We’ve been looking forward to the month of October all year long. Not only is it the first real month of fall, it also kickstarts the countdown to our favorite holiday — Hallo-freakin’-ween! Honestly, what’s not to love? The spookiest time of year brings costumes, parties, unlimited candy, and an excuse to cancel plans and binge-watch all the creepy documentaries we can find. Well, it’s not like we needed an excuse but it’s nice to have one.
Like most people obsessed with the holiday, we too, get in the spirit by watching Halloween classics like, Hocus Pocus while following along with Freeform’s (ABC’s) “13 Nights of Halloween” or revisiting bloody slasher flicks. But sometimes we like to turn the scare factor all the way up with ghost documentaries. Sure, the classics are great, but they’re not always based on true events, while documentaries are.
And what’s more spine-chilling than witnessing a haunting and knowing it actually happening in real life, to real people, and you may or may not be next?
Not much if you ask us. So, if you’re into the paranormal stuff too then look no further. We’ve put together a list of some terrifying ghost documentaries, just hit play.
1My Amityville Horror
You’ve seen the movies, but have you heard the REAL tale? Back in 1975, newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz moved into the now infamous Amityville house to get a fresh start. In less than a month, the family abandoned everything they owned and quickly fled from the house, claiming it had been the source of a number of supernatural disturbances – including the appearance of a floating, wolf-headed pig, demonic possession, and swarms of ghostly black flies.
In My Amityville Horror, Daniel Lutz, who was the eldest child in the house at the time, shares his experiences. The results? A gut-wrenching mix of paranormal ghost activity and psychological unease.
2Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Paranormal activity and ghost stories are creepy enough without adding children who see dead people. This docu-series takes us into the minds and lives of children who report being able to communicate with the spirits walking among us.
This documentary explores sleep paralysis, and focuses on eight people who regularly find themselves temporarily unable to move, speak, or react to anything while they are falling asleep or waking up. Because that’s what sleep paralysis is. But what makes this creepy is the fact that these people have reported hearing bloodcurdling screams and seeing mysterious figures approaching them in their paralyzed state. You might never go to sleep again, but The Nightmare is on Netflix.
Room 237 is a 2012 American documentary film about interpretations and perceived meanings of the 1980’s film The Shining which was adapted from the 1977 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The Shining is about Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who takes the position as caretaker of an isolated historic (haunted) hotel. Jack and his wife Wendy have a young son, Danny. Danny has a special gift — “the shining” — which allows him to see the hotel’s horrific past, including all its ghosts.
5Paranormal Activity: Castle Ghosts of England
Let’s skip across the pond, shall we? This documentary brings you face to face with some of England’s most infamous haunted castles.
6A Haunting in Connecticut
Get the inside scoop behind the movie. The documentary tells the true tale of the Snedeker family renting an old house in Southington, Connecticut. While exploring, Mrs. Snedeker finds old tools used by morticians in their basement and soon discovers that the house was once a funeral parlor. Their eldest son begins seeing ghosts, and both parents said they were raped and sodomized by demons. Um, you might just want to see the rest for yourself.
7The Enfield Poltergeist
In August 1977, single parent Peggy Hodgson called police to her rented home in Enfield after two of her four children claimed that the furniture and other objects kept moving and there was loud knocking on the walls of the house. A police constable said that she saw a chair slide on the floor and “was convinced that nobody there had touched it.” There were also claims of allegedly demonic voices, loud noises, thrown rocks and toys, overturned chairs, and children levitating. You know, the usual.
8Paranormal Prisons: Portal To Hell On Earth
As if being in prison wasn’t bad enough, these inmates have to deal with being killed by the ghosts of those who’ve already passed over. Throughout the documentary, we visit different jails and prisons with inmates sharing stories like seeing a bloodied figure waving a meat cleaver or the sinister and sadistic ghost guards who like to taunt the living. What’s interesting is, not all of the spirits are men. Why are there women ghosts haunting prisons for men? Find out. You can watch on YouTube, but maybe, don’t watch alone.