• Jen Gibbs

The Best Shows to Get You in the Spooky Mood

Updated: Jan 25

It's officially the best season of the year and it's time to get SPOOKY! I know I'm not the only one who has been happily burning her fall candles for well over a month, but I usually try to wait until this time of year before I throw on horror movies to get into the spooky mood.


The last couple of months I have become a true millennial by becoming obsessed with the true crime genre. If you're looking for the perfect true crime stories to scratch your itch, these have been some of my favorites so far: 


And That's Why We Drink (ATWWD) - Spotify/Apple Podcast App

-This true crime and paranormal podcast has officially taken over my life and I listen all day, every day at work. Em and Christine are hilarious and bring to light stories I have never heard of while also incorporating crowd favorites. P.S. Check out episode 61 to hear about one of my hometown's popular field trips spots! ;)

Root of Evil - Apple Podcast App

-I'm going to be honest, I have been listing to ATWWD so much that I haven't had a chance to dive into this podcast yet. However, I have heard AMAZING things and it's next on my list. If you happen to get to it before I do, let me know how you like it!

T.V. Shows:

Mindhunter - Netflix

-This series takes you into a fictional side of real-life serial killers. The acting is superb and each murderer shows a side of killers you don't normally get to see. Not only that, but you'll get roped into the main character's lives as well and the grueling details they live with.

Unbelievable - Netflix

-Watch this limited series before it's gone. This based-on-true-events story takes you into the world of how cops learn how to take down a serial rapist who has traveled around the country. It's brilliant storytelling mixed with fantastic acting. Can't go wrong.

Buzzfeed Unsolved - Hulu/YouTube

-LOVE the two boys behind this incredibly charming series. Although the two explore more paranormal entities than true crime, it's definitely a feel-good show that will have you scratching your brain and laughing loudly at once.

Truth and Lies: The Family Manson - Hulu

-I am, and will always be intrigued, by the Manson case. This show gives details about how "the family" operated and how controlling Manson truly was. 

The Golden State Killer: It's Not Over - Hulu

-This short series goes into the police work behind the infamous Golden State Killer. It took years to catch the man and this show goes into explaining a little more about why. Why are shows always scarier when they show the police not really knowing what to do?

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes - Netflix

-Another man I am intrigued by is Ted Bundy. This series is great. Bundy was a man who had much of the world convinced he was innocent and going into his interviews with reporters, researchers, and more show just how he did so. However, spoiler alert, he did kill all of those women.



Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile - Netflix

-Zac Efron and Lily Collins do a GREAT job in this film. The two are already known for their charm and "cuteness" and they portray their characters perfectly in this film.

Manson Family Vacation - Netflix

-Again, another Manson movie. I keep thinking the more I learn about him, the more I'll understand why and how his "family" killed all of those people like they did. I'm still dumbfounded.

Some of my absolute favorite shows to get into the Halloween spirit are Thrillers and Horror movies. Typical, I know. But there's just something about being grossed out and scared out of your mind to get you ready for All Hallows Eve.

T.V. Shows

American Horror Story - Netflix/Hulu/Cable

-Every season is different and horrific in its own way. The latest season is based in 1984 and the throwback to old Halloween movies is nostalgic and just what I needed.

Black Mirror - Netflix

-My one piece of advice for watching Black Mirror is to either skip or just get through episode one. It's awful, gross, humiliating, and just plain hard to watch. HOWEVER, some really scary (yet almost real) life scenarios are carried throughout the series. Every episode is a different story and some are easier to take than others but definitely a must-see. 

The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix

-Best. Show. Ever. I HAD to binge this series because I couldn't stop watching. The storyline is spooky and the jump scares really get you (even without the creepy music)! With just the right amount of gore, this series actually works your brain more than your stomach. I'm pumped for the next season coming out next year.

Scream (T.V. series) - Netflix

-Currently watching this series to satisfy my Halloween craving. It's better than I thought it was going to be, but keep in mind, it's based on the movies. It mimics nearly all of the Scream movies making it highly predictable and almost not real. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

-I love this fun, fictional series. Warning, it is NOT the same as Sabrina the teenage witch. You won't find Melissa Joan Hart trying to make it through high school. Instead, you'll find Kiernan Shipka owning the screen in dark scenes and telling tales. 


Shutter Island

-Love this movie, love the book even more. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a great performance as a Marshall trying to solve an interesting case on an island outside of Boston. The island itself seems to hold more secrets than Daniels can take and the ending will throw you for a loop.


-Favorite movie of. all. time. This movie stems from Stephen King's short story and will have your brain reeling within the first 20 minutes. If you haven't seen it before, enjoy the roller coaster, if you have I promise you'll pick up something new the next time around. 

Silence of the Lambs

-This could probably go into the true crime category, but Hannibal Lector brings a new kind of fear that I didn't know existed. This is an oldie but a goodie.

The Exorcist

-Another classic. Although the 70's effects make it "less realistic" it creates a sense of nostalgia that many movies can only TRY to recreate today. Enjoy all the puke, head spinning and more this movie will throw at you.

Fun Movies:

Halloweentown Series

-Although these movies are so NOT GOOD by today's standards, they are the staple of 90's kid's childhoods and cannot be ignored. Spend a Saturday all cuddled up and cozy with this fun series.

Hocus Pocus

-THE MOVIE of all Halloween movies. Not an autumn can go by without you watching this movie. You have probably already watched this a million times but it's time to watch it a million and one times.


-This child movie holds some creepy, deep-seated truths. The animation is brilliant, yet bone-chilling as well. Although the movie is good, be ready for some strange dreams.

The Corpse Bride

-Tim Burton will forever be the king of kids Halloween movies. This fun movie is perfect for rainy Sundays full of naps and candy.

The Haunted Mansion

-Laugh your way through the perfect Halloween movie for kids. This non-scary movie still holds a sense of Halloween through the fun ghosts, and haunted hallways full of twists and turns. If you're stuck babysitting for the night throw this on to keep everyone happy and in the fall spirit.

Monster House

-Fun fact: I watched this movie so much that a friend and I would recreate playing it while running around outside. The clever animation and fun effects along with the witty jokes will keep your Halloween up and the scary dreams at bay.


Did I get them all? What movie is your Halloween favorite? Are you all about the scary and gore or would you rather curl up and watch A Nightmare Before Christmas? I want to hear all. the. things. Comment below, reach out to me on social media, or shoot me an email at jen.m.rew@gmail.com! I always want to hear from you!


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