By Katie M, Triad Smarty Pants
Get your ghosts and ghouls geared up because the specials start today! Below is a listing of not-to-be-missed Halloween specials by date and network. Clear your schedules or set your DVRs. Either way, have a spook-tacular time!
Friday, October 23
PBS Kids: Spooky episodes of favorites like Martha Speaks, Super Why, Wordworld, Cyberchase, Curious George, Sid the Science Kid and Maya & Miguel begin. Check local listings for show times. A new Halloween episode of Wordgirl -– “Tobey’s Tricks and Treats / Escape Wham” — will air today on PBS Kids Go!
Nickelodeon: Shriek Week kicks off at 8:00 p.m. with spooky premieres of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar and The Troop.
Saturday, October 24
Disney: A new episode of Imagination Movers, “A Monster Problem,” airs from 10:00–10:30 am.
Nickelodeon: Catch new episodes of Back at the Barnyard, The Mighty B! and True Jackson, VP. The episodes will encore throughout the week, and Nick will air a Halloween-themed marathon on Halloween day.
Sunday, October 25
Nick Jr (formerly Noggin): Preschoolers can tune in for “Fall into Autumn,” a 24-hour programming marathon of preschool favorites, filled with pumpkins, ghosts, and haunted houses beginning at 6:00 a.m. The marathon will repeat on Halloween.
Disney Channel: Halloweentown. A made-for-TV, family-friendly Halloween movie about a young wannabe witch that visits a wonderful and spooky place called Halloweentown. There’s a good vs. evil plot and a parent vs. kid struggle, which is predictable for a made-for-TV movie aimed at kids, but it’s still a fun, family film that kids have enjoyed seeing for many Halloweens now.
Monday, October 26
Nick Jr: “Haunted Halloween Playdate” for preschools airs this day, with brand-new premieres of The Backyardigans at 8:30 a.m. and The Wonder Pets! at 10:30 a.m. Nicktoons: “Ha Ha Halloween” presents Halloween-themed episodes of Back at the Barnyard at 9:00 p.m. (ET) and an hour of The Penguins of Madagascar at 10:00 p.m. (ET). from Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 and a spooky marathon of shows on Halloween day.
Tuesday, October 27
ABC: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 28
NBC: A new half-hour holiday special based on Monsters vs. Aliens airs this night at 8 pm. The Halloween special is called “Monster vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.”Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland and Rainn Wilson will be returning to voice their characters from the original film.
Let us know if we left any out!