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Halloween TV: From sweet to spooky, a guide to the holiday’s best movies and specials

The classic animated Halloween-themed PEANUTS special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
The classic animated Halloween-themed PEANUTS special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. ©1966 United Feature Syndicate

We’ve picked some of the best scary movies and TV shows airing between now and Halloween.

Friday, Oct. 20

“1922” – Netflix – Landing today is a film based on a Stephen King story about a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. After he buries her body, he becomes terrorized by rats and is convinced his wife is haunting him. It stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Brian d’Arcy James and Neal McDonough.

“Sleepy Hollow” — 8:30 p.m. on Freeform — Johnny Depp is Ichabod Crane in this 1999 re-telling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Saturday, Oct. 21

“The Addams Family” — 7 p.m. on Freeform — The 90s movie based on the 1960s television show starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd. “Addams Family Values” follows at 9.

“The Watcher in the Woods” — 8 p.m. on Lifetime — Speaking of Anjelica Huston, she stars in Lifetime’s remake of the 1980 Bette Davis movie about a girl who experiences supernatural occurrences in her new home.

Sunday, Oct. 22

“Dracula, Prince of Darkness” — 8 p.m. on TCM — In this 1966 classic, four tourist dine and spend the night at Dracula’s castle. Christopher Lee is Dracula. The 1969 sequel “Dracula Has Risen From His Grave” follows at 10.

“Good Witch: Spellbound” — 8 p.m. on Hallmark — This movie from Hallmark’s Good Witch series involves a fear that the town is under the grip of a horrible curse.

“The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” — 8 p.m. on Fox — The 28th edition of this Halloween tradition has baby Maggie becoming possessed by an ancient demon and Homer cannibalizing himself.

Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon, Lisa discovers a creepy/perfect version of her family in an alternate universe in the “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” episode of “The Simpsons” . © 2017 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

“Hocus Pocus” — 9 p.m. on Freeform — Another 90s movie, but this time with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witch sisters from the past in Salem, Massachusetts.

“The Walking Dead” — 9 p.m. on AMC — We get the premiere of Season 8. It’s the season where we all hope Rick finally gets rid of Negan.

Monday, Oct. 23

“Sleepy Hollow” — 6:50 p.m. on Freeform — Another chance to see Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane in this 1999 re-telling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

“Halloween” — 9 p.m. on AMC — A true horror classic from John Carpenter about an escaped maniac who returns to his Illinois hometown to murder, murder, murder. The 1978 film stars Jamie Lee Curtis. (AMC has lots of “Halloween” movie sequels and specials, so check the schedule to get them all.)

Michael Myers is unstoppable in “Halloween.” MGM

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” — 9:20 p.m. on Freeform — Tim Burton’s animated classic from 1993 about a Pumpkin King who gives the yuletide season a touch of Halloween.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

“The Middle” — 8 p.m. on ABC — ABC sitcoms (including “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Mayor”) have Halloween-themed episodes tonight.

“Child’s Play” — 6 p.m. on AMC — The murderous doll called Chucky wreaks havoc in Chicago. “Curse of Chucky” and “Cult of Chucky” follow.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

“The Goldbergs” — 8 p.m. on ABC — All of the ABC sitcoms (including “Speechless,” “Modern Family” and “American Housewife”) have Halloween-themed episodes tonight.

“Carrie” — 10 p.m. on AMC — Sissy Spacek, John Travolta and Piper Laurie star in this 1976 classic about a social misfit with psychic powers who goes to prom. Based on the Stephen King novel.

Thursday, Oct. 26

“Dark Shadows” — 8:20 p.m. on Freeform — Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena bonham Carter in the 2012 remake of the 1960s TV series.

Friday, Oct. 27

“Psycho” — 8 p.m., TCM — Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh that made a whole generation stop taking showers.

Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Paramount Pictures

“Michael Jackson’s Halloween” — 8 p.m. on CBS — A bizarre new animated special featuring the hits of Michael Jackson. I don’t get it either.

“Freddy vs. Jason” — 8 p.m., AMC — The villains from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” square off in this 2003 movie.

Saturday, Oct. 28

“Monsters, Inc” — 7:20 p.m. on Freeform — Finally something for the little kids. The animated film about a monster factory that exists to scare children. It has Billy Crystal and John Goodman. The sequel “Monsters University” airs at 9:25.

“Stephen King’s It” — 8 p.m. on Spike — Not the super scary one in theaters now, but a 1990 TV movie based on Stephen King’s murderous clown novel.

The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special – 11:30 p.m., NBC – Tom Hanks revives his popular “Saturday Night Live” character for this animated special.

Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins in the “David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special” on NBC. NBC Rosalind O'Connor/NBC

Sunday, Oct. 29

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” — 8 p.m. on ABC — The classic Peanuts story in which Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the elusive Great Pumpkin to arrive.

Monday, Oct. 30

“Sixth Sense” — 6:30 p.m. on Syfy — Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who tries to help a boy visited by ghosts. Also has Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette and Donnie Wahlberg.

“Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” — 9 p.m. on PBS — This American Masters profile of Edgar Allan Poe explains how he invented the modern detective story and refined the science fiction genre.

“Halloween” — 9:30 p.m., on AMC — Another chance to see Michael Myers chase Jamie Lee Curtis.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” — 11 a.m. on Syfy — Settle in for a daylong marathon of Freddy Krueger and “Nightmare” movies.

“The Haunting” — 9:30 p.m. on TCM — A really scary movie from 1963 in which an anthropologist, an heir and two ESP-prone women explore a New England mansion.

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