Spiders and bats are two of the most indelible symbols of Halloween fear across the country. We talk to experts to get the truth behind these traditionally scary creatures, and hear why neither of them are nearly as scary as we’ve been made to believe.
Nancy Troyano, entomologist and director of technical education and training for Rentokil North America
Merlin Tuttle, ecologist, wildlife photographer, conservationist, and author of the book, The Secret Lives of Bats: My adventure with the world’s most misunderstood mammals
It’s the time of year when we dress up in costumes, head to haunted houses, and shell out candy to trick-or-treaters. But why do we do those things? We take a look at the traditions of Halloween and what makes being scared so fun.
Ben Armstrong, co-owner of Netherworld Haunted House and president of America Haunts
Dr. Janina Scarlet, clinical psychologist and author
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It’s the week of Halloween, which means it’s the time of year to get a little spooked. Luckily, Netflix has your back.
Earlier this month, Netflix released The Haunting of Hill House, a 10-episode horror series loosely based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The series follows the Crain family; two parents and five children, over the course of multiple timelines. We watch their time spent decades earlier in the Hill House, a creepy old mansion they moved into in an effort to flip the house, and we watch them in the present day. We know from the onset that whatever happened back in that mansion, it wasn’t good, and it still haunts them even now.
It’s a scary show, and there are moments of pure horror, but mostly, it builds a lot of suspense. It’s also a well-done family drama. It features sibling rivalry, mental illness, drug addiction- it’s like This Is Us crossed with…The Shining.
Where many horror shows can feel like they exist just to gross us out with gore, this show feels created with a purpose. It will suck you in, thrill you, and haunt you. Perfect for a Halloween-week binge-watch.
The Haunting of Hill House is available to stream on Netflix now.