For me, the month leading up to Halloween — not Christmas — is actually the most wonderful time of the year. We rounded up the best Halloween TV episodes on Netflix, so you can better enjoy the season: a time for Halloween parties, pumpkin spice lattes (don’t judge) and binge-watching scary stuff while hiding under a big, warm blanket. While I can never pass up quintessential Halloween fare like Hellraiser and The Shining, few things get me in the Halloween spirit like television, particularly classic Halloween episodes from beloved TV shows.
When it comes to Halloween, it’s not just the dressing up that gets me (though that’s definitely part of it). It’s just the spooky essence of the season (cobwebs! pumpkins! black cats!) that keeps me yearning for October all year long. There’s something about it that feels — dare we say it? — even cozier than the holidays, and we’re determined to make the most of every witchy moment.
Not all of these TV episodes are super scary — you can head over to our Stephen King round-up for that — but they are festive enough to get you into the Halloween spirit. Sit back, grab some candy corn (or not), and check out our top picks.
A version of this article was originally published October 2018.