Season 2 of “Stranger Things” will be hitting Netflix this Halloween (of course), and according to the little tykes who star in it, this time around it’ll be even scarier. Finn Wolfhard, the kid who plays Mike, has said that this season is going to be “a lot more dark” and “a lot more horror-oriented” than the first, and he believes that we as an audience “are going to like it more than the first season.” That’s a real tall order, but there’s a heck of a creative team behind it.

Wolfhard added that the characters that inhabit the “Stranger Things” universe will have to face more “disturbing” issues within themselves in this go-around.

This is a departure from the good-hearted nature of the warm eighties romps the series was intended to emulate the style of and pay homage to, like “The Goonies” and “ET.”

‘Greater demons’ abound, say creators

According to the creators of “Stranger Things,” the inhabitants of Hawkins, Indiana, where the show is set, will have to face even “greater demons” than they faced last time when season two rolls around. Gaten Matarazzo, the interestingly-named young thespian who plays the role of Mike’s lisping buddy Dustin, said that each character will be explored in greater detail and fleshed out to have their own identities beyond the ‘types’ established in season one.

“You get to see insights into each character on their own,” said Matarazzo.

He also says we will get to look “a lot more into the lives” of each character and “how the characters are coping with what’s been going on.” He says that the characters have been “very emotionally scarred” by the events of the first season of “Stranger Things.” Things get weird, according to Matarazzo, because Mike and the boys have “their best friend...back” (Will), only “he’s not acting like their best friend anymore.

He’s changed.”

Season 2 will have nine episodes

Whereas season one only had eight episodes for viewers to aggressively binge-watch, season two will have nine episodes of “Stranger Things” glory for fans to feast their eyes on, giving us a whole extra episode to tide us over in the year before season three hits. No third season renewal yet from Netflix, mind you, but it’s only a matter of time – let’s just wait for the second to premiere first, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

The second season is set in 1984, a year after the first (which makes since, since it’s being made a year after the first and therefore the actors will be and look exactly that much older).

Stranger Things” season 2 will be made available in its entirety on Netflix on 31 October 2017.