Halloween is coming, friends, and even though this is going to be a very different type of holiday than we are probably used to…we can still get spoopy!
To help you get in the Halloween mood, here are some of my favorite spoopy television series. It is by no means a comprehensive list—I watch too many shows to include them all—but here are my favs, in no particular order:
Supernatural (2005 – )
I would be remiss if I didn’t include the longest running supernatural tv series ever, and one of my all-time favs. Some of the earlier episodes still keep me up at night, and if you need a dose of the supernatural to get you in the Halloween spirit, well, look no further than this one. The name’s the game, after all.
If you’re looking for creepy episode recommendations, I suggest “Woman in White,” “No Exit,” or “The Kids Are Alright.”
You can watch Supernatural seasons 1-14 on Netflix.
Paranormal Witness (2011-2016)
Many years ago, when the Mutineer and I were in college and shared an apartment with two other girls, we used to congregate on our couch and watch episodes of Paranormal Witness on our lunch breaks, in the middle of the day…and it would still keep us awake at night.
In fact, there’s an episode from the first season about a poltergeist that still gives me the chills when I think about it almost a decade later. Definitely watch this one with the lights on.
You can find Paranormal Witness on NBC’s Peacock app.
MOtherland: Fort Salem (2020 – )
Set in an alternate reality where witches were not persecuted in Salem, but rather joined forces and became the primary military force for the United States, Motherland: Fort Salem is a show that delivers the paranormal with a heavy dose of political intrigue and social commentary. This is one of my favorite new shows this year, and while it’s not scary, it’s definitely supernatural!
Also, full of good and fairly simple Halloween costume ideas if you’re still looking 🙂
You can watch episodes of Motherland: Fort Salem on Hulu.
Evil (2019 – )
We watched the first episode of this show at SDCC 2019, and even though we were in Ballroom 20 with thousands of other people…I still kinda wanted to hide under a chair from fear. This show definitely looks at the supernatural—specifically the demonic—and the darker sides of human nature. Definitely not for the faint of heart…and definitely not one to watch in front of the kids!
You can watch the first season of Evil on CBS All Access or on Netflix.
Kindred Spirits (2016 – )
We’ve talked about this one before, but it bears repeating: Kindred Spirits is one of my favorite ghost hunting/documenting shows. Starring Ghost Hunters alumni Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, it follows them visiting notable landmarks that are rumored to be haunted, but its primary focus is to visit the homes of people who are frightened of the paranormal, and to help them understand what is happening in their spaces. I’ve enjoyed Amy and Adam since I first saw them on Ghost Hunters and I hope to follow these ghost hunting BFFs’ adventures for many more years to come.
You can purchase episodes of Kindred Spirits via Amazon Prime.
The X-Files (1993-2002, 2016-2018)
Did you really think I would not include THE show that kept all of us 90s kids awake at night for more than a decade? I recently started rewatching the series, and…let me tell you…the season two episode “Irresistible” is going to keep me awake for the next week or so.
As is proven by many paranormal shows, sometimes the scariest monsters are the human ones.
You can watch episodes of The X-Files on Hulu.
Unsolved Mysteries (1987-1999, 2001-2002, 2008-2010, 2020 – )
Possibly the most famous long-running mystery/crime documentary show, Unsolved Mysteries definitely brings the creepy mystery vibe to television, while also encouraging the audience’s participation in solving the mystery. Shows like The X-Files and Supernatural show us that sometimes the scariest monsters are human, but Unsolved Mysteries proves it.
When Netflix revived the show earlier this year, I knew that we’d be in for some terrifying mysteries, and the episode “House of Terror” delivered and, as scary tv is wont to do, kept me awake all night.
The second volume of episode releases on Netflix tomorrow, October 19, just in time for your Halloween watch party.
Old episodes of Unsolved Mysteries are available to watch on NBC’s Peacock app, and new episodes are on Netflix.
What’s your favorite spoopy television show? Tell us in the comments!