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  • "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" airs tonight and Oct. 26 on ABC. (ABC)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:00 am

Thrills, chills on TV for Halloween

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Readers say

We asked social media users to share things they have learned from watching horror and Halloween movies over the years. Here are some of the responses:

• “Never run at night and never go into a dark basement.” – Dorothy Moore

• “Don't look back when running away. That's when you fall.” – LeeAnn Lomont Cruz

• “I learned that evil and deception are real. I have met too many people that don't look a bit evil, but they do evil things.” – Kathleen Hagan Bartels

With just less than two weeks before Halloween, here's a scary television fact for you: Christmas movies are just days away.

No, really! Hallmark Channel rolls out its first new holiday movie of the season, “Christmas at Pemberley Manor,” on Oct. 27. Don't get me wrong: All those jolly, star-crossed romances full of good tidings and almost-realistic snow are great. I'm setting my DVR, making hot chocolate and grabbing a cozy blanket.

But first, I need some fun and frights from ghosts and goblins. Good thing Halloween and TV go together like costumes and candy.

For many of us, essential Halloween viewing includes “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The 30-minute version is on at 8  tonight, and the full version with bonus cartoon “You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown” airs at 8 p.m. Oct. 26.

Here are some other upcoming programs to set the mood for Halloween. Scheduling is subject to change, so check TV listings for these programs and many others airing between now and Halloween.


• AMC will show most of the “Halloween” movies a bit out of order today. “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” is at 1 p.m.; “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” is at 3 p.m.; “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” is at 5 p.m.; and “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” is at 7 p.m. Then, go back to the start with “Halloween” at 9 p.m. and jump forward to “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” at 11:05 p.m.

• FXX is showing blocks of “The Simpsons” “Treehouse of Horror” specials nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Monday.

• It's “Friday the 13th” on Saturday the 27th as AMC shows the original at 7:03 p.m., followed by “Friday the 13th, Part 2” at 9:08 p.m. and “Friday the 13th, Part III” at 11:13 p.m. The franchise continues through the morning of Oct. 28 with “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” at 1:13 a.m., “Friday the 13th – A New Beginning” at 3:13 a.m., “Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives” at 5:13 a.m., “Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood” at 7:13 a.m. and “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” at 9:13 a.m.

• If you're looking for something lighter, Sulley and Mike scare things up with a mini marathon of “Monsters, Inc.” at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 27 on Freeform, followed by “Monsters University” at 6:50 p.m.

• Freeform will cap its month of programming on Halloween day with more than 12 hours of “Hocus Pocus.” The first showing starts at 12:30 p.m. and it repeats throughout the afternoon and evening with the final showing beginning at midnight.

• TNT will air a dozen monster-filled “Supernatural” episodes beginning at 8 a.m. Halloween morning, including “Bloody Mary” at 7 p.m. That episode includes scenes set in (but not shot anywhere near) Fort Wayne.

New programs

• Amazon drops Season 2 of nightmare anthology series “Lore” on Friday.

• The Tennessee Wraith Chasers continue the hunt for ghosts with an episode of “Haunted Live” at 10 p.m. Friday and Oct. 26 on Travel Channel.

• It's time for “Treehouse of Horror XXIX” on “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

• A ghostly woman who escaped from an insane asylum draws a young man into a web of intrigue in “The Woman in White,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday on PBS.

• “The Strange Life of Dr. Frankenstein” is a documentary looking at Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. It airs at 8 p.m. on TCM ahead of 1939's “Son of Frankenstein.”

• “Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic,” 4 p.m. Wednesday on Freeform. The special, which debuted this month, goes behind the scenes to show Disney bringing the holiday to life at its properties.

• Netflix debuts “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Oct. 26 with Kiernan Shipka starring as the teenage witch in a darker take on the comic book character.

• Netflix, which also recently debuted “The Haunting of Hill House,” will release Season 2 of “Castlevania” on Oct. 26.

• A new season of Syfy's anthology series “Channel Zero” begins at 11 p.m. Oct. 26. Subtitled “The Dream Door,” it will roll out over six consecutive nights.

• A teen discovers she's caught a virus turning her into a zombie – but that's just the start of her problems in Lifetime's “Zombie at 17,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 27.

• NBC celebrates the musical “Wicked” on Oct. 29 with the special “A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway.”

• The “Ghost Adventures” crew goes live for a haunted hunt Halloween night Travel Channel.

More movies

There are lots of frightening films airing over the next two weeks, but this list of at least one movie per day should help you get started with a viewing schedule.

• “Dark Shadows,” 6:30 p.m. today on Freeform

• “Ouija,” 9 p.m. Friday on FX

• “Monster House,” 7 a.m. Saturday on Freeform

• “Christine,” 8 p.m. Saturday on AMC

• “The Addams Family,” 5 p.m. Sunday on Freeform

• “The Mummy” (1959), 8 p.m. Sunday on TCM

• “Maleficent,” 4 p.m. Monday on Freeform

• “Friday the 13th,” 3:25 p.m. Monday on AMC

• “House of Wax,” 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on AMC

• “The Witches of Eastwick,” 6:10 p.m. Tuesday on Freeform

• “Child's Play,” 11 p.m. Tuesday on Paramount Network

• “Spooky Buddies,” midnight Wednesday on Freeform

• “The Omen,” 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 on AMC

• “The Exorcist,” 8 p.m. Oct. 25 on AMC

• “The Haunted Mansion,” 9 p.m. Oct. 25 on Freeform

• “Leprechaun,” 8 p.m. Oct. 26 on Paramount Network

• “It” (2017), 10 p.m. Oct. 27 on HBO

• “Beetlejuice,” 9 p.m. Oct. 28 on CMT

• “Halloweentown,” 4:55 p.m. Oct. 29 on Disney Channel

• “Ghostbusters” (2016), 8 p.m. Oct. 29 on FX

• “Toy Story of TERROR!,” 8:25 p.m. Oct. 30 on Freeform

• “Carrie,” 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 on SundanceTV

• “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” 10 p.m. Oct. 31 on Paramount Network


Subscription streaming services Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu all offer horror movies with some overlap in offerings, as well as a variety of TV series with some scares. Movies can also be found by subscribers on individual platforms such as HBO Go, Crackle and Shudder.

Some popular horror movies including “Halloween,” “The Exorcist,” “The Omen” and “Friday the 13th” can be streamed on AMC's website.

In theaters

If you want a big-screen scare, here is some of what is playing at area theaters.

Now playing

• “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

• “Hell Fest”

Opening Friday

• “Halloween”