October 1 marks the start of the most wonderful time of the year for fans of all things frightening. If you're looking for a way to get into the Halloween spirit, you can find a terrifying alternative to a yule log over at Shudder.com, Bloody Disgusting reports.

Unlike typical streaming services, Shudder caters exclusively to horror fans. Halloween is like Christmas for Shudder users, and the site celebrates by co-opting a piece of Christmas iconography and giving it a spooky spin.

Instead of a traditional yule log, Shudder's "ghoul log" consists of a grinning jack-o'-lantern lit by a single candle. As the light flickers and the leaves around the pumpkin rustle in the wind, background noises like howling wolves and hooting owls set the scene.

For 2020, Shudder is offering an update to its classic ghoul log with an homage to the 2007 horror film Trick 'r Treat. The new Sam O'Lantern is modeled after Sam, the creepy star of the Halloween anthology. Either video is the perfect way to warm up to the first scary movie marathon (or not-so-scary movie marathon) of October.

[h/t Bloody Disgusting]