15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween
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The Halloween season is best known for nightmare-inducing horror films 13 Nightmarish Netflix Movies Full of Jump Scares 13 Nightmarish Netflix Movies Full of Jump Scares Jump scares are those moments in movies which make you jump out of your seat. Literally. So if you enjoy being scared, you'll enjoy this list of jump scare movies on Netflix. Read More , but there are frightening TV shows worth watching too. With the TV horror genre on the rise, you can now scare yourself silly on a weekly basis — or even binge-watch a scary TV show over one weekend.

Keep in mind that shows are limited by the restrictions of television, so don’t expect the next Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But TV can be just as disturbing in other ways, so sit tight and enjoy hours of dread with these horror-themed TV shows you can stream over Halloween.

1. American Horror Story

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84 episodes across seven seasons (ongoing).

With a name like American Horror Story, this is clearly a show made for Halloween. Every season of American Horror Story explores a self-contained story, so you can view each season as a kind of miniseries.

This works great for the horror format because it can be difficult to stretch out horror for dozens of episodes. Some shows manage it well (see Hannibal below) but American Horror Story makes good use of its self-contained design to maximize thrills.

You can stream American Horror Story on: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video (DVD in Canada)

2. Hannibal

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39 episodes across three seasons.

Be warned: this show is INCREDIBLY graphic and gruesome. Flayed skin, lots of blood, piles of corpses, psychological and physical torture, and other forms of disturbing imagery abound in this horrific show.

The characters, direction, and narrative of Hannibal are all top-notch and award-worthy. However, there’s a reason why Hannibal had such a small viewership during its run: it’s often difficult to watch. I viewed most of this series peering through my fingers — and had to take frequent breaks because of how dark it could get.

Not much else needs to be said. Everyone knows Hannibal. This series is basically a re-imagined crime drama that’s loosely based on the source material.

You can stream Hannibal on: Amazon Prime Video

3. The X-Files

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208 episodes across 10 seasons.

The X-Files is a long-running and recently-rebooted series beloved by fans and critics alike. It was one of the first shows to successfully mix standalone episodes with serial storylines, allowing it to deliver deep character developments while satisfyingly wrapping up each episode as a self-contained story.

Some of the episodes can be a bit hit-or-miss, but it’s still a thoroughly entertaining ride throughout — especially if you love mystery.

If you like The X-Files, you should also watch Fringe. Unfortunately, Fringe isn’t available on any streaming service as of this writing, but you can always buy the complete series of Fringe on Blu-ray (UK).

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You can stream The X-Files on: Hulu

4. The Walking Dead

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115 episodes across eight seasons (ongoing).

A Halloween without zombies would not be Halloween at all, and we’d be remiss if we left out the most popular zombie show The 7 Best Zombie Shows to Watch on Netflix This Halloween The 7 Best Zombie Shows to Watch on Netflix This Halloween Zombie shows aren't always about blood, guts, and gore. There's a wide range of zombie shows available to watch on Netflix this Halloween, and here are the best of the bunch... Read More in the history of television. Season one started with 5 million viewers, but by season 5 17 million viewers were tuning in. It’s a must-watch for zombie lovers.

However, do note one thing: even though The Walking Dead is packed with violence and zombie gore, this isn’t a zombie survival story. It’s a drama that happens to take place in a zombie apocalypse. If that sounds fine to you, then you’ll enjoy the show — especially if you speed through the slower parts.

You can stream The Walking Dead on: Netflix

5. Fear the Walking Dead

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37 episodes across three seasons (ongoing).

Fear the Walking Dead is a spin-off from The Walking Dead, and even though it doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, it’s definitely noteworthy for its artistic and atmospheric merits. It’s also perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.

You can stream Fear the Walking Dead on: Hulu

6. Stranger Things

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17 episodes across two seasons (ongoing).

I fell in love with Stranger Things in its first 15 minutes. Few shows have managed to do what it did: develop a deep cast of children and adults and take them on a sprawling, epic journey in just eight episodes — all wrapped up in a satisfying yet open-to-possibilities ending.

There is a monster in this show, and it can get quite moody and dark at times. It might even scare you if you watch it alone at night with the lights off. But there’s a touching human story at its core that resonates, plus an abundance of 1980s nostalgia!

You can stream Stranger Things on: Netflix

7. Carnivale

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24 episodes across two seasons.

We highlighted Carnivale as one of the many shows that make an HBO Now subscription worthwhile 15 Amazing HBO Shows That Make HBO NOW Worth the Money 15 Amazing HBO Shows That Make HBO NOW Worth the Money An HBO subscription isn't cheap, with HBO NOW priced at $15-per-month. However, we believe these 15 amazing HBO shows make HBO NOW worth the price of admission. Read More , and it’s a perfect fit for Halloween. Carnivale is a dark fantasy tale about a traveling carnival, and things aren’t what they seem on the surface. It’s an older show that feels dated at times, but if you can look past it, the story will suck you right in.

You can stream Carnivale on: Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now

8. Penny Dreadful

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27 episodes across three seasons.

The name of this stylized horror show refers to the “penny dreadful” stories produced back in 19th century UK — printed tales that involved a lot of sensational, supernatural, and pulpy content matter. Penny Dreadful follows suit, but in much more intelligent ways.

It draws on many public domain characters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, and more. But the stories therein are unique, engrossing, and macabre. The end result is compelling, to say the least.

As a Showtime series, be warned that you’ll find a lot of mature content in many scenes. Naked cadavers and grotesque imagery are par for the course.

You can stream Penny Dreadful on: NetflixShowtime

9. Outcast

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20 episodes across two seasons (ongoing).

From the original creator of The Walking Dead comes another horror series with much more character development than its more famous counterpart. It’s dark, creepy, but rooted in human relationships and community. All told, it’s a thrilling ride that actually gets better with each episode.

You can stream Outcast on: Cinemax

10. The Exorcist

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16 episodes across two seasons (ongoing).

The Exorcist is a TV series based on the cult classic film 12 Cult Movies Everyone Should Watch on Netflix 12 Cult Movies Everyone Should Watch on Netflix There are so many cult movies to choose from it's hard to know where to begin. Thankfully, Netflix has some choice selections to get you started. Read More of the same name. And while it isn’t nearly as nightmarish as the source material, it’ll leave an impact on you even after the first episode. It’s much scarier than primetime television should be, so viewers better beware.

You can stream The Exorcist on: Hulu

11. Wayward Pines

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20 episodes across two seasons.

If you don’t have a Hulu subscription yet, you may want to sign up soon — at least until you can finish the first season of Wayward Pines. This series is based on the eponymous trilogy of books and faithfully adapts the material into a slow-burning mystery that gets more compelling with each twist.

You can stream Wayward Pines on: Hulu

12. Supernatural

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279 episodes across 13 seasons (ongoing).

Not many shows come close to the number of episodes in Supernatural, and we’re talking about hour-long episodes here. True, there are some real stinkers along the way, but Supernatural is impressive because it managed to stay generally consistent and on course for most of its run — and it’s still going strong.

Long story short, this fantasy/horror series focuses on two brothers who investigate paranormal events and end up having all kinds of run-ins with ghosts, vampires, witches, angels, and demons. The massive mythology of Supernatural is its strongest aspect, so if you’re into that kind of storytelling, you’ll love this show.

You can stream Supernatural on: Netflix, The CW

13. Bates Motel

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50 episodes across five seasons (ongoing).

Like Hannibal above, Bates Motel is a movie-reimagined-for-television that tells the prequel story of Norman Bates — the famous serial killer from Psycho. While the show doesn’t reach the same award-winning heights as Hannibal, the overall experience is a solid one.

Leaning more towards thriller than outright horror, Bates Motel can still produce a ton of suspense and make you feel extremely uncomfortable when it’s firing on all cylinders. Worth a watch? Definitely.

You can stream Bates Motel on: Netflix

14. Hemlock Grove

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33 episodes across three seasons.

Hemlock Grove centers on the fictional town of Hemlock Grove, which gets upended when strange happenings start to occur — including a string of brutal murders. Though it debuted to mixed reviews, Netflix gave it a full three seasons to bring its story to a somewhat satisfying conclusion.

You can stream Hemlock Grove on: Netflix

15. Attack on Titan

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37 episodes across two seasons (ongoing).

Don’t be put off by the fact that Attack on Titan is an anime — it’s unlike any other anime out there. Attack on Titan tells the horrific tale of a city that’s attacked by cataclysmic titans, all bolstered by a beautiful art style and stylish animations.

You’ll wince the first time you watch one of these massive titans grab an innocent human and chomp them in half. Dark, gruesome, yet driven by strong characters — the trifecta of great horror. Not to mention all of the great plot twists along the way. A fun but depressing ride, for sure.

You can stream Attack on Titan on: Netflix, Hulu

What Will You Watch on Halloween?

We don’t recommend binge-watching every single one of these shows. Instead, pick one or two that appeal to you and set aside a few nights to take in the full experience. My personal must-watch recommendations are Hannibal (for adults who want truly dreadful horror) and Stranger Things (for something more on the family-friendly side).

If you want to supplement these shows with something more traditional, you ought to check out these classic horror films on Netflix 13 Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween 13 Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween Halloween is the perfect time to curl up on the couch, switch off the lights, and scare yourself with some good old-fashioned horror movies. And Netflix has plenty to choose from. Read More .

What’s the scariest TV show you have ever watched? Are there any other scary TV shows you think should be on this list? What television shows will you be watching over Halloween? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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  1. disposablenickb324
    October 26, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Hemlock Grove is an abomination. You should be ashamed for even mentioning it.

  2. Boter
    October 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Fringe is available for free streaming on go90