October is upon us, the time of year when darkness grows longer, a chill clutches the air, and many people look to their TVs for scary escapism. Throughout the month, leading up to Halloween, many networks will offer a variety of scary shows, specials and movies — from hardcore horror to family-friendly frights, depending upon your mood. Here are some of the notable highlights. Programming and times are subject to change; check back throughout the month, as this post will continuously be updated and added to. While we focus here mainly on TV series and specials, with a few notable films, you can get a comprehensive rundown of all the horrors and thrillers airing this month in terms of movies with our handy Scary Movie Guide!
Disney Channel Halloween online — Starting Sept. 30 and continuing throughout October, fans can celebrate Halloween at various Disney websites. At disneychannel.com/halloween, kids can build their own mazes with Monster Maze Mania, while at disneyjunior.com/halloween, parents can upload photos of their children dressed in Halloween costumes. The site will also spotlight a Costume of the Day and feature a special sneak peek of the Imagination Movers Halloween episode beginning Oct. 21, one week in advance of its network premiere. Starting Oct. 11 at disneyxd.com, kids can help the Wasabi Warriors ward off zombies in a new Kickin’ It game, and on Oct. 21, a new Halloween version of Kick Buttowski’s Loco Launcho will launch, featuring all-new levels.
Cartoon Network Halloween Specials — Cartoon Network, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Each Saturday and Sunday afternoon in October, Cartoon Network celebrates Halloween with special episodes of Johnny Test, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and Regular Show. There will also be Scooby-Doo movies, and spooky specials like Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Boo-Haw Haw, Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen and more.
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series (Season 2) — The Hub, Oct. 1 at 8pm ET. The kids’ horror anthology series returns. In the Season 2 premiere episode, “Creature Feature Part 1,” guest-star Joel Courtney (Super 8) plays a young boy who loves old movies so much that he practically lives in them — and that might actually happen when he and two friends discover a strange, abandoned drive-in theater. To celebrate the new season, from Oct. 1-11 The Hub is running a Haunt Your House Sweepstakes, with the grand prize being a major home makeover with a complete Halloween motif (kids need consent of their parents before entering).
Bedlam — BBC America, Oct. 1 at 10pm ET/PT (moves to regular Saturday night time slot starting Oct. 8 at 9pm ET/PT). A swanky new apartment building, Bedlam Heights, is the setting for this British creepfest. What the hot, young tenants don’t know is that their new home was once the site of a mental asylum where unimaginable horrors took place, and that the ghosts of the victims are still around. One newcomer, Jed (James), is able to see how the former inmates died, and tries to ease their vengeance-driven spirits over to the other side.
Halloween Wars — Food Network, Oct. 2 at 9pm ET. This four-part series finds five teams of cake decorators, candy makers and pumpkin carvers uniting to prove that they are the best, walk home with a big cash prize and scare viewers with horror tales all made from cake, candy and pumpkins. In the first episode, “Witches & Scary Places,” the teams battle to make mind-blowing Halloween displays of a creepy witch and scary haunted house. One team will be eliminated at the end.
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King — TCM, Oct. 3 at 8pm ET. Horror master Stephen King sits down for this hourlong special in which he shares the movies that influenced him and made him fall in love with the genre.
Scream 4 — Movies On Demand, Oct. 4. Wes Craven’s latest installment in his ironic horror franchise premieres on Movies On Demand (MOD) the same day as it is released on DVD. Check your cable system for MOD availability.
American Horror Story — FX, Oct. 5 at 10pm ET/PT. From executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Glee) comes this arty creepfest about a Boston family that relocates to a spooky house in Los Angeles in an effort to rebuild their lives. Little do they know that the house contains dark secrets. The stellar cast includes Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge.
Phineas and Ferb — Disney Channel, Oct. 7 at 7pm ET/PT. “The Curse of Candace” — Candace is bitten by a bat after watching a popular vampire movie (whose cast members are guest-voiced by Michael J. Fox, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer) and worries that she is becoming a vampire. Phineas and Ferb’s latest gadgets lead Candace to believe that she has indeed made the change from teenager to teen vampire. Then, in “That’s the Spirit!”, it’s Halloween night and the kids encounter a strange boy and his father (voiced by Michael Douglas and his son, Dylan Douglas), who are convinced their house is haunted.
Fish Hooks — Disney Channel, Oct. 7 at 7:30pm ET/PT. In “Halloween Haul,” it’s Halloween in Freshwater, and the scene is set for a night of frights and fun. There is only one hitch — Jocktopus. To avoid the constant pummeling and candy-stealing that Jocktopus brings to the night, Bea, Milo and Oscar take their trick-or-treating tactics outside of the tanks and into the pet store for an adventure.
So Random! — Disney Channel, Oct. 9 at 7:30pm ET/PT. In this new episode, skits include Hush Puppy and Footy Scent rapping about the perfect candy pants for trick-or-treating in “Candy Pants Rap”; unfortunate trick-or-treaters encountering Rufus on Halloween; and Fly Guy’s upset stomach preventing him from going after Pumpkinface. Recording artist Iyaz, featuring Mann, performs “Pretty Girls.”
Good Luck Charlie — Disney Channel, Oct. 9 at 8pm ET/PT. “Scary Had a Little Lamb.” When Teddy and Ivy take Charlie trick-or-treating, Karl, the annoying neighborhood kid (guest star Brendan Robinson, Pretty Little Liars), sets up a series of pranks that ruin their night, so they decide to even the score. Meanwhile, Gabe’s offer to protect Mrs. Dabney’s house from the yearly hooligans backfires, and PJ’s style changes drastically when he starts dating a goth girl.
Shake It Up — Disney Channel, Oct. 9 at 8:30pm ET/PT. Atticus Shaffer of The Middle guest-stars in the new “Beam It Up” episode as a new neighbor that Flynn suspects is an alien. Meanwhile, at the Halloween dance, Rocky tries to prove to CeCe that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Instant Noodles of America’s Best Dance Crew also guest-star.
Halloween Wars — Food Network, Oct. 9 at 9pm ET. In the second episode, “Scary Tales,” the four remaining teams try to create Halloween-themed displays of a twisted version of a fairy tale.
Johnny Test — Cartoon Network, Oct. 10 at 7pm ET/PT. “Fangs a Lot Johnny” — Susan and Mary learn that Gil is a fanboy of the latest teenage vampire saga, so they transform into vampires to get his attention. Johnny and Dukey turn vampire hunters to rescue Gil and turn Johnny’s sisters back to normal.
Regular Show — Cartoon Network, Oct. 10 at 8pm ET/PT. “In the House” — Rigby eggs the wrong house and gets cursed by a wizard; “Death Metal Crash Pit” — Muscle Man and High Five Ghost want to crash an old RV into a pit, but it’s haunted by an ’80s death metal band; “Creepy Doll” — Mordecai and Rigby discover an old Victorian doll that Pop has not played with or seen since he was a child, and unwittingly unleash its pent-up rage against him.
Challenge: Spooky Cake and Candy — Food Network, Oct. 12 at 7pm ET. Five top cake teams gather for a competition to impress judges with craftsmanship and creative use of candy decorations. Haunted houses, ghostly pumpkins and edible eyeballs are among the items in this Halloween baking thriller.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates — Disney Channel, Oct. 14 at 8:30am ET/PT. “Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin” — Jake, Izzy and Cubby set off to find the Golden Pumpkin, which is said to fly over Never Land when the moon is high; “Trick or Treasure” — Captain Hook dresses up in a disguise to try to trick Jake and crew out of their Halloween treats.
My Ghost Story — BIO Channel, Oct. 15 at 10pm ET. The series returns with new episodes, which feature photos from an abandoned cemetery with a young visitor in the night; a famous Kansas hotel haunted by a Civil War colonel; video of a chair flipping upside-down inside an old morgue; recordings of voices inside the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse haunted by its first residents and their pet cats; and a video recording of a haunted tavern in Pennsylvania.
Fear Fest — AMC, Oct. 16 at 9pm ET/PT through Oct. 31. AMC’s annual horror festival kicks off with the Season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead (see below). But it’s movies that dominate this event, and this year, frightful films making their premieres on the network include Thinner (Oct. 25), Dreamcatcher (Oct. 24), Halloween H20 (Oct. 26), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (Oct. 17), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) (Oct. 17), Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (Oct. 20) and The People Under the Stairs (Oct. 16). Notable returning flicks include 1978’s Halloween (Oct. 24), Bride of Frankenstein (Oct. 29), The Mummy (1932) (Oct. 22), Poltergeist (Oct. 17), and the 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead (Oct. 17). See our Movies Database for more titles and airdate info.
The Walking Dead (Season 2) — AMC, Oct. 16 at 9pm ET/PT. The zombie-apocalypse hit returns for its second season in this super-sized 90-minute premiere that picks up right where last season’s finale left off with the group of survivors fleeing Atlanta and looking for safety.
Halloween Wars — Food Network, Oct. 16 at 9pm ET. In “Zombies vs. Vampires,” the three remaining teams try to create displays of an epic battle between zombies and vampires.
Sid the Science Kid — PBS, Oct. 17. “Halloween Spooky Science Special.” Sid and his friends learn how Halloween can be spooky and scientific. The kids investigate how bats are helpful creatures the catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web-builders, cats are leaping aerial acrobats and skeletons help hold up our body frames. At a Halloween party, the kids also investigate how to make ick, gooey green slime.
Johnny Test — Cartoon Network, Oct. 17 at 7pm ET/PT. “Johnny Trick or Treat” — Johnny and Dukey spend the night in a haunted house to win a ton of candy.
Spooky Treats Unwrapped — Food Network, Oct. 17 at 7pm ET. Host Marc Summers goes behind the scenes of spooky but sweet snacks. Included are the secrets behind wax fangs, how marshmallow Peeps transform into bats and ghosts, a new look at caramel apples and candy corn, and more.
The Amazing World of Gumball — Cartoon Network, Oct. 17 at 7:30pm ET/PT. In “The Poltergeist,” Gumball and Darwin give Mr. Robinson a home and end up saving his marriage.
Adventure Time — Cartoon Network, Oct. 17 at 8pm ET/PT. “The Creeps” — Finn and Jake receive an invitation to a masquerade dinner that turns into a whodunit as guests start to meet their demise.
Scream 2011 — Spike, Oct. 18 at 9pm ET/PT. This annual event, now in its sixth year, pays homage to everything that is great about comics, fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Nominees for Best Horror Movie are I Saw the Devil, Insidious, Let Me In, Paranormal Activity 2 and Piranha 3D. Best Horror Actress nominees are Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Neve Campbell (Scream 4), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Chloë Grace Moretz (Let Me In) and Rose Byrne (Insidious). Best Horror Actor nominees are Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Patrick Wilson (Insidious). For a complete list of categories and nominees, visit scream.spike.com. (Twitter hashtag: #ScreamAwards)
Challenge: Horror Cakes — Food Network, Oct. 19 at 7pm ET. Four cake artists make realistic cakes based off an original horror story. The one who taps into their dark side the best takes home ten grand and a gold medal.
13 Nights of Halloween — ABC Family, Oct. 19. ABC Family’s annual programming event begins with a Halloween prequel episode of Pretty Little Liars (see below) and includes the basic cable premiere of Coraline (Oct. 23, 8pm ET/PT) and the network premiere of Bewitched (Oct. 24, 6:30pm ET/PT). Other Halloween highlights over the 13 days include Halloween-themed episodes of America’s Funniest Home Videos and movies such as Beetlejuice, Van Helsing, The Addams Family, Casper and more.
Pretty Little Liars — ABC Family, Oct. 19 at 8pm ET/PT. “The First Secret” — This special prequel episode is set the Halloween before Alison disappeared, and where all of the secrets and lies began for Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer. The group’s only concern at this time is to score an invite to Noel Khan’s Halloween party. But with a new girl in town to challenge Ali for Queen Bee dominance, Spencer possibly losing the class president election along with her parents’ approval and a shocking revelation for Aria about her father, there may be more to worry about than finding the perfect costume. With all of the tricks and treats floating around Rosewood, there may be something more sinister waiting out there for Ali and her best friends. This episode kicks off ABC Family’s annual 13 Nights of Halloween programming event.
Dinosaur Train — PBS, Oct. 20. “Haunted Roundhouse” — Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature — a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium. “Big Pond Pumpkin Patch” — The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate Gourd Day — a kind of Mesozoic Halloween.
Oliver’s Ghost — Hallmark Channel, Oct. 22 at 9pm ET/PT. In this original movie, 11-year-old Oliver (Nicholas Stargel) has a unique ability to see ghosts. When his family moves to an older home in the suburbs, only Oliver is able to see the spirit of Clive Rutledge (Martin Mull), the previous owner. Clive tries every manner of destruction to force Oliver and his family to leave, but Oliver, with the help of a kindly neighbor (Rhea Perlman) tries to help Clive release all of his past regrest so he can leave the house in peace.
Sandra Lee’s Halloween: Sandra in Wonderland — Food Network, Oct. 23 at 9am ET. Sandra Lee awakes and finds herself transformed into several of her favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland and beyond in this Halloween special. In costume, Sandra creates Halloween sweets and desserts, and offers a collection of cocktail ideas for a Halloween party.
Challenge: Halloween Ghost Story — Food Network, Oct. 23 at 8pm ET. Four cake artists create ghost story cakes in a Halloween battle that will treat the winner with a $10,000 prize.
Halloween Wars — Food Network, Oct. 23 at 9pm ET. In the final episode, the two teams left create displays representing the Underworld. In the end, one team becomes Halloween Wars champion and wins the $50,000 grand prize.
Kick Buttowski — Suburban Daredevil — Disney XD, Oct. 24 at 7:30pm ET/PT. “Kick or Treat.” Kick vows to trick-or-treat at every house in Mellowbrook, including Mary Van Der Death’s (Debbie Reynolds) creepy mansion. Then, in “Dead Man’s Roller Coaster,” Kick and Gunther find an abandoned amusement park deep in the woods of Mellowbrook and discover that it may be haunted by the ghost of Dead Man Dave.
Adventure Time — Cartoon Network, Oct. 24 at 8pm ET/PT. “From Bad to Worst” — A zombie epidemic strikes in Ooo, and it’s Princess Bubblegum’s fault.
Kickin’ It — Disney XD, Oct. 24 at 8pm ET/PT. In the new “Boo Gi Nights” Halloween episode, the Bobby Wasabi gang is determined to stop the Black Dragons from ruining the mall’s annual Halloween Boo-Stravaganza. Meanwhile, Rudy meets a mysterious woman in a cat costume and tries to find out her true identity.
Unwrapped Halloween — Food Network, Oct. 24 at 8pm ET. Marc Summers investigates Halloween sweets, from a look at jump-starting a jack-o-lantern with carving kits to getting the scoop on treats like M&Ms and more.
Pair of Kings — Disney XD, Oct. 24 at 9pm ET/PT. The new “Pair of Clubs” episode finds Boomer opening the teen hotspot of his dreams and hiring Brady as his assistant. When Boomer fires him, Brady spitefully opens his own club across the way inside a crypt, but the club becomes overrun by zombies, and Boomer must put aside his differences to rescue his brother.
Castle — ABC, Oct. 24 at 10:01pm ET. In “Demons,” Castle and Beckett confront the possibility of paranormal foul play when a world-renowned ghost hunter is mysteriously murdered while investigating a hauting at a legendary New York mansion.
Last Man Standing — ABC, Oct. 25 at 8pm ET. “Last Halloween Standing” Mike feels let down when his daughters aren’t into celebrating Halloween with him the way they used to. He decides that his 2-year-old grandson, Boyd, can be his perfect trick-or-treat partner. But Boyd’s mother, Kristin, adamantly tells him that she doesn’t want her son to go out on Halloween. Mike sneaks him out, with a plan to get the child home before Kristin gets home from work. Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson guest-stars.
Zombies: A Living History — History, Oct. 25 at 8pm ET. This two-hour documentary looks at the long history of zombie legends, from the dawn of civilization to today.
The Middle — ABC, Oct. 26 at 8pm ET. “Halloween II” After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high-school Halloween party and being ignored by the guys, Sue asks Mike for his advice on what boys want when it comes to girls. Meanwhile, Frankie reluctantly volunteers to take Brick’s socially awkward school social skills group trick-or-treating, and Axl and his friends devise a plan to trick rather than treat the neighborhood kids on Halloween.
Suburgatory — ABC, Oct. 26 at 8:30pm ET. “Halloween” Tessa channels her inner “suburban girl” for a Halloween costume, but it ends up spooking her friends and everyone at school since she reminds them of a recently departed resident of Chatswin. Meanwhile, George is determined to prove to Halloween-hater Dallas that being scared can be fun, but gets a scare of his own when Steven Royce (guest star Jay Mohr), Dallas’ husband, finally comes home from one of his many business trips.
Modern Family — ABC, Oct. 26 at 9pm ET. “Halloween” Claire loves Halloween and is gearing up to spookify the Dunphy house for the trick-or-treaters. She gives each family member a role to play, but none of it goes quite right.
Happy Endngs — ABC, Oct. 26 at 9:30pm ET. “Spooky Endings” Jane and Brad spend a scary Halloween house-sitting for friends in the suburbs, while the rest of the gang heads to a warehouse party, where their respective costumes don’t quite have the effect they anticipated.
American Horror Story — FX, Oct. 26 at 10pm ET/PT. “Halloween, Part 1” Zachary Quinto guest stars in this two-part Halloween episode (concluding Nov. 2) as a former owner of the house. The line between the living and the dead blurs on Halloween.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — ABC, Oct. 27 at 8pm ET. The 1966 Peanuts classic airs, followed by the bonus cartoon You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown.
The Big Bang Theory — CBS, Oct. 27 at 8pm ET/PT. Getting into the spirit of Halloween, Sheldon tries to scare the guys.
Community — NBC, Oct. 27 at 8pm ET/PT. “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” When Britta runs anonymous personality tests on everyone for a psych class, one of the test results seems to indicate that someone in the group is deeply disturbed. At the group’s pre-Halloween party, she enlists Jeff to help draw out the potential sociopath, and the two lure everyone into telling their favorite horror stories.
Parks and Recreation — NBC, Oct. 27 at 8:30pm ET/PT. “Meet n Greet” Ben is mad when Andy and April decide to throw a Halloween party at their house without asking him.
Imagination Movers — Disney Channel, Oct. 28 at 11:30am ET/PT. In “Haunted Halloween,” the Movers set out to find the source of a mysterious clanging noise after Warehouse Mouse gets spooked while getting ready for Nina’s Halloween party.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! — PBS, Oct. 28. “Aye Aye!” — The Cat helps Nick and Sally make scary Halloween masks. “Trick or Treat!” — The Cat takes Nick and Sally trick-or-treating — his way. They go around the world, meeting three new friends who teach them each of the tricks that they do and share the treats that they like to eat.
Chiller 13: Horror’s Creepiest Kids — Chiller, Oct. 28 at 8pm ET/PT. This latest installment of the Chiller 13 series of specials counts down the most terrifying moments in horror film history featuring some of the most sinister little devils to appear on the silver screen.
CSI: NY — CBS, Oct. 28 at 9pm ET/PT. The CSIs find themselves buried in crime when a fraternity prank goes awry and a pledge master is left for dead in an open grave.
Grimm — NBC, Oct. 28 at 9pm ET/PT. Fairy tales aren’t just about happily ever after. This dark series takes the police procedural format and grafts it onto a fantasy narrative about Portland, Ore., detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who learns that he has a special ability to see the true face of monstrous creatures that storytellers like the Brothers Grimm tried to warn us about. The newly minted Grimm Hunter can see that the seemingly harmless postal worker is in fact a Big Bad Wolf, who kidnaps young people and keeps their red hoods. The pilot barely skims the surface of what the show might be, but it’s just enough to want to give it a few episodes in order to find out. If you’re anti-Once Upon a Time, Grimm might be just what you’re looking for.
My Extreme Animal Phobia — Animal Planet, Oct. 28 at 10pm ET/PT. This new series features individuals who work with psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio on intense emotional exposure therapy to come to terms with their irrational fears of certain animals. In the series premiere, Dr. Zasio meets three people who respectively have paralyzing fears of bats, cockroaches and rats.
Celebrity Ghost Stories — BIO Channel, Oct. 29 at 9pm ET. In the Season 4 premiere, Alan Thicke takes his son on a trip to Russia and is haunted by the ghost of Rasputin; Laila Ali is invited to a friend’s haunted house and comes into contact with a lurking presence; Kevin Pollack’s girlfriend starts talking in tongues in her sleep; Fairuza Balk is tormented by a spirit at a hotel.
The Good Witch’s Family — Hallmark Channel, Oct. 29 at 9pm ET/PT. Catherine Bell is back in this fourth installment of the very popular Good Witch movie franchise (and she’s signed on for a fifth movie to air next year) as Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale. As we join Cassie here, she is settling into her marriage with Jake and serving as stepmom to Lori and Brandon. But tough times surfce when Cassie’s long-lost cousin Abigail shows up unexpectedly, bringing evil right along with her, and Cassie needs to wield a little good witchcraft to make the town of Middleton right again.
Zombie Apocalypse — Syfy, Oct. 29 at 9pm ET/PT. Months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population, a small group of survivors fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. Ving Rhames, who has also appeared in the similarly themed 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake and 2008 Day of the Dead remake, stars in this Syfy original.
America’s Funniest Home Videos — ABC, Oct. 30 at 7pm ET. Highlights include videos of Halloween mishaps, including a costumed toddler who is terrified of his own reflection.
Finding Bigfoot: The Squatchiest Place on Earth — Animal Planet, Oct. 30 at 8pm ET/PT. This two-hour special of the Finding Bigfoot series features investigators checking out the place where the infamous and disputed Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film was shot. They also scout out new sites where the best and most convincing Bigfoot prints have been reported.
Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins — Food Network, Oct. 30 at 8pm ET. Four amateur pumpkin carvers square off to put a new face on a Halloween classic. There are three rounds to the competition: the traditional jack-o-lantern, 3D pumpkin carving and a freestyle round where anything goes. The winner gets $10,000.
The Simpsons — FOX, Oct. 30 at 8pm ET/PT. “Treehouse of Horror XXII” The annual favorite collection of horrifically funny Simpsons vignettes continues with a new installment. In the opening segment, Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon, but when a crashing boulder traps his arm, he channels Aron Ralston (guest-voicing himself) to save himself. Then, in the first tale, “The Diving Bell and the Butterball,” a venomous spider bite leaves Homer paralyzed, but when Lisa discovers his ability to communicate through natural gases, he is able to express his love for Marge. In “Dial D For Diddly,” Ned Flanders, devout preacher by day, turns into a cold-blooded vigilante by night. The last tale, “In the Na’Vi,” finds Bart and Milhouse assigned on a mission to access a sacred extract on a distant planet. They morph into the land’s indigenous one-eyed avatars, but when Bart finds love and an eternal mate abroad, he is caught in planet warfare.
Desperate Housewives — ABC, Oct. 30 at 9pm ET. “Witch’s Lament” As Halloween approaches, Gaby, Bree and Lynette must attempt to exhume and move the body of Gaby’s murdered stepfather after learning that Ben’s real-estate development excavation is taking place on that very spot.
Family Guy — FOX, Oct. 30 at 9pm ET/PT. “Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q” Quagmire lands in the hospital and his sister, Brenda, and her boyfriend, Jeff, rush to Quahog to nurse him back to health. As Glenn recovers, he quickly realizes that Brenda is the one who needs help.
The Cleveland Show — FOX, Oct. 30 at 9:30pm ET/PT. “A Nightmare on Grace Street” When Cleveland Jr. and Rallo both have to come home early after getting scared at their respective slumber parties, Donna makes them spend the night in a haunted house to prove how brave they both are. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s new friend is on a murderous revenge rampage after being rejected by Cleveland and his other friends. Elsewhere, Roberta is stuck in a love triangle between a vampire and a werewolf.
CSI: Miami — CBS, Oct. 30 at 10pm ET/PT. A maid is found hanging from a chandelier in an empty mansion on a remote island, with vampire bites on her neck, drained of blood.
From Beyond Halloween Show: The Best of Season One — mun2, Oct. 30 at 10pm ET/PT. Medium A.J. Barrera and paranormal investigators Christian Vera and Ramiro Ramirez reminisce about their most memorable investigations of the past season of From Beyond.
Roseanne’s Wicked Halloween Bash — TV Land, Oct. 30 & Oct. 31 from 11pm-3am ET. This two-night marathon (four hours each night) features each Halloween episode of Roseanne, kicking off with the first one featuring the infamous “Tunnel of Terror.” Other memorable episodes include Roseanne’s night at the Lobo Lounge dressed as a lumberjack, Roseanne’s visit from the ghosts of Halloween past, present and future, and the arrival of baby Jerry Garcia Conner. The event culminates with the final Roseanne episode, which spoofed Rosemary’s Baby and guest-starred Marlo Thomas, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.
Ghost Hunters Halloween Live — Syfy, Oct. 31 at 7pm ET, Live. The TAPS team embarks on its annual live, six-hour investigation of paranormal activity. The team is revisiting the Pennhurst Asylum in Pennsylvania, about an hour outside of Philly, which was the site of an investigation TAPS did on an episode of their show this past March. The entire regular cast of Ghost Hunters, as well as some cast members of Ghost Hunters International, are due to participate in this special.
Scared Shrekless — ABC, Oct. 31 at 7:58pm ET. Shrek challenges Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots and other fairy tale characters to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle telling scary stories.
How I Met Your Mother — CBS, Oct. 31 at 8pm ET/PT. Katie Holmes guest-stars as the “Slutty Pumpkin,” the girl Ted searches for at the same costume party each Halloween since he lost her phone number several years ago.
The Sing-Off — NBC, Oct. 31 at 8pm ET/PT. This episode features a Halloween-themed opening performance. The stage is transformed into a cemetery, and the seven remaining groups perform an opening medley of “This Is Halloween,” “Werewolves of London” and “Ghostbusters.”
Dancing With the Stars — ABC, Oct. 31 at 8:30pm ET. The show celebrates Halloween with a themed show as the remaining six couples each perform a dance as well as compete in a team dance.
Mike & Molly — CBS, Oct. 31 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Billy is spooked when Molly’s boss invites them to a party on Halloween, a holiday he dreads.
Hawaii Five-0 — CBS, Oct. 31 at 10pm ET/PT. When the Five-0s investigate the murders of a young couple filming a spooky documentary about a traditional Hawaiian burial site, they are threatened by a homeless man and possible suspect. Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) guest-stars.
American Horror Story Marathon — FX, Oct. 31 at 10pm ET/PT. The first three episodes of FX’s creepy new series air back-to-back tonight.
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