I don’t usually advocate for watching episodes of a TV show out of order or even watching single episodes with no plans to eventually watch the series as a whole.
But it’s October. It’s the time for all things scary, spooky and supernatural.
And, Supernatural (my most favorite TV show of all time) started its 13th season tonight!
So here are 13 “scary” episodes of Supernatural you should watch this month (or anytime, really, if you’re up for it).
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“Wendigo” (Season 1, Episode 2)
Most of the best monsters of the series appear in season one and the second episode doesn’t disappoint. The boys are searching for their dad who disappeared (on purpose) and find themselves in Colorado, where campers are being attacked, dragged off and killed near Blackwater Ridge.
They eventually discover it’s a Wendigo, a creature that was once a man who resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. This monster is lightning fast, incredibly strong and hungry – loves to eat humans alive. Plus, it can only be killed by fire. Awesome.
“The Benders” (Season 1, Episode 16)
Season one steadily forms a “monster of the week” theme so when Sam gets taken by some creature, Dean frantically searches for him. And what does he find? Sam imprisoned on a farm… by rednecks… who hunt people for sport… 😖
“Croatoan” (Season 2, Episode 9)
Demons are introduced toward the end of season one and in this episode from season two, they use a whole town as guinea pigs to test the effects of a demon virus. The townspeople already infected close off their town to the outside world in order to infect or kill their other neighbors.
Then, when the survivors try to make a run for it while Sam and Dean decide to stay behind, they find the entire town deserted and the virus nowhere to be found.
“Mystery Spot” (Season 3, Episode 11)
A beloved fan favorite, this episode sees Dean die again and again in increasingly funny ways but mid-way through, it’s excruciating to see the effect it has on Sam.
Then, when Dean dies for good – I use that term loosely – Sam quickly becomes a sociopathic hunter, which is downright unnerving, to say the least.
“No Rest for the Wicked” (Season 3, Episode 16)
Hellhounds are introduced in “Crossroad Blues” from season two and yes they are scary then, but the culmination of Dean going to hell AND seeing him get ripped to shreds along the way is bone-chilling.
It’s one of the few episodes I usually don’t rewatch.
Lillith’s white eyes still give me the creeps.
“Repo Man” (Season 7, Episode 15)
Demons and humans are never a good mix, especially when there’s possession involved. Jeffrey, someone the Winchesters saved from a demon possession a few years earlier, seems to be handling the after-effects of his experience rather well.
But that’s not true at all. He wants to summon the demon again so that it can repossess him and continue the work they were doing together before it got sent back to hell… killing and torturing people a.k.a. “realizing Jeffrey’s true potential.”
“The Kids Are Alright” (Season 3, Episode 2)
Suburbs. Creepy, obsessive kids that feed on their moms with leech-sucking mouths and kill their dads.
Need I say more?
“No Exit” (Season 2, Episode 6)
Serial. Killer. Ghost.
America’s first documented serial killer, to be exact. Women in an apartment complex are disappearing and Sam, Dean and Jo figure out it’s the ghost of H. H. Holmes. He drags women through the inner walls of the building to a basement dungeon where he suffocates them with his chloroform-smelling hands.
“Scarecrow” (Season 1, Episode 11)
The particular scarecrow we’re talking about in this episode may be fugly (thank you, Dean), but with its stitched leather face and rusty hook, it’ll find a way into your nightmares. Oh, and be careful going into apple orchards this time of year…
“Family Remains” (Season 4, Episode 11)
Moving to a new house in the country should be a nice, fresh start, right? Not for the Carter family.
Soon after moving in, much to Sam and Dean’s attempts to stop them, one of the kids (Danny) gets taken by a creature living in the walls and underneath the house, which turns out to be two kids who were tortured, kept hidden and eventually regressed to acting like animals to survive.
Regarding Dean (Season 12, Episode 11)
One thing that the writers of this show do extremely well is walk the line between hilarity and tragedy. In this one from season twelve, Dean wakes up not remembering the night before and antics ensue when he and Sam investigate what happened during his night out.
But when Dean starts showing symptoms of long-term memory loss, things become a bit more frightening for both him and Sam. There’s one particular scene – superbly acted by Jensen Ackles – where you can feel how terrified Dean is of not recalling his memories and hanging onto the essence of who he is.
#THINMAN (Season 9, Episode 15)
Loosely based on The Slenderman fictional character, this episode finds the beloved Ghostfacers tracking the Thinman, a supernatural something that appears in photos across the U.S., to a town where a young woman is murdered. One of her last selfies has the Thinman in the background, but the Ghostfacers and the Winchesters learn that this urban legend is brought to life by two guys, not some spooky creature.
“Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
The episode that started it all. Dean convinces Sam to help him find their dad who’s gone missing while investigating men who are disappearing on a highway in California. They find out that it’s a Woman in White, a spirit that goes after unfaithful men. But when Dean drops Sam back off at Stanford, things get even more intense.
So what do you think, SPN fam? What “scary episodes” did I miss in this list that newbies need to watch?
Let me know in the comments!