It’s October, the best month of the year, and to prove it we have so many new streaming releases we couldn’t possibly fit them all into one article! Unlike this month’s other Bloodstreams recommendations, every one of these picks is family-friendly. Admittedly, some of these are strictly for the little monsters, but there are worse things to plop your toddler in front of for half an hour. Otherwise, have a less-than-terrifying Halloween stream-a-thon with the whole darn family!
The Worst Witch Season 4 (2020)
Based on a series of popular kid’s books, The Worst Witch follows a young spellcaster who just can’t get the hang of this magic thing. She’s the worst witch in terms of ability, not pure evil. Also, portions of The Worst Witch are shot at Peckforton Castle, which sounds like what I would call a castle as a bit about British names. The U.K. has already seen the most recent season, but for everyone else the Netflix release will be their first chance to get caught up. Season 4 kicks Halloween off on Netflix on October 1st.
A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween (2020)
Go! Go! Cory Carson is a kid’s show about a li’l talking car. I’ve never seen it because I neither am nor have a very small child, but there’s a Halloween special coming to Netflix! Details on it are pretty scarce, so I’m going to just have to speculate wildly about this. I’m sure there’s a Dracula car that vants to siphon your gas! Find out if I’m right when A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween parks on Netflix, October 2nd.
StarBeam: Halloween Hero (2020)
StarBeam is a second-grade superhero, and she’s taking on Captain Fishbeard in her first Halloween special. Captain Fishbeard (very cool name) wants to pull a trick to steal everyone’s treats, but he’s gonna have to get through StarBeam first! I was a little disappointed when I realized I misread the title and this wasn’t Starscream, but if you’re currently eight you’re probably more excited for StarBeam. Check out this seasonal event when it hits Netflix on October 6th.
Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters (2020)
Super Monsters is a cartoon about the preschool-aged kids of famous monsters and superbeasts. This special revolves around the Super Monsters celebrating Dia de los Muertos, which is not just “Mexican Halloween.” This could be a good way to trick your kids into learning something about another culture! Check out all the edutainment fun when it arrives October 9th.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
This Netflix-original movie is kind of like Labyrinth, in that it’s about a teenager trying to rescue the kid she’s babysitting from a mystical force. In this case, though, it’s the Boogeyman, and it’s Tom Felton instead. Also, it’s set on Halloween, the single best night of the year for a movie to take place. And as far as family-friendly dark fantasy movies to be compared to go, Labyrinth is basically the king of the hill. The film comes exclusively to Netflix on October 15th.
One of the most prominent kids movies to feature necromancy, Paranorman follows a young boy with special powers. In order to save his hometown, he’s gonna have to talk to ghosts, tackle zombies, and do some research to lift a witch’s curse. However, things aren’t always what they seem. This Oscar-nominated animated feature is great for the kids who are a little too old for Go! Go! Cory Carson, but too young for, say, Faces of Death. It lands on Netflix on October 18th.
All-Star Halloween Spectacular Special (2016)
What family-friendly Halloween stuff’s coming to Hulu this month? Uh, a whole dang bunch of Food Network shows! Some call it “a crossover more ambitious than Avengers,” this special event features personalities from Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel. After forming teams, they put together two haunted houses on the Las Vegas strip with frights and delights, with functional kitchens and associated treats! The Las Vegas public votes to declare the winner, and the winning team will raise a bunch of money for the charity of their choice. I am so stoked for this special, and I’ll be checking it out when it hits Hulu on October 1st.
Halloween Baking Championship Seasons 1-4 (2015-2018)
Bakers from a variety of backgrounds come together to make some tasty treats to serve the judges, a host of various Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities. Who will treat the judges, and who will be tricked? And by tricked, I mean eliminated from the competition! Find out when these seasons arrive on Hulu on October 1st.
Halloween Wars Seasons 3-8
Awww yeah, this is the big kahuna. Each season of Halloween Wars features teams of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators, and one of their friends, competing to assemble the most terrifying, tantalizing edible scare-angement and take home the crown. Guest judges like Elvira and Rob Zombie keep you on your toes, and basically every episode features someone having a total breakdown over a rice krispie treat. As far as Halloween-themed food-based reality show competitions go, Halloween Wars is the gold standard. Check it out on Hulu on, you guessed it, October 1st.
Admittedly, I’m not really a Disney kid. I had to look this one up on Wikipedia to make sure I had the right princess. Which is to say: Maleficent tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective. The villain in question, Maleficent, is a fairy who turns evil and curses a baby. I can get behind that. It stars Angelina Jolie, and the poster is pretty spooky, so I’m eager to check out Maleficent when it arrives on Disney+ October 1st.
The Owl House Season 1 (2020)
This cartoon follows Luz, a nonmagical human teenager who dreams of becoming a witch. When she finds a portal to another world she makes friends with a witch and a demon. I’m always on the lookout for a cartoon with witches and demons, so The Owl House is going to find its way right onto my queue. It arrives on Disney+ just barely in the nick of time for Halloween, cuz it’s coming on October 30th.
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