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Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:00 am

Here's what's haunting TV for Halloween

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

From family-friendly frights to spooky scares and thrilling terror, there are plenty of movies and shows available during the next couple weeks to get your spine tingling for Halloween.

Here is some of what can be seen on networks and streaming services. Schedules are subject to change, so check listings for these programs and many others airing through Halloween.


Back-to-back airings of movie franchises and TV shows are must-scream TV for many people this time of year.

• The 1991 version of “The Addams Family” and its sequel, “Addams Family Values,” will be seen together starting at 7:20 p.m. Sunday on Freeform. The network airs them as a block several more times, including Halloween starting at 5:10 p.m.

• Freeform will show “Scream” and “Scream 2” starting at 3:30 p.m. today and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23

• “Bride of Chucky” will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday on AMC, followed by “Seed of Chucky” at 8 p.m. and “Curse of Chucky” at 10 p.m.

• “Final Destination” airs at 11:45 a.m. Saturday followed by “Final Destination 2” at 1:45 p.m., “Final Destination 3” at 3:45 p.m. and “The Final Destination” at 5:45 p.m.

• BBC America pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock on Oct. 23 with a marathon of his thrillers starting with “Vertigo” at noon. “Rear Window” is at 3 p.m., “Psycho” at 5:30 p.m. and “The Birds” at 8 p.m.

• Movies from the “Halloween” franchise can be seen in blocks several times on AMC including from 9 a.m. Oct. 30 to 5 a.m. Oct. 31.

• Installments from the “Friday the 13th” franchise begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 29 on AMC and run through 5 a.m. Oct. 30.

• TBS will show marathons of Halloween episodes from several sitcoms Oct. 31. “Family Matters” starts at 6 a.m., followed by “George Lopez” at 8 a.m., “Seinfeld” at 10 a.m. and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at noon. Episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” start at 9 p.m.

• TNT airs episodes of “Supernatural” from 2 a.m. to noon Oct. 31


Here's something scary: No airings of 1966 classic “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” had been announced as of Wednesday afternoon.

• This year's installment of the annual “The Simpsons” Halloween anthology, “Treehouse of Horror XXXI,” airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox. It includes an election-themed story and parodies of Pixar and “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.”

Previous “Treehouse of Horror” episodes are airing in blocks on Freeform. The next one starts at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

• “Toy Story of TERROR!” can be seen at 6 p.m. Friday on Freeform.

• “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters, University” can be seen starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 28 on Freeform.

• TBS will air Halloween episodes of “American Dad,” “Family Guy,” “Bob's Burgers” from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30.


Travel Channel's Ghostober offerings include new seasons of “Ghost Nation” premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday, “Destination Fear” at 10 p.m. Oct. 24 and “The Holzer Files” at 11 p.m. Oct. 29. Among other paranormal programming on the network:

• Zak Bagans and his crew investigate inside the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park – seen in “Tiger King” – in the two-hour special “Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo,” starting at 9 p.m. Oct. 29.

• “The Osbournes: Night of Terror” follows Jack, Kelly, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne hunting for ghosts at Los Angeles' Heritage Square. It debuts at 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

• On Halloween night, the teams from “Ghost Nation” and “Kindred Spirits” reunite for a televised investigation for the first time since their days on “Ghost Hunters” as they explore a Rhode Island mansion for a two-hour special, “Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell,” at 8 p.m.


Streaming services have many horror favorites available for subscribers. Here are just a few of the movies available. Some titles can be found on more than one service.

• Cinema Center, which is operating as a digital multiplex, has horror movie “Amulet” available to rent and stream. In the movie, a homeless former soldier is offered a place to stay in a decaying home and discovers something sinister might be going on.

There are also horror titles among the staff curated short films, which are free to view at

• Amazon Prime's offerings include “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Super 8,” “Lake Placid” and the 2019 version of “Pet Sematary.” There are also family-friendly options such as “Arthur and the Haunted Tree House.”

• As part of the network's annual FearFest, AMC's website offers more than 90 horror films including 1983's “Cujo,” 1973's “The Exorcist,” and both the 1980 and 2009 “Friday the 13th” as well as titles from franchises such as “Children of the Corn,” “Hellraiser” and “Insidious.” They can be streamed free by cable and satellite TV subscribers.

• HBO Max has horror movies including “Annabelle Comes Home,” “The Curse of La Llorona,” “Us” and several from the “Leprechaun” franchise. Family-friendly titles include “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Spooky Buddies” and several “Scooby-Doo” offerings.

The service will also premiere a new adaptation of “Roald Dahl's The Witches” on Oct. 22. Before the pandemic, the movie starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth with narration by Chris Rock had been intended for release in theaters.

• Hulu calls the season Huluween and offers movies including “The Addams Family” (2019), “The Omen” (2006) and “Child's Play” (2019).

• Options on Netflix include originals such as horror mini-series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” and Adam Sandler comedy “Hubie Halloween.”

More movies

Many movies air more than once – especially on Freeform and AMC, which dedicate much of their programming to Halloween fare this time of year. This list of at least one movie per day should help you get started planning your viewing.

• “The Craft,” 8:30 p.m. today on Freeform

• “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” 7:30 p.m. Friday on Syfy

• “Hocus Pocus,” 7:45 p.m. Saturday on Freeform

• “Beetlejuice,” 3:05 p.m. Sunday on Freeform

• “Casper,” 3:30 p.m. Monday on Freeform

• “The Mummy” (1959), 11:15 p.m. Monday on TCM

• “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on FXX

• “Ghostbusters” (1984), 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Freeform

• “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” 6 p.m. Wednesday on AMC

• “The Mummy” (1999), 2:35 p.m. Oct. 22 on Freeform

• “Dawn of the Dead,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 on Syfy

• “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” 8 p.m. Oct. 23 on TCM

• “The Blob” (1958), 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23 on TCM

• “The Nun,” 1 p.m. Oct. 24 on TBS

• “It” (2017), 3 p.m. Oct. 24 on TBS

• “The Shining,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 on AMC

• “Goosebumps,” 8 p.m. Oct. 24 on FX

• “Poltergeist” (2015), 10 a.m. Oct. 25 on FX

• “Ghostbusters” (2016), 6:10 p.m. Oct. 25 on Freeform

• “Happy Death Day,” 4 p.m. Oct. 26 on FX

• “Hotel Transylvania 2,” 7 p.m. Oct. 26 on Freeform

• “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” 6 p.m. Oct. 27 on Freeform

• “Hellraiser: Inferno,” 9:30 a.m. Oct. 28 on AMC

• “From Hell It Came,” 5:15 p.m. Oct. 29 on TCM

• “Sleepy Hollow,” 12:05 p.m. Oct. 30 on Freeform

• “The Walking Dead” (1936), 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 on TCM

• “The Sixth Sense,” 7:30 a.m. Oct. 31 on AMC

• “House of Wax” (1953), 9 a.m. Oct. 31 on TCM

• “The Blair Witch Project,” 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. Oct. 31 on TNT

• “The Wolf Man,” 4:45 p.m. Oct. 31 on TCM

Big screen

Local theaters are planning a number of movies appropriate for Halloween in the weeks ahead.

• 13-24 Drive-In in Wabash will show “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Friday, “Ghostbusters” (1984) on Oct. 24, “Casper” on Oct. 30 and “Beetlejuice” on Oct. 31. For more information, go to

• Strand Theatre in Kendallville will show “Tim Burton's Corpse Bride” from Friday through Sunday, “Casper and “Frankenstein” (1931) from Oct. 23 to 25 and “Monster House” and “Dracula” (1931) from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. For more information, go to

• Among movies playing elsewhere this weekend are “Annabelle Comes Home,” “Beetlejuice,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Halloween” (1978) and “Hotel Transylvania.” For more of what local theaters are showing, check out Weekender every Friday.


Jack-o'-lanterns are on doorsteps and you know what that means: Christmas movies.

Yes, the holidays are here - at least on Lifetime, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries as those networks begin premiering new holiday movies next weekend.

Lifetime shows holiday movies nonstop during the season with its annual edition of It's a Wonderful Lifetime, which has new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and Monday, starting Nov. 30). First up are "Christmas on Ice" at 8 p.m. Oct. 23, "Christmas Unwrapped" at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and "Forever Christmas" at 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

Hallmark Channel will air holiday movies all day every day as part of its Countdown to Christmas with new movies at 8 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday as well as every night of Thanksgiving week. It drops its first new movies of the year with "Jingle Bell Bride" on Oct. 24 and "Chateau Christmas" on Oct. 25.

Hallmark Movies and Mysteries has new movies at 9 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday under the banner of Miracles of Christmas. The first are "Christmas Tree Lane" on Oct. 24 and "Deliver by Christmas" on Oct. 25.

UPtv begins its Christmas movie premieres the following weekend with "A Very Country Christmas Homecoming" at 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

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