TV shows and movies for spooky season

Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor

Summer is almost over, and before we know it, it will be October, and “spooky season” will be among us. For those of us who don’t want to wait another two weeks, here are some horror and thriller TV and movies to get everyone ready for the Halloween season. 


Dexter: The TV show “Dexter” is about a sociopath who kills people he believes deserve to die. The catch is that he works for the police station to maintain his safety. This show is bingeable and perfect for people who prefer thrillers over horror. All eight seasons of the show are available on Netflix.


American Horror Story: This one is pretty obvious. The popular anthology series is available on both Netflix and Hulu, and there are many seasons to choose from, all great for the Halloween season. 


Supernatural: “Supernatural” is a long-running show about two brothers who fight off, well, the supernatural. The show is actually coming to an end, so now is a good time to start the journey on Netflix. 


Scream Queens: Directed by the same guy that does “American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens” is a slasher comedy about a college campus that is targeted by a serial killer. The show was canceled, but the two seasons it lasted are available on Hulu. 


Pet Sematary: Nothing says spooky season quite like a good Stephen King movie. “Pet Sematary” is about a burial site that brings those buried in it back to life, and the 2019 remake of the film is available to stream on Hulu. 


A Quiet Place: As a fan of both horror and “The Office,” this movie, directed by John Krasinski, has it all. The movie follows a family in a post-apocalyptic world where their lives depend on their ability to stay quiet. The film is available on Hulu.


Insidious: What would this list be without some demonic possession? “Insidious” is a supernatural horror film about a young boy who becomes possessed after he astral projects into another realm when he falls asleep. The movie is suspenseful and has a few jumpscares and is available to watch on Netflix. 


Creep: This hidden gem is available on Netflix and has a sequel that is just as good as the first. The best way to describe this movie is off-putting, and you won’t expect anything that happens next. 


Sinister: One of my personal favorites, “Sinister” is exactly what the title says it is. The movie is very dark and may not be suitable for some viewers, so watching the trailer beforehand is a good idea. The film follows a true-crime author as he moves his family into a house where several families were mysteriously murdered throughout the years. If you are up to watch, “Sinister” is on Netflix. 


The Silence of the Lambs: Although this is more of a thriller, this 90s movie is a classic and fits the October vibe perfectly. “The Silence of the Lambs” is about a student in the FBI training academy, Clarice Starling, who is put on a case to find and capture Buffalo Bill, a serial killer. She interviews the terrifying Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a cannibal psychiatrist who was put behind bars after being caught. The movie is very suspenseful and still holds up today. “The Silence of the Lambs” is available to stream on Netflix.