Growing up, for me one of the best parts of Halloween was always the final night of the "13 nights of Halloween" on what was then FOX Family, and is now ABC Family. You would leave the house 30 minutes into Casper Meets Wendy, starring a pre-Lizzie McGuire Hillary Duff, and excitedly return home to Hocus Pocus, watching it as you unwrapped Halloween candy on the living room floor. While our trick or treating days may be behind us, we can still enjoy the magic that is the Halloween movie marathon.
Though our tastes may be a bit more grown up, and most of us can stomach some scary Halloween thrills, there are still Halloween movie marathons for everyone. There are horror fests for the thrill seeker. Nostalgic throwbacks for those of us who are still kids at heart. And marathons for those who are actual kiddos. Here’s a guide to all of the movies you can marathon on TV this Halloween.
1. ABC Family’s "13 Nights Of Halloween" Sendoff
It’s true, you can go home again. "13 Nights of Halloween" still exists on ABC Family. The Halloween fun begins at 7 a.m. with Batman and continues throughout the day with Batman Returns (10 a.m.), Poltergeist (12:30 p.m.), Sleepy Hollow (3 p.m.), The Nightmare Before Christmas (5:30 p.m.), double Hocus Pocus (7 p.m. and 9:15), and finally Sleepy Hollow again at 11:30 p.m. There's also a full calendar of "13 Nights of Halloween" on ABC Family online in case you want to start your marathon before Oct. 31.
2. AMC's "FearFest" Hosts A Halloween Marathon
Learn about the original Scream Queen, Dean Munsch (aka Jamie Lee Curtis), on AMC this Hallows' Eve. You can watch the Halloween film franchise all day starting at 6:30 a.m., though the movies are appearing out of order, so here's AMC's Halloween schedule.
3. FX’s Twilight Marathon
Spend Halloween with Bella and Edward. The Twilight films will air in order from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a Scream Queens marathon.
4. IFC’s Nightmare On Elm Street Marathon
Or spend the day with Freddy and IFC, beginning at 7:15 a.m.
5. The Last Of SyFy’s "31 Days Of Halloween"
SyFy's "31 Days of Halloween Spook-a-Thon 2015" culminates on Oct. 31 with Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively. The network will also air The Omen, 1408, Blade II, The Conjuring, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning on Halloween.
6. Disney Channel's "Monstober"
After kicking off Halloween at 9:30 a.m. with the short Toy Story of TERROR!, Disney channel's "Monstober" will air Halloween TV episodes for the rest of the day.
7. TCM's Classic Horror
Turner Classic Movies will air classic horror films all day, like White Zombie (1932), which is often regarded as the first zombie film.
8. MTV's Classic '90s Horror
MTV will also be airing horror classics — or those regarded as classics by '90s kids — The Craft (1:50 p.m.), Scream (4:10 p.m.), Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (7:00 p.m.), and Bride of Chucky (9:00 p.m.).
9. Sundance's Stephen King Marathon
Sundance is hosting a Stephen King marathon all day on Halloween with (in order) Silver Bullet, Firestarter, Cujo, Pet Sematary, and The Shining.
So no matter how you celebrate Halloween, rest assured you'll have plenty of great spooky movies to come home to.
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