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Television over the next week-and-a-half will be filled with Halloween-themed episodes, movies and specials, some of them quite gory or frightening. Here are a few of the more family-friendly options we could find. Know of some we missed? Please share it in the comments section. Note that all times below are Central.
'The Goonies' will be shown on ABC Family on Monday, Oct. 29.Also, if you want to know what your favorite regular TV program has planned this month, the website "Zap 2 It" gives you sneak peeks and air dates of Halloween-themed episodes of shows including "Happy Endings," "The Mindy Project," "Modern Family," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" and more. If the adults in your house want to get the chills, check out the lineup for the AMC FearFest, featuring horror classics such as "Rosemary's Baby" and some not-so-classic like "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan." The channel TCM is also showing a "Classic Horror" series on Wednesdays in October, including the 1931 version of "Frankenstein" and "The Wolf Man," on Halloween.
But back to the more family-friendly options:
The animated classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" will be shown
- on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. on ABC
Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas," a PG-rated animated film from 1993, will be shown
- on ABC Family on Monday, Oct. 22, at 5:26 p.m.
Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands," a PG-rated film from 1990 starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, will be shown
- on Monday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. on ABC Family
- on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. on ABC Family
- on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at noon on ABC Family
"Ghostbusters," the 1984, PG-rated film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, will be shown on
- Monday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. on the Encore Channel