ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween: What To Watch
With fall right around the corner comes specialized Halloween programming. Whether you’re in your teens, 20s, or beyond, odds are there’s a network that has assembled an awesome Halloween line-up. Today we’re taking apart ABC Family’s 17th Annual 13 Nights of Halloween.
For those that aren’t familiar with this golden staple, ABC Family marathons two weeks of Halloween-themed movies. It’s been around before the term “binge-watch” was invented, but has served its purpose for 17 years. Over the years, what constitutes as “Halloween themed” has slightly shifted. Our guess is that ABC Family was scraping the bottom of the barrel for films and specials that are still appropriate for kids, while simultaneously scaring their pants off.
While this line-up is mostly marketed at teens, if you were a kid of the 90s or 80s these films will have a certain sense of nostalgia attached to them, so they’re still worth checking out from October 19th – 31st.
Here’s some highlights of the two-week schedule:
1. Hocus Pocus – October 19 (6:00 – 8:00 PM EST/PST)
“After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.”
Airings: October 20 @ 6 PM, October 24 @ 11:30 PM, October 25 @ 9:45 PM, October 27 @ 9:00 P, October 28 @ 6:00, October 29 @ 12 AM, October 30 @ 6:30 PM.
2. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – October 20 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
“Victor (Johnny Depp) and Victoria’s (Emily Watson) families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he’s in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs to Emily, who was murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor. Victor must get back aboveground before Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern (Richard E. Grant).”
Airings: October 19 @ 12:00 AM, October 24 @ 11:00 AM, October 25 @ 09:00 AM.
3. Casper – October 21 (5:00 – 7:00 PM)
“Casper (voiced by Malachi Pearson) is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey (Bill Pullman) arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.”
Airings: October 20 @ 12:00, October 24 @ 2:30 PM, October 25 @ 12:30 PM, October 28 @ 12:00 AM, October 29 @ 5:00 PM.
4. Sleepy Hollow – October 23 (8:30 – 11:00 PM)
“Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American horror film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and stars Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, with Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien and Jeffrey Jones in supporting roles. The plot follows police constable Ichabod Crane (Depp) sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman.”
Airings: October 26 @ 5:30 PM, October 31 @ 3:00 PM & 11:30 PM.
5. The Addams Family Values – October 24 (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
“The members of the odd Addams Family are up to more macabre antics in this sequel. This time around, Gomez Addams (Raul Julia) and his wife, Morticia (Anjelica Huston), are celebrating the arrival of a baby boy. But siblings Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) are none too happy about the new addition, and try their best to eliminate the infant. When nanny Debbie Jelinsky (Joan Cusack) appears to keep the kids in line, her presence leads to an unexpected treacherous twist.”
Airings: October 21 @ 9:00 PM, October 22 @ 6PM, October 24 @ 6:30 PM, October 25 @ 4:30 PM, October 29 @ 9:00, October 30 @ 4:30 PM.
Now that we ironed out highlights from the first six days, take a look at the full schedule.
Other films on the schedule include, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, The Addams Family, The Hunger Games, Matilda, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, ParaNorman, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Batman Returns, and more.
Happy early Halloween!
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