Halloween isn’t my favourite time of year. In fact, I’d rather stay indoors all night and watch Rupaul’s Drag Race instead of getting dressed up in scary costumes.
I might not like Halloween but I do like being scared silly. So I’ve made a list of my favourite TV shows, Film, Books, Podcasts and websites that will scare you to death any time of the year.
American Horror Story
This is probably my favourite ever TV show. I see a load of people saying it’s not scary and I’m just so confused because what’s not scary about murderous nurses and people making lamps out of skin??? AHS is chock full of horror movie tropes and that’s what makes it so great. If you’re looking for the scariest season then start with Season 2: Asylum and prepare to be equally terrified and grossed out at the same time.
The Walking Dead
If you want gore, you will find it here. That is all.
No one really talks about Harper’s Island anymore but it was a mini series from 2009 about a girl returning to her home town and guess what, there’s a serial killer. I haven’t watched this for ages but one scene in particular has haunted me since then.
If you’re a fan of the more camp genre of horror then this is absolutely the show for you. It’s stupid, hilarious and actually can be quite scary. Also John Stamos is in the new series so there’s a reason for you.
Scream is based on the film of the same name, which I love love love and you should definitely watch if you haven’t already seen it. Like Scream Queens, Scream can be a little stupid at times but isn’t all good horror like that?
This isn’t the kind of show I would normally call scary because I’m not a fan of sci-fi but I did love Stranger Things and there were a lot of jumpy scares!
Everyone told me this wasn’t scary and I’d be fine watching it on my own. Was I fine? No I bloody wasn’t. This is really scary and there’s a creepy kid which always makes it worse. But the idea behind the plot is amazing and you’ll never read a children’s book the same way again.
The Woman in Black
Going to own up now and say that of all the films, TV shows etc on this post, this is the one that I found the scariest. In fact, I didn’t even finish it. The jumps, that horrible ghost woman and the creepy children had be cowering behind a cushion in the first 20 minutes.
It might be an oldie but it’s a goodie. I adore this film and Mia Farrow looks great in it. Isn’t it every woman’s fear that she’ll give birth to a devil baby? I know it’s mine…
Nicole Kidman is so gloriously good at being creepy especially when she’s being a mother to two photo sensitive kids. I definitely watched this film before I was old enough to and I still think about it to this day.
Misery by Stephen King
Although it’s not your traditional horror story, a woman holding an author hostage is still pretty scary. The film is equally terrifying because Kathy Bates plays the best villain.
Carrie by Stephen King
Another scary Stephen King novel I love is Carrie. I’m not usually a fan of the supernatural but Carrie is something else. I’ve read this book so many times and I’m still not sure who’s side I’m on…
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
I don’t want to give too much away with this so I will just say that this short story is the scariest thing I have ever read and I couldn’t get it out of my head for a long time after I read it.
These are all kind of serial killer related because what’s scarier than murder? Literally nothing!
This podcast has an incredible backlog of episodes on everything from classic horror films to vampires to cults and serial killers.
This is a little heavier than your average true crime podcast. It really delves deep into topics such as paedophilia and looks at ethical dilemmas such as the death penalty.
Criminal is one of my favourite podcasts because the storytellers are just so damn good. It’s one that you can always whack on for a late night scare.
How will you be celebrating Halloween? And what are your favourite spooky shows?