What to watch to get into the spirit this October

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An actor catches guests off-guard where the three chapters of v"American Horror Story" come to life in the frightening maze, taking guests venture through Ryan Murphy's horror anthology to encounter scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to the core. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

With Halloween approaching, there’s no shortage of shows to watch to get you in the fall spirit. From classic Halloween flicks, to spooky new thrillers, there’s a lot of options for your viewing pleasure.

Some of the most memorable halloween movies are the ones from our childhood. If you want to take a trip down memory lane this October, find the nearest couch, grab some popcorn, and try a few of these Halloween-themed classics:

  • Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

“I’m watching ‘Death Becomes Her’ at the end of October at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery,” CSUN art history major Molly Koppel said.”I went last year it’s a lot of fun.”

If you love a good scare, and you’re more of a thrill seeker, there’s plenty of cinema classics that will put you in the spirit for Halloween. From psychotic killers, to paranormal encounters, horror movie junkies who love to be frightened will enjoy these spine-chilling cinema classics:

  • The Shining (1980)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Exorcist (1973)

“I remember being a kid watching ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ for the first time,” CSUN marketing major Colin Jackson said. “It’s still a Halloween classic.”

The fall season is also the time of the year when some favorite tv shows return with brand new seasons and some never before seen tv shows have their audience premiere. Here are some binge worthy television series you can enjoy this upcoming season, that will put you in the mood for Halloween:

  • American Horror Story (2011)
  • Bates Motel (2013)
  • Stranger Things (2016)
  • The Night Of (2016)
  • Wayward Pines (2015)

“I recently started watching ‘The Night Of’ because everybody kept talking about it,” CSUN interior design major Amanda Levy said.”It’s an intense show but very addicting.”

As the leaves begin to change colors, and the weather becomes a bit more breezy, some individuals may prefer watching fall-themed movies that might make them laugh or even cry. Here are a few classic films that take place during the fall season, and are perfect to watch bundled up on the couch this October:

  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • Rushmore (1998)
  • Autumn in New York (2000)
  • Hannah and her Sisters (1986)
  • Stepmom (1998)