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Goosebumps has been rebooted for the modern era, because of course it has. With similar themes to the original and plenty of diversity abound, there’s a good mix of suspense and adventure throughout.

If you’ve finished this one and are looking for something similar, we’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.

Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.

So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming Disney’s rebooted Goosebumps.


Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Similarities – Anthology & Target Audience

This captivating anthology series brings to life a group of young storytellers, known as the Midnight Society, who gather in the woods to share eerie and supernatural tales. The tone veers on the side of slightly more creepy compared to Goosebumps, but each story weaves horror and adventure in a way that’s engaging for younger viewers while still providing a genuine sense of spookiness.

With the Midnight Society framing each episode, adds an extra layer of intrigue that leaves a lasting impact, making it a nostalgic classic.


Tales from the Crypt

Similarities – Anthology & Horror

Hosted by the gleefully macabre Crypt Keeper, Tales from the Crypt is an anthology series based on the EC Comics of the 1950’s. Each episode tells a separate horror story, often with a darkly comic and moralistic twist. There are lots of different themes within the genre explored, including greed, betrayal, and supernatural vengeance.

The series sports campy, dark humor, and twisted tales that manage to be both entertaining and unsettling. This combination of horror and humor works surprisingly well, and the puppet host gives it a distinctive and memorable place in the genre.


The Twilight Zone (1959)

Similarities – Anthology

The Crème de la crème of anthology series; The Twilight Zone is a classic in every sense of the word and a mainstay for any sci-fi or horror fan. Not to be confused with the lackluster 2020 reboot or the forgettable re-reboot in the 80’s, the original’s combination of horror, thought provoking ideas and sci-fi make it a wonderful show to watch.

Even after all these years, The Twilight Zone holds its own and if anthological bites of horror are your jam, this one will most certainly be worth checking out.


Goosebumps

Similarities – Anthology & Target Audience

Based on R.L. Stine’s popular children’s book series, Goosebumps is a horror anthology series aimed at kids and teens, all whilst remaining incredibly faithful to the source material. Each episode features different characters and settings, where young protagonists encounter creepy, eerie, and supernatural happenings.

Goosebumps is a fantastic entry point into the horror genre for younger viewers, providing scares that are suitable for a younger demographic while still being genuinely entertaining. The show balances its frights with fun, offering an exciting and sometimes humorous approach to spooky tales.


R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour

Similarities – Anthology & Target Audience

This anthology horror series, also based on the works of R.L. Stine, offers a collection of stories designed to captivate the imaginations of kids and teens. Each episode introduces new characters and scenarios, exploring haunted houses, encounters with ghosts, and other supernatural phenomena.

The show boasts a similar tone to Goosebumps and sports impressive production values, making it an easy recommendation.



NOS4A2

Similarities – Supernatural Elements & Horror

Based on the popular book of the same name, NOS4A2 is an engrossing, enjoyable horror series. With an inspired Zachary Quinto at the helm, he plays as the antagonist against Vic McQueen, a teenager who learns early on that she possesses a special gift; she’s able to transport herself wherever she desires via a mysterious bridge called The Shorter Way.

Guided by the scrabble tiles of Maggie, Vic finds herself coming up against the monstrous Charlie Manx, a demonic man hell bent on “saving” children by taking them to the fabled Christmas Land where he can feed on their energy.

It’s not the best horror out there (especially because season 2 is not very good) but it is a consistency enjoyable one, making for a solid binge-watch.

You can read our thoughts on NOS4A2 in our full season reviews here!


Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2019)

Similarities – Anthology & Target Audience

The reboot of the classic ‘90s series maintains the original’s charm while introducing modern twists and production enhancements. Like its predecessor, it follows a group of kids in the Midnight Society as they share eerie tales. However, it also adds overarching plotlines that span across episodes, creating a more connected and immersive experience.

The updated series maintains a balance of horror and adventure, making it a great choice for both new viewers and fans of the original. 


Deadtime Stories

Based on the popular children’s book series, Deadtime Stories brings to life a collection of spooky tales, each narrated by babysitter, Annette. The series has a lovely tone to it similar to that of Goosebumps, with stories that are both engaging and age-appropriate, making it perfect for younger audiences.

The themes of the episodes are diverse, covering everything from haunted artifacts, witches and even ghosts. The series’ charm lies in its storytelling and with that in mind, younger horror fans should be in their element here.


Secrets of Sulphur Springs

Similarities – Tone & Mystery

Secrets of Sulphur Springs combines elements of mystery, time travel, and the supernatural, following a young boy and his family as they move into a supposedly haunted hotel. As the kids delve deep into the hotel’s past and uncover mysteries, the show cleverly weaves in suspense and adventure.

It’s a great choice for those who enjoy Goosebumps but want a more long-form tale, while the family-centric narrative ensures that it’s suitable for viewers of all ages.


A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Similarities – Quirky Tone & Mystery

After the successful translation of the popular book series to film, it was always going to be a tough ask to then reboot A Series Of Unfortunate Events to the small screen.

Surprisingly, the TV show far surpasses the film in a well structured, deliciously dark feature that not only nails the tone of the book, it boasts some great writing and bursts of genuinely funny moments along the way.

Split across three satisfying seasons, A Series Of Unfortunate Events revolves around the Baudelaire orphans who find themselves caught in the midst of a cat and mouse game with the dastardly Count Olaf after their parents are killed in a fire.

As the seasons progress, it soon becomes apparent that the Baudelaire fortune Olaf is after may hold more than a few secrets. Can the orphans survive long enough to uncover the truth?

Funny, wacky and full of some wonderful set pieces, A Series Of Unfortunate Events is well worth checking out.

You can read our thoughts on A Series Of Unfortunate Events in our full season review here!


So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to watch when you’re finished watching Goosebumps on Disney.

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!

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