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The Best Scary Netflix Series to Stream for Halloween

Maybe instead of a scary movie, you’d rather enjoy a scary TV series that you can sink your teeth into over multiple episodes. You could re-watch previous seasons of American Horror Story, The Twilight Zone, or whatever suits your fancy. Or, with a Netflix subscription, you can start with some of Netflix’s spooky originals.

Netflix is no stranger to releasing incredible original series, like Stranger Things and Bridgerton for example, but the streaming service is also good for a scare. From the horror of The Haunting of Hill House to the more lighthearted nature of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, there is a wide variety of scary shows to watch this Halloween season.

If you’re in need of a recommendation, here are six of the best scary Netflix series to stream this season.


6/6 Haunted

Haunted is a pseudo-documentary style series that features real people recounting paranormal experiences they’ve had. The first season premiered on Netflix in October 2018 and just released its third season last May. It’s a TV show style that has been seen before, and it’s one of those styles that you either love or hate. There really isn’t any evidence to corroborate any of the stories told in the show, even though it makes a “based on true stories” claim. While some of the episodes come off as a little cringey, Haunted can still be a fun watch if you’re in for something that isn’t so serious.

5/6 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premiered on Netflix in 2018 and is another take on the Archie comic book series of the same name. For those who were fans of the 1996 sitcom Sabrina The Teenage Witch starring Melissa Joan Hart, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina should definitely be on your watch list. While there are some similarities between the two shows, there are also notable differences, making both great standalone shows. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina also has a Riverdale crossover, making it a win-win for fans of both shows. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t as scary as some of the other entries on this list, but if you’re looking for peak spooky season vibes, this show is it.

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4/6 The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House was created and directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Doctor Sleep) for Netflix in 2018. It’s loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name and follows five adult siblings whose supernatural experiences at Hill House continue to haunt them in different ways.

The Haunting of Hill House received critical acclaim for its directing, impressive performances and high-quality production value. The Haunting of Hill House is also genuinely scary. While there are certainly jump scares that are bound to catch you off guard, the series also has a lot of suspense and drama that is both captivating and terrifying. If you haven’t experienced The Haunting anthology yet, now is the perfect time to jump in.

3/6 Dracula

This series premiered on Netflix in 2020, with Claes Bang as the classic horror character. Like most Dracula movies and interpretations, Dracula the series is based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. Although this series only has three episodes, they manage to breathe life into the Dracula genre of vampire movies and reimagine the well-known character in a way that is unique to previous renditions. While there’s currently no insights on whether a second season will come any time soon, the three episodes available are worth the watch, especially if you’re a fan of the gothic nature of Dracula films.

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2/6 All of Us Are Dead

In January 2022, All of Us Are Dead premiered on Netflix. Based on the Nevar webtoon of the same name by Joo Dong-geun, is a Soth Korean zombie apocalypse horror that doubles as a coming-of-age series. The bulk of the season takes place in a high school after a viral zombie outbreak begins infecting staff and students until only a small group of kids is left. The zombie apocalypse trope isn’t new, but All of Us Are Dead takes a very unique approach and, in a way, revives the zombie genre. It’s gory and suspenseful and there are countless scenes that stress you out as you worry if the characters are going to make it out alive. But it also has a great storyline, with likable characters and more depth than most zombie media, like The Walking Dead.

1/6 The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor is another Mike Flanagan creation and is part of The Haunting anthology, along with The Haunting of Hill House. It’s essentially an adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Turn of The Screw. With Victoria Pederetti in the lead, the series follows Pedretti as Dani, a young au pair hired to care for two children at a massive, haunted countryside estate called Bly Manor. When comparing the two entries in The Haunting anthology, The Haunting of Hill House may be scarier. However, the plot and storytelling of The Haunting of Bly Manor is unmatched. It’s captivating and suspenseful and keeps you on your toes from start to finish. It’s so unique and well-done, there really aren’t any other series out there quite like The Haunting of Bly Manor.

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