We all know that any time after August until October 31st is essentially just Halloween Eve, right? Halloween isn’t just one night: it’s a (two) month-long celebration of spookiness and Halloween memes.I don’t know what it is about the end of September/ early October, but the world collectively decides to be ecstatic about Halloween, even though you have so much time until the actual holiday. You have the entire month to pick your favorite costume and decorate dozens of tiny pumpkins and leave them outside your house, only to eventually forget about them then watch them rot by Thanksgiving.
But ANYWAY, in order to get into the scary spirit, you should watch some creepy things. We’ve given you a list of scary movies, but what about scary TV shows? It can be hard to come across a good scary TV show, because what makes scary movies so good is that you get scared for about 80 percent of the movie, and then it’s over. With TV shows, however, the plot thickens and you are left with weekly cliffhangers and your favorite characters getting murdered left and right. Sounds pretty grim, but, hey, you need something to watch in the background while you’re working on your awesome costume, right? Luckily for you, I’ve compiled this list of scary TV shows that will help you stay in a spooky mood all month long. I am giving you this list now so that you will have time to binge them all just in time for your favorite night of tricks and/or treats (whichever your prefer). Check them out below. Happy (early) Halloween!
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No, not the movie. There is an actual TV show based on the movie premiering this fall which follows a single mother as she tries to save her daughter from being possessed by a demon, While, initially, fans were hesitant about the idea of one of the most successful movies of all time turning into a prime-time tv show, the first episode has got some pretty good reviews, so it is definitely something you'll want to watch if you're into the spooky shows. The show premieres September 23rd at 9 pm.
American Horror Story
Perhaps the spookiest/weirdest show on TV now is American Horror Story. It's perfect for prepping you for Halloween since the new seasons always start in the fall. But, it doesn't matter if you have seen the past seasons or not, since each season centers on a different plot. They focus on places like a haunted asylum, a circus, and a hotel AKA all things that are terrifying on their own. Add in ghosts and demons and you get American Horror Story. You can watch past seasons on Hulu.com, or watch the new episodes on Wednesdays at 9 pm on FX.
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars is a must-watch for any spooky TV fan. I'm sure you know the premise- a group of high schoolers getting stalked by the famous "A" through mysterious texts- but, honestly, no matter how many times you watch it, it is guaranteed to freak you out. Since the upcoming half of seventh season will be the show's last, you can catch up on past seasons on Netflix before the new episodes premiere next spring.
If you're mourning the soon-to-be loss of Pretty Little Lairs, this is the show for you. T@gged follows three teens who get "tagged" in creepy videos by some anonymous stalker. This show is super spooky for anyone who is addicted to social media (AKA, all of us), but be warned, after you catch up on all the episodes, you will freak out any time you get tagged in anything on Instagram. You can watch all of the episodes on Go90.com
Is there any way you made it through the past two months without watching Stranger Things? If so, you better get on it, since you know there are going to be a ton of Stranger Things-themed costumes this Halloween. The show follows a group of friends in the '80s who befriend a mysterious girl named Eleven after one of their friends goes missing, and begin witness a wide variety of strange creatures and government coverups. You can stream the first season on Netflix.
You may or may not be familiar with this '90s classic, but I'll give you a recap anyway: two detectives investigate all different types of supernatural cases involving aliens and paranormal creatures. It's creepy, spooky and funny all at the same time, and since there are so many episodes, you better start watching now if you want to be an X-Files expert by the time Halloween comes around. You can watch the all 10 seasons, including the 2016 reboot, on Netflix.
As if sororities weren't scary enough, when you throw in some murder and six characters named Chanel, there is sure to be some screams. Scream Queens takes place at the fictional Wallace University, where the popular sorority Kappa Kappa Tau is being targeted by a murderer named "The Red Devil." The second season premieres September 20th, but you can catch up with the past episodes on Fox.com.
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
If you want to see a bad-ass teen slay some demons, this is the show for you. The show, which aired from 1997-2003, follows California teen Buffy Summers who juggles her school work, boy problems and vampire-killing duties. Sounds like a normal teen, right? She was slaying vampires before Twilight and The Vampire Diaries even made it ~cool~. You can stream every season on Netflix.
Based on the classic horror movie of the same name, Scream follows a group of teens who become targeted by a famous murderer who has been terrorizing their small town for over 20 years. The murder, mixed with all of the normal high school drama makes for a super suspenseful TV show. A Halloween special airs this October, but if you want to catch up, you can stream the past 2 seasons on MTV.com.
Which of these TV shows are you going to watch this halloween? Tell us in the comments!