5 light horror cartoons to watch right now on streaming

Best of Zim | Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus | Netflix
Best of Zim | Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus | Netflix / Netflix

Are you in the mood for some light, family-friendly scares? These horror cartoons are witty, smart, and sometimes even genuinely frightening!

Check out some of our favorite dark cartoons currently available on streaming.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (Netflix, Max)

This darker and more adult-oriented take on the beloved franchise follows the gang as they return to their hometown of Crystal Cove to solve mysteries despite opposition from the town, who have grown frustrated with Mystery Inc. for ruining many of their tourist traps. Even though there are only two seasons, Mystery Incorporated is from an era when seasons got a lot more episodes, so there are 52 to watch!

Courage the Cowardly Dog (Max)

For kids (and adults) who want to dip their toes in the pool of horror, this classic Cartoon Network series follows an anxious dog who goes above and beyond to protect his owners from the various monsters, ghouls, and criminals constantly invading their secluded farm. Mixing horror with surreal comedy, Courage the Cowardly Dog remains a favorite for many horror fans.

Over the Garden Wall (Hulu)

This whimsical and darkly funny series is a short and easy binge, perfect for the fall season or just when you're in the mood for something cozy, yet ominous. The acclaimed series follows a pair of brothers who get lost in forest lost in time, referred to as the Unknown.

The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy (Max)

The Grim Reaper comes calling for a dead hamster's soul, only to get hooked into becoming the "friend" of a pair of best friends who use Grim to cater to their every desire. An over-the-top horror comedy series, viewers delight in watching the trio's many unorthodox hijinks.

Invader Zim (Paramount+)

Invader Zim is a dark, weird, and zany old Nickelodeon show that became very popular with older kids and adults thanks to its sardonic humor and cynical tone. Following an alien named Zim tasked with invading and taking over planet Earth, Invader Zim is a truly unique cartoon that garnered a significant cult following and even received a Netflix movie called Enter the Florpus in 2019.

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