Halloween always brings out the spooky side in TV. Here's some of the programming available to watch over the weekend while you organize candy, get decorations ready, and put the finishing touches on your costume.
ABC The long-running Peanuts classic It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, is celebrating 50 years on the air, and will screen again on Friday night, October 28, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
USA The USA network will have a mini-marathon of Modern Family's Halloween-themed episodes on Friday night from 8:30 p.m. Eastern to 10 p.m. Eastern.
AMC returns to two classic titans of terror: Jason Voorhees (Friday The 13th) and Michael Myers (Halloween), for a weekend-long set of movie marathons. The slashing begins Friday night at 6 p.m. Eastern, with the original 1980s entries in the Friday The 13th series, and runs until 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday night, when the Halloween series takes over. That runs until 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday night, when the seasonally appropriate hit series The Walking Dead airs. Following that, on Monday, AMC returns control to Michael Myers and Halloween for the rest of the entire day.
SyFy The SyFy channel continues their "31 Days of Halloween" programming all weekend long, with horror movies throughout. Saturday night, October 29, sees the premiere of a new TV movie The Night Before Halloween at 9 p.m. Eastern. IMDB describes the film as a teenage prank gone awry.
"On the night before Halloween, seventeen year-old Megan and her group of friends are conned into taking part in a prank that accidentally lands their friend Beth in a coma. What Megan and the others don't realize is that their new friend Kyle was intentionally trying to rid himself of the Curse of the Carver: a curse that kills you on the night before Halloween unless you can trick someone into killing another person. One year later, Megan and her friends are brought back together and must fight for their lives against the Curse of the Carver."
Monday, Halloween night, SyFy takes a turn to horror-comedy, with Zombieland and Cabin In The Woods airing at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern, respectively.
Speaking of comedy, Comedy Central will have a big block of Halloween-themed episodes of South Park on Saturday, from 3:30 p.m. Eastern to 10 p.m. Eastern. It runs again, in a shortened form, on Halloween night from 8 p.m. Eastern to 11 p.m. Eastern.
FXX has made a name for itself as a network with its huge library of Simpsons episodes. This weekend, it again takes advantage of that. It will be airing Halloween-themed episodes of The Simpsons all weekend long, starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. Of special note is Halloween itself on Monday, where FXX will air (in order) every "Treehouse of Horror" Simpsons Halloween special from 1990 to 2014. It begins Monday morning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and runs until midnight.
The History Channel will air a block of the show Haunted History on Saturday from 11 a.m. Eastern to 7 p.m. Eastern, followed by a set of specials on America's favorite cryptid, Bigfoot, that runs into Sunday morning.
The Travel Channel has a massive marathon of the show Ghost Adventures lined up for Saturday, running from 1 p.m. Eastern until 4 a.m. Eastern on Sunday morning.
The ever-popular late-night component of Cartoon Network will air Halloween-themed episodes of its usual lineup of Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and Family Guy on Sunday night, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. At 11:30 p.m. Eastern, they will air new episodes of Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, Dream Corp, and Squidbillies.
Turner Classic Movies will live up to its name, showing vintage horror films from years gone by. A huge marathon of classic horror begins Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern with the original 1931 Bela Lugosi Dracula, and runs all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, all the way past Halloween and into early Tuesday morning. Films of note include the 1950s UFO classic Earth vs. the Flying Saucers on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern; and the 1970s exploitation oddity The Baby late Saturday night at 12:45 a.m. Eastern.
Movie and media impresario Robert Rodriquez's network caters to fans of cult-classics and horror. They don't disappoint this weekend, airing the 1980s monster favorite C.H.U.D. Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern, followed by Beyond Re-Animator at 8 p.m. Eastern, and legendary zombie comedy Return Of The Living Dead at 10 p.m. Eastern. Saturday features an all-day marathon of the Puppet Master series, along with other films produced by Charles Band's Full Moon imprint. If you don't get El Rey network, don't worry; some of these movies are also available to watch on Hulu for free.
What channels and specials did we miss on our list? What movies or shows would you love to see on TV this weekend? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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