October is the month that most of us set aside for pumpkins, apple cider, candy and horror-thrillers. It’s the month of Halloween, and SYFY will be bringing back the network’s popular ’31 Days of Halloween’ event for viewers. This year will be a cross-platform celebration of all things spooky from the network’s vast library of horror.
This year is a little special, with the network airing the premiere of Syfy’s original anthology series CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE, on Tuesday, October 11 at 9/8c. The series is based on a popular “creepypasta” story shared on the internet. The month-long event will also include the Syfy movie premieres of horror favorites “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Zombieland,” “The Strangers,” “Cabin in the Woods,” “Wrong Turn,” “Maleficent,” “I, Frankenstein” and “Drag Me to Hell.”
Additionally, audiences will discover new scares with five original Syfy fright films airing Saturday nights, including THE CROOKED MAN, STAKE LAND 2 and THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN. New episodes of VAN HELSING, AFTERMATH and Z NATION will also continue to air throughout the month.
Along with all of the series and films, Syfy will also dive int o Halloween lore. The network will offer horror movie trivia on air throughout the month. SYFY will also offer insight into Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” with on-the-ground fan interviews.
On the network’s social channels, viewers will be asked to submit their best costumes, screams and holiday décor – and the most frightening entries will be featured on-air and on Syfy’s official Snapchat and Instagram Stories of the Week. On Monday, October 31 at 7/6c fans can celebrate Halloween with Syfy’s social team as they take them inside the New York City Greenwich Village Halloween Parade on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. If you have never been to the parade, it’s quite a scene, just imagine 4x as many people as you think live in NYC, all crowded in costumes on the tiny streets of Greenwich Village.
The original programming airing as part of 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN includes:
October 1st at 9/8c you can catch THE CROOKED MAN, an original Syfy Movie Starring Michael Jai White (“Spawn”) and Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). In the film singing a nursery rhyme summons a demonic figure known as Crooked Man. Once you sing the rhyme, everyone in the house is cursed to die by his hands.
On October 8 at 9/8c you can catch DAY OF RECKONING, another original Syfy Movie. The network teases that “Some years ago, the world experienced a “day of reckoning” when creatures came up from below and purged humanity of evil…now, it is happening again.”
October 11 at 9/8c is the premiere of CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE, which is an original anthology series. CANDLE COVE centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events. From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE is from showrunner and executive producer Nick Antosca (“Hannibal,” “Teen Wolf”), who wrote the CHANNEL ZERO pilot, and Max Landis (“Chronicle,” “American Ultra”). The six-part anthology series will continue on Tuesdays at 9/8c through November 22.
On October 15 at 9/8c viewers can catch STAKE LAND 2, a Syfy Movie Starring Nick Damici (STAKE LAND) and Connor Paolo (“Gossip Girl”). In the film Vampires have evolved, and Mister must save a young woman from an evil brotherhood. October 22 at 9/8c is the premiere of SHADOWS OF THE DEAD, where group of teenagers try to escape a creature that lives among the shadows and is hunting them down one by one. Finally on October 29 at 9/8c catch THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN starring Bailee Madison (“The Fosters,” “Good Witch”) and Anthony Lemke (DARK MATTER, “American Psycho”). In the film a Halloween prank goes wrong, and it unleashes a creature that will hunt each of the participants down and kill them, unless they can figure out how to transfer the curse to someone else.