If the prospect of donning a needlessly sexy costume and twerking next to some Beetlejuice wannabe at a cramped club gives you the heebie-jeebies, you're not alone. Which is why your friends at MTV News have compiled a helpful Halloween-themed pop-culture planner, to ensure your October 31 isn't all for naught.
Here you'll find the best in scary viewing, reading and listening. So dim the lights, leave the candy on the porch for the kids and snuggle up with these All Hallows' Eve enjoyments! (Warning: We are not responsible for fainting spells or soiled underpants.)
Unless you find kiddie space cadets or sexagenarian bachelor parties particularly chilling, this week's releases probably won't satisfy your horror itch — but there are a few holdovers that'll do the trick. Stephen King's seminal "Carrie" has been re-imagined by Kimberly Peirce with actress Chloe Grace Moretz on the wrong side of a bucket of pig's blood, while James Wan's terrifying ghost tale "Insidious" gets a sequel appropriately titled "Insidious: Chapter 2."
Netflix and Hulu are your best bet for many of the horror classics. And by "classics," we mean films likely made before your parents were born. Vintage vids on Netflix include "House on Haunted Hill," "The Wolfman," "Nosferatu," and "The Bride of Frankenstein," while Hulu boasts (under its "Huluween" banner — boo!) "The Little Shop of Horrors," "Night of the Living Dead" and "The Cat and the Canary." If it's the "new classics" you're looking for, don your tattered flannel and dig into "Scream" or "The Crow" on Netflix. (Hulu's also lousy with just about every iteration of "Ghost Hunters" if you'd prefer something more episodic.)
Do the mash, the monster mash! Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger will go face to face (or creepy mask to hideously deformed countenance) during marathons of the "Halloween" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" series on AMC and SYFY. Other TV treats include "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on ABC at 8 p.m., "The Addams Family" and "Addams Family Values" starting at 7 p.m. on ABC Family and "Ghostbusters" on Comedy Central at 8 p.m. (all times Eastern).
In need of a little ear candy? No need to stuff a fun-size Snickers bar into your Eustachian tube. Click play on Bonnie McKee's new "Thriller"-themed music video for "Sleepwalker," co-starring Kelsey Chow and a house party full of zombies. (Man, they are the worst guests!) Or you could always watch Britney Spears recite the ooky-spooky "Thriller" narration, in her best send-up of Vincent Price.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to take a romp through the labyrinths of director Guillermo del Toro's wonderfully weird mind, head to your local bookstore to nab a copy of "Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions,". The tome boasts musings on films like "Don't be Afraid of the Dark," "Hellboy," and, yes, "Pan's Labyrinth." You can get a sneak peek of two striking images and the auteur's musings here. Another must-read for All Hallows' Eve? How about the latest from the master of horror himself, Stephen King? Thirty-six years after visiting the Overlook Hotel in "The Shining," King catches up with now middle-aged Dan Torrance in "Doctor Sleep." All these years later, Dan is using his special skills to offer comfort to the elderly in a nursing home, but when another youngster with "the shining" seeks his aid, he must contend with a secret society hunting the psychically gifted. Yep, we won't be getting a wink of shut-eye tonight.
What are your pop-culture plans for Halloween?