It's that time of the year again! Halloween is just around the corner. Aside from costumes, decorations, tricks or treats, a great way to celebrate Halloween is by watching horror films and/or TV series. On TV Networks solely for cartoons or live-actions for kids, Halloween specials are usually scheduled for Halloween, and from morning 'til the evening, all broadcasts from these TV networks are Halloween specials.
Halloween films and TV specials aren't enough for a spook-filled Halloween. If you really want to feel the Halloween spirit, then it's only right you watch thriller, mystery, and dark fantasy animated series from their first episode to their last.
These shows gave us just the right amount of creeps we needed, Halloween or not. Whether you're re-watching these classics or experiencing them for the first time, they sure will get your scare on for Halloween! Take your pick:
Over the Garden Wall (2014)
Over the Garden Wall is Cartoon Network's Emmy Award-winning mini-series released November 2014. The story revolves around two half-brothers, Wirt and Greg, along with a talking bluebird named Beatrice, and their journey to find their way back home from the 'unknown.'
Although its art style and storytelling are child-friendly, Over the Garden Wall is actually darker than it looks-reason being, its fanbase is mostly comprised of young adults. If you've read Dante Alighieri's Inferno, the first part of the epic poem The Divine Comedy, then you might see some small similarities with this show (guess now you know what the show's about).
Monster Allergy (2005 - 2009)
Ezekiel Zick is a 12-year-old who has the ability to sense, see, and tame the human world of dangerous monsters that cause trouble. Along with his best friend Elena Potato and his fellow monster tamers, Zick saves the world from evil monsters wanting to dominate the human world.
Monster Allergy is somewhat similar to Ghostbusters (except for the ghost part). Aside from having monster tamer powers, a Universal Dombox is used to catch and contain monsters, like the Proton Pack in Ghostbusters.
Martin Mystery (2003 - 2006)
If you know Totally Spies! then you probably know who Martin Mystery is. Secret Agent Extraordinaire Martin Mystery along with his stepsister Diana Lombard and Java the Caveman, investigate on all paranormal activity around the world. Aside from dealing with ghosts, monsters, aliens, werewolves and the like, Martin Mystery also shows Martin and Diana's lives as step-siblings and as high school students.
Martin Mystery is a horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action, comedy-drama animated series. Having been produced by the same production company as Totally Spies!, Martin Mystery presents a light-hearted teen version of its original comics, Martin Mystère by Alfredo Castelli and Giancarlo Alessandrini.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (2003 - 2008)
A dim-witted boy with a big nose, a cynical girl without a nose, and the Grim Reaper who works as a baby sitter of two kids -- does this not scream comedy-horror? Billy, Mandy, and their "friend" Grim venture into the world of supernatural events with monsters, vampires, evil mythological creatures, and all other inhabitants of the underworld.
If you were a kid in the 2000s, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy was definitely one of your favorite shows on Cartoon Network. Aside from getting to see supernatural "magic", The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is comedic. With Mandy having to boss Billy and Grim around, and with Grim, the reaper of human souls, being controlled against his will by kids, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is sure to satisfy your appetite for comedy and horror.
Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999 - 2002)
Behold, the show that scared all of us as kids -- Courage the Cowardly Dog show! Starring Courage the Cowardly Dog! Abandoned as a pup, he was found by Muriel, who lives in the middle of...well you know the rest of the opening theme.
Courage the Cowardly Dog was the 8th animated series of Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows the adventures of Courage, a pink cowardly dog, in saving his owners Muriel and Eustace Bagge from the "creepy stuff" constantly occurring in the middle of nowhere. As frightening as the horrific occurrences may be, fear not- it's always up to Courage to save the day!
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994 - 1997)
Let's take a break from seeing Halloween from the humans' (and Courage's) point of view and look at it from the monsters' view. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ran from 1994 to 1997 on Nickelodeon. It tells the story of three young monsters, Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm, and their lives of training to frighten humans from the above surface (their school was situated under the city dump, that's sad). It's kind of like the Monsters University of the '90s. Though it may look like it isn't much of a scary show, just see how these little monsters freak people out!
In 1995, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation. Recently, there are reports saying that Aaahh!!! Real Monsters will be included on Nickelodeon's The Splat, a new channel dedicated to all Nickelodeon's '90s favorites.
Scooby-Doo (1969 - Present)
Ironic how the oldest cartoon on the list is the only one still running at the present. Well, thanks to these meddling kids and their dog, monsters and ghosts are proven to be nothing more than human beings in masks. In case you haven't heard (which I highly doubt), these meddling kids- namely Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers- along with their talking dog Scooby-Doo, solve supernatural mysteries that always turn out to be a fraud in the end.
Scooby-Doo and his gang, the Mystery Incorporated, have been in the animation industry for 46 years. It was ranked the 5th Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time in 2013 by TV Guide, and its twelfth animated TV series, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! recently premiered last October 5, 2015 on Cartoon Network.
If you're running out of specials to watch this Halloween, try these ones. Reliving your childhood scares is one of the best nostalgic feelings to experience this "Monstober". After all, an all day marathon is always a great idea.