Spooky Ladies: Female-Led Entertainment to Watch Before Halloween

Our favorite shows and movies to watch in October

No matter what scares you the most—ghosts, goblins, gender inequality—October is the perfect month to indulge in all things mysterious and frightening. From the slightly creepy to the downright terrifying, there are TV shows and movies for everyone to enjoy!

And since we are all about supporting women at Hope For Women, we’ve rounded up our favorite female-led entertainment to check out this month. These spooky ladies are sure to give you a good scare (or a good laugh) and keep you entertained until Halloween!

Beware: Thrill-Seekers Only!

Carrie, now streaming on Netflix

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Looking for a good horror flick? Carrie is a classic, scream-out-loud movie that is perfect for Halloween. This 1976 film based on a Stephen King novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie, a high-school girl who panics when she receives her first period; made worse by viscous bullying at school. The final straw for Carrie is a bucket of blood dumped on her at prom—triggering for anyone—and she reacts by releasing her telekinetic powers at school (read: it’s not pretty). This cinematic legend is deeply disturbing and incredibly chilling.

Hush, now streaming on Netflix

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Full disclosure: I could not finish this movie. Hush is one of those scary-because-it-could-actually-happen type of horror movies that absolutely gets under your skin. It’s about a deaf writer, who lives a solitary life in the woods. While she is busy typing at her computer, a masked killer appears in her window and silently breaks in her house. She has to fight for her life without calling for help or hearing where her killer is hiding. Seriously, I don’t recommend for those who scare easily.

Watch With Lights On

Nancy Drew, premiers Oct. 9 on The CW

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She’s solved countless cases, appeared on small and big screens over the years, and has entertained generations with her sleuthing skills. Now, Nancy Drew is back with a TV series that is definitely not for kids! Mystery enthusiasts are in for a treat when Nancy Drew premieres Oct. 9 on The CW. Newcomer Kennedy McMann stars as Nancy, a teen detective who swore she would stop solving crimes after her mother passed away. Unfortunately, she becomes the prime suspect in a homicide in town, where she must band together with her boyfriend, her high school nemesis and other teenage suspects to solve the crime and clear their names. There’s going to be a little supernatural activity, a little drama, and a whole lot of eeriness. Come prepared by watching with a friend!

Safe for Kids

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, premiers Oct. 18 in theatres everywhere

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Blood-red lips, ultra-defined cheekbones, crystal clear green eyes, two black horns, and two magical wings—Maleficent is one of the most beautiful yet misunderstood evil villains in Disney history! See for yourself in this highly anticipated live-action movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, starring Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie. This film dives deeper into the relationship between the horned fairy and Princess Aurora (played by Elle Fanning), who will soon be queen. Dark forces, unexpected events, and an upcoming wedding threaten to tear the two apart. This film may be spooky, but it will have you cheering for female friendships to survive.

Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, now streaming on Hulu

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A finger that emits a sparkling, magic glow. A sarcastic black cat named “Salem.” Two completely opposite, yet equally hilarious aunts. A teenage girl who is discovering how to be a witch—and how to fall in love and make friends at the same time. Sabrina: The Teenage Witch is classic ‘90s sitcom featuring the amazing Melissa Joan Hart (No Good Nick, Melissa & Joey). It’s equal parts heartwarming and funny, with a healthy dose of pumpkins, a magic book, spells gone awry, and witchy references throughout. If you love the cozy, nostalgic feeling that fall brings, then cuddle up with a warm blanket and turn on Sabrina.


 Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where the iced tea can never be too sweet and everyone does their makeup before going to the grocery store. She has her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and she loves talking about her passions: writing, shopping, and reading murder mysteries. Follow her on Twitter @sydnimellis to see her latest stories on fashion, entertainment, travel, lifestyle and local events—and to see 500+ pictures of her two blonde babies.