ABC Goes All Out For A ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween This Year; ‘Great Pumpkin’ Turns 50

ABC is pulling out all of the stops to create what they call a “spooktacular” round up of Halloween-themed episodes and TV specials including the 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, tasty treats on The Chew, an all-Halloween themed Dancing With the Stars and Jimmy Kimmel encourages parents to trick their kids into thinking that mom and dad ate all of their Halloween candy. Highlights for the next two weeks include:

October 17-21
The Chew offers up “frightfully fabulous recipes” and “devilishly delightful tips for entertaining” plus special guests Hilary Duff, Victoria Justice, Chip & Joanna Gianes and Wanda Sykes. Airs at 1:00 p.m.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Celebrates 50 Years. (Image by ABC)

October 19
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown celebrates its 50th anniversary with little fanfare, but it is always good to see the gang go out for “tricks or treats” and Linus waiting in the “most sincere” pumpkin patch to get a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin. Airs at 8:00 p.m.

Disney/Pixar’s first TV special, Toy Story of TERROR! returns for another not-too-scary fun time all from a toy’s point of view as Woody, Buzz and more spend a dark and stormy night at a roadside motel with an owner who has sinister plans. Airs at 8:30 p.m

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
After dressing up as each other on Last Man Standing, the cast may regret it. (Image by ABC)

October 21
Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing celebrates Halloween with the Baxter family’s annual party. This year the cast go to great lengths to dress up as each other and then point out each others’ flaws. Airs at 8:00 p.m.

On Dr. Ken, Allison is saddened by the fact their her son Dave is no longer scared of Halloween so Dr. Ken comes to the rescue with a telling of a scary Korean gwishin (ghost) story. Dave will no doubt get into the holiday spirit by the end of the episode. Airs at 8:30 p.m.

October 24-28
The Chew continues its Halloween theme helping viewers make this Halloween the best, including a preview of The Chew’s latest book, The Chew Approved. Special guests for the week include Chef Ina Garten and actor Colin “Yes-He-Is-Tom’s-Son” Hanks. Airs at 1:00 p.m.

"American Housewife" Halloween episode.
American Housewife Halloween episode. (Image by ABC)

October 25
On The Middle’s “Halloween VII: The Heckoning,” Frankie worries that if she and Mike got divorced, the kids would move in with him, Sue begs Brick to have her room back and Axl explodes on his family when the family complains that they have to act “nice” around his girlfriend. Airs at 8:00 p.m.

ABC’s newest sitcom, American Housewife shows Katie struggling to make it to the finish of the town’s “zombie run” misunderstanding that in this case, the zombies actually run, not walk. Airs at 8:30 p.m.

Halloween is Louis favorite holiday on Fresh Off the Boat and does his best to scare his wife, Jessica, into the Halloween spirit, but she is too consumed writing her first horror novel. Airs at 9:00 p.m.

Kenny from The Real O’Neals likes to think of Halloween as “the gay Super Bowl.” To convince him to stay home instead of going to the big parade in Boystown, his mother Eileen allows Kenny to have his own Halloween party. Things go south when his friends scheme a big costume change midway through the party. Airs at 9:30 p.m.

The Goldberg's Halloween episode
The Goldbergs Halloween episode. (Image by ABC)

October 26
On The Goldbergs, Adam has a love for Stephen King and convinces him to give horror writing a try where the monster of the story is based on his mother, Beverly. Airs at 8:00 p.m.

On ABC’s newest hit comedy, Speechless, the family dress up as the cast from Back to the Future and other hi-jinks ensue. Airs at 8:30 p.m.

Modern Family’s annual Halloween episode, “Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook,” feature Luke disappointed that his party isn’t going as well as he expected. The Dunphy family to the rescue. Meanwhile, Cam faces off with his Halloween nemesis. Airs at 9:00 p.m.

Blackish has it’s own version of The Purge where on one night (“mischief night”) all petty crimes become legal. What could go wrong? Airs at 9:30 p.m.


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October 28
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown makes a return visit followed by You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown which, given this political season, it could be even scarier. Airs at 8:00 p.m.

Dancing with the Stars.
Dancing with the Stars. (Image by ABC)

October 31
The Chew celebrates the show’s 6th annual Halloween bash where the cast reveals the costumes that they picked for each other. Kellie Pickler is the special guest, also in costume. Airs at 1:00 pm.

Even General Hospital is getting into the Halloween spirit when the residents of Port Charles celebrate the holiday at the Metro Court Hotel, and Sonny has a “big reaction to one the Halloween revelers.” Airs at 2:00 p.m.

All of the Dancing with the Stars’ couples will be dressed up and dancing to Halloween-themed music. Be prepared to hear “Monster Mash” for the umpteenth time. Airs at 8:00 p.m.

Jimmy and the gang, including guests, will be dressed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Halloween show featuring the 11th Annual Half & Half Halloween Costume Pageant and the YouTube Challenge: “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy” segment. Airs at 11:35 p.m.

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