Its October, which means it is spooky season, and what better way to celebrate the month than some spooky anime. It’s time to grab your blankets and dakimakuras to build your forts because Halloween is right around the corner. The anime on this list feature themes such as monsters, ghouls, vampires, and other spooky supernatural creatures.
Additionally, some of the anime on the list aren’t overly spooky. If horror isn’t your thing, then these are the ones you’ll want to watch. The fall 2019 season of anime is currently airing simultaneously. Be sure to check out those anime too.
Kicking off this list is Another, a horror-thriller anime released during the winter 2012 season. The show follows class 3-3 of Yomiyama North Middles school. The class partakes in a tradition each year where they pretend one of the students doesn’t exist. This is because a traumatic death happened in the past when one extra student had joined the class. This year it’s Mei Misaki. When Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to class 3-3, he refuses to ignore her. This causes a series of inevitable deaths among the class in a very gory fashion. Another is one season and aired for 12 episodes.
9 Devils Line
Devils Line is a vampire-romance drama released during the spring 2018 season. The show is set in a world where vampires living alongside humans. These vampires are different than traditional vampires as they don’t require blood to survive. However, it calms then when they go into outrage. Taira Tsukasa meets Anzai Yuuki, a half human half vampire hybrid, after he saves her from an outrage. The two get close to each other but Anzai is worried that he is putting Taira in danger. Anzai must balance his vampire tendencies along working on the police squad. Devils Line is one season and aired for 12 episodes.
8 Blood Blockade Battlefront
Known by its Japanese title Kekkai Sensen, Blood Blockade Battlefront is a supernatural comedy anime released during the spring 2015 season. The show is set in a world where supernatural creatures live with humans in New York City. The residences can no longer leave the city and must get along with each other. An organization called Libra keeps the peace. A photographer named Leonardo Watch lives in NYC and receives the “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods” when his sister goes blind. Joining Libra, Leo searches for a way to help his sister. Blood Blockade Battlefront is 12 episodes and aired for two seasons.
7 Soul Eater
Soul Eater is a supernatural fantasy anime released during the spring 2008 season. The show takes place in Death City, at Death Weapon Meister Academy, run by Lord Death. This academy creates weapons for Shinigami made from human hybrids that can transform into weapons. Death the Kid is the protagonist of Soul Eater and is a Shinigami the dual wields two sisters, Liz and Patty as pistols. Soul Eater is one season and aired for 51 episodes. Additionally, it has a spin-off series titled Soul Eater NOT!
6 Rosario + Vampire
Rosario + Vampire is a harem rom-com anime released during the winter 2008 season. The show takes place at Youkai Academy, a boarding school for the supernatural. At this school it teaches the monsters to live with humans. Tsukune Aono, a human teen, is transferred into the academy where he meets Moka Akashiya, a vampiure. Moka takes interest in Tsukune and they get caught up in crazy adventures where Moka’s inner personality must bail them out. Along the way Tsukune meets other girls including a witch, a succubus, and a yuki-onnna spirt. Rosario + Vampire is 13 episodes and aired for two seasons.
5 Tokyo Ghoul
If you were looking for a reason to finally start Tokyo Ghoul, now is the time. Tokyo Ghoul is a supernatural drama released during the summer 2014 season. The show is set in Tokyo filled with ghouls living alongside humans. However, these ghouls can conceal themselves as humans. Some ghouls choose to feast on humans, others like Ken Kaneki abstain from eating humans. Ken is also a hybrid ghoul and struggles to survive in the ghoul infested city. Tokyo Ghoul is 12 episodes and aired for four seasons. If you have seen Tokyo Ghoul, check out these other horror anime you might like.
4 When They Cry
When They Cry is a horror-thriller anime released during the spring 2006 season. In the village of Hinamizawa, a group of friends spend the summer together. A tradition in the village is to celebrate a festival held each year. Around the time of the festival each year, there are a series of murders that relate to each other. Things take a turn when the friends get involved with the antics of the village. For fans of gore, this is the anime for you. There is lots of blood and murder in this show. When They Cry is 26 episodes and aired for two seasons.
3 Interviews with Monster Girls
If gore is an issue for you, Interviews with Monster Girls is a comedy school anime released during the winter 2017 season. The story follows Tetsuo Takahashi, a biology teacher at Shibasaki High School. In addition to studying biology, he studies demi-humans. At the high school, different types of demi-humans attend the school including a vampire, a yuki-onna spirit, a Dullahan, and a succubus. If Rosario + Vampire wasn’t your thing, this is a good alternative. Interviews with Monster Girls is one season and aired for 12 episodes.
Mononoke is a horror-psychological anime released during the summer 2007 season. The story follows Kusuiuri Apothecary, known as the Medicine Seller. While not entirely human, Medicine Seller takes an elf like look. Travelling across Japan he kills spirits known as Mononoke. Along his journey he meets a pregnant woman staying in an inn. Her room is filled with Mononoke and Medicine Seller investigates the spirits to see where they come from and what they want. Mononoke aired for 12 episodes and has a prequel season titled Ayakashi: Samurai Horror Tales.
1 Parasyte: The Maxim
Parasyte: The Maxim is an action-horror anime released during the fall 2014 season. After aliens have come down to earth, they have taken hose inside the brains of humans. One of the humans attacked is Shinichi Izumi. However, instead of giving up control of his brain, the parasite has taken control of his hand. Shinichi and his parasite Migi, must defend themselves from other parasites. Parasyte: The Maxim is one season and aired for 24 episodes.