Halloween 2021: The spooky films and TV shows to watch over the weird weekend

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Whether you’re staying in for the trick or treaters, nursing a hangover from hell or just want a good fright, there’s plenty on TV to keep you occupied across the Halloween weekend.

From classic horror films to spooky special editions of your favourite shows, grab some snacks and settle on the sofa for some scary watching...

Friday October 29

Ghostbusters (2016), E4 at 9pm

It’s the reboot - sorry. Kristen Wiig joins Melissa McCarthy again to save the city and, you got it, exterminate those ghosts.

The Prodigy (2019), Film4 at 9pm

Orange Is The New Black’s Taylor Schilling is having problems with her son whose bad behaviour is a result of being possessed by a serial killer. Obvs.

Pet Sematary (2019), Film 4 at 10.50pm

Based on the famously scary Stephen King novel, small town life turns terrifying as a beloved pet is buried and returns home the next day.

Zodiac (2007), BBC One at 11.25pm

Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. take on this chilling true story as a serial killer terrorises San Francisco, leaving a trail of complicated clues in his wake.

Get Out (2017), Film 4 at 12.55am

Meeting your partner’s parents is always a nerve-wracking experience but particularly in the case of Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris in this Oscar-winning picture.

47 Metres Down (2017), Channel 4 at 1am

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt are daredevil sisters who go cage-diving with sharks. What could possibly go wrong?

Saturday October 30

The Addams Family (1991), ITV at 1.55pm

The Halloween classic sees the ghoulish Addams family deal with an imposter pretending to be their missing Uncle Fester.

Goosebumps (2015), ITV2 at 4pm

Jack Black helps a group of teens attempt to capture monsters that have escaped from the pages of their books.

Addams Family Values (1993), Five at 4.05pm

This horror comedy sequel sees the Addams family welcoming a new arrival, much to the dismay of siblings Wednesday and Pugsley. Deadly shenanigans ensue.

It (2017), ITV at 9pm

Stephen King’s malevolent clown is taken to scary new heights in this reboot as Bill Skarsgård steps into Pennywise’s terrifying shoes.

Spitting Image: Halloween, ITV at 9.30pm

A spooky Halloween edition of the satirical puppet series.

The Exorcist (1973), BBC One at 10.40pm

Possessed by a demon, tween Regan is an actual nightmare. Expect 360 degree head turns and an infamous use of the crab gymnastics move.

World War Z (2013), Channel 4 at 10.55pm

It’s Brad Pitt versus zombies in this action horror flick. A former UN worker, he has to hunt down the cause of this undead plague.

Halloween (1978), Film4 at 10.55pm

In the first of many (MANY) installments, a young Jamie Lee Curtis meets the murderous Michael Myers.

Pyewacket (2017), Film4 1.20am

Moody teenagers are bad but Nicole Muñoz is truly the worst as she curses her mum for moving her away.

Halloween, Sunday October 31

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005), ITV2 at 2.10pm

A wedding goes wrong as Johnny Depp inadvertently marries a dead Helena Bonham Carter in this stop-motion animation.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018), ITV at 2.10pm

The R. L. Stein monsters are back as another group of brave teens attempt to trap them in their manuscript home.

The Witches (1990), Five at 3.40pm

Child-hating witches plot a grand scheme to turn the world’s youngsters into rodents in this creepy Roald Dahl classic that has been scaring kids (and adults!) for decades.

Beetlejuice (1988), Five at 5.35pm

The unkempt and unpleasant Betelgeuse is called in to help a deceased couple regain ownership of their home.

Doctor Who, BBC One at 6.25pm

A new series of Doctor Who begins with Jodie Whittaker at the helm of the TARDIS for the last time in this spooky special.

The Ring (2002), Film4 at 9pm

The American remake of the Japanese horror sees Naomi Watts stumble across a cursed videotape that promises to see her dead within seven days. Presumably, the 2021 equivalent would be a cursed meme or Spotify stream.

Celebrity Juice, ITV2 at 10pm

Keith Lemon brings the scares with a creepy edition of the panel show featuring regulars Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack, alongside guests Nick Grimshaw, Jordan North, Maisie Smith and Maya Jama.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014), BBC Two at 10.45pm

This spoof horror sees a flatshare of vampires struggle to adjust to mundane modern life in New Zealand, complete with bills, nights out and a cleaning rota.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Film4 at 11.15pm

An evil toymaker plans to murder America’s children with his festive but deadly masks. It’s a Halloween sequel minus Michael Myers.

Let the Right One In (2008), BBC Two at 12.05am

A small Swedish town becomes home to a young-looking vampire who befriends the bullied boy next door.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Film4 at 1.10am

A death by exorcism becomes the subject of a courtroom battle in this tale which is loosely based on a true story.

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