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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The Monster at the End of This Story

age 3+

TV version of beloved Sesame book helps kids face fears.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween

age 4+

Courage overcomes mild scares in cute holiday special.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

age 5+

Scoob and the gang are on the case! Families AOK.

Network: Boomerang (1969)
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The Haunted Hathaways

age 6+

Charming family sitcom with great messages for all ages.

Network: Nickelodeon (2013)
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Scaredy Cats

age 6+

Magical theme is charming, spooky but OK for most kids.

Network: Netflix (2021)
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Toy Story of TERROR!

age 6+

Horror film-themed TV special is sweet treat for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Eerie, Indiana

age 7+

Short-lived '90s series is more fun than frightful.

Network: Hulu (1991)
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The Ghost and Molly McGee

age 7+

Funny ghost-girl buddy story has mild ghoulish scares.

Network: Disney Channel, Disney+ (2021)
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Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

age 7+

Zany Scooby series has classic plot twists, lots of celebs.

Network: Boomerang, Cartoon Network (2019)
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The Addams Family (Live Action TV Series)

age 8+

Kooky, spooky classic is still fun for tweens.

Network: Syndicated (1964)
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Gravity Falls

age 8+

Clever sibling story has some spooky stuff for kids.

Network: Disney Channel (2012)
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Over the Garden Wall

age 8+

Whimsical, adventurous tale has some scary moments, too.

Network: Cartoon Network (2014)
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Secrets of Sulphur Springs

age 8+

Chilling mystery series is lots of fun, has some scares.

Network: Disney Channel (2021)
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Strange Days at Blake Holsey High

age 8+

Prep show Twilight Zone is good spooky fun.

Network: Discovery Family Channel (2002)
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Muppets Haunted Mansion

age 8+

Spooky musical special is as good as the Muppets get.

Network: Disney+ (2021)
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Just Beyond

age 9+

Psychological spookiness that's OK for most tweens.

Network: Disney+ (2021)
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Trollhunters

age 9+

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

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

age 10+

Spooky campfire stories are fun for resilient kids.

Network: Nickelodeon (1992)
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Ghost Hunters

age 10+

Reality fare for sci-fi addicts; can be creepy.

Network: Syfy (2004)
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The Hardy Boys

age 10+

Throwback drama is tense, a bit violent, with tween snark.

Network: Hulu (2020)
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