Feeling spooky but lacking in plans? No worries: scare yourself silly with our wrap-up of the most terror-ific TV, movies, music and activities to see, hear and do this Halloween…
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Looking for some terrifying TV? Why not dive headfirst into Halloween with the latest season of American Horror Story on NOW TV Entertainment? Presented for the first time as a documentary, American Horror Story: Roanoke features faux interviews and dramatic reenactments. It follows the story of married couple Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Matt Miller (Andre Holland) who move into an isolated haunted mansion in North Carolina. The house, of course, is on the site of the infamous pre-16th century Lost Colony of Roanoke, where more than 100 people once vanished without trace – except for the word ‘Croatoan’ carved into a tree. This is the sixth instalment in the Emmy and Golden Globe winning horror anthology, and it could be its best season yet!
If you’re still not sufficiently spooked, we recommend you continue your haunted-house themed viewing with three-part drama The Enfield Haunting. All the spookier for its suburban setting, the series is based around the real-life events of autumn 1977, when paranormal activity supposedly plagued a north London council house and its occupants in Britain’s most documented poltergeist case. Already up with the Enfield ghost? Go behind the scenes with NOW TV’s special ‘making of’ episode.
Over on Netflix, the the streaming giant has recently resurrected a whole ‘Halloween Favourites’ category to make it even easier to hunt out shows guaranteed to provide shock and gore.
Seeking an eerie series? Sci-fi Stranger Things has been the cult hit of the summer, and for good reason. Follow the disappearance of young boy Will Byers as his friends, family and local police search for answers – only to delve deep into the supernatural with the aid of one very strange telekinetic girl. The show stars Winona Ryder as Will’s mother Joyce and David Harbour as chief of Hawkins Police Department, Jim Hopper, both of whom are set to return in Stranger Things’ eagerly-anticipated season two. Now’s the time to get onboard.
Looking for something a little lighter? Described by the New York Times as a “goofily amusing mockumentary,” What We Do in the Shadows is the perfect palate cleanser. Starring Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords, the spooky New Zealand-made comedy focuses on the dynamics of four vampires in a suburban house share. Not your average SpareRoom set-up, but – somewhat strangely – we can relate.
Tune in to terror on Spotify this month with playlists for everyone – from Disney fans to die-hard rockers. We’ve rounded up a few of the more interesting to entertain and inspire.
Halloween Hipster Playlist
Don’t lose your cool this Halloween with Spotify’s ultimate Halloween Hipster Playlist. Over seven hours of everything from Talking Heads to Bat for Lashes should set a sufficiently scary scene. Pair it with your best ironic costume for maximum effect.
Halloween Themes and Horror Soundtracks
Star in your own horror movie with this chilling compilation. Moving from the more modern Stranger Things theme through to classics like Twin Peaks, it’s a swift but spooky cinematic journey, guaranteed to raise the spirits.
Halloween Love Songs
Love Halloween? Show us how you really feel with this haunting collection of creepy love songs. Black Magic Woman, Strange Brew and Rihanna’s Disturbia – all the goodies make the cut. At 100 minutes long, our only gripe is: we want more!
The Ultimate Halloween Playlist
Seeking something a little less niche? This should satisfy all souls. It’s just over six hours long, but it’s all killer, no filler. A winning choice for your Halloween shindig or airplay in the office.
Capital’s Monster Mash-Up has your Halloween party sorted. But with tickets already sold out for Liverpool you’d better get in quick for Manchester and London. Featuring some of the world’s biggest stars – including Tinie Tempah, Craig David, Sigala and the Chainsmokers, good times are guaranteed. See you for a frighteningly good night Thursday 27 October at the Liverpool Guild of Students, Friday 28 October at Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith London and Sunday 30 October at the Manchester Academy.
There’s something spooky happening at the UK’s biggest Zoo this half term, too. Boo at the Zoo is back at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, and it comes complete with a free pumpkin carving class if you book online. Enjoy a range of Halloween-themed activities as well as special spooky versions of the zoo’s popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations, from 22-31 October.
Museums across the UK are throwing their doors open after-hours between 27 and 29 October to showcase their exhibitions in unexpected ways. Highlights include ghost tours at the American Museum in Britain, Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Halloween spectacular, and the haunted house experience at St John’s House Museum in Warwick. It’s part of a biannual initiative by charity Culture24. See the website for more info about museum openings near you.
Seeking further entertainment? Check out our essential October entertainment mix for what to watch and listen to this month.