By: Cate Engles and Sadie Hertz
Halloween brings all sorts of spooky, thrilling things to do on your weekends like going to a haunted house or maybe even a corn maze. Most often, though, it can be tough to get out to these goosebump-giving haunted attractions on the weekends of October. So, what is it that we resort to when we don’t have a ride or are maybe just a little too scared to tackle “7 Floors of Hell”? No surprise here…it’s Netflix! There is nothing wrong with getting into the spooky spirit by watching the halloween episodes of some of your favorite Netflix series.
The follow shows have been rated on the pumpkin scale:
🎃 = Not Spooky
🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 = Very Spooky
Glee – “The Rocky Horror Glee Show”
This episode of Glee is perfect for the halloween season. With it being based off of the 70s halloween classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, there is no doubt you will be looking for a theater that is putting the show on. Though it is not necessarily spooky or scary, it will sure give you some costume inspiration, or maybe a fun song stuck in your head. Not only does it have all the hilarious characters, but it also features John Stamos (ahhh!!!), so if that does not encourage you to whip out your laptop then I do not know what truly will.
American Horror Story – “Halloween Part 1 (and 2)”
Spooky Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃
It is obvious from the name, but this show is SCARY. It will definitely make you shiver and jump out of your seat. Do be warned, though, this show is known for its super weird and creepy plots of each season. These two halloween episodes of the first season are a great alternative to Paranormal Activity or Saw. The whole season is based off a an house known for the mysterious murders that always seem to occur inside of it. If you’re truly brave, you might want to tackle the whole season, or maybe even season 2 which many say is even scarier.
Gilmore Girls – “Twenty-One is the Loneliness Number”
Spooky Rating: 🎃🎃
This Gilmore Girls episode most likely will not give you nightmares, but it will sure put you in the autumnal spirit. Stars Hollow is the epitome of fall and the place to be around halloween. The episode is full of the hilarious “gilmore banter” as well as the drama that surrounds Rory’s twenty-first birthday. Overall, the episode is not spooky, except maybe for Lorelai’s kooky neighbor, but it will certainly attract any binge watchers to be hooked on a classic show.
Freaks and Geeks – “Tricks and Treats”
Spooky Rating: 🎃🎃
Freaks and Geeks always cracks a laugh with me. This 80s show has a great halloween episode that will definitely give you trick-or-treating nostalgica. If you miss going from door to door with your pillowcase of candy, this episode will bring you back to those days. The episode is full of classic halloween pranks and games that might give you some inspiration for you 31st (whoops!).
Vampire Diaries – “Haunted”
Spooky Rating: 🎃🎃🎃🎃
In all honesty, any episode from the Vampire Diaries can give you a scare. The halloween episode, in particular, will give you an extra kick of adrenaline. It is one of the first of the entire series, so if you are unfamiliar with the show, it will immerse you into the vampire universe of Mystic Falls. Amidst the conflict between vampires and mortals is the halloween festivities, making it hard to know who the real supernatural figures are…
The Office – “Halloween”
Spooky Rating: 🎃🎃🎃
Maybe it’s some of the costumes or just Dwight’s comical personality, but this episode will get a kick out of you. It is well known that the first few seasons of the office are the best ones, and this episode being in season two confirms that it will give you a laugh. The spooky rating on this episode really does not represent the fear it will give you, but actually just how funny it is.