The 5 best streaming services cord-cutters need to visit this Halloween

This Halloween will be unlike any in recent memory, with most of us huddling in our homes enjoying more private celebrations. On the upside, not going out provides the perfect opportunity to stream your favorite scary movies—plus the ones you’ve heard about but never got a chance to see.

We’ve combed the libraries of all the top streaming services—paid and free alike—to discover which ones best represent the horrific mood of the holiday. We then picked some of their best offerings to highlight. Now, pull the shades, light a candle, grab some popcorn, and press play. It’s Halloween!

Amazon Prime

Black Box Blumhouse/Amazon Prime

Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) tries radical measures to restore his memory so he can take care of his daughter Ava (Amanda Christine) in Black Box.

Prime Video: $8.99/month. Full benefits: $12.99/month or $119/year

Amazon Prime has a surprisingly massive library of movies available for streaming, including roughly 3,000 horror-related movies and shows, although you’ll need to dig deep to find the gems. Well, here’s a better idea: Just tap these movie titles into the search box (or speak into your remote, if it supports voice commands): Some must-see titles include Herk Harvey’s essential, nightmarish Carnival of Souls (1962); Robert Altman’s eerie, arty Images (1972); Nicolas Roeg’s visceral Don’t Look Now (1973); Philip Kaufman’s brilliant, terrifying Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978); Dario Argento’s gory Opera (1987), and Drew Goddard’s clever The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Fright Night and C.H.U.D. are two of the great horror movies to come out in the 1980s. And if you haven’t seen these more recent intense chillers, now is the perfect time: Hereditary, Midsommar, The Lighthouse, and Train to Busan.

The highlight this year is the launch of four new exclusive Blumhouse movies, from that stalwart horror producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, etc.). Black Box tells the story of a widower who lost his memory in an accident and undertakes experimental treatments to get it back. The Lie is about a mother and father who attempt to protect their teen daughter after her friend tumbles over an icy bridge. Nocturne involves twin girls, both classical musicians, who viciously compete with one another for excellence; one gets the advantage with the use of a mysterious notebook. And Evil Eye  concerns a mother who becomes convinced that her daughter’s new boyfriend is the reincarnation of a murderer. None of these titles are anywhere close to great, but they’re all decent, and—for scaredy-cats—only mildly spooky.


Hubie Halloween Netflix

Violet Valentine (Julie Bowen) and Hubie DuBois (Adam Sandler) prepare for holiday hijinks in Hubie Halloween.

Basic: $8.99/month; Standard: $12.99/month; Premium: $15.99/month

This month Netflix has a “Halloween” tab along with its usual “Horror” tab. Just look under “genres.” This essential service just dropped the seasonal Adam Sandler comedy Hubie Halloween, which, like most Adam Sandler movies, isn’t very good but is likely to be fairly popular. Sandler plays Hubie, a man-child in Salem, Mass. who takes it upon himself to make sure all the townspeople stay safe on Halloween. As a PG-13 movie, it’s mostly harmless with some bathroom-type humor, some nice autumn scenery and a cast consisting of Sandler’s best pals (Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, etc.) as well as Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, Michael Chiklis, June Squibb as Hubie’s mom, and some other guest stars.

Speaking of Stranger Things, the three seasons of that superb Netflix show (Season Four is coming… someday) make perfect Halloween viewing, and Season Two is even set on Halloween. Otherwise, Netflix offers more than 100 horror-themed series, including its own The Haunting of Hill House, as well as things like The Walking Dead, Hannibal, Supernatural, American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and even Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated and the original, classic The Twilight Zone! Filmmaker Mike Flanagan’s new series, The Haunting of Bly Manor (the follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House) recently dropped as well.