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A Spooky Guide to New Halloween Series, Movies, and Specials in October

From witches and talking cats to zombies and cold-blooded killers, there’s something creepy for everyone this month.

“Errementari,” “Charmed,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” “Creeped Out”

Netflix and The CW

Sunday, Oct. 21

”The Lover in the Attic: A True Story” (8 pm, Lifetime)
Lifetime is deep in its wheelhouse with this true tale of 1930s housewife Dolly who cheats on her husband Fred when she seduces repairman Otto. As the affair continues, Dolly moves Otto into the attic for easy access, but one night, during a heated argument between husband and wife, Otto emerges from hiding and kills Fred. Now the lovers have try to get away with murder.

”The Woman in White” (10 pm, PBS)
On a moonlit road at night, young art teacher Walter Hartright runs into a mysterious and distressed woman dressed all in white. He gives her directions and later learns from police that she has escaped from a nearby insane asylum. When he’s hired to teach drawing to a household in Cumberland, Walter gets pulled into a web of intrigue and lies that challenges him to uncover the truth before people’s lives are ruined. The five-part series is based on Wilkie Collins’ acclaimed novel, which is considered one of the first mystery novels and an early example of detective fiction.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

”Top Ten Deadliest Beasts” (8 pm, Smithsonian)
Forget sharks and bears. Smithsonian Channel looks at the deadliest animals of all time, meaning over the last half a billion years. These prehistoric predators are truly terrifying and range from the well-known Tyrannosaurus rex to the giant lizard Megalania.

Thursday, Oct. 25

”Legacies” (The CW)
Julie Plec’s second spinoff from “The Vampire Diaries” takes place two years after the events of “The Originals.” Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), the descendant of vampire, werewolf, and witch bloodlines, is one of the many troubled and supernaturally powered teens who attends the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted. As these adolescents try to control their abilities, their hormones and other impulses battle for dominance.


Friday, Oct. 26

”Castlevania” (Netflix)
The medieval fantasy anime series based on the video game returns for its second season of mayhem and violence as Trevor Belmont continues to battle the bloodthirsty Vlad Dracula Tepes.

”Channel Zero: The Dream Door” (11 pm, Syfy)

"Channel Zero: The Dream Door"

“Channel Zero: The Dream Door”


Syfy will sate its viewers’ appetites for creepypasta with this adaptation of Charlotte Bywater’s short story, “Hidden Door.” In the latest installment of the anthology series, newlyweds Jillian (Maria Sten) and Tom (Brandon Scott) discover a strange door in their basement and the secrets they’ve kept from each other start to threaten their relationship and their lives. The series will air over six consecutive nights, culminating on Halloween night. Also, all episodes will also be available on Oct. 26 through VOD following the premiere.

”Midnight, Texas” (9 pm, NBC)
When the series returns for its second season, the town of misfits must contend with a few changes: a hotel/holistic spa has moved into town, Manfred (Francois Arnaud) must deal with the aftereffects of being possessed, Olivia (Arielle Kebbel) now shares a psychic bond with Lem (Peter Mensah) after sharing his blood, Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) losing her virginity has had an effect on her magic, and Bobo (Dylan Bruce) is now the new owner of the Cartoon Saloon.

”Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Netflix)
Based on the Archie Comics update of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” the hellish drama stars Kiernan Shipka as the titular teenager who is half-mortal, half-witch. On her 16th birthday, she must make a fateful choice about her future, while lurking in the shadows is a person whose intentions toward Sabrina’s family are suspect. Expect plenty of spellcasting, demons, ghosts, and all manner of dark magic in this 10-episode season.

Kiernan Shipka, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"

Kiernan Shipka, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

Diyah Pera/Netflix

Saturday, Oct. 27

”Dead in the Water” (9 pm, Syfy)
“The Bold Type” actress Nikohl Boosheri stars as one of many women who comprise the all-female crew on a boat. When they’re deep out in the middle of nowhere, they suddenly find themselves having to deal with a dangerous invader on their ship.

”Zombie at 17” (8 pm, Lifetime)
Tia Scott may only be 17, but she has adult-sized problems. The high-school student realizes that she’s caught a virus that is slowly turning her into a zombie and turns to a student with knowledge of the paranormal for help.

Monday, Oct. 29

”A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway” (10 pm, NBC)
This televised concert is a festive stay-at-home spectacle that features the reunion of Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, the original Elphaba and Glinda, who will perform their signature songs in addition to hosting the special. Guest performers include Ariana Grande, Pentatonix, and more.

Wednesday, Oct. 31 – HALLOWEEN NIGHT

”Stan Against Evil” (10 pm, IFC)
The comedy horror series’ third season is more subversive than ever as Stan (John C. McGinley) and Evie (Janet Varney) continue to battle nightmarish monsters in Willard’s Mill after the end of Season 2 unleashed hell on earth. Fans can also expect Evie’s ex-husband dressed like a giant moth and a puppet-themed episode inspired by Peter Jackson’s “Meet the Feebles.”

”Tell Me a Story” (CBS All Access)
Kevin Williamson (“Scream,” “The Faculty”) ushers in the dark tale of greed, revenge, and murder that interweaves three modern updates of beloved fairy tales: The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. The series stars Billy Magnussen, Kim Cattrall, Danielle Campbell, Paul Wesley, James Wolk, Dania Ramirez, Sam Jaeger, Davi Santos, Zabryna Guevara, and Dorian Missick.


”Supernatural” marathon (8 am- 8pm, TNT)
Curated episodes from four seasons of “Supernatural” will air in an all-day marathon that will trace Sam and Dean Winchester’s adventures as demon hunters on the back roads of America. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester,” “Hollywood Babylon,” “Monster Movie,” “Ghostfacers,” and “Bloody Mary” are just some of the fan-favorite episodes that will air.

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