ABC Family is bringing back the scares for the 14th year in a row with their 13 Nights of Halloween. This has become a staple of my October screening, and there are a lot of great inclusions this year. It may seem a bit repetitive, and you may feel like Tim Burton has taken over, but you don’t want to miss out on some of these offerings – especially Coraline – and it’s a fun mix.
Check out the full line-up below, and mark your calendars.
ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN for the 14th consecutive spine tingling year, with programming filled with chills and thrills as you countdown to Halloween. The popular programming event, starting Friday, October 19, and concluding on Wednesday, October 31, features a brand new episode of “Pretty Little Liars” featuring special guest “glampire” Adam Lambert, and the season finale of “Switched at Birth.” The stunt will also include the basic cable premiere of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the ABC Family feature film premiere of “Monster House,” and “Poltergeist III,” and a massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing for the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.
Night One – Friday, October 19
The 14th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with the sixth chilling installment in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince (1:00 – 4:30 PM ET/PT), where Harry must look into the past to help battle the monsters of the present. An evil spirit is resurrected and will stop at nothing to bring his love back to life in The Mummy (4:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT).
Then cap off the first night of Halloween mania with a double dose of those creepy and kooky members of The Addams Family (7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by Addams Family Values (9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT).
Night Two – Saturday, October 20
The thrills start early with a special Halloween episode of Melissa and Joey (7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT), where Mel hears things that go bump in the night. Then conjure up even more Melissa Joan Hart in the spellbinding film Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (7:30 – 9:30 AM ET/PT). A lonely boy finds an unlikely best friend in The Little Vampire (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), while a teenage girl decides to get in touch with her witchy side in Teen Witch (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT). Then you’ve found the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka in the candy colored Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT).
Revisit the mischievous ways of the creepiest family around with back to back airings of The Addams Family (4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT) and Addams Family Values (6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then, if you dare, you have a date with the Sanderson sisters to watch their quest for immortal life and the 300 year-old cat that tries to spoil their plans in Hocus Pocus (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), with a bonus chance to catch the sisters in dastardly action immediately after (10:00 PM -12:00 AM ET/PT). If you still haven’t had enough, jump down the rabbit hole to visit Alice in Wonderland and see Johnny Depp as a truly “Mad” Hatter (12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT).
Night Three – Sunday, October 21
Spend the day with a master of Halloween entertainment with back to back Tim Burton chills and thrills, starting with some haunting animated favorites. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (8:00 – 9:30 AM ET/PT) gets the scares started when Jack Skellington tries to shake up Halloweentown. Continue on with Coraline (9:30 – 11:30 AM ET/PT), the story of a little girl who realizes an idealized version of her unhappy home comes with its own secrets. Then it’s back to Burton when you’re invited to attend the spookiest wedding of the year in Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT).
Watch out for the Red Queen as you revisit the fantastical Wonderland in Alice in Wonderland (1:30 – 4:00 PM ET/PT) followed by a return to the world of Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (4:00 – 6:30 PM ET/PT). Then it’s back to Halloweentown for another chance to see Jack Skellington create a scary Christmas in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (6:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT). Watch a young ghost couple battle with mortals for control of their house with the help of everyone’s favorite spook in Beetlejuice (8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT), then end your magical evening with the story of a young man with scissors for hands who tries to find his place in the world, in Edward Scissorhands (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT).
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).
For the kids, this is an especially fun night, with three films that are all underrated. Monster House has been too overlooked when you consider its depth and fun, and its been a favorite in our house.
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 The Addams 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 The Addams 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) .