Posted: 1:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
By Dale Roe
AUSTIN, Tx. —
13 Nights of Halloween
ABC Family, beta.abcfamily.go.com
This nearly two week marathon features many of the films mentioned above as well as holiday-themed episodes of series including “Switched at Birth” and “Pretty Little Liars.”
31 Days of Halloween
Actually, they’re only running this 26 days (some dates are skipped) and four of them have already passed, but who’s counting? And while there are some genuine gore-fests on the schedule, including the “Saw” films and a few “Nightmare on Elm Street” entries, one day is inexplicably devoted to the “Star Trek” movies. Scary? Yeah, but not in the traditional way.
Disney Channel, tv.disney.go.com
The Mouse network wisely dropped the “wiz” from its former Wiztober celebration and features Halloween-themed episodes of its tween series throughout the month. Look for special installments of “Gravity Falls,” “Good Luck Charlie” and “Fish Hooks,” among others.
The family cable network features movies throughout the month (including the great original “Gremlins”) as well as the season premiere of “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.”
Dozens of scary movies, including Stephen King adaptations, a “Friday the 13th” marathon and one of my personal favorites, “The Frighteners,” creep into the network’s schedule. But the most anticipated (and perhaps, bloodiest) entry is the season premiere of “Walking Dead” on Oct. 14.
Wednesdays in October
Classic Universal horror titles including “Frankenstein,” “The Wolfman” and “The Mummy’s Hand” highlight a month that also celebrates Edgar Allen Poe, Hammer Films’ titles and famed English horror star Lionel Atwill (“Mystery of the Wax Museum”).
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