Spooky shows, movies to watch this Halloween season

Luaine Lee, Tribune News Service on

Published in Entertainment News

Loooook out, it's that time of year when you think there just possibly may be a monster rusticating under your bed, a zombie scratching at your back door or a sinister stranger with overgrown canines loitering in your supermarket. Television huddles in the shadows right along with you by sporting a panoply of spooky programming for the season.(

TCM is filling the bill with dozens of classic horror movies penetrating the airwaves every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern. Robert Wise's chilling "The Haunting" is one of the films scheduled for Thursday, along with the 1922 Swedish horror flick, "The Phantom Carriage."

On Oct. 24, the network plans two archetypal screamers: George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" and "Nosferatu," the unorthodox version of Bram Stoker's novel shot in Germany in 1921. It proved so superbly scary it brought its director, F.W. Murnau, to America.

Hang in there till Oct. 31, when TCM offers full-time double features including "Dracula, Prince of Darkness," "Bride of Frankenstein" and the ever-so-controversial "Freaks."

Of course, Charlie Brown and his "Peanuts" pals will be back in ABC's abiding "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on Oct. 22. The animated special was created in 1966 when "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz was still alive, and it has become an evergreen for the network.

Freeform will feature its "31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest" on Friday at 11 a.m. The gala will be hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher. Christina Aguilera serves as a special guest as well as Kristin Chenoweth, JD McCreary, and Ray Parker Jr. The great "Scream" movies -- the first three -- will begin airing there on Friday at 3 p.m.


On Saturday "Hocus Pocus" slithers in at 9:05 a.m. and again at 6:45 p.m. And who you gonna call at 8:55 p.m. on Freeform? "Ghostbusters," no doubt, with No. 1 airing then and No. 2 at 11:25 p.m. They'll appear several times on the network until Halloween hits.(

To pump up the mystic spirit, PopTV will air the entire "Twilight" saga in a binging marathon beginning at 3 p.m. (ET/PT) Oct. 25 and running all the way through to "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" logging in at 3 a.m.

Jamie Luner is back starring in LMN's "Designed to Kill" airing on Oct. 25. Luner ("Murder in the First") plays a psychotic fashion photographer who manipulates a nerdy high school student into a high stylin' male model. Like Pygmalion, she becomes so obsessed by her creation, she's moved to deadly means to keep him.

The streaming sites are conjuring lots of diabolical dealings for their viewers. Hulu finds a bunch of college students caught up in a deadly board game in "Into the Dark: Uncanny Annie." And it will bring the chilling "Castle Rock" back for Season 2 on Oct. 23. Based on characters, places and themes of Stephen King, the psychological horror series stars Lizzy Caplan and Tim Robbins and a bunch of weirdo townspeople.


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