This spooky TV series is more than just gore and jump scares – it’s a psychological thriller that’ll leave you thoroughly uncomfortable. It follows the Crain family as they live in and restore an old mansion, full of all kinds of creepy crawlies they never expected to encounter. And we’re not talking about your average Casper the Friendly Ghost… no, these are vengeful spirits who take pleasure in manipulating the living. Whether you’re watching the show for the first time, or are brave enough for a re-watch, here’s a Haunting of Hill House drinking game to calm your nerves!

Be sure to check out the sequel: The Haunting of Bly Manor

Haunting of Hill House Drinking Game Rules

Drink 1 sip any time…

  • We’re introduced to a new ghost
  • A ghost tricks someone
  • There’s a jump scare (whoever jumped the most takes an extra sip)
  • Something scary happens while a character sleeps
  • There’s a flashback
  • The siblings argue
  • A character hallucinates
  • Theo uses her powers 
  • The mom starts to lose her grasp on reality

Drink 2 sips any time…

  • Lightning lights up the room
  • You see a ghost outside of the hill house
  • You spot a shadow of a ghost lingering in the background

Finish your drink at any mind-blowing revelation.

Haunting of Hill House Fun Facts

Henry Thomas, who played the middle-aged version of the dad, also played the main character Elliott in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982). We bet young Henry didn’t know he’d be phoning home to such a creepy house later in his career. The logo at the end of each episode, as well as a lunchbox that young Luke has in the first episode, pay homage to Henry Thomas’s role in E.T.

The Haunting of Hill House TV show was based on a book by the same name, written in 1959 by Shirley Jackson. She said she truly does believe in ghosts.

Mike Flanagan, the director, is a big Stephen King fan. And it turns out Stephen King is a Haunting of Hill House fan! Flanagan also directed Doctor Sleep, a novel by Stephen King.

The director of the show had the idea of sprinkling hard-to-see ghosts into the background of the scenes. It’s likely there are up to 30 of them throughout the series. Keep an eye on the background of the wide shots!

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