Scary TV

Whether they're tweens who love Scooby-Doo or teens obsessed with Stranger Things, some kids just love a good scare. From ghosts, vampires, and zombies to paranormal mysteries, the scary series on this list are sure to send a chill down your spine. These picks are great for kids and families who can stomach horror, thrills, and creepiness. And the best part is that it doesn't need to be Halloween to enjoy these spooky shows. So turn out the lights and get ready to be scared. And for even more scariness, check out these Scary Games and Scary Movies for Kids.

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A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween Movie Poster Image
Courage overcomes mild scares in cute holiday special.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! TV Poster Image
Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.
Network: Boomerang
(2004)
(1969)
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The Haunted Hathaways TV Poster Image
Charming family sitcom with great messages for all ages.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2013)
(2013)
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The New Adventures of Figaro Pho TV Poster Image
Kid embraces fears, fresh adventures in delightful series.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2015)
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Toy Story of TERROR! Movie Poster Image
Horror film-themed TV special is sweet treat for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Eerie, Indiana TV Poster Image
Short-lived '90s series is more fun than frightful.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(1991)
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Growing Up Creepie TV Poster Image
Tween toon has dark visuals, but OK for most kids.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2006)
(2006)
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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? TV Poster Image
Zany Scooby series has classic plot twists, lots of celebs.
Network: Boomerang, Cartoon Network
(2019)
(2019)
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The Addams Family (Live Action TV Series) TV Poster Image
Kooky, spooky classic is still fun for tweens.
Network: Syndicated
(2005)
(1964)
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Edgar & Ellen TV Poster Image
Mischievous twins amuse in 'toon for tweens.
Network: Nicktoons
(2007)
(2007)
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Gravity Falls TV Poster Image
Clever sibling story has some spooky stuff for kids.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(2012)
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Strange Days at Blake Holsey High TV Poster Image
Prep show Twilight Zone is good spooky fun.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2005)
(2002)
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Trollhunters TV Poster Image
Action-packed adventure show has scares, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV Poster Image
Spooky campfire stories are fun for resilient kids.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2011)
(1992)
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Deadtime Stories TV Poster Image
Horror anthology's lighter fright still scary for some kids.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2013)
(2013)
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Ghost Hunters TV Poster Image
Reality fare for sci-fi addicts; can be creepy.
Network: Syfy
(2005)
(2004)
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R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour TV Poster Image
More thrills and goosebumps for tough-skinned tweens.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events TV Poster Image
Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Spooksville TV Poster Image
Popular book series makes for chilling thrills for tweens.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2013)
(2013)
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The Twilight Zone TV Poster Image
Classic morality tales still make you think.
Network: Syfy, Syndicated
(2005)
(1959)
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Home Before Dark TV Poster Image
Kid lead is fabulous in intense mystery for tweens and up.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Wolfblood TV Poster Image
British werewolf-style drama limits the fright for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2013)
(2012)
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The A List TV Poster Image
Teen supernatural drama has some suspense, violence.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2018)
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV Poster Image
Horror series reboot thrills with tense, frightful story.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2019)
(2019)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Poster Image
Cult vampire series has witty bite and strong role model.
Network: FX
(2005)
(1997)
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Grimm TV Poster Image
Fairy tale-inspired show has more blood than happy endings.
Network: NBC
(2011)
(2011)
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Locke & Key TV Poster Image
Suspense abounds in creepy graphic novel adaptation.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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My Ghost Story TV Poster Image
Show's real-life ghostly encounters get pretty creepy.
Network: Biography Channel
(2010)
(2010)
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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles TV Poster Image
Exciting sci-fi saga has fewer chases, more drama.
Network: Fox
(2008)
(2008)
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The X-Files TV Poster Image
Brilliant sci-fi drama for brave teens and up.
Network: Syfy, TNT
(2005)
(1993)
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Castle Rock TV Poster Image
Tense Stephen King spin-off fun for fans, has some violence.
Network: Hulu
(2018)
(2018)
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Dracula (2020) TV Poster Image
Well-done take on vampire classic is compelling, gory.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Evil TV Poster Image
Bloody, spooky visuals on solid supernatural mystery.
Network: CBS
(2019)
(2019)
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Fringe TV Poster Image
Moody conspiracy drama is creepy, complex, and masterful.
Network: Fox
(2008)
(2008)
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The Haunting of Bly Manor TV Poster Image
Classic novella becomes elegant, spooky ghost story.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Killer Camp TV Poster Image
Reality game show has a violent horror twist.
Network: CW
(2020)
(2020)
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iZombie TV Poster Image
Quirky zombie-detective show has violence, heart (and guts).
Network: CW
(2015)
(2015)
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Proof TV Poster Image
Life-after-death series mixes science and the paranormal.
Network: TNT
(2015)
(2015)
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The River TV Poster Image
Chilling paranormal-adventure show isn't for faint of heart.
Network: ABC
(2012)
(2012)
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The Secret Circle TV Poster Image
Witchy thriller has sexy edge that's best for mature teens.
Network: CW
(2011)
(2011)
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Two Sentence Horror Stories TV Poster Image
Creative anthology series has mature topics, violence.
Network: CW
(2019)
(2019)
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Jinn TV Poster Image
Soapy supernatural drama has scares, some teen bullying.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Servant TV Poster Image
Spooky series has great twists despite slow pace.
Network: Apple TV+
(2019)
(2019)
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World's Most Wanted TV Poster Image
True-life international crime docu has violent imagery.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Bates Motel TV Poster Image
Dark drama updates a horror classic with blood and violence.
Network: A&E
(2013)
(2013)
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina TV Poster Image
Thrilling update of spooky comic ramps up teen empowerment.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Curon TV Poster Image
Creepy Italian series is more teen drama than horror.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Haunting of Hill House TV Poster Image
Ambitious family drama-meets-horror story is dark, mature.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark TV Poster Image
Killer and victims get equal time in gripping docuseries.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Los Espookys TV Poster Image
Bilingual horror comedy is unique and delightful.
Network: HBO
(2019)
(2019)
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The Outsider TV Poster Image
Dark Stephen King adaptation is violent, slow.
Network: HBO
(2020)
(2020)
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Ratched TV Poster Image
Lots of gory medical horror in so-so Ryan Murphy show.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Stranger TV Poster Image
Violent stalker horror full of suspense, cursing.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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Typewriter TV Poster Image
Stranger Things-style Indian horror series charms, scares.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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The Walking Dead TV Poster Image
Grim zombie drama is artful -- but awfully bloody.
Network: AMC
(2010)
(2010)
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American Horror Story TV Poster Image
Dark, twisted adult drama is designed to shock and disturb.
Network: FX
(2011)
(2011)
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Black Mirror TV Poster Image
British sci-fi series is violent and thought-provoking.
Network: Netflix
(2014)
(2014)
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Lovecraft Country TV Poster Image
Mature horror series has both mythical and human monsters.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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The Murders at White House Farm TV Poster Image
Murder mystery drama based on true story is well-done.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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The Witcher TV Poster Image
Violent medieval monster mayhem is mature fun, has nudity.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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