Spooky Season will soon be upon us and anime fans want to know which anime is best to watch to prepare for Halloween.
I made a list with both spooky anime or fun-loving anime with Halloween vibes.
So buckle up, get your popcorn or candy corn and get ready for some anime that will make you scream or want to cosplay every character. Trick or Treat, anime style!
Another is a dark horror anime centered around a class of junior high students. It starts when a transfer student, Kōichi Sakakibara, becomes interested in a girl at his new school named Mei Misaki. The weird thing is that the other students can’t see her.
When he hears rumors about a past student that disturb him, he tries to investigate and learns that there is a curse on his class. Soon tragedy begins to befall his class and they are left with no choice but to solve the mystery or give into horrors.
You can watch Another on Crunchyroll and Netflix.
Castlevania is based on a Japanese videogame franchise by the same name. This American-made anime series is a dark fantasy centered around three protagonists who attempt to save their country from dangerous vampires led by Dracula.
The main protagonist is the last surviving member of the Belmont clan and a vampire hunter. He makes it his personal mission to ensure the safety of Eastern Europe. This anime is perfect for someone who loves a classic vampire horror story with blood and gore and non-sparkly vampires.
You can watch Castlevania on Netflix.
Death Parade is a supernatural-suspense anime series that takes place in a bar run by Decim. This bar is unlike other bars as it serves as a sort of purgatory for souls that cannot be placed into heaven or hell. Souls who die at the same time enter the bar only to be judged by Decim.
Judgment happens after you participate in a game of Decim’s choosing from darts to fighting games. If Decim decides your soul is worthy then you get another chance at life, reincarnation. Those souls that Decim deems unfit, however, are damned to the void where they are obliterated.
You can watch Death Parade on Funimation and Netflix.
Devilman Crybaby is a religious fantasy anime about Akira, a human who enjoyed his school life until being possessed by a demon. He has the ability to overcome his demon, Amon, making him a powerful Devilman.
Akira works alongside his friend, Ryou, to slay these devils. He also fights a battle between his crybaby inner-self and the new primal part of him. Watch as he struggles to keep those he loves and the world safe against an onslaught of devils.
You can watch the 2018 series on Netflix.
Elfen Lied is a psychological horror anime based on the popular manga series. It centers around Lucy, a Diclonius. These are special humans who have horns and telekinetic hands, which the government experiments on. As she escapes her confinement, murdering all the stand in her way, she obtains a head injury.
The head injury causes her to have two personalities, one being harmless and childlike, the other being deadly and dangerous. When she is in one of her more childlike states, she is rescued by two college students, dragging them into the line of fire.
You can watch Elfen Lied on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Hellsing Ultimate is a Japanese horror OVA that centers around fighting supernatural creatures. Hellsing is an organization of monster hunters that are tasked with ridding the world of these supernatural beasts who threaten to end humanity. Integra Hellsing leads the organization with their secret weapon, a vampire who fights his own kind, Alucard.
Alucard is willing to fight anything to protect his new master and seems to be the most powerful of his kind. With him on Hellsing’s side, it seems they have evened the odds in the war against evil.
You can watch Hellsing Ultimate on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Highschool of The Dead
Highschool of The Dead is a horror anime centered around two students trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Japanese high school students Takashi Kimuro and Rei Miyamoto are forced to work together after Takashi kills his best friend and Rei’s boyfriend because he has turned undead. Takashi swears to protect Rei in this new world full of zombies.
They are later forced to join forces with three other high school students and their school nurse to survive, Saeko, Kouta, Saya, and Shizuka. They each have their own specialties and quirks, bringing something unique to the table.
You can watch Highschool of The Dead on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
Paranoia Agent is a suspense anime. A mysterious figure known as Shounen Bat or Lil’ Slugger is terrorizing Musashino City. He carries a golden baseball bat and escapes capture on a pair of rollerblades. The first person he attacks is Tsukiko Sagi, who is blamed for the attacks. Her innocence is only believed by her stuffed animal whom she confides in.
Soon detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa are put on the case but seem unable to figure out the identity of the assailant. The town becomes more are more fearful and rumors spread like wildfire. The paranoia threatens the town as much as Lil’ Slugger themselves.
You can watch Paranoia Agent on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
Perfect Blue is a psychological horror centered around an ex-idol, Mima Kirigoe who gave up her spot in her group to become an actress. This change of career comes with new territory she didn’t expect though. Mima’s old idol group starts doing better without her, but that’s not even the worst of it.
Mima has gained a stalker who wishes she would return to her idol days, and people begin impersonating her online in extreme details of her private life. Her new role in a crime drama seems like it is taking over her life as Mima loses more and more of her sanity.
You can watch Perfect Blue on Amazon’s Prime Video or Apple TV.
Rosario Vampire is a supernatural comedy anime series. Tsukune Aono is a human student unable to get into any high school except for Youkai Academy. He soon realizes that this is no normal school and all of the students are actually monsters in their human forms. He has to hide his identity as a human to avoid execution.
Tsukune soon befriends the most desirable girl in the school, Moka Akashiya. Enraptured by her beauty, he disregards his safety to stay at the academy with Moka, who is actually a very dangerous vampire. Rosario vampire is a great watch if you don’t enjoy horror but love a cute, spooky season aesthetic.
You can watch Rosario Vampire on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Soul Eater is an action fantasy anime. Maka and Soul are students at the Death Meister Academy in Death City. Here they learn from the Shinigami, Lord Death, to work together as weapons and meisters. Their goal is to have the weapons (Humans who can take the form of magical weapons) consume 99 kishin souls and 1 witch soul. This turns the weapons into the most powerful form of themselves, a death scythe.
You follow the stories of 3 sets of meisters and weapons (Soul & Maka, Black Star & Tsubaki, Death the Kid, Patty & Liz) as they take on missions to turn their weapons into death scythes. Watch these sets of friends protect their friends and become sounder in mind, body, and soul.
You can watch Soul Eater on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.
Tokyo Ghoul is a horror anime centered around a college student, Ken Kaneki. Ghouls are invading the city disguised as humans. When Rize Kamishiro, a beautiful woman, wants to go on a date with Kaneki he doesn’t think twice about it. However, tragedy strikes and Kaneki needs organs transplanted, they use Rize’s without knowing that she was a Ghoul.
The transplants cause Kaneki to become half-ghoul and he fights to maintain a sense of being human. He finds himself with a unique perspective on the war between the government and ghouls.
You can watch Tokyo Ghoul on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix.
When They Cry
When They Cry is a suspense anime series about Rika Furude. Rika and her friends live in a small peaceful village called Hinamizawa. The village isn’t truly peaceful though. Unimaginable horrors take place and Rika must stop them every time the clock resets.
With a limited amount of clues on how to make the murders stop, Rika fails over and over again. The closer the annual festival in her town gets, the more Rika loses hope that she can make the horrors stop. Can she stop the ill fate of the town with no hope left?
You can watch When They Cry on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation.
If you got through this list you might want to also check out these anime.
Shiki is a series about a town that is experiencing mysterious deaths and the mystery behind what is causing them.
Ghost Stories is a series about two siblings that move back to their late mother’s hometown and attend a haunted school.
Parasyte is a series about parasitic aliens who take over human hosts.
So happy Halloween and good luck sleeping at night after watching some of the anime! May your tricks be a treat and the ghost hunts be successful!