Long-time Roku users will recognize the reference in the title of this article to the popular Roku channel, "A Very Roku Halloween", from the early days of the video streaming device. Roku hasn't created this annual mashup in several years, but that doesn't mean you won't find a lot of great Halloween content elsewhere on Roku. Whether you need inspiration for Halloween treats and decorating ideas, you're looking for some late-night horror films, or you want to add some appropriate ambiance or music to your Halloween party, these Roku channels will deliver what you're looking for. And they're all free!
Start the Halloween season off by installing a free Halloween-themed screensaver on your Roku. There are over a dozen such screensavers available in the Roku channel store, but most of them will cost you anywhere between a $0.99 one-time charge to $3.99 per month. However, Halloween Magic is free and will provide you with a slideshow of Halloween-themed images and other photos of Autumn while your Roku is idle. It can also display the current time, and a weather widget is available for a small fee. Halloween 4K Screensavers is another free option with many images. Both screensavers will also operate as regular Roku channels that you can manually launch whenever you want a little Halloween spirit shown on your TV.
The CraftSmart channel's Halloween Crafts category has over 120 videos to keep you and your kids busy creating Halloween decorations and crafts. Learn how to make a Halloween bat coaster, a Frankenstein votive from dollar store purchases, a "Boo!" Halloween sign. There are also last-minute Halloween costume ideas, candy bowl pranks, and lots of other fun ideas.
You'll find lots of inspiration for Halloween party food and treats on the iFood.tv channel. Although there is a Halloween Recipes category on the channel's home screen select Halloween under the Discover category and you'll find eight sub-categories that include these videos:
- Halloween DIYs - Gummy Eyeballs, Ghostly Goblin Punch, Bloody Apples, and more.
- Witches & Satans Special- Witch Finger Cookies, Satan's Hairy (Meat) Balls, and, of course, multiple recipes for deviled eggs.
- Candy Time - Poison Candy Apples, Creepy White Chocolate Halloween Mice, Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows, and more.
- Halloween Cookies - Gluten-Free Scary Eye Cookies, Cookie Frosting Eyeballs, and more Witch Finger Cookies.
- Cakes & More - Bake up a Frankenstein Cake, a Graveyard Diet Cake, or one of many additional choices.
Additional Halloween categories on the iFood.TV Roku channel include Zombie Zone, Bars & Balls, and Horrifying Yet Healthy.
You can keep the kids entertained a Halloween-themed Roku game. Halloween Smash is a simple game in which you toss spooky knives and blades and try to hit spinning targets.
Halloween Radio provides audio stream with an eclectic mix of horror-themed sounds, music, radio shows, and more, but if your Halloween party needs something a little more lively than that, go to Pandora and search for "halloween" to add their version of a Halloween Radio to your Pandora stations. Although your tracks will vary, for us the station played music from the soundtrack to Ghostbusters, Michael Jackson's Thriller, the classic song Monster Mash by Leonard Capizzi, and the theme song to The Addams Family.
If you like hearing scary stories, search the TuneIn app to find "Sergeant Will Halloween Radio" for classic thriller radio shows and the CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
What better time than Halloween to sit back and watch some good horror movies? There is no shortage of Roku channels with an abundance of horror films - you can search RokuGuide.com for "horror" and take your pick from any number of vintage or modern-era titles. You'll also find a nice selection of free horror films on The Roku Channel, including Stephen King's Desperation (2006), in which humans must battle against a malevolent entity that has invaded a remote Nevada mining town; and The Howling: Reborn (2011), where a teenager, who is heir to a line of werewolves, battles a pack of beasts and his own lust for blood. Also available is a season of 13 Nights of Elivira, featuring films such as Puppet Master, Demonic Toys, and Hobgoblins.