Can you believe that Halloween is a little over a week away? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the Fourth of July. Time really flies quickly – almost as fast as a witch flies.
My family and I LOVE to watch holiday programming. Now that my kids are older then can watch some scarey movies but they often opt to watch regular, non-scary things instead. Personally I love horror movies. The scarier the better. But I prefer that my kids stick to “G” and “PG” rated shows and movies. I’ll allow them to watch horror movies only if I’ve had a chance to view it myself. It’s not so much the scary parts or groteque scenes that I want to avoid but more so the bad language and nudity.
This is why I appreciate channels like ABC Family. They have great family programming where I don’t have to worry about what my kids are watching. My daughter especially loves to watch Pretty Little Liars. She’s obsessed with that show.
ABC Family is having a special 13 Days of Halloween where each night they show Halloween related movies or TV shows (with some regular programming mixed in). Even though it started three nights ago I thought my readers might still appreciate knowing what the remainder of the programming is like.
The following is the schedule for nights 4-13. Please check your local TV guide for the ABC Channel if you don’t already know what it is.
Night Four – Monday, October 22
Halloween mania kicks off for the day with an encore presentation of the haunting story of Edward Scissorhands (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). The Kennish and Vasquez family celebrate fall on the first season finale of Switched at Birth (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then spend the evening with two of the most enchanting witches around, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, as they work to rid their family of an ancient curse in Practical Magic (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT). Take a walk down memory lane in Rosewood when Alison was queen bee and “A” first came out to play for Halloween, on a special airing of last year’s Pretty Little Liars (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT) Halloween special episode.
Night Five – Tuesday, October 23
Watch out for a black hoodie because “A” is providing a full day of suspense and danger with a Pretty Little Liars marathon (7:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET/PT), featuring 14 back to back episodes filled with scary dolls, mysterious strangers, and chilling text messages. Then board the Ghost Train with the residents of Rosewood on a special brand new Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) featuring singer Adam Lambert. Watch the sinister Sanderson sisters cast their spells on Hocus Pocus (9:00 PM – 11:00 AM ET/PT) and relive Adam Lambert’s “glampire” and the rest of the Ghost Train frights on a bonus airing of the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special episode (12:00 – 1:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Six – Wednesday, October 24
Revisit those wicked Sanderson sisters and their hauntingly evil plans for immortality in Hocus Pocus (5:00 – 7:00 PM, ET/PT). Zoinks! You better stock up on Scooby snacks, with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) and watch the Scooby gang defeat evil doers’ dastardly plans.
Night Seven – Thursday, October 25
Watch the Mystery Inc. gang save Spooky Island in Scooby Doo (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Stop by The Haunted Mansion (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) where the spirited residents are “dying” to meet you. The spooktacular fun continues as three kids discover the scary house next door is actually alive and more dangerous than they ever imagined in the ABC Family Premiere of Monster House (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Eight – Friday, October 26
Return, foolish mortals, to The Haunted Mansion (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT) and visit again with the “grim, grinning ghosts,” for spine-tingling fun! Go from a haunted house to a monstrous house in Monster House (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Then wrap up the night with the story of a magical little girl who uses her extraordinary gifts to change her unhappy life in Matilda (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Nine – Saturday, October 27
Make sure you have plenty of Pixie dust with Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and Peter Pan in Hook (7:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT). Then the Halloween hijinks kick in to high gear with back to back airings of Scooby Doo (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (12:00 – 2:00 PM ET/PT). Spend some more time with the kookiest, ookiest family on the block in TheAddams Family (2:00 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to the most sinister house you’ll ever see in Monster House (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Head over to Monstropolis with Mike and Sulley for the scariest laughs ever in Disney•Pixar’s Monsters Inc. (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus airing immediately after (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT). And revisit Coraline (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT), a little girl who discovers the world she thought she wanted is more sinister than she thought.
Night Ten – Sunday, October 28
A day full of Halloween haunts begins with those meddling kids in the Scooby gang in Scooby Doo (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT). Drop in on Uncle Fester, Cousin It and the rest of gang in TheAddams Family (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT) and stay to learn some Addams Family Values (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then get to know Matilda (3:30 – 5:30 PM ET/PT), a most magical little girl. The Sanderson sisters are back to wreak havoc with sinister spells in Hocus Pocus (5:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT), make sure you don’t drink these witches’ brew. A young man learns not only is he magical, but he’s also the only one who can stop a thousand year old evil sorceress in the basic cable premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (7:30 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. Then it’s another chance to watch Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as witchy sisters in an encore airing of Hocus Pocus (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Eleven – Monday, October 29
It’s a day full of sorcerers, magic, adventure and a really angry mummy, kicking off with a little girl who discovers how magical she is in Matilda (1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT). Then you have another chance to battle the forces of evil in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (3:30 – 6:00 PM ET/PT). Take off on a thrilling ride with Mikey, Data, and Chunk as they search for One Eyed Willie’s treasure in The Goonies (6:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT). Then if you can stand more spine-tingling chills, end your evening with The Mummy (8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT), where an evil spirit will stop at nothing to resurrect his long ago love.
Night Twelve – Tuesday, October 30
They’re heeeerrrreee! A day of truly spine-tingling frights starts with back to back airings of the otherworldly battles between the Freeling family and some truly wicked spirits in Poltergeist (12:30 – 3:00 PM ET/PT), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and the ABC Family premiere of Poltergeist III (5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT). Then enter another world, the world of Tim Burton, with encore presentations of Edward Scissorhands (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT) and Beetlejuice (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Thirteen – Wednesday, October 31
All Hallows Eve is upon us and promises to bring with it a treat bag full of fun, starting with the wacky shenanigans of Beetlejuice (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT). Stay for the unusual story of a young man looking for his place in our strange world in Edward Scissorhands (1:00 – 3:00 PM ET/PT). It’s your last chance to hang out with Gomez, Morticia and their kooky crew in The Addams Family (3:00 – 5:00 PM ET/PT) and learn some Addams Family Values (5:00 -7:00 PM ET/PT) of the frightening kind! The Halloween evening wraps up it’s spooktacularness when three witches promise to wreak havoc in Hocus Pocus (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus offering immediately after (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT) .
There are a lot of great movies being aired on ABC Family’s 13 Days of Halloween. Some that really stand out are The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Mummy, The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, Monster House, the Goonies and the Poltergeist Marathon.
I see A LOT of Tim Burton movies being aired during this time too. Incidently Tim Burton also directed Frankenweenie which is currently in theaters (you can read my review here). Other Tim Burton films include Edward Scissorhands and Beatlejuice, plus The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corps Bride, Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (all of which have already aired on ABC Family). Not only did I get to hang out with Tim Burton recently at the Frankenweenie after party but I also met the Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Deep Roy).
For more information visit www.ABCFamily.com/13Nights.
Do you have a favorite Halloween show or movie? I would love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment. I always love to hear from my readers.
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