Even though it can’t host big in-person events this year, Hulu is once again pulling out all the stops for its third annual Huluween event, featuring a drive-in festival and an immersive, interactive online event.
Halloween has proven to be a popular event for the Disney-owned streaming service, with viewers taking in more than 6 billion minutes of content last year, making October Hulu’s most-engaged month.
Lovers of spooky content can visit the Huluween content hub, where they will find three featured collections: “Screamy as Hell,” for those who are hard-core about their horror; “Spooky not Scary,” for the more faint of heart (editor’s note: me); and “Humorous Horror,” for those who just want to have fun.
As part of the content hub, Hulu is offering 30 Bite Size Halloween short films, which encompass everything from psychological thrillers to horror comedies and provide a platform for emerging filmmakers at 20th Digital Studio. Below is one of these films, M.e.N.A., about a man who doesn’t get what he expects when he takes a DNA test:
Also on tap for the month are five new original series and films, including eight-episode anthology series Monsterland, based on Nathan Ballingrud’s collection of short stories, “North American Lake Monsters.” Monsterland, which stars Kaitlyn Dever, premieres Oct. 2.
Hulu original movie, Books of Blood, inspired by Clive Barker’s series of novels and starring Anna Friel as a psychologist and Ravi Gavron as a medium, debuts Oct. 7.
On Oct. 16, viewers can stream the horror-filled first season of Hulu original series Helstrom, based on the Marvel comic of the same name.
On Oct. 23, Hulu will debut horror satire Bad Hair, which got a lot of buzz at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Set in 1989, the movie follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) who discovers that her hair has an evil mind of its own.
Hulu viewers looking for more family-friendly programming can tune into Hulu original animated special, Madagascar: A Little Wild “A Fang-Tastic Halloween,” on Oct. 21. In it, Marty is determined to protect his neighbors from the new habitat resident, a scary bat. But when that same bat helps him out of a predicament, he learns he needs to get to know someone before making assumptions about them.
Additional Huluween content includes Babak Anvari’s Wounds, starring Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz and Dakota Johnson; zombie flick Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad; and 22 installments of thriller/horror event series Into the Dark from Blumhouse Television.
Fans in Los Angeles can attend Hulu’s drive-in theater event at the LA Equestrian Center, including a haunted drive-through, the L.A. premiere of Bad Hair, and (s)care packages for all attendees.
The event runs from Oct. 22-25 and will feature screenings of Hocus Pocus, Books of Blood, Beetlejuice, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Carrie. DJ D-Nice, just coming off of deejaying the Primetime Emmys, will open the weekend with a performance at Thursday’s Bad Hair premiere, and will return again to close out the experience on Sunday. Fans can request tickets at huluween.com beginning Monday, September 28. Tickets are limited to 150 cars per screening.
Those who can’t get tickets can visit Hulu’s online haunted experience, The Screamlands, beginning Thursday, Oct. 8. The immersive, 360-degree experience will feature five scream-inducing rooms such as “Bad Hair Hellway” and “Huluween Hall,” including spooky surprises at every turn.