By: Mikey Rox*/Special toTRT—
Before the ghoulish parties kick off and trick-or-treaters roam the night, curl up with your own special cuddle monster for these scary TV-and-movie marathons sure to give a fright.
Now’s your chance to catch up on the most talked about show on television, The Walking Dead, during the “Zombie Apocalypse” lead-up to the season 6 premiere early in October. Then settle in for a few classic chills as Oct. 31 draws closer with holiday standards like Resident Evil, The Amityville Horror, Child’s Play, and Friday the 13th.
‘Ghost Adventures’ Marathon, Travel Channel
Explore the haunted houses, hospitals and asylums of America during this 15-hour back-to-back block of episodes beginning 9 a.m. Oct. 30.
31 Days of Halloween Spook-a-Thon, Syfy
Enjoy cringe-worthy content all month long, including venerable horror film series like Insidious and Hostel along with a handful of original movies, including Night of the Wild, Ominous, They Found Hell and The Hollow.
‘Evil Dead’ Night, Starz
Watch Ash Williams single-handedly battle the forces of evil over and over again in this Evil Dead marathon that will play on loop for 24 hours ahead of the new scripted series Ash vs. Evil Dead, premiering at 9 p.m. Oct. 31.
‘Twilight Saga’ Marathon, FX
Let’s be honest – the only reason anyone watched the Twilight Saga was to catch glimmering glimpses of Edward Cullen’s abs and Jacob’s perpetually shirtless pecs. Relive those quivers during replays of the vampire-versus-werewolf trilogy that takes a bite out of Halloween beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.
Cinemax Horror Movie Marathon
The network’s After Dark programming swaps its skin for spooks on Oct. 31 with Carrie, Dracula Untold, Sweeney Todd, Annabelle, and more.
13 Nights of Halloween, ABC Family
If you prefer your thrillers and chillers with more bark than bite, tune into this festive but family-friendly schedule of semi-scary flicks like Casper, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the seasonal can’t-miss Hocus Pocus.
If you have a penchant for a particular genre of horror – namely rogue body parts (Oct. 9), scary kids (Oct. 16), literary horror (Oct. 23), and Val Lewton films (Oct. 30) – make room on your DVR for this weekly themed marathon that will feature titles such as Mad Love, The Bad Seed, Dr. Jekyll and My. Hyde, and The Body Snatcher, respectively.
Halloween FREAKend Marathon, Nat Geo Wild
It doesn’t get much wilder – or weirder – than with multiple eps of nonstop freak show World’s Weirdest, featuring mutants, mole rats and murderous animal siblings, airing from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
‘Scream Queens’ Marathon, FX
Catch up on FOX’s devilishly campy horror-comedy series starring Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Nick Jonas, and original “scream queen” Jamie Lee Curtis, from 6 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31.
*Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He splits his time between homes in New York City and the Jersey Shore with his dog Jaxon. Connect with Mikey on Twitter @mikeyrox.