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Horror comes in many forms: Sometimes it’s dripping in blood, other times it’s filled with invisible ghosts — or sometimes, as is the case with Los Espookys, it’s more about using seemingly scary situations to have a whole bunch of (unscary) fun. Whether you’re looking for Halloween-appropriate thrills or laughs, HBO has a series for everyone this October. Find your next show based on fright level below.

Los Espookys

Pitch:

A group of friends turn their love for horror into a peculiar business — think exorcism-themed parties — in this Spanish-language comedy from Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres.


Fright level:

Low. For a show with “spooky” in the title, this is definitely more comedy than horror.

True Blood

Pitch:

In a time when vampires have entered the mainstream, a Louisiana waitress (Anna Paquin) sets out to prove not only can vamps and humans coexist, but they can find true love.


Fright level: 

Low. True Blood is nothing if not creepy camp, but it probably won’t keep anyone up at night.

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn

Pitch: 

The kid-unfriendly animated series follows a former assassin who goes to hell and returns to earth as a decomposing corpse with a mission.


Fright level: 

Medium. Turns out cartoons can be scary.

Room 104

Pitch:

The stories in the Duplass brothers’ anthology series run the gamut from heartwarming to heartwrenching, but a good portion are terrifying in a variety of ways: Thriller “Ralphie” follows one babysitter’s surprising night with a strange child, while the Season 2 episode “FOMO” sees a birthday celebration going terribly awry.


Fright level:

Medium to high. Pick the right episode and you’ll never want to sleep in a hotel room again.

Grace

Pitch:

A married man’s torrid affair turns terrifying after a weekend at a haunted estate — and even his family isn’t safe from the paranormal entities tormenting him.


Fright level:

Medium-high, aka enough to discourage anyone from ever cheating on their partner.

Sharp Objects

Pitch:

When a reporter returns home to investigate a string of unsolved murders, she’s forced to face her toxic family and their complicated past.


Fright level:

High. The atmospheric adaptation, based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, is full of slow-burning suspense that ultimately builds to some truly disturbing conclusions.

Folklore

Pitch:

Each episode of the HBO Asia anthology series dives into a different myth from Asian culture, ranging from possessed babies to murderous ghosts.


Fright level:

High — especially if you encounter children on a regular basis.

Chernobyl

Pitch:

The drama looks back at the 1986 nuclear catastrophe, exploring the destructive aftermath — and the ways it all could have been prevented.


Fright level: 

High enough that you might find yourself searching for iodine pills after the first episode.