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The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made 

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Updated April 14, 2020 1.5k votes 205 voters 6.4k views 42 items

List Rules Vote up the best animated horror series that have aired on television.

Horror cartoons have glorious, gory freedom. Not only does the audience watching often get lulled into thinking it'll only be comedy-horror, but when it is time to break out the big scares a show can go wild with the monster design and creepy effects. The best animated horror series ever shown on TV prove that easily, even the ones that are funny more than they are scary. If you’ve been looking for animated horror that will keep you creeped out while enjoying the visuals of a cartoon, this list of the top animated horror series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue... if you dare.

Horror as a genre ranges from comedy-horror with its monsters, gross-outs, and laughs to the super scar that keeps you up at night and it's no different for animated horror series. The new Love, Death & Robots keeps up the scares in all styles through its anthology format, as does the older Liquid Television. Cartoons like Courage the Cowardly Dog and The Real Ghostbusters offer as many laughs as they do screams. Horror anime series such as Devilman: Crybaby are also great entries into the world of animated horror.

Which animated TV shows bring scares the best? Vote up the best animated horror, then vote down the shows that don't succeed at being truly terrifying or even enjoyably creepy, and add any scary cartoons series that are missing.

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Courage the Cowardly Dog... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Thea White, Marty Grabstein, Simon Prebble

Premiered: 1999

Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series created by John R. Dilworth for Cartoon Network, and the ninth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows ...more
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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inco... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin

Premiered: 2010

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (Cartoon Network, 2010) is an American animated mystery comedy-drama television series and the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby-Doo mystery franchise created ...more
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish

Premiered: 2017

Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont ...more
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The Grim Adventures of B... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Greg Eagles, Richard Steven Horvitz, Grey Griffin

Premiered: 2003

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is an American animated television series created by Maxwell Atoms for Cartoon Network, and the fourteenth of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. It follows ...more
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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings

Premiered: 1997

Todd McFarlane's Spawn was an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It was based on the Spawn comic series from Image Comics. was nominated for and won an Emmy in ...more
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Constantine: City of Dem... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Constantine: City of Demons Matt Ryan, Damian O'hare, Laura Bailey

Premiered: 1

Constantine: City of Demons (CW Seed, 2018) is an American animated web series based on the DC Comics character. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) uses his skills as a demon hunter and master of the ...more
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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

Premiered: 2013

Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities ...more
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Tales from the Cryptkeep... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
John Kassir, Elizabeth Hanna, David Hemblen

Premiered: 1993

Tales from the Cryptkeeper is an animated series aimed at children made by Nelvana Limited, PeaceArch Entertainment, kaBOOM! Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Animation. It was shown on ...more
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain

Premiered: 1989

Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series which ran from September 9, 1989 to October 26, 1991 on ABC and, on Fox from September 9, 1991 to December 6, 1991. Loosely based ...more
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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya
Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives an encounter with Rize Kamishiro, ...more
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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1986

The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC ...more
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Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Tomokazu Seki, Fumiko Orikasa, Houko Kuwashima

Premiered: 2007

Mononoke is a Japanese animated television series produced by Toei Animation. A spin-off of 2006's horror anthology series Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales, Mononoke follows the character of the ...more
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Love, Death & Robots... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler, Stefan Kapicic

Premiered: 2019

Love, Death & Robots (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television anthology series. A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, ...more
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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles

Premiered: 1994

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is an American animated television series about adolescent monsters in training, developed by Klasky Csupo for Nickelodeon. The show ran from October 30, 1994 to December ...more
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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

Premiered: 2004-10-05

Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from ...more
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Martin Mystery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Martin Mystery Sam Vincent, Kelly Sheridan, Teryl Rothery

Premiered: 2003

Martin Mystery is an animated television series by Marathon Media Group, the Canadian production animation studio Image Entertainment Corporation, and Tatsunoko Production. The series is based ...more
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Supernatural The Animati... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki

Premiered: 2011

Supernatural: The Animation (2011) is a Japanese animated horror fantasy television series based on the television show of the same name. The storyline covers the first two seasons of the ...more
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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo

Premiered: 1985

Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and in 1992 was somewhat erratically screened ...more
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Blade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Blade Kim Mai Guest, Harold Perrineau, JB Blanc

Premiered: 2011

Blade (Animax, 2011) is a Japanese animated action horror television series based on the comic book character of the same name and part of the Marvel Anime franchise. Blade, a ...more
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Archie's Weird Mysteries... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Andrew Rannells, America Young, Ben Beck

Premiered: 1999

Archie's Weird Mysteries is an American animated children's television program, based on the Archie comics. The series premise revolves around a Riverdale High physics lab gone awry, making the ...more
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The Shivering Truth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Vernon Chatman, Kevin Breznahan, Janeane Garofalo

Premiered: 2018

The Shivering Truth (Adult Swim, 2018) is an American stop-motion animated surrealist dark comedy anthology television series created by Vernon Chatman. The show centers around loosely-linked ...more
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Count Duckula is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
David Jason, Ruby Wax, Jimmy Hibbert

Premiered: 1988

Count Duckula is a British children's animated comedy-drama horror television series created by British studio Cosgrove Hall as a spin-off from Danger Mouse, a series in which the Count Duckula ...more
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Devilman Crybaby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Griffin Burns, Kyle McCarley, Cristina Vee
Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa, based on the manga by Go Nagai. When an ancient race of demons invades the world, Akira Fudo transform into ...more
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Extreme Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Pat Musick

Premiered: 1997

Extreme Ghostbusters is an animated television series and a follow-up to the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. It is a part of the Ghostbusters franchise. The series originally aired in ...more
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Ugly Americans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animated Horror Series Ever Made
Matt Oberg, Natasha Leggero, Kurt Metzger

Premiered: 2010

Ugly Americans (Comedy Central, 2010) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Devin Clark and David M. Stern. The show focuses on the life of Mark Lilly (Matt Oberg), a social worker ...more