Halloween TV programming 2015

Jeff Pfeiffer

We thought we’d join the crowd of businesses that like to get a jump on Halloween when September is barely over, so here is a monthlong look at some creepy TV programming that is airing throughout October, leading up to Halloween. 🎃



Halloween TV Programming 2015 (All Times ET; Check back for updates and additions)

31 Days of Halloween Spook-a-Thon Oct. 1-31 on Syfy. A month of spooky programming, including the new original movies Night of the Wild (Oct. 3); Ominous (Oct. 10); They Found Hell (Oct. 17); and The Hollow (Oct. 24).

Sleepy Hollow Season Premiere — Oct. 1 at 9pm on FOX. Ichabod and Abbie adjust to a world seemingly without Moloch, witchy wives, evil sons and headless ex-best friends. However, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the eerie calm will quickly give way to the next tribulation, driven by a surprising supernatural presence.

The Blair Witch Project — Begins streaming on Hulu Oct. 1.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones — Begins Streaming on Hulu Oct. 1.

The Shining (35th anniversary) — Oct. 2 at 8pm on AMC.

Jessie: “The Ghostess with the Mostest” — Oct. 2 at 8pm on Disney Channel. While trick-or-treating, Stuart warns the Ross kids about a ghost named Abigail. Then, at a masquerade party, Jessie meets a mysterious, masked boy who she falls for.

TCM Horror: Haunted Houses — Oct. 2 at 8pm on TCM. Marathon of haunted house movies. 👻

Girl Meets World: “Girl Meets World of Terror 2” — Oct. 2 at 8:30pm on Disney Channel. Riley and Maya meet the Ghost of the Bay Window, a flapper girl from the 1920’s, who makes people sing and dance.


I Didn’t Do It: “Bite Club” — Oct. 2 at 9pm on Disney Channel. When Logan and Delia go to NY for a Science Presentation as Marie Antoinette and Albert Einstein, they run into “Austin & Ally’s” Trish and Dez and a crazy fortune teller at the city’s biggest Halloween party. Meanwhile, Betty enlists Garrett to take her nephew Kevin trick-or-treating and the two turn the tradition into a major candy scam.

Alaska Monsters: “Bigfoot of Tok:  Yukon Howler” — Oct. 3 at 10pm on Destination America.

K.C. Undercover: “All Howls Eve” — Oct. 4 at 8pm on Disney Channel. Ernie and Judy must travel to NYC for the Central Park Spooktacular to intercept an evil wolf serum, but their mission is interrupted when they run into “Jessie’s” Emma and Zuri at the party. Meanwhile, Marisa and K.C. throw their own Halloween bash back at the house and K.C. decides to dress up as a spy to impress the new boy in school, River.

Best Friends Whenever: “Cyd and Shelby’s Haunted Escape” — Oct. 4 at 8:30pm on Disney Channel. Cyd and Shelby use Barry’s new invention to teleport themselves to NYC’s Central Park Spooktacular and wind up getting trapped in a Haunted House with “Girl Meets World’s” Riley and Lucas.

Fear the Walking Dead Season Finale — Oct. 4 at 9pm on AMC. A marathon leads up to the finale, from 3:15pm-9pm. The finale is followed by Talking Dead at 10:10pm.

Austin & Ally : “Scary Spirits & Spooky Stories” — Oct. 4 at 9pm on Disney Channel. While visiting New York the group attends the Central Park Spook-tacular, and it inspires them to tell their own scary stories.

Liv and Maddie: “Haunt-a-Rooney” — Oct. 4 at 9:30pm on Disney Channel. Maddie and Willow prepare for “Senior Scare,” a Ridgewood tradition where the high school seniors scare the middle schoolers. Meanwhile, when Liv and Joey travel to NYC for the Central Park Spook-tacular, Liv falls into a precarious predicament with a photographer.

Alaska Haunting: “Gold Town Terror” — Oct. 4 at 10pm on Destination America.

The Strain: “Night Train” — Oct. 4 at 10pm on FX. In the season finale, Setrakian and Fet battle for possiion of the Occido Lumen, and gain a surprising new ally. A massive attack imperils Eph, Nora and Zack’s escape from New York.

American Horror Story: Freak Show Complete Season 4 — Begins streaming on Hulu Oct. 6.

The Walking Dead Season 6 Preview — Oct. 5 at 5:55pm on AMC.

Zombie Apocalypse Week — Oct. 5-9 at 6pm on AMC; all weekend beginning Oct. 10 at 12:30pm on AMC. Features a marathon of The Walking Dead Season 1-5, leading up to the Season 6 premiere on Oct. 11.

Scream Queens: “Haunted House” — Oct. 6 at 9pm on FOX. As Halloween approaches, Chanel (Emma Roberts) creates a devious plan after Zayday (Keke Palmer) makes a shocking announcement. Meanwhile Grace (Skyler Samuels) and Pete (Diego Boneta) pay a visit to a mysterious woman with ties to Kappa’s past. Also, Hester (Lea Michele) grows closer to Chad (Glen Powell), Denise (Niecy Nash) continues her search for the red devil killer and Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) does everything in her power to keep Wallace University open.

Expedition Unknown Season Premiere — Oct. 7 at 9pm on Travel Channel.

American Horror Story: Hotel — Oct. 7 at 10pm on FX. The season kicks off with the episode “Checking In,” in which detective and family man John Lowe investigates a chain of gruesome murders in Los Angeles. A mysterious tip points him to the enigmatic Hotel Cortez.

Paranormal Witness: “Demon House” — Oct. 7 at 10pm on Syfy.

Invisible Sister — Oct. 9 at 8pm on Disney Channel. This original movie follows science prodigy Cleo, whose class experiment turns her popular sister and star athlete, Molly, invisible. With the help of Cleo’s best friend and fellow science enthusiast, George, and her crush, Carter, Molly’s boyfriend, The Coug, and her best friend and teammate, Nikki, the sister’s race against the clock on Halloween to find the antidote to reverse Molly’s invisibility before it becomes permanent.

TCM Horror: Rogue Body Parts — Oct. 9 at 8pm on TCM. Movies about hands and brains with lives of their own.

The Enfield Haunting — Oct. 9 at 10pm on A&E. This three-part thriller is a dramatization of the terrifying real-life events that took place in a seemingly ordinary home in northern London during the fall of 1977. Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson star.


Alaska Monsters: “Bigfoot of Cache Creek: Woodsman” — Oct. 10 at 10pm on Destination America.

walking-dead-season-6The Walking Dead Season 6 (pictured) — Sundays at 9pm on AMC beginning Oct. 11. The season premiere episode runs 90 minutes.

Alaska Haunting: “North Pole Nightmare” — Oct. 11 at 10pm on Destination America.

Scream Queens: “Pumpkin Patch” — Oct. 13 at 9pm on FOX. With Halloween just days away, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) makes an announcement affecting the campus and, specifically, Chanel’s (Emma Roberts) plan to throw a pumpkin patch party in support of her Kappa Kappa Tau presidential campaign. Meanwhile, Grace (Skyler Samuels) and Pete (Diego Boneta) lead a search party for a missing friend, which steers them closer to the Red Devil than ever before, and Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) and #5 (Abigail Breslin) learn what life would be like without Chanel.

American Horror Story: Hotel: “Chutes and Ladders” — Oct. 14 at 10pm on FX. Fashion mogul Will Drake brings couture to the Hotel Cortez; a model catches The Countess’ eye; John learns about the hotel’s sadistic first owner.

Paranormal Witness: “Sacred Ground” — Oct. 14 at 10pm on Syfy.

TCM Horror: Scary Kids — Oct. 16 at 8pm on TCM. Movies about evil and creepy children.

Ghost Asylum — Oct. 16 at 9pm on Destination America. The series returns as the Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) continue to investigate supernatural activity in America’s supposedly haunted abandoned locations. The TWC will also feature in a special on Destination America called Exorcism: Live later in the month (see below for more details). In the Oct. 16 episode, the team explores the Fenwick Plantation; on Oct. 23, they visit Pennhurst Hospital.

Alaska Monsters: “Bigfoot of Copper Valley: Red Devil” — Oct. 17 at 10pm on Destination America.

Fearfest 2015 — Begins Oct. 18 on AMC. Includes a Resident Evil marathon (Oct. 18); Halloween marathon (Oct. 19); Tremors marathon (Oct. 20); Amityville Horror marathon (Oct. 21); Chucky double feature (Oct. 22); Leprechaun marathon (Oct. 24); Predator double feature (Oct. 26); Friday the 13th marathon (Oct. 27); and Halloween marathon (Oct. 28). Also includes the 30th anniversary of Day of the Dead (Oct. 23) and 35th anniversary of Friday the 13th (Oct. 27).

The Simpsons: “Treehouse of Horror XXV” (Encore) — Oct. 18 at 7:30pm on FOX. Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) are transported to a demon-filled alternate universe after Bart reads a set of Aramaic symbols he finds on the underside of his desk; Moe’s (Hank Azaria) “Clockwork Orange”-style gang is disrupted when Dum (Homer, voiced by Dan Castellaneta) falls for a girl (Marge, voiced by Julie Kavner) who wants him to give up the thug life; and, in an homage to “The Others,” the Simpsons are visited by their former Tracey Ullman-era versions of themselves.

The Simpsons: “Halloween of Horror” — Oct. 18 at 8pm on FOX. When Lisa (Yeardley Smith) becomes scared at the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night, Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is forced to take down his Everscream Terrors decorations. Halloween pop-up employees seek vengeance on Homer for causing them to lose their jobs, and rob his house while Homer and Lisa hide out in the attic. Homer and Lisa light up their stored holiday decorations to attract attention and stand up to the intruders.

Bob’s Burgers: “Hauntening” — Oct. 18 at 9pm on FOX. Louise (Kristen Schaal) reveals that she has never been scared before and the family sets out to visit a spooky haunted house.

Alaska  Haunting: “Cabin Fever” — Oct. 18 at 10pm on Destination America.

13 Nights of Halloween — Oct. 19-31 on ABC Family. The network’s annual event is now in its 17th year. Among the highlights are a Halloween episode of Stitchers, and the network premieres of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow and the Pixar favorite Monsters University.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — Oct. 20 at 8pm on ABC. The annual Peanuts favorite.

Toy Story of TERROR! — Oct. 20 at 8:30pm on ABC. A re-airing of Disney-Pixar’s first special for television.

Stitchers: “When Darkness Falls” — Oct. 20 at 9pm on ABC Family. Camille preps for her annual Halloween bash, as the Stitchers team investigates the suicide of a young man who is suspected of abducting a missing college student.

Kirby Buckets: “The School Spirit” — Oct. 21 at 8pm on Disney XD. Fish is possessed by a spirit when the boys dig up an ancient mascot buried in Principal Mitchell’s backyard.

Paranormal Activity 4 — Oct. 21 at 8pm on FX.

Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything: “The Psycho Zombie Bloodbath” — Oct. 21 at 8:30pm on Disney XD. Conor and the gang score a rare copy of one of the scariest zombie video games ever made, Zomb-pocalypse, and find themselves battling real-life zombies at their school after playing the game.

Lab Rats: Bionic Island: “The Curse of the Screaming Skull” — Oct. 21 at 9pm on Disney XD. When Principal Perry brings back a skull from a neighboring island, everyone is convinced that it’s cursed when strange things start happening to those who come into contact with it. Meanwhile, Adam tries to introduce Bob to the art of scaring people.

Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors — Oct. 21 at 9pm on Investigation Discovery. A new series that looks at some of the most twisted and horrific murder cases ever to have taken place in hotels.

American Horror Story: Hotel: “Mommy” — Oct. 21 at 10pm on FX. Alex is pushed to her breaking point after Scarlett stirs up memories of Holden; Donovan is targets by a dangerous rival of The Countess.

Paranormal Witness: “The Fireplace” — Oct. 21 at 10pm on Syfy.

TCM Horror: Literary Horror — Oct. 23 at 8pm on TCM. Movies about Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and more.

Happy Holderween — Oct. 23 at 9pm on UP. Viral video stars The Holderness family – known for their hit musical parodies from “Xmas Jammies” and “All About that Baste” to the recent “Copter Mommy” – return to UP with this all new Halloween special. The UP original follows Penn and Kim Holderness, and kids Lola (8) and Penn Charles (5), as the family plans an all-out monster mash bash before their big move to a new home.

Alaska Monsters: “Bigfoot of Bear Country: Thunderfoot” — Oct. 24 at 10pm on Destination America.

PBS Kids Halloween Programming — Oct. 25-31 on PBS (check local listings). PBS Kids’ “Odd-tober” continues this week with Halloween episodes of ArthurCaillouThe Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!Curious GeorgeDaniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodDinosaur TrainMartha SpeaksPeg+CatThomas & FriendsWild Kratts and WordGirl.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon — Oct. 25 from 4pm-8pm on FXX. From Seasons 18-25.

The Simpsons: “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” — Oct. 25 at 8pm on FOX. On the annual fright fest Halloween episode, Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) finally kills Bart (Nancy Cartwright), only to reanimate him; Homer (Dan Castellaneta) wakes up with short-term memory loss; and Lisa (Yeardley Smith), Bart, and Milhouse (Pamela Hayden) get super powers from radiation.

Stephen King Thriller Week — Oct. 25 beginning at 8pm on SundanceTV. Fan-favorite films based on the works of Stephen King, including the 35th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “Halloween III” — Oct. 25 at 8:30pm on FOX. The third installment of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and Jake’s (Andy Samberg) Halloween heist culminates with a tiebreaking competition to claim the title of “amazing detective slash genius.”  This year, Jake and Holt draft the squad into two teams to help them win.

Nightwatch: “The Darkest Shift on the Scariest Night” — Oct. 25 at 9pm on A&E. Halloween provides a fitting backdrop to a night on the job that includes some chilling calls.

Family Guy: “Peternormal Activity” — Oct. 25 at 9pm on FOX. The guys go to an abandoned asylum seeking inspiration for a new horror movie idea, but end up accidentally killing a man they think is keeping them hostage. Wracked with guilt, they each try to pin the murder on someone else.

Alaska Haunting — Oct. 25 at 10pm on Destination America. Season finale airs tonight.

The Chew — Oct. 26-30 at 1pm on ABC. All week, the hosts celebrate Halloween. On Oct. 30, they will reveal their costumes which they each secretly chose for each other earlier in October.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon (Theme: “Nightmares”) — Oct. 26 from 8-10:30pm on FXX. From Seasons 2-3, and Seasons 5-7.

Fear: Buried Alive — Oct. 26 at 8pm on A&E. A&E Network will kick off Halloween with one of the most chilling psychological experiments ever on live television when three people are buried alive in an effort to conquer their darkest fears. In this two-hour live event, the participants will be sealed in underground coffins and closely monitored under scientific conditions as they endure a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches.

Dancing With the Stars — Oct. 26 at 8pm on ABC. A Halloween episode filled with performances from the remaining eight couples.

Cursed: The Bell Witch — Oct. 26 at 10pm on A&E. This series tells the story of one of the most enduring ghost stories in American history. In the early 1800s, the legend goes, a Tennessee landowner named John Bell killed a woman named Katy Batts. From beyond the grave, Katy cursed her murderer’s family bloodline: The first-born male of each generation would be driven mad or would suffer an untimely death. Over the years, six Bell men have suffered one of the fates she predicted. And now, in the present, John Ceallach, a direct descendent of John Bell, learns that his fourteen-year-old son — the oldest male in his generation — may be the next victim. This five-episode series will document John’s high-stakes personal journey, as he sets out to “reverse the curse” and save his son.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Marathon — Oct. 27 beginning at 12pm on El Rey Network. Season 2 marathon leading into the Season 2 finale at 9pm.

The Real Story of Halloween — Oct. 27 at 4pm & Oct. 31 at 6pm on History. A look at how our modern-day Halloween traditions have ancient roots.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon (Theme: “Creatures of the Night”) — Oct. 27 from 8-10:30pm on FXX. From Seasons 4, 14, 17 and 21-22.

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris — Oct. 27 at 8pm on NBC. In this Halloween-themed episode, Kelly Ripa is the guest announcer, and Ray Parker Jr. takes the stage in Singalong Live with the song “Ghostbusters.”

Fresh Off the Boat: “Miracle on Dead Street” — Oct. 27 at 8:30pm on ABC. It’s the Huangs’ first Halloween in the suburbs, and Louis is determined to turn their “dead” street into a prime destination for trick-or-treaters.And as Louis, Eddie, Emery, Evan and even Grandma Huang show off their elaborate costumes, Jessica has bigger plans – to protect her investment property from teenage pranksters.

Secrets of the Dead: “Vampire Legend” — Oct. 27 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). This episode follows a group of scientists as they uncover ‘deviant’ burials dating back to medieval England, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a reexamination of modern vampire lore. The show features an interview with a modern-day vampire slayer, who, for the first time publicly, gives his account of the vampire-slaying ritual.

Rachael Ray — Oct. 28 (syndicated, check local listings). American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson chats with Rachael; Genevieve Gorder takes on John Gidding in a Halloween competition about who can make the coolest costume from items at a dollar store.

The Middle: “Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death” — Oct. 28 at 8pm on ABC. Halloween finds the Hecks in their own Twilight Zone-type stories.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon (Theme: “Tales of Science Fiction”) — Oct. 28 from 8-10pm on FXX. From Season 9, 13, 15 and 20.

Treasures From the Disney Vault — Oct. 28 beginning at 8pm on TCM. The fourth installment of this ongoing showcase, hosted by Leonard Maltin, has a Halloween flavor to it, and includes seven movies and shorts, including The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980) and Tim Burton’s short film Frankenweenie from 1984.

The Goldbergs: “Couples Costume” — Oct. 28 at 8:30pm on ABC. When Dana comes to visit Adam for Halloween, he wants to spend the night with her and not Beverly. Trying to cope with this turn of events, Beverly decides to teach Adam a lesson about how dangerous the holiday can be, but the tables turn on Beverly. Later, Barry and Erica convince Adam to take Dana to a haunted house. Adam refuses to go back inside when Dana loses her promise ring, and an unlikely family member helps him.

Modern Family: “Halloween 3: Awesomeland” — Oct. 28 at 9pm on ABC. Even through Halloween is Claire’s holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year. Instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into “Awesomeland.” Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay, but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming — with a complete head of gorgeous hair — instead. And with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cam gets overwhelmed by the day’s activities and Mitchell has closing arguments on a huge case, which isn’t helped by the court stenographer being dressed like a spider.

Ghost Hunters — Oct. 28 at 9pm on Syfy. In this special Halloween episode, the TAPS team goes on location to investigate the legend of a mysterious love triangle that could be at the root of frightening paranormal activity at Vermont College.

Expedition Unknown: “Hunting Vampires” — Oct. 28 at 9pm on Travel Channel. An archeological dig in Bulgaria has revealed what appears to be the 700-year-old skeletal remains of real-life vampires. Meanwhile, Romanian villagers have been arrested for digging up suspected vampires in the local graveyard. What’s really going on here?  In this special episode timed to Halloween, Josh Gates travels across Transylvania to follow the legend of the vampire from its shadowy origins to a modern day mystery.

black-ish: “Jacked o’ Lantern” — Oct. 28 at 9:30pm on ABC. Ever since he was a kid, Dre has loved Halloween. Now that he lives in one of those “good candy neighborhoods,” kids come from all over the city to trick-or-treat, including Dre’s own nieces and nephews. Michael Strahan guest-stars.

American Horror Story: Hotel: “Devil’s Night” — Oct. 28 at 10pm on FX. John receives an invitation to attend an exclusive Devil’s Night soiree; Alex tries to diagnose Holden’s strange condition.

Paranormal Witness: “The Real Conjuring” — Oct. 28 at 10pm on Syfy. This special Halloween episode tells the real story of the family depicted in the hit horror film The Conjuring.

American Pickers: “Pick or Treat” — Oct. 28 at 11:03pm on History. With a line-up of hair-raising Halloween picks, the guys crawl back underground in Pennsylvania in search of the “Mole Man.”

General Hospital — Oct. 29 at 3pm on ABC. Tricks and treats abound leading up to Port Charles’ big Halloween bash at the Haunted Star on Friday, Oct. 30 with a dramatic reveal that will change everything.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — Oct. 29 at 8pm on ABC. An hourlong special that includes the original Peanuts classic and the bonus cartoon “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown.”

Bones/Sleepy Hollow Crossover — Oct. 29 at  8pm and 9pm on FOX. In Bones, airing at 8pm with the “The Resurrection in the Remains” episode, the grisly discovery of human remains lead Brennan and Booth on  ahunt for clues, during which they encounter Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, who are searching for their own answers. They team to solve the mystery. Immediately following on Sleepy Hollow at 9pm, with “Dead Men Tell  No Tales,” the intrigue continues as Ichabod’s old nemesis is back from the dead. Ichabod and Abbie need advanced forensic help and expertise to stop him, so they turn to Brennan and Booth to unlock 18th-century secrets using 21st-century evidence.

R.I.P.D. — Oct. 29 at 8pm on FX.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon (Theme: “Scary Spoofs”) — Oct. 29 from 8-10:30pm on FXX. From Seasons 11-12, 16 and 24-25.

The Player: “The Norseman” — Oct. 29 at 10pm on NBC. After discovering some unnerving news, the House bets on whether Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) can stop a serial killer from striking before Halloween.

Jimmy Kimmel Live — Oct. 29 at 11:35pm on ABC. Jimmy and his crew continue their yearly tradition and all dress up for Halloween — this year as Star Wars characters along with special guests Harrison Ford and Katie Lowes.

Rachael Ray — Oct. 30 (syndicated, check local listings). For Halloween, Rachael walks with dinosaurs as she plays cavewoman for a day; Chef Robert Irvine, dressed as the Hulk, cooks roast chicken; a Mystery Trick-or-Treater shows up.

LIVE With Kelly and Michael — Oct. 30 (syndicated, check local listings). The show presents its annual Halloween spooktacular “LIVE’s Best Halloween Show Ever: Nightmare on 67th Street.” In the annual spine-chilling episode celebrating All Hollow’s Eve, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan transform into 2015’s buzziest figures in pop-culture and entertainment. This year, the duo will pay homage to Star Wars, Empire, and Magic Mike.

Modern Marvels: “Halloween Tech” — Oct. 30 at 8am on History. Halloween has become a six billion dollar industry. Go behind-the-scenes at Knott’s Berry Farm’s 35th annual Halloween Haunt. Learn how to apply Hollywood grade monster make-up, watch scary latex masks cranked out by the thousands and discover which costumes are past and present winners. See the most extreme jack-o-lanterns ever made, find out how hundreds of gallons of fake blood are manufactured and finally visit a haunted house with an annual attendance of over 50,000.

Ghost Adventures Marathon — Oct. 30 from 9am-midnight on Travel Channel. Episodes of the series hand-picked by the host and leading investigator Zak Bagans.

Let’s Make a Deal — Oct. 30 on CBS (check local listings). With multiple cars, a trip to Prague and a new high tech item just for Halloween, the ultra-cool “Black Magic” camera, traders have the chance to win a total of $106,270.00 worth of cash and prizes. Every game is part of the fun, especially the annual favorite Bobbing for Apples, bringing with it a chance to win a Fiat and The Big Deal worth over $25,000. Also, Jonathan Mangum’s son makes a special appearance in his Halloween costume, to help a lucky trader win a special prize from his trick-or-treat bag.

Vampire Secrets — Oct. 30 at 10am on History. The vampire myth is much older than Count Dracula, popping up from Athens to Beijing almost 1000 years before the Transylvanian legend. Vampire legends have two things in common: drinking blood and returning from the dead.

The View — Oct. 30 at 11am on ABC. Guest Seth MacFarlane takes part in “A Villainous View Halloween.”

The Price Is Right — Oct. 30 at 11am on CBS (10am PT). The game show celebrates Halloween.

The Young and the Restless — Oct. 30 at 12:30pm on CBS (11:30am PT). The drama and danger begin when a mysterious person sets fire to the newly reopened restaurant at Newman Enterprises, “Top of the Tower,” where Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) and Phyllis Abbott (Gina Tognoni) are hosting a glamorous Halloween Gala.

The Bold and the Beautiful — Oct. 30 at 1:30pm on CBS (12:30pm PT). A Halloween costume party is held at Forrester Creations, with Pam (Alley Mills) and Charlie (Dick Christie) in charge of planning and decorating.

The Talk — Oct. 30 at 2pm ET/1pm PT on CBS. In this Halloween episode, the hosts transform into iconic musicians. Joey Fatone is special guest host.

The Twilight Saga Halloween Marathon — Oct. 30 from 5pm-4am; and Oct. 31 from 7am-6pm on FX.

Last Man Standing: “Halloween” — Oct. 30 at 8pm on ABC. On Halloween, Mike and Chuck decide to spend the evening watching football instead of passing out candy with their wives. But when Vanessa and Carol start pranking them, the competition is on to see who can out-prank who. Kyle dresses up like his hero, Ed, but Ed has a surprising response to Kyle’s imitation of him.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon (Theme: “Aliens Attack”) — Oct. 30 from 8-10:30pm on FXX. From Seasons 8, 10, 18, 19 and 23.

TCM Horror: Val Lewton Horror — Oct. 30 at 8pm on TCM. Movies from influential horror producer Val Lewton.

Dr. Ken: “Halloween-Aversary” — Oct. 30 at 8:30pm on ABC. The episode opens with a flashback to Ken’s botched marriage proposal on Halloween. Now 20 years later, Ken tries to arrange the perfect re-proposal for Allison.

Hawaii Five-0: “Na Pilikua Nui (Monsters)” — Oct. 30 at 9pm on CBS.  It’s Halloween in O’ahu, and Five-0 must track down a serial killer inspired by Frankenstein. Also, Jerry calls Five-0 for help when an armed gang raids a blood bank, and Danny must track down Grace, who lied and snuck out to a Halloween party.

Exorcism: Live! — Oct. 30 at 9pm Live on Destination America. Billed as “the first-ever live televised exorcism in U.S. history,” this live special visits the house that inspired the iconic horror novel and film The Exorcist. In 1949, this house in St. Louis was supposedly the scene of an exorcism performed on a 14-year-old boy to rid him of demonic possession. Now, the Tennessee Wraith Chasers of Destination America’s Ghost Asylum, along with medium Chip Coffey, try to bring peace to the home.


Grimm: “The Grimm Identity” — Oct. 30 at 9pm on NBC. In the season premiere, in the wake of his mother’s beheading and Juliette’s death, things have never been more chaotic for Nick (David Giuntoli). Having lost so much, Nick must dig deep and decide what type of person he wants to be, while also coming to grips with fathering a child with his once sworn enemy, Adalind (Claire Coffee).

Live From Lincoln Center: “Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton” — Oct. 30 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). Composer/performer Danny Elfman is in the spotlight in this Halloween special, which features performances of his most beloved music from films that he has collaborated on with director Tim Burton, including BatmanBeetlejuiceEdward ScissorhandsMars Attacks!Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which features Elfman singing his iconic songs. Complementing the music are film clips from selected movies, original sketches and storyboards created by Burton, and special interviews with Burton, Paul Reubens and Johnny Depp.

Ghost Adventures — Extra Pulses: “Exorcist House” — Oct. 30 at 9pm on Travel Channel. The “Ghost Adventures” team investigates the Exorcist House in St. Louis, Mo., site of the most famous demonic possession in paranormal history. This special episode has been enhanced with pop-ups of fun facts and updates since the team first investigated for the series’ monumental 100th episode in Season Eight.

Discovery Family’s Halloween Marathon — Oct. 31, all day, on Discovery Family. A day of spooky specials and episodes, including a new special episode of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic. Back-to-back Halloween-themed movies will air in primetime.

Haunted History Marathon — Oct. 31 from 10am-6pm on History.

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Marathon — Oct. 31 from 12pm-12:30am on FXX. All 25 Treehouse of Horror episodes air in consecutive order.

Halloween FREAKend Marathon — Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 12pm-7pm on Nat Geo Wild. A marathon of episodes of World’s Weirdest.

Fan-voted Top Ten Ghost Adventures Marathon — Oct. 31 from 11am-9pm on Travel Channel. A fan poll will run at TravelChannel.com from Oct. 27-24, with viewers able to vote on their favorite episode of Ghost Adventures. The 10 episodes with the most votes will air tonight.

Freakend — Oct. 31 & Nov. 1 from 12pm-7pm each day. Two-day marathon of episodes from World’s Weirdest.

Scream Queens Marathon — Oct. 31 from 6pm-midnight on FX. The first six episodes of the new series will air back-to-back.

Halloween Movie Marathon — Oct. 31 at 8pm on TCM. Curse of the DemonDead of Night and other creepy classics.

Jack-o-Lantern Live — Oct. 31 at 8pm on TLC. This two-hour block is sort of a Halloween-themed yule log, with viewers enjoying views of the most intricate pumpkin carvings from Roloff Farms. Leading up to this, from Oct. 26-31 on TLC.com, users can see an inside look at the Fall Festival at Roloff Farms, which is run by the Roloff family of Little People Big World.

Ash vs Evil Dead — Oct. 31 at 9pm on Starz. The 10-episode first season of this half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the Evil Dead franchise, to which this show is a follow-up. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons ­personal and literal. Costarring with Campbell are Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones.


Ghost Adventures: “Deadwood: City of Ghosts” — Oct. 31 at 9pm on Travel Channel. In this year’s special two-hour Halloween episode, the “Ghost Adventures” team embarks on a full-scale investigation of Deadwood, S.D. Known as one of the deadliest towns in American history, Deadwood is shrouded in violence, betrayal and paranormal activity. In a lockdown like no other, the crew investigates a number of the town’s famed buildings.

Alaska Monsters: “Bigfoot of Matanuska: Klondike Crawler” — Oct. 31 at 10pm on Destination America.

The Returned Season 2 — Begins Oct. 31 at 10pm on SundanceTV. The second season of “The Returned” picks up six months after the deceased gathered outside the Helping Hand shelter before disappearing into the mountains with Simon (Pierre Perrier), Camille (Yara Pilartz), her mother, Claire (Anne Consigny), Julie (Céline Sallette) and the mysterious youngster Victor (Swann Nambotin).

Halloween Hangover — Nov. 1 beginning at 6am on SundanceTV. For those who can’t get enough holiday scares, SundanceTV is airing all five original films in the Halloween franchise.

The Demon Files — Nov. 1 at 10pm on Destination America. In this new series, hardened NYPD cop-turned-demonologist Ralph Sarchie investigates real-world cases of suspected demonic activity.


Ash vs Evil Dead: © 2015 Starz Entertainment, LLC. Credit: Frank W. Ockenfels

Girl Meets World: Disney Channel/Ron Tom

The Enfield Haunting: Sky UK Limited 2015. Copyright 2015

The Walking Dead Season 6: Greg Nicotero/AMC


  1. Still looking for that old fashioned costumed movie host,hosting
    a horror movie on halloween night.

    Karen in Fayetteville,NC

  2. I don’t see why thay don’t run the classic horror films from Hammer films and other productions. What ever happened to Vincent Price, Peter Cushing and Boris Karloff and other classic horror movies that started it all. Thanx Davis.

    • I agree, David, it’s disappointing that those classics don’t really air anymore. AMC’s MonsterFest used to show a lot of those, but it’s changed to “Fearfest” and show more modern movies. It would especially be good if someone showed Christopher Lee’s Hammer Films (especially his Dracula films) in the wake of his passing earlier this year.

  3. Thanks for the list! Could you possibly include (my favorites) spooky, paranormal, and monster-themed programming from History Ch., H2, and Discovery???

  4. is this all of the halloween tv out there…great list but i do not see seasonal favorites like the charlie brown halloween episode as long as a host of others…thanks

    • Hi, Chad, ABC has not yet announced when Charlie Brown is on this year, but as soon as those and other annual favorites are announced we will be updating.

    • Tuesday Oct. 20th(I believe at 8 P.M.) on ABC is when they’ll show “It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

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