If the idea of coming face-to-face with a ghoulish ghost fills you with dread, then it’s probably best to stay indoors this Halloween. And, with TV shows and movies ranging from a little spooky to down-right terrifying, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our top picks for this Halloween week.
Friday 26 October at 10pm
If you’re the type of person who wouldn’t buy a house built on Indian burial grounds, then Most Haunted is probably your type of show. It’s presented by Yvette Fielding, and follows paranormal investigators as they try to uncover the dark secrets of places across the UK and Ireland. In this new episode, the team investigates paranormal disturbances at the Leopard Inn pub, a former hotel that seems to have a few lingering guests.
Saturday 27 October at 10:20pm
This modern classic isn’t your typical teen horror. Sure, there’s a bit of blood and gore and the plot’s simple enough – a knife-wielding killer is targeting high school students in suburbia. But unlike its rivals, Scream’s ability to parody the horror genre whilst still being edge-of your seat suspenseful makes it a thoroughly entertaining watch.
The cast also reads like a who’s who of ‘90s teen movies, with great performances from the likes of Drew Barrymore, Matthew Lillard, Neve Campbell, and Courtney Cox.
Inside No. 9 Live Halloween Special
Sunday 28 October at 10pm
It’s the 25th episode of the anthology series and Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are bringing us a live Halloween special. The story starts with a good Samaritan’s attempt to return a mobile phone he’s found in a graveyard. However, his kindness isn’t rewarded, and things start to turn a little bit nightmarish.
Monday 29 October at 10:45pm
Critically acclaimed, this British horror follows Sarah and her friends as they explore caves deep in the forests of North Carolina. Everything seems to be going well – there’s plenty of fun and frolics. But it doesn’t take long before they realise they’re not alone in the underground labyrinth. Claustrophobic, with some terrific performances, this is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a grown-up horror with plenty of emotional depth.
Celebrity Road Trip: Lost in Transylvania
Wednesday 31 October at 9pm
If you’re looking to shield yourself from Halloween frights, then Celebrity Road Trip might be more your thing. Reality TV stars Chris Hughes, Mark Francis, Bobby Norris and Dan Osborne, have been let loose in beautiful Romania to discover the real story of Dracula (secretly, we’re hoping for a follow up show where Van Helsing visits Essex).
Wednesday 31 October at 9pm
This chilling period horror isn’t for the faint of heart. Set in the wilderness of 1630’s New England, the story centres on a group of settlers struggling to deal with the disappearance of a child. Was it witchcraft? Or is there a more human explanation? Even if you’re not a huge fan of horror, this disturbing piece of work is definitely worth a watch.
And if you’re thinking about heading over to Netflix or Amazon……….
The Purge (TV series)
Watch now on Amazon Prime
The original Purge movie was a huge hit thanks to its horrifying premise: for one night a year, all crime, including vandalism, murder, arson and theft, is legal. What could go wrong? If you’ve seen the movies, then you know the answer is pretty much everything. This small screen adaptation follows seven unrelated characters as they try to survive the night.
Under the Shadow
Watch now on Netflix
If you’re looking to expand your horror horizons, Under the Shadow gives the conventional ghost story a twist by introducing elements of Middle Eastern mysticism. With the Iran-Iraq War as its backdrop, this unsettling horror follows a mother as she fights against a supernatural entity that’s tormenting her daughter. Tension is ratcheted up not only by the increasingly aggressive wind spirit, but also the rules placed on her by living under a strict religious government.