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My Screaming Picks: 5 scary shows to watch this Halloween

My Screaming Picks: 5 scary shows to watch this Halloween
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What's Halloween without a scary movie marathon? It's a tradition, just like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples and listening to "The Monster Mash."

This year, we've got some great streaming selections to choose from. Everything from zombies, ghosts, monsters, vampires and boogeymen. They're all here. Note some of these movies and shows may be too frightening for children. Happy Haunting!

1. Stranger Things

Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Rated: TV-14

Synopsis: "When a young boy disappears, his mother, a sheriff, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back."

Why you'll love it: If you haven't seen "Stranger Things" yet, you're really missing out. Paying homage to 1980s classics like "E.T." and "The Goonies," this is the latest Netflix original series that has everyone talking and is being hailed as one of Netflix's best.

Where to stream it: Netflix

2. Jaws

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Rated: PG

Synopsis: "When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes Amity Island, a police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the beast."

Why you'll love it: How many of you were squeamish swimming in a pool after watching "Jaws" for the first time? This classic thriller has been scaring audiences for decades now, and not just during Halloween, cementing its place among horror classics. Bonus: "Jaws 2," "Jaws 3" are also streaming on Netflix.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Amazon Video, $2.99; YouTube, $2.99; iTunes, $2.99, Vudu, $2.99; Google Play, $2.99

3. Poltergeist (2015)

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedi Clements

Rated: PG-13

Synopsis: "A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after the apparitions take her captive."

Why you'll love it: Available on October 29, this classic film remake gives a fresh take on a story that has haunted millions for decades now.

Where to stream it: HBO Go (October 29); Amazon Video, $11.99; Google Play, $17.99; YouTube, $17.99; iTunes $14.99

4. American Horror Story: Hotel

Starring: Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Lady Gaga

Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: "An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, an enigmatic hotel and a sinister farmhouse in Roanoke, North Carolina."

Why you'll love it: This show has become cult-like, with all five seasons being somehow connected despite different settings in time and place. Each season offers something unique, albeit terrifying, creepy and unsettling.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Amazon Prime; iTunes, $1.99/episode; Vudu, $1.99/episode

5. Ghost Town

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni

Rated: PG-13

Synopsis: "Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts."

Why you'll love it: If you're not into gore, suspense or don't want to be scared to death, this light-hearted comedy is a more tame, less creepy flick to check out this Halloween.

Where to stream it: Netflix; Amazon Video, $2.99; Vudu, $2.99; Google Play, $2.99

BONUS: The Walking Dead: Season 6

Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride

Rated: TV-MA

Synopsis: "Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living."

Why You'll Love it: It's one of the country's most popular shows for a reason. The zombies are realistic, the acting is amazing and the plot lines will constantly tug at your emotions.

Where to Stream it: Netflix, Free; Amazon Video, $2.99/episode; iTunes, $1.99/episode; YouTube, $1.99/episode

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