18 Horror Anime Every Fan Should Watch this Halloween

October is the season for horror! Kick back and relax with these horror anime during the Halloween season, or use them to scare unsuspecting family members.


Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 24

Quick Pitch: Parasitic aliens invade Earth and are able to blend into society by burrowing into the brains of human hosts. Once they gain full control, they are able to feed on unsuspecting humans. However, a parasite fails to invade teenager Shinichi’s brain and instead controls his right hand. The two are forced into an uneasy partnership as they fend off hostile parasites and avoid the gaze of society.


Studio: Daume

Episodes: 22 + 2 Bonus Episodes

Quick Pitch: The quiet village of Sotoba is plagued with mysterious deaths. Doctor Toshio initially believes it’s due to an epidemic, but learns that vampire-like creatures called Shiki are behind the deaths. At the same time, Natsuno is haunted by the death of a friend.


3Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales

Studio: Toei Animation

Episodes: 11

Quick Pitch: The series is a collection of three Japanese stories.

Yotsuya Kaidan – Iemon is a ronin with a beautiful wife, but is burdened with poverty. A rich man offers Iemon new-found wealth at the cost of betraying his wife.

Tenshu Monogatari – Zushonsuke is sent to retrieve a precious falcon by his master. A chance encounter leads him to a beautiful goddess, which leads to a forbidden romance.

Bake Neko – A wandering medicine peddler arrives at the Sakai clan’s home on a wedding day, however, the people are not happy. Following the bride’s death, the peddler explains that he is an exorcist and can cleanse the household of the deadly demon that haunts them.


Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Five years ago, a string of grisly murders haunted a Japanese city. The killer was never found, which gave rise to the rumor about Boogiepop. According to the stories, anyone who meets Boogiepop at night will disappear.

One month, a pillar of light appeared in the sky, which renewed stories about Boogiepop. The light causes memories of the murders to appear as holograms, which causes an existence where past and present can co-exist.


Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 1 Movie

Quick Pitch: Mima Kirigoe has been a member of CHAM! for the past two years, but she leaves to pursue an acting career. Wanting to shed her pure idol image, Mima takes on a role in a sexual crime drama. The demanding role quickly becomes taxing. Adding to Mima’s stress is a stalker, a seemingly anonymous website that shares details about her life, and the growing success of CHAM! since her departure.


Studio: Studio Deen

Episodes: 50 + 11 OVAs

Quick Pitch: Keiichi Maebara moves to the quiet village of Hinamizawa during the summer of 1983. He quickly becomes friends with schoolmates since all of the grades share a single classroom. While Keiichi’s life seems idyllic and laid back, there is a darkness lurking.

Keiichi discovers that the village has a history of murders and disappearances that occur in connection with an annual festival. When he tries to ask his friends about the events, he is met with silence. Bizarre and threatening events start to happen, which casts mistrust within Keiichi’s heart.


7Requiem From the Darkness (Kyougoku Natsuhiko: Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari)

Studio: TMS Entertainment

Episodes: 13

Quick Pitch: Momosuke is bored writing riddles for children and aspires to collect 100 ghost stories for an anthology. While researching old myths and legends, he comes across a trio called Ongyou. They are detectives looking for the truths behind myths, which challenges Momosuke’s morals.


Studio: J.C. Staff

Episodes: 25

Quick Pitch: Mai and her friends love to share ghost stories. While telling a story in an abandoned building, they get interrupted by Shibuya, who is the president of the Shibuya Psychic Research Company. The next day, Mai accidentally breaks Shibuya’s camera and injures one of his assistants. To repay for the incident, Mai is forced to join Shibuya’s group.


9Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 1 Movie

Quick Pitch: D is a renowned vampire hunter and is contacted to save the daughter of an affluent family. A gang of rival bounty hunters seeks the rich rewards as well, but they may be an unknowing pawn in a sinister plan to stop D.


Studio: Lerche

Episodes: 12

Quick Pitch: Yuki Takeya loves her school and the activities of the School Life Club. The club also includes president Yuuri Wakasa, the athletic Kurumi Ebisuzawa, the mature Miki Naoki, supervising teacher Megumi Sakura, and the club dog Taroumaru. Together, the club participates in various activities and mini-adventures…or that’s how Yuki sees things.

In reality, the girls are survivors of a zombie outbreak and they are trying to adapt to a post-apocalyptic life.


Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 13

Quick Pitch: Shokujinki are a race of flesh-eating monsters that can appear as humans and live in the shadows. The Kifuuken is a martial arts style passed down through the Momota family which is used to combat the Shokujinki. Toshihiko is a part of the Momota family, and he falls in love with Yuka, a woman who is a Shokujinki.


Studio: Madhouse

Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA

Quick Pitch: The dead begin to rise and throws Japan into chaos. Takashi was expecting a normal school day when his high school is invaded by the living dead and is forced to survive with a makeshift group fellow classmates.


13Vampire Princess Miyu

Studio: AIC

Episodes: 4

Quick Pitch: Miyu is vampire destined to hunt down demons known as Shinma and send them back to the Darkness. She wishes to return to the Darkness as well, but vows to banish all Shinma wandering Earth before doing so.


14Yami Shibai

Studio: ILCA

Episodes: 65

Quick Pitch: Every week at 5:00 pm, a man in a yellow mask visits a children’s playground to share sinister stories based on Japanese urban legends.


Studio: Asread

Episodes: 4

Quick Pitch: Nine students and one teacher gather in their high school one night to bid farewell to a transferring classmate. They perform a paper ritual to represent their unyielding bond but are teleported to a deadly elementary school. They must work together to find an escape, but the deadly ghosts have gorier plans in mind.


Studio: Yamato Works

Episodes: 1 Movie

Quick Pitch: Seven children gather within the ruins of an old city to play Otokoyo, which is a secret game of hide-and-seek. However, it’s no normal game as the children disappear one-by-one as the game progresses.


Studio: J.C. Staff

Episodes: 4

Quick Pitch: Yuri Otani is selected to be a part of her middle school’s Alien Party and is tasked with capturing aliens that threaten her school. She is joined by class president Kumi Kawamura and the enthusiastic Kasumi Tomine. They are outfitted with Borgs, which are symbiotic life-forms that will help them with their task. However, alien hunting isn’t as fun or safe as they believe.



Studio: Tomovies

Episodes: 26

Quick Pitch: Scientist Sousuke investigates the appearances of cryptids and the secrets behind their mysterious attacks. The only common thread between the attacks is the word “Kagewani.”

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