18 Halloween Highlights on TV This Week

by | October 28, 2015 | Comments

It’s one of the best types of binges — Halloween candy and Halloween TV! The spookiest day of the year is upon us, so catch the spirit with this collection of marathons, specials, and Halloween-themed episodes airing on a TV near you this week.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Netflix, Currently streaming
Curate your own Halloween-themed marathon this weekend with the 39 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents currently streaming on Netflix. Be sure to include episodes directed by the Master of Suspense himself, including “Revenge,” “Breakdown,” “The Case of Mr. Pelham,” and “Back for Christmas.”


South Park “Hell on Earth” 2015
Hulu, Currently streaming
Get into the Halloween spirit with Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and all the rest in nine spooky South Park episodes currently streaming on Hulu. Standout installments include “A Nightmare on Face Time,” a parody of The Shining from 2012 in which Randy’s Blockbuster video store goes out of business; “Hell on Earth 2006,” a parody of My Super Sweet 16 from 2006 that shows Satan throwing a massive party; and “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery,” a parody of Scooby Doo which has the band coming to South Park for a Halloween concert.


“Treehouse of Horror” Marathon, Currently streaming
Watch every Halloween-themed Simpsons ever at with your cable subscription. Start with critics’ favorites if you don’t have time to screen all 27 seasons’ worth, and then check out the most recent special, “Treehouse of Horror XXVI,” which shows the return of Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer), plus segments spoofing Godzilla and the found-footage film Chronicle.


“Hunting Vampires” on Expedition Unknown
Travel Channel, Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.
Host Josh Gates travels across Transylvania to follow the legend of the vampire, talking to Romanian villagers arrested for grave-robbing and revealing what appears to be 700-year-old vampire remains.


Black-ish Halloween Episode
ABC, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9:30 p.m.
In this week’s Halloween-themed episode of black-ish, “Jacked o’ Lantern,” Dre’s nieces and nephews come to the “good candy” neighborhood for trick-or-treating. The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family will have Halloween episodes as well Wednesday night; see the complete schedule here.


“Michael Jackson Halloween” on Key & Peele
Comedy Central, Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
From season two of Key & Peele, this Halloween-themed episode includes parodies of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
ABC, Thursday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.
This perennial Halloween favorite from the Peanuts gang shows an ever-ernest Linus van Pelt imploring the Great Pumpkin to rise from his pumpkin patch with a big bag of presents for the children.


The Bones and Sleepy Hollow Halloween Crossover
Fox, Thursday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In Bones’ Halloween episode, the team gets a visit from Sleepy Hollow’s Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who have come to reclaim a headless body. The story continues with Sleepy Hollow, as both teams work together to stop the British Army of the Undead from taking over.


Robert Kirkman on Comedy Bang! Bang!
IFC, Thursday, Oct. 29 at 11 p.m.
Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will visit the extra-spooky Comedy Bang! Bang! set and chat with host Scott Aukerman (who will be going as Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Frank-N-Furter this Halloween).


Toy Story of Terror
Disney Channel, Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
From 2013, this 21-minute Halloween special follows Pixar’s Toy Story gang, who stop at a motel and have to figure out why one of their own has gone missing before it happens again!


Evil Dead Movie Marathon
Starz, Friday, Oct. 30, starting at 8 p.m.
Prime yourself for Starz’s new Ash vs. Evil Dead series starring Bruce Campbell with the movies that started it all: The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness. See the complete schedule here.


The Puppet Master Marathon
El Rey Network, Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 12 a.m.
Hosted by Puppet Master producer, writer, and horror aficionado Charles Band, the ultimate Puppet Master marathon showcases all five films of the franchise and repeats for 31 hours over Halloween weekend. See the complete schedule here.


A Nightmare on Elm Street Marathon
IFC, Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 6:15 a.m.
Insomnia got you down? If you’re awake early enough on Saturday morning, be sure to watch the first five Freddy Krueger movies: A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.


Ash Vs. Evil Dead Series Premiere
Starz, Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the Evil Dead horror franchise in Sam Raimi’s highly anticipated TV reboot, Ash vs. Evil Dead. The first of 10 half-hour episodes airs Halloween night and finds the chainsaw-handed monster-hunter Ash Williams having spent the last 30 years trying to shirk his responsibilities of defending the world.


The Returned Season Two Premiere
Sundance TV, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 p.m.
The Returned… returns! Season two of the acclaimed French zombie series (which is also the inspiration for A&E’s American series The Returned) is back for a second season, picking up six months after the undead gathered outside the Helping Hand. Season one is currently streaming on Netflix.


Halloween Night on Adult Swim
Cartoon Network, Oct. 31, starting at 9 p.m.
A collection of special Halloween episodes from the Adult Swim library includes the “Hilloween” episode of King of the Hill (1997) when Hank works construction on a haunted house; the “It’s the Great Pancake, Junior Brown” episode of The Cleveland Show (2010) when Cleveland Jr. is told he’s too old to go trick-or-treating; the “Poltergasm” episode of American Dad (2013) when a poltergeist visits the Smiths; and the “Fat Guy Strangler” episode of Family Guy (2005) when Lois discovers she has a long-lost brother — who happens to murder fat guys! See the complete schedule here.


The Halloween Hangover Movie Marathon
Sundance TV, Sunday, Nov. 1, 6 a.m.
New Year’s Day isn’t the only time for hangover marathons. Check out Sundance TV’s “cure” for Saturday night’s revelry with all five original Halloween movies, including Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers, and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. See the full schedule here.


From Dusk Till Dawn Season Two Marathon
El Rey Network, Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at 10 a.m.
Robert Rodriguez’s story of the Gecko Brothers continues with all 10 episodes of season two of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Missed season one? You can stream it now on Netflix (as well as the original 1996 film).

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