5 scary Netflix series to binge this Halloween

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It's that time of year when people feel the need to be scared and what better than curling up on the couch with a good horror show.

In many countries and religions, Halloween is known as All Saints Day or All Hallows' Day. It is a religious event intended to honour the saints. Halloween is a whole other story, where people dress up in scary costumes, put out fancy skeleton-infested decorations and generally have a great time scaring each other while hoping for a treat.

Why go to all that bother when you can curl up on the couch with a huge bowl of popcorn and binge some of the best horror series available on Netflix [VIDEO]? Happy Halloween [VIDEO] and enjoy binging the following horror and fantasy shows streaming now on Netflix.

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'The Haunting of Hill House'

Number one on the list has to be “The Haunting of Hill House.” Netflix viewers have praised the series and even Stephen King, the master of horror himself, has said it is close to being a “work of genius.” The series is adapted from the Shirley Jackson novel and flashes backwards and forwards to tell the story of a family with five children who spend their young lives in Hill House and the effects the house has on each in later life. It offers some genuine scares and makes viewers think.

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'American Horror Story'

While the latest seasons aren't up to scratch (too much gratuitous gore), the first couple of seasons are well worth a Halloween watch, particularly “American Horror Story: Asylum,” where the criminally insane are housed. Then there’s "Freak Show." Who doesn't want to see Sarah Paulson with two heads, Kathy Bates with a beard, those delightful pinheads, or, more importantly possibly the most scary clown of all time? As noted by Cinemablend, Twisty the clown makes Pennywise look almost tame.

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'The Twilight Zone' (1959-1964)

Experience a blast from the past with "The Twilight Zone." Even today, people reference the name of the show when anything weird happens. Each episode features a different story with a varying theme. Not only horror is represented, there’s also paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural tales. If you weren’t around in the 1960s, or just fancy watching it again, the show is definitely worth a binge.

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'Black Mirror'

“Black Mirror” scares, not due to monsters, blood-curdling clowns or demons, but due to its near-future nature. Each episode sends a warning of what could happen in the future. Mostly sci-fi in nature, most episodes are a little dark, some are a little lighter, but each is thought-provoking. There is even one particular episode in the latest season that will have you swearing off social media for a while.

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'The OA' Netflix Original Series

As noted by Vogue, “The OA” is a drama with elements of supernatural, fantasy and sci-fi. A young woman suddenly reappears after being missing for seven years. At first she cannot recall her family, but the major mystery is that she was blind when she disappeared, but can now see. Reviews were mixed for the show, with some reviewers calling it genius and others who, let’s face it, didn’t understand what was going on. “TWD” fans will see the late Scott Wilson in the show as her father.

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