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Halloween Essentials by Guillermo Del Toro

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has conquered the darkness by directing, writing, and producing some of the most delightfully terrifying TV shows and movies for fans of all ages. From The Strain's vampire infestation to the supernatural comedy of The Witches and the secret realms and magic creatures of Trollhunters, here are our favorites from the modern Master of Horror. Or, if you're looking for something on the lighter side of spooky, try our Scary (But Not TOO Scary!) Halloween Movies list.

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age 9+

Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Wizards: Tales of Arcadia

age 9+

Dark, engrossing continuation of "Trollhunters" saga.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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3Below: Tales of Arcadia

age 9+

Action-packed, layered second chapter in del Toro's Arcadia.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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The Witches

age 10+

Campy but creepy Dahl adaptation has lots of spooky stuff.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

age 14+

Imaginative, campy comic book fun; lots of scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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Pan's Labyrinth

age 15+

Brilliant, poignant fairy tale has dark violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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The Shape of Water

age 16+

Compassionate monster movie/love story has mature content.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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The Strain

age 17+

Mature horror series is too dark and intense for kids.

Network: FX (2014)