Halloween TV 2012…including MYOM

Halloween TV 2012…including MYOM

In our third annual Halloween on TV post, we’re going to hit some highlights, and then give you some ideas for MYOM (Make Your Own Marathon…a new acronym for us). While people increasingly watch TV on their own terms, the content produced is still dominated by major studios.

New this year Halloween episodes (times may vary in your area: not all syndicated shows are marked as such)

  • Monster High, 8:00 AM, Sunday
  • Good Luck Charlie, 10:00 AM, Sunday
  • Fashion Police, 12:30 PM, Sunday (Kris Jenner)
  • iCarly, 1:00 PM, Sunday
  • Nadia G’s B*tchin’ Halloween Special, 2:00 PM, Sunday
  • Chopped: A Very Piggy Halloween, 2:00 PM, Sunday
  • The Amazing World of Gumball, 2:15 PM, Sunday
  • Dear Dracula, 2:30 PM, Sunday (voices include Emilio Estevez, Ray Liotta, Marion Ross
  • The Crush with Lee and Tiffany, 4:30 PM, Sunday
  • Mega Dens, Sunday, 5:00 PM (recreating haunted New Orleans)
  • Halloween Crazier, 5:00 PM, Sunday
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos, 7:00 PM, Sunday
  • Halloween Wars, 7:00 PM, Sunday
  • Making Monsters, 7:00 PM, Sunday
  • Halloween Wars, finale of season 2, 9:00 PM, Sunday
  • Sweet Genius, 10:00 PM, Sunday
  • 666 Park Avenue, 10:01 PM, Sunday
  • The Venture Brothers, 11:30 PM, Sunday
  • South Park, 12:00 AM, Monday
  • Access Hollywood Live, 12:00 PM, Monday
  • Attack of the Show, 4:00 PM, Monday
  • Regular Show, 6:00 PM, Monday
  • Access Hollywood, 7:00 PM, Monday
  • Wheel of Fortune, syndicated, Monday
  • Dateline on OWN, 10:00 PM, Monday
  • Today, 7:00 AM, Tuesday
  • Live ! With Kelly and Michael, 9:00 AM, Tuesday
  • The Chew, 12:00 PM, Tuesday
  • Access Hollywood Live, syndicated Tuesday
  • The Doctors, 3:00 PM, Tuesday
  • Steve Harvey, 3:00 PM, Tuesday
  • Austin & Ally, 7:00 PM, Tuesday
  • Wheel of Fortune, syndicated Tuesday
  • tBen & Kate, 8:30 PM, Tuesday
  • New Girl, 9:00 PM, Tuesday
  • Face Off, 9:00 PM, Tuesday (season finale)
  • The Mindy Project, 9:30 PM, Tuesday
  • Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23, 9:31 PM, Tuesday
  • Tosh.0, 10:00 PM, Tuesday
  • Ink Master, 10:00 PM, Tuesday
  • The New Normal, 10:31 PM, Tuesday
  • Good Morning America, 7:00 AM, Wednesday
  • Today, 7:00 AM, Wednesday
  • How to Rock, 8:00 AM, Wednesday
  • Live! With Kelly and Michael, 9:00 AM, Wednesday
  • Rachel Ray, 9:00 AM, Wednesday
  • The Wendy Williams Show, 1:00 PM, Wednesday
  • The View, 10:00 AM, Wednesday
  • The Price is Right, 10:00 AM, Wednesday
  • Home & Family, 10:00 AM, Wednesday (includes Elvira)
  • Anderson Live, 11:00 AM, Wednesday (includes Kristin Chenoweth)
  • Access Hollywood Live, syndicated, Wednesday
  • Crash & Bernstein, 12:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Marie, 12:00 PM, Wednesday (includes Jamie Lee Curtis)
  • Halloween Tricked Out, 12:00 PM, Wednesday
  • General Hospital, 1:00 PM, Wednesday
  • The Talk, 1:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Inside Edition, 2:30 PM, Wednesday
  • Steve Harvey, 3:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Untold Stories of the E.R., 3:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Hoops & Yoyo’s Haunted Halloween, 3:00 PM, Wednesday
  • The Ricki Lake Show, 4:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Attack of the Show!, 4:00 PM, Wednesday
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 4:00 PM, Wednesday (includes Jane Lynch)
  • Wheel of Fortune, syndicated, Wednesday
  • Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters, 7:59 PM, Wednesday
  • Jessie, 8:30 PM, Wednesday
  • Criminal Minds, 9:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Cajun Pawn Stars, 10:00 PM, Wednesday
  • Key & Peele, 10:30 PM, Wednesday
  • Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 PM, Wednesday


  • Roseanne: TVLand gives us a mini-marathon of Halloween episodes of Roseanne, starting on Sunday morning
  • The Inside Story: Halloween on Bio, Sunday 10:00 AM (two hours about John Carpenter’s movie)
  • Truth or Scare: The True Story of Halloween, 12:30 PM, Sunday
  • Hocus Pocus, 5:30 PM, Sunday (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy)
  • Friends, The One with the Halloween Party, 8:30 PM, Sunday
  • The Real Story of Halloween, 11:02 PM, Sunday (History Channel)
  • Hone Improvement, 4:05 AM, Monday
  • Home Improvement, 8:00 AM, Monday
  • 8 Simple Rules, 1:00 PM, Monday
  • Home Improvement, 4:00 AM, Tuesday
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, 7:00 AM, Tuesday (multiple episodes)
  • That ’70s Show, syndicated, Tuesday
  • M*A*S*H, 7:00 PM, Tuesday
  • That ’70s Show, 1:24 AM (TVLand)
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, 8:00 PM, Wednesday

MYOM (Make Your Own Marathon)

In a MYOM, you stream the movies/episodes from an online source or perhaps download them ahead of time. I’m going to make some suggestions for marathons you might want put together.

Classic Halloween: Universal Horror

While arguably starting with the silent 1923 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (with Lon Chaney), the Universal Horror cycle was clearly established with the 1931 adaptations of Dracula (with Bela Lugosi), and Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff). Sequels to these would continue into 1948, when Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein put them to rest (although like all good/bad monsters, they would be back).

Here’s a suggested order. I am by no means including all of the movies, but hitting what I consider the highlights. I’m also going to cheat and include one movie from 1954. The odds are good that you’ll see some of these costumes on Halloween:

  • Dracula (1931)
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • The Mummy (1932)
  • The Invisible Man (1933)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935)…don’t miss this one, it’s a great sequel
  • The Wolf Man (1941)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

This will take you through a day of watching, and give you the real classics. I jumped ahead for Creature from the Black Lagoon, but I am ending it with Abbott & Costello, so you can have some laughs at the end of the marathon. These are scary, but could be watched by older children.

Supernatural: The Series

Yes, this is a current TV series, but there have been more than 150 episodes. If you start at the beginning, you’ll definitely get some scares: the mythology doesn’t really develop  so much in the series until later. Stick with it, and you may become hooked. I’ve watched it one episode after the other, and I will say you may find it formulaic in the first season. This series can be quite scary (although it’s also funny)…I wouldn’t go below pre-teens.

Hammer Horror

Towards the end of the 1950s, Hammer in England revived the classic horror monsters…but with more sex and violence. That doesn’t mean they aren’t also atmospheric, and perceived as, well, cool.

  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957): this really started the cycle. It’s in colour, and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and was a big hit
  • Horror of Dracula (1958)
  • The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  • The Mummy (1959)
  • The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
  • The Reptile (1966)
  • Dracula has Risen from the Grave (1968)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
  • Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)

Be prepared on these…not for kids. There are so many more options from Hammer, but this is a pretty good sampling.

The Addams Family: The Original Series

Definitely Halloween, certainly okay for kids, well-written….and arguably the most loving parents on TV ever. I’d start right at the beginning, and just keep rolling.

The Uniques

These movies stand-alone, and may be edgy. You won’t forget them…and may wish you could “un-see” them. 🙂 Some are also in the public domain: check Archive.org

  • The Asphyx:.. I’ll start you out with an easy one
  • Spider Baby
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Killer Shrews
  • Horror Express
  • Freaks
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space
  • The Island of Lost Souls
  • Fiend without a Face
  • Carnival of Souls

After that list, I hope you can sleep that night!

Wow, I could do this all day. 🙂 I feel bad for not including some things, but feel free to make your own suggestions.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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