There was a time when horror wasn’t just for adults. In the ’80s, movies given a PG rating and touted as family films would sometimes be terrifying. It shaped us growing up. By the time the end of the decade and the ’90s rolled around, this trend had made its way to Saturday morning-style cartoons made specifically for kids. These were among my favorites as a child. I was afraid of everything, but if it was a cartoon, I could enjoy the horror visuals without actually being too scared. Most of the time, anyway.Below, in honor of it being Halloween month, the best month ever for horror dorks, I’ve compiled a list of seven of my favorite horror or horror-themed cartoons from my formative years, that, looking back, were actually pretty darn scary. This is by no means a definitive list, and I didn’t rank them. They’re just in alphabetical order. So, let’s begin!Aaahh!!! Real MonstersNicktoons were a brilliant innovation in the ’90s:Â a channel kids watched ad nauseum anyway finally making its own brand of slightly off-kilter and highly original programming. With the exception of Doug, the rest of them could be pretty darn creepy. Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life were very disturbing, and even Rugrats had its fair share of nightmare fuel. But it wasn’t until 1994 when they decided to actually go for straight-up scary. Or, humorously scary. Think Monsters University but instead of being adorable, it’s putrescent. Our three hero monsters, Ickis, Oblina, and Krumm, have to learn to be proper scarers of humans and their headmaster is the dreaded Gromble. They head to the human world quite a bit and usually have to scare their way out of a predicament. Or just run away. Either way, this show was freaky, but in a fun way.And there we have it. These are but 7 shows that fit the bill. By no means is this a complete list. Why don’t you share some of your own favorite horror cartoons for kids in the comments below? And enjoy Nerdist all October long during #Nerdoween![brightcove video_id=”4112793902001″]–Featured Image: Nelvana/WBKyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!