Here is the lineup for Halloween specials this year. This is not an all inclusive list, and some channels only offer area-specific programming. On those channels, you’ll have to check your local listings to see what’s playing.
I was quite disappointed at this year’s network TV lineup- I found them to be severely lacking in programming for kids, and some didn’t offer Halloween themed programming at all! Certainly nothing like when I was growing up. Nevertheless, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel have picked up the slack with special episodes of their favorite shows. Check out the channels below for information on what they’re airing for Halloween. The regular show titles that are listed are Halloween specials of that show. All times are eastern standard unless otherwise noted. This schedule begins October 26, 2010,
Tuesday: Practical Magic, 8:30pm
Wednesday: Corpse Bride, 7pm; Disney’s Lonesome Ghosts (cartoon short), 8:51pm; The Haunted Mansion, 9pm
Thursday: The Haunted Mansion- 7pm, The Spiderwick Chronicles- 9pm
Friday: The Mask, 7:30pm
Saturday: Sabrina: the Teenage Witch, 7:00am; The Black Cauldron, 7:30am;
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 9:30am; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 12noon; Corpse Bride, 2pm; Disney’s Lonesome Ghosts, 3:51pm, The Haunted Mansion, 4pm; The Spiderwick Chronicles, 6pm; Hocus Pocus, 10pm; Clue, 12pm
Sunday- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 7am; TMNT, 9am; The Little Vampire, 11am; The Haunted Mansion, 1pm; The Mask, 3pm; Practical Magic, 5:30; Van Helsing, 8pm (rated PG-13. Having seen it I’d say it’s inappropriate for young kids, as there are many scenes of action violence, scary images (vampires and such), and some sensuality)
CBS- you’ll have to check the local CBS station in your area- sorry!
Thursday- Scared Shrekless 8pm
Saturday: Scared Shrekless 8pm; Monsters vs. Aliens, 8:30pm
PBS: you’ll have to check locally- sorry!
FOX- NONE (Please note that there are Halloween themed shows, just not for kids)
Thursday- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 8pm
Friday- iScream on Halloween (iCarly special), 7:30pm
Saturday- The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, 6pm
Nick preschool is offering Halloween themed episodes of the following shows: Dora the Explorer, Go Diego, Go!, Max & Ruby, Team Umizoomi, Kai-Lan, and the Fresh Beat Band. Please check the site for specific times.
Disney Channel is also offering various Halloween themed episodes of all of their shows. Please check the site for specific shows/ times. On the 31st, they are airing both Twitches and all three Halloween Town movies. Another movie, Mostly Ghostly, airs at 9:30pm. There is also a late night Wizards Halloween special airing at 11:30pm.