Written By: Eleanor Pratt
Fall movies are a source of comfort and nostalgia for a lot of people. Watching the newest Halloween movie on Disney Channel or secretly watching horror movies without parents knowing are some of the hallmarks of childhood. With the world in the midst of a pandemic, most Halloween and fall activities are canceled or are just not quite as fun. Watching fall movies, however, is still very much possible and is actually one of the safer things you could do this season.
If you are feeling particularly nostalgic there are tons of great fall movies on TV and most streaming services. One of the most well-known fall movies is “Hocus Pocus.” This film tells the story of three teenagers trying to stop the evil Sanderson Sisters from stealing the souls of the children of Salem to become immortal. Full of laughs and heartfelt emotion, “Hocus Pocus” is a classic and is a must see this fall. “Hocus Pocus” will be on at 8:55 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 on the Freeform channel, and is also streaming for free on Disney+ with a subscription.
The “Halloweentown” movies are also a must watch if you are feeling particularly nostalgic this season. The series follows Marnie, a young girl who discovers she is a witch after secretly following her grandmother to Halloweentown, a place where every monster and magical being lives without fear of “mortals” or humans discovering them. Over the course of the four movies, Marnie must master her powers and save the town multiple times with the help of her family and new friends. All four movies are on Disney+ and the first and second movies will be on Freeform on Monday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively.
If nostalgic, happy fall movies are not what you are looking for, there are plenty of scary movies to choose from. John Carpenter’s classic horror movie “Halloween” is one of the original slasher films and has inspired countless other horror movies. The movie is about high-schooler Laurie Strode and the horrors she faces on Halloween night when the psychopathic Michael Myers escapes from an insane asylum and begins killing anyone he can in her neighborhood. According to Halloween Movies on TV, the movie will be on AMC on Friday, Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. and is also $3.99 to rent on Amazon.
Another classic fall horror movie is “The Exorcist.” The movie takes place in the fall of 1973 in Georgetown, D.C. The beautiful changing leaves and quaint neighborhoods in the beginning of the movie can lull you into a false sense of security, so be careful. In reality, the film is actually about a young girl named Regan, who unknowingly befriends a demon. The demon possesses her and the majority of the movie is her mother and two Catholic priests trying desperately to exorcise the demon from her body. The movie is fairly graphic, so squeamish viewers may want to avoid this one. For those interested, the movie will be on TV on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 3:15 p.m. and is also available on HBO max with a subscription.
Cuddling up in a soft blanket with a hot mug of cider and watching fall movies is one of the best experiences of the season. All of the movies mentioned are classics, but if you would like more options check out Freeform’s full lineup of fall movies for this October on their website. The website Halloween Movies on TV also has an excellent list of the movies that the AMC channel is going to be playing this October.