Freeform’s Halloween picks disappoints lovers of spooky-season classics


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SPOOKY SEASON. Festive Halloween traditions are beginning with Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween.

Freeform recently released its 31 Nights of Halloween to start up all the spooky season feels, but this year’s list has come as a disappointment to true fans of classic Halloween films. 

This collection of Halloween favorites will be streaming on Freeform the entire month of October with new movies and various marathons to enjoy every night with family, friends or even alone with snacks and a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer. Many movies met the vibe check for the season, but several are questionable choices for the purposes of the collection. 

The cue of movies does consist of some holiday favorites including Casper, The Addams Family, Hocus Pocus and Ghostbusters, but it also has some that would arguably not be the prime movies to get in the festive mood. The entire Shrek collection will play over several days throughout the month, taking up slots that could be used for a greater variety of holiday movies. Freeform will also be showing Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which do not at all meet the expectations of a month-long Halloween marathon. 

In addition to movies that do not most correspond with the haunting season, Freeform has ignored beloved Halloween classics that are crucial to get into the Halloween spirit. Although the program will be playing the first movie in the Halloweentown series, it completely missed the opportunity to show the entire collection, marathon-style, as it is with Shrek. It is an utter disappointment to Halloween lovers when an amazing classic is completely omitted from a Halloween showing while nights are overtaken by Shrek and other movies that are less in tune with the spirit of Halloween. 

Although many nostalgic movies will be featured on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween, others have been completely disregarded with their slots being taken by films that have no business being present in a collection dedicated to the spooky season. 

Other platforms that will be showing Halloween programs and favorites are AMC’s FearFest, Disney Channel’s Monstober, Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween along with other movies on streaming services such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and Disney +.