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Sure, trick-or-treating is the big event of Halloween season, but it's possible to have festive fun without donning a costume or even leaving the house. Yes, friends, it's Halloween TV season.
The morning shows have all kinds of fun segments on costumes for kids and pets (Hi, Martha!), as well as what treats are good and bad. Regis and Kelly aren't just celebrating one day this year, they've declared this to be "Halloween Week." But nothing beats the nighttime for true Halloween hits. Here are a few picks for the best Halloween TV shows for the trick-or-treaters in your family. (Check your local listings for exact air times.)
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Is there anyone who doesn't love this animated Halloween classic? It's become a seasonal viewing tradition -- the It's A Wonderful Life for Halloween, if you will. And yes, at 43 years and counting (the first airing was in 1966), it definitely qualifies as a classic. Tune in to ABC tonight at 8 p.m. for the Peanuts clan's annual trip to the pumpkin patch.
AMC Fear Fest '09
AMC, the channel that gives us the hit show Mad Men, is first and foremost a classic-movie channel. This year they're celebrating with a big slate of perennial Halloween favorites, including Amityville Horror, the Alien movies, a digitally restored version of Night of the Living Dead, and, of course, the Halloween series.
My Super Psycho Sweet 16
MTV's series about the birthday celebrations of spoiled-rotten 16-year-old girls is pretty scary as is, but on Saturday, the channel will air an especially freakish movie spin-off. The "reality" in this "reality TV" show is a little less real than usual for this one, though: the description says, "a pampered teen's sweet sixteen bash is crashed by a serial killer."
Jay Leno's Scary Halloween Products
On Friday night, Jay Leno will be sharing the best of the hilarious, strange and scary products that The Jay Leno Show team has been gathering up in various Halloween emporia.
For those who prefer laughing to screaming -- but don't want to be a total Halloween-party pooper -- Comedy Central is a good go-to channel this week. The channel is airing the horror-movie spoof series, the aptly titled Scary Movie franchise.
What's your favorite Halloween show? Chime in below!