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!
The CraftSmart channel's Halloween Special category has over 150 videos to keep you and your kids busy creating Halloween decorations and crafts. Learn how to make 10 miniature Halloween party supplies, a Play-Doh doll witch, and toilet paper roll ghosts and bats. There are videos on how to carve a jack-o-lantern and how to decorate a pumpkin without carving. You'll find lots of other ideas for Halloween decorations, and, of course, a number of ideas for Halloween costumes.
You'll find lots of inspiration for Halloween party food and treats on the iFood.tv channel. The Halloween Treats category has 36 instructional videos that include Easy Halloween Oreo Ghost Truffles, Gummy Eyeballs, Frankenstein Brownies, and Graveyard Dirt Cake.
Stream the Haunted Halloween Window 2017 channel on your Roku to set the mood for a Halloween party or while greeting trick-or-treaters. The channel gives the impression of watching a haunted house through your window. Watch closely throughout the 90-minute video for ghostly apparitions and appearances of a hooded figure moving about with a scythe in hand, all set to background sounds of a thunderstorm and eerie music.
If your Halloween party needs something a little more lively than the sound of rain, thunder, and ghostly moans, crank up Halloween Radio on the iHeartRadio channel. The station streams mainstream hits (and obvious selections for Halloween) like "Spirits in the Material World" by The Police and "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. Another good choice is Halloween Party Radio on Pandora, with tracks from "Beetlejuice, Film Score" and songs like "Monster Mash" from The Bonzo Dog Band. These stations aren't listed in the Roku channels, but you can find them using the channels' search functions.
If you like hearing scary stories around a campfire, search the TuneIn Radio channel for "Halloween Haunt," then turn down the lights and gather around the Roku for ghost stories and dark poetry readings like "Dark Shadows," "The Mystery of Roanoke Island," "The Bell Witch Cave," and Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."
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. If you want some recommendations, though, these are some good channels to start with:
- POV Horror Found Footage Films has an extensive collection of "found footage films" that give viewers a first-person perspective. The channel has a number of relatively-recent films that include Nightfall (2011), Hide the Monster (2015), and The Last Witch (2015).
- Horror Hotel provides more than just the movies. These films are hosted by Lamia and her pet python Lilith Alexandria. Lamia lays claim to being "a knowledgeable horror film historian who gives the facts and stats on the movies she hosts, as well as what was going on, horror-wise, during its era." Titles include I Bury the Living (1958), Bloody Wednesday (1987), Snake People (1971), and Screaming Skull (1958).
- Horror Hall offers over 150 modern-era straight-to-video movies that include slasher films like The Slashening (2015), Horror House on Highway 6 (2014), andBabysitter Massacre (2013).
One last note: For you long-term Roku users looking for A Very Roku Halloween, that channel is no longer available and Roku hasn't created a 2017 version.