Favorite Halloween movie/TV show picks from the WAVE 3 News team

In the mood to watch something scary (or not-so-scary) this Halloween? Several of our WAVE 3 News team members got together and put together a list of our favorite Halloween movies and TV shows. So grab the popcorn and turn off the lights, it's time to get spooked!

Tawana Andrew - WAVE 3 News Meteorologist/Web Producer

Hocus Pocus (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“Great story, great actors. It’s a classic!”

Halloweentown (TV-G)

Stream on DisneyNow

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“It has my favorite line from a movie ever that I quote constantly. ‘Being normal is vastly overrated.'”

Miles Jackson - Photojournalist

Ernest Scared Stupid (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Mike Hoffman - Traffic Manager

Halloweentown (TV-G)

Stream on DisneyNow

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“A not so scary Disney movie.

Me and my 4-year-old daughter watched when it first premiered on The Disney Channel.

21 years later it is still our tradition to watch Halloweentown during the Halloween season.

Besides candy this movie is one of the best things about Halloween.”

Todd Galloway - Media Analytics Director

An American Werewolf in London (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“This movie holds up pretty well despite being over 35 years old.  It is scary and funny with great performances from David Naughton and Griffin Dunne.”

Shannon Cogan - WAVE 3 News Anchor

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“I’m not much of a scary movie person, but I remember so well watching A Nightmare on Elm Street films.  Freddy Krueger scared the heck out of me.  I seriously think I didn’t sleep for a week.”

Carolyn Williams - Assistant News Director

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV-Y7)

Purchase seasons on Amazon / Apple TV

“When the kids were little our family used to love watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? on Nickelodeon. The series’ first episode aired on Halloween night 1990 and repeats ran periodically until 2000. It was just scary enough to appeal to the adults but not keep the children up at night. We’d all cuddle on pillows and cushions in front of the tv on Saturday nights and turn on Nickelodeon. Just the music was enough to cause some squealing and thrills.”

Scott Isaacs - Marketing Producer

The Addams Family (1991) (PG-13)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

 

Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Unrated)

Stream on Amazon Prime / The Roku Channel

Rent on Apple TV / Google Play

Twin Peaks / Twin Peaks: The Return (TV-14 / TV-MA)

Stream the original series on Hulu

Stream ‘The Return’ on Showtime

(Editor’s note: If you plan on taking the long, mesmerizing trip through ‘Twin Peaks’, you’ll want to watch the movie Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (R) between the original series and ‘The Return’.

Rent the movie on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play)

Dawne Gee - WAVE 3 News Anchor

Halloween is a pretty big deal for me.  I LOVE HORROR and SCI-FI.  So here we go:

Best Scary of all Scariest is: The Exorcist (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Werewolf is: American Werewolf in London (R) or Silver Bullet (R)

American Werewolf in London – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Silver Bullet – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Sci-Fi: Aliens (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Dracula: Salem’s Lot (Unrated) or Bram Stoker’s Dracula (R)

Salem’s Lot – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Witch: The Blair Witch Project (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Zombie: World War Z (PG-13) or Quarantine (R) (I don’t like funny scary movies but love Shaun of the Dead (R))

World War Z – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Quarantine – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Shaun of the Dead – Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Ghost: The Conjuring 2 (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Boogie Man: Halloween (1978) (R)

Stream on The Roku Channel  Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Best Scary Movie that Changed the Way You Do Things: Jaws (PG)”

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Steve Tomanchek - General Sales Manager

The Shining (1980) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

 

Dracula (1931) (Unrated)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“Any Dracula movie is great!”

Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (Unrated)

Stream on Amazon Prime

Connie Leonard - WAVE 3 News Anchor

Movie Picks:

The Blair Witch Project (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Burnt Offerings (PG)

Rent on Amazon

Carrie (1976) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Cat’s Eye (PG-13)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Exorcist (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Friday the 13th (1980) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Get Out (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Ghost Story (1981) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Halloween (1978) (R)

Stream on The Roku Channel

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Jaws (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Omen (1976) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Rear Window (1954) (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Scream (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Shining (1980) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Silence of the Lambs (R)

Stream on Amazon Prime

Rent on Apple TV / Google Play

 

TV Show Picks:

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV-PG)

Stream on Hulu

American Horror Story (TV-MA)

Stream on Amazon Prime / Hulu / Netflix

The Twilight Zone (1959) (TV-PG)

Stream on Amazon Prime / Hulu / Netflix

Unsolved Mysteries (TV-14)

Stream on Amazon Prime

Devin Kroh - Director

Sleepy Hollow (1999) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Amityville Horror (2005) (R)

Stream on Amazon Prime / Hulu

The Cabin in the Woods (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Jeremiah Khampadith - Master Control Operator

The Others (PG-13)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“Not really a Halloween-themed flick, but Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others is a one-of-a-kind, extraordinarily-written, cinematically-gorgeous masterpiece.

Set in 1945, this film shows how a devout Catholic mother (Nicole Kidman) and her two children deal with apparent paranormal activity that’s suddenly occurring in their Channel Islands home.

The Others is a spooky and surprising psychological thriller that doesn’t use blood and guts to leave an impression.”

Sameera Reza-Cooper - Success Manager

Child’s Play (1988) (R)

Stream on Amazon Prime / Hulu

“A possessed doll? Hilarious lol. It’s so out there and over the top that it honestly makes me laugh more than it scares me.”

Hocus Pocus (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“Because it’s a classic! It never gets old and it just gives you that Halloween feeling every year around this time.”

Jeepers Creepers (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“For whatever reason my husband and I watch this every year, we aren’t really frightened by it but something about the story line brings us back every year! Plus the scary guy in it does the weirdest/creepiest/funniest things.”

Justin Logan - WAVE 3 News Meteorologist

Halloween: H20 (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Liz Adelberg - News Producer

Halloween (1978) (R)

Stream on The Roku Channel

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“The theme song alone just creeps me out.
Michael Myers is the ultimate boogeyman. Slow, lumbering, silent. Sure gets around for a guy with no car.”

 

James Thomas - Photojournalist

The Devil’s Advocate (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Mahala Duff - Sales Manager

Hocus Pocus (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Roz Jones - Sales Assistant

The Omen (1976) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Friday the 13th (1980) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

The Ring (PG-13)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

It (2017) (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Sean Baute - WAVE 3 News Reporter

Scooby-Doo (2002) (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“This movie’s a lot of fun!”

Shaun of the Dead (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“I really like the funny take on the whole apocalyptic setting.”

Jeff Knight - Photojournalist

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

Valerie Paxton - Executive Producer

The Haunting of Hill House (TV-MA)

Stream on Netflix

“This scary series is loosely based on the novel that has inspired other movies. It flashes between the past and present to tell a story that’s full of family drama, intertwined with a terrifying ghost story. There were scenes that made me jump, and one episode in particular that kept me awake at night.”

Don’t Breathe (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“This movie’s title is accurate, because there were times when I didn’t breathe! Three teens end up trapped inside a blind man’s home, after breaking into it. The tables are quickly turned on them, as the homeowner fights back. If you’re looking for an intense horror film to keep your heart racing, this is it!”

Room on the Broom (G)

Stream on Netflix

“This is a 25 minute short, based on the children’s book, that was actually nominated for an Oscar. It’s a great, quick watch with my toddler that’s super cute and entertaining for the entire family.”

Hocus Pocus (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“It’s not the Halloween season if we haven’t watched this movie! It seems to be a cult classic for those of us who grew up in the 90s. My kid is too young to follow the story, but he seems to be entertained by the Sanderson sisters. We all love it!”

Makayla Ballman - Producer

Saw (R)

Stream on Hulu

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“I’m not a scary movie person. As a kid my dad made me watch Child’s Play and ever since then I’ve been terrified of Chucky. But Jigsaw? He’s genius. Picking the lesser of two evils before the clock runs out and you lose your life. It always gets my gears grinding and really makes me think about life.”

Dustin Vogt - Web Producer

Stranger Things (TV-14)

Stream on Netflix

“This show pays homage to so many classic horror films, Stephen King novels and 80s memorabilia, but really makes it it’s own thing. The cast is phenomenal and there are some really good scares!”

 

Ghostbusters (1984) (PG)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“What’s a Halloween without a putting on a Proton pack and bustin’ some ghosts?”

The Monster Squad (PG-13)

Stream on Amazon Prime / Hulu

“Why have a movie with just one monster, when you can have this one where The Monster Squad goes up against Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and Frankenstein’s monster? A great horror comedy that’s a real hidden gem.”

Zombieland (R)

Rent on Amazon / Apple TV / Google Play

“More in the mood for a Halloween comedy? This takes the zombie movie genre and plays the whole thing for laughs. There’s a lot of good gags in this one, and an interesting cameo or two.”

We hope this list helped you find an old favorite film or try something new!

Happy Halloween!

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