Syfy Insider Exclusive

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, sweepstakes, and more!

Sign Up For Free to View

SYFY unveils 'Spooktacular' October lineup: Tales From the Hood 3, horror flicks, Halloween Horror Nights swag

By Josh Weiss

October is almost upon us, and you know what that means. That's right — you've got to butcher a pumpkin, buy some candy, throw back some hot apple cider, and get comfortable for a month of "Spooktacular" programming on SYFY.

The network is getting into the Halloween spirit with the world premiere of Tales From the Hood 3 on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 9 p.m. EST. The horror anthology from executive producer Spike Lee was written, directed, and produced by the duo Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. Tony Todd and Lynn Whitfield star in a collection of four tales filled with social commentary.

Throughout all of October, you can purchase a slew of Halloween Horror Nights-themed swag through an exclusive partnership with Universal Orlando Resort. You can get your hands on sweatshirts, tees, face coverings, shot glasses, and more merchandise via an online hub on We here at SYFY WIRE will be launching a brand-new editorial web series that will allow fans to shop their favorite gear from their favorite SYFY content, all year long.

The spine-tingling celebration of the netherworld actually kicks off this Thursday (Oct. 1) with the television world premiere on The Strangers Prey at Night (also debuting at 9 p.m. EST). Once you've dipped your toes in the pool — of blood! — you can buckle up for a different movie marathon every single week until All Hallow's Eve rolls around.

Here's the full schedule:

  • DARK ARTS SUNDAYS (Every Sunday in October):

Celebrate the dark side of the Wizarding World with the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films airing every Sunday throughout the month. 

  • BUST A GUT HALLOWEEN (Saturday, 10/3 from 12:50 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT):

Take in some frighteningly funny films, including HookZombieland, and the SYFY premieres of Monster House and The Mask.

  • RIDE OR DIE MARATHON (Tuesday, 10/6 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET/PT):

Hit the road with these high-octane thrillers, including Wrong Turn 2Dead EndWrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, and Drive Angry.

  • DON'T FEAR THE SEQUEL MARATHON (Monday, 10/12 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT):

Enjoy some horror favorites and their sequels back-to-back all day long. Films include: 28 Days Later28 Weeks LaterThe StrangersThe Strangers: Prey at NightThe Purge, and the SYFY premiere of The Purge: Anarchy.

  • BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY MARATHON (Wednesday, 10/21 from 10:35 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. ET/PT):

Nothing's creepier than your own mother hitting on you. Grab your hoverboard and get that DeLorean up to 88 MPH, because SYFY is celebrating Back to the Future Day all day long with Back to the Future Parts I-III.

  • WHAT'S EATING YOU? MARATHON (Thursday, 10/22 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. ET/PT):

Just in case a zombie apocalypse is next up on the 2020 bingo card, we’re here to help you start prepping with a day full of some of our favorite zombie flicks, including ZombielandDawn of the Dead28 Days Later20 Weeks Later, Zombie NightDead 7Rise of the Zombies, and Zombie Apocalypse.

  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET MARATHON (Thursday, 10/29 from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. ET/PT):

1 … 2 … Freddy’s coming for you … so don’t fall asleep! Instead you can catch the all-day marathon of this classic horror franchise. Movies include: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s RevengeA Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterA Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. 

  • MASK UP MARATHON (Friday, 10/30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. ET/PT):

Even some of the deadliest villains think safety comes first! Mask up for a marathon featuring these masked murderers, including Halloween (2007), LeatherfaceJason XJigsawThe PurgeThe Purge: AnarchyThe MaskFriday the 13th: Jason Goes to Hell, and You Might Be the Killer.

  • HARRY POTTER HALLOWEEN MARATHON (Saturday, 10/31 from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT)

The Hallowe’en Feast is upon us, so what better way to celebrate than the Wizarding World?

(SYFY and SYFY WIRE are both owned by NBCUniversal)