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What to Watch This Week | October 3–9’s ghostly viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.

It’s the first full week of October, which means it’s finally, officially, spooky season. Never mind that Halloween decorations have been lining shelves since July. In the world of TV, it’s the perfect time to unleash new shows and movies featuring vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and more. Luckily, here at, we know a few things about horror.

This week’s What to Watch picks include Marvel’s Halloween special Werewolf By Night, teen-centric horror stories Mr. Harrington’s Phone and The Midnight Club, the vampire comedy Reginald the Vampire, and the beginning of the NHL hockey season. Get spooky and get streaming!

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What’s premiering this week

Werewolf By Night | Disney+ | Drama

TV special, Friday, October 7: Marvel Studios dipped its toe into the horror genre earlier this year with Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but now it’s fully committing to the classic horror aesthetic. Part black-and-white horror, part comedy, this 53-minute special is unlike anything the MCU has produced so far. Of course, fans can also expect a few appearances from classic Marvel Comics characters, like Elsa Bloodstone and Man-Thing.

NHL Global Series | NBC Sports California, Bally Sports South, ESPN+ | Sports, hockey

Coverage begins Friday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. ET: Already tired of all the supernatural series on TV? Back in the mortal realm, we’re gearing up for hockey season. The NHL regular season kicks off abroad with San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Mysteriously, this game won’t appear on national television. Instead, it’ll air on the Sharks and Predators’s regional sports networks. Out-of-market viewers can catch the game on ESPN+ or NHL Center Ice.

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What to watch on Netflix this week

Mr. Harrington’s Phone | Netflix | Drama, horror

Movie premiere, Wednesday, October 5: This fall’s Stephen King adaptation follows a teenager named Craig (Jaeden Martell) whose friendship with an old man (Donald Sutherland) has fatal consequences in his community. The spooky item at the center of this ghost story? A classic first-gen iPhone. Just look at that old OS! Chilling. This film also stars Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Good Place, Sandman), Joe Tippett (The Morning Show), and Cyrus Arnold (8-Bit Christmas).

The Midnight Club | Netflix | Drama, horror

Series premiere, Friday, October 7: Following the success of The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass, creator Mike Flanagan is back with a new series about terminally ill teens with a love for ghost stories. The eight friends promise that the first among them to die has to try to come back as a ghost, and things, as you might expect, get spooky from there. We certainly don’t remember this part of The Fault in Our Stars.

What to watch on Hulu this week

A Sinister Halloween Scary Opposites Solar Special | Hulu | Animation, comedy

Halloween special, Monday, October 3: No, you didn’t read that title wrong. A Sinister Halloween Scary Opposites Solar Special is the name of Solar Opposites’ 2022 Halloween episode. So bring an ethically sourced dead body* and a pillowcase full of candy and kick off “Huluween” with some comedy.

*do not actually do this, please

Reginald the Vampire | Syfy, Hulu + Live TV | Drama, comedy, horror

Series premiere, Wednesday, October 5: This year, the Syfy channel is leaning into its horror-comedy brand. Airing alongside season two of Chucky is Reginald the Vampire, a new comedy starring Jacob Batalon of Spider-Man fame. Ned—sorry, Reginald—is an average guy until he stumbles into a world of vampires and becomes one himself. We’re excited to have more fun vampires to watch while What We Do in the Shadows is on hiatus.

What to watch on Paramount+ this week

Monster High: The Movie | Paramount+ | Animation, family

Movie premiere, Thursday, October 6: Mattel is officially kicking off its third incarnation of Monster High characters with a live-action movie musical. This reboot reimagines the characters in new ways as it introduces them to a new generation. (Are we up to Generation Alpha yet?) In addition to Paramount+, you can also catch these ghouls on Nickelodeon at 7:00 p.m. ET. Die-hard fans can also look forward to a new animated series airing later this month.

Significant Other | Paramount+ | Thriller

Movie premiere, Friday, October 7: Camping is already pretty scary. There are no bathrooms, you don’t have reliable cell service, and you constantly encounter weird blue puddles of cave goo. Significant Other stars Maika Monroe (Watcher) and Jake Lacy (The White Lotus) as their characters backpack through the Pacific Northwest. However, limited bathroom access is the least of their concerns as things get seriously weird. They’ll probably be fine, right?

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W2W wildcards of the week

Bring it On: Cheer or Die | Syfy, Hulu + Live TV | Horror, comedy

Movie premiere, Saturday, October 8: Remember Bring it On, the ‘00s teen cheerleading comedy that later became a Lin-Manuel Miranda musical? Apparently, the franchise has been pumping out made-for-TV sequels this entire time. The seventh installment is a little different, though: it’s a full-on slasher flick. Will it be any good? We have no clue, but now we’re wondering if the transformation goes both ways. If Syfy starts reimagining classic horror movies as rom-coms, we’ll be the first in line.

Pennyworth: The Origins of Batman’s Butler | HBO Max | Drama

Season 3 premiere, Thursday, October 6: Poor Alfred Pennyworth. The guy finally gets his own spinoff show, gets moved from EPIX to the more popular HBO Max, and finally seems to be making his own name for himself—until Warner Bros. Discovery slaps the “Batman’s Butler” label back on him. The DC Comics show Pennyworth is returning for a third season with a new name. Maybe the company is hoping to attract Batman: The Audio Adventures listeners, which also returns this week on HBO Max.

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