Here’s What to Watch on TV This Halloween in 2022 [Vampires, Werewolves, and Jack Osbourne]
Our annual guide has something for everyone, whether you prefer anthologies or binge releases.
For those looking for a fright on Halloween, TV has plenty to offer. Bite Size Halloween is back for its third season with 20 new short films that combine horror, comedy, and science fiction; Hulu is also offering a Solar Opposites Halloween Special.
Werewolf by Night, a black-and-white feature film exclusive to Disney+, introduces Jack Russell (Gael Garca Bernal), a werewolf whose family has a long history in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Queer For Fear: The History of Queer Horror, a docuseries on Shudder, takes viewers on a journey charting the history of queerness within the horror genre, starting with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
There is an abundance of scary shows available on streaming services, but we’ve compiled a list of the best of the season for Halloween viewing.
1. Solar Opposites Halloween Special
Streaming on Hulu
Solar Opposites Halloween Special: The return of everyone’s favorite alien family for their first Halloween on Earth! Korvo and Yumyulack aren’t thrilled about Halloween, but Terry and their replicant Jesse are getting into the spirit of the season and preparing to decorate their home.
The Crypt Keeper (John Kassir, reprising his role as the voice of the iconic character from HBO’s Tales from the Crypt) is the result of Terry and Jesse’s decision to exhume a body and use dark magic to reanimate the corpse.
2. Werewolf by Night
Premieres October 7 on Disney+
Gael Garca Bernal stars as Jack Russell, a member of an elite team of monster hunters who must battle an evil beast while also vying for a powerful relic. Russell, like the other hunters, has a dark secret: he is a lycanthrope who fights evil using the abilities bestowed upon him by a curse passed down through his family’s bloodline.
The first MCU film to be released as a Marvel Studios Special Presentation, the black-and-white creature feature is directed by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up, The Incredibles).
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3. Hocus Pocus 2
Available on Disney+ Now!
As the three witches who stole the show in 1993 original, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are all back for more laughs. When Becca receives the Black Flame candle for her birthday, she and her best friend Izzy, both from Salem, bring the witches into the present day, nearly 30 years after the Sanderson sisters were resurrected.
As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, a group of high school students must prevent a coven of hungry witches from unleashing a new kind of havoc on Salem.
4. Interview with the Vampire
New episodes Sundays on AMC and AMC+
Rolin Jones (Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Friday Night Lights) has reimagined one of literature’s most haunted and immortal love stories in this adaptation of Anne Rice’s best-selling novel.
This version of Interview with the Vampire takes place in 1910 and focuses on Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson), a Creole Black man who owns a string of brothels in New Orleans’ red light district, Storyville.
Louis meets the mysterious Frenchman Lestat de Lioncourt, and he quickly falls under the spell of this seductive man. Eric Bogosian portrays journalist Daniel Molloy in his later years. Take a look at what we had to say.
5. Jack Osbourne’s Haunted Homecoming
Streaming on Discovery+, New Episodes Sundays Through October 16
Jack Osbourne goes back to his native United Kingdom to see his family and old haunts. The reality star travels throughout Buckinghamshire in search of answers to the mysterious and terrifying events that plagued him as a child.
During his travels, Osbourne visits several significant places from his formative years, including the house where he spent most of his time with his family, a local theatre, an old pub, and the haunted Missenden Abbey, to which he and his classmates frequently traveled on school field trips.
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6. Halloween Wars
New episodes Sundays at 10:00 PM ET on Food Network
There will be a contest between five teams of cake decorators, candy makers, and amazing pumpkin carvers to see who can scare us the most with the most amazing horror stories they can create using only sweets and gourds.
Hold on to the one you care about and don’t forget to bring your appetite. Monsters in London, Escape from Alcatraz, and A Coven of Confections are some of the games that pose a challenge.
7. Queer For Fear: The History of Queer Horror
Streaming on Shudder; New Episodes on Fridays Through October 21
Beginning with the literary roots of horror in the works of queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde, this four-part documentary series traces the evolution of the horror genre through a queer lens.
The narrative then meanders through Hitchcock and Universal’s classic monsters, the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century, and Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla-inspired dangerous queer women.
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Steak House, two seasoned pros in the horror genre, serve as executive producers for the series (By Hook or by Crook). Check out some of the prior coverage we’ve provided.
8. Bite-Size Halloween
Complete Third Season Streaming on Hulu
The short stories in this anthology of horror run the gamut from terrifying to hilarious. In “The Heritage,” a man makes a monumental discovery upon meeting his biological father for the first time; in “Bad Rabbit,” a timid woman finally stands up to her cruel, elderly mother with encouragement from a deranged friend; and in “Alone With Him,” a pregnant woman struggles to free herself after being trapped in a catastrophic car accident during a snowstorm.
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9. The Paloni Show! Halloween Special!
Premieres October 17 on Hulu
In the last ten years, Justin Roiland has created two critically acclaimed animated shows: Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites. However, in 2009, he attempted to sell Fox on an animated series called The Paloni Family Comedy Show, but the show was ultimately rejected.
The Halloween Special on Hulu breathes new life into that series. The Paloni brothers, Leroy, Reggie, and Cheruce, have been given the chance of a lifetime: they will host a Halloween special featuring terrifying cartoons created by some of the industry’s most promising new talent.
A number of talented voice actors, such as Roiland, Zach Hadel, Pamela Adlon, Vatche Panos, and Kari Wahlgren, are featured in the game.
10. The Devil’s Hour
Complete First Season Available October 28 on Prime Video
It’s the Devil’s Hour, and Lucy (Jessica Raine) always wakes up at 3:33 a.m. She will finally have her questions answered when Lucy’s name is mysteriously linked to a series of brutal murders in the area.
Actor Peter Capaldi portrays a nomadic recluse who is possessed by a homicidal compulsion. Starstruck’s Nikesh Patel, who plays compassionate detective Ravi Dhillon, leads the police manhunt for him.
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