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On your regular Wednesday night TV shows, such as Modern Family and Suburgatory, Halloween was so last week. Maybe they decided to get their holiday-themed episodes out of the way so viewers could save the big day for really scary fare or for Halloween specials.
You can still stick with your usual shows, of course -- Modern Family and Suburgatory are both new this week -- but the cable nets are definitely serving up the gore in honor of the holiday, with classic horror movies scheduled all over the grid. And there are some good, old-fashioned Halloween classics, too.
Here are some programming highlights.
The scary stuff…
The Exorcist, IFC, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET
Pea soup, anyone? Self-respecting horror aficionados have already seen this 1973 film about the demonic possession of a young girl, but Halloween's as good a day as any for a repeat viewing.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, AMC, 8 p.m. ET
If you'd like to experience the fifth installment of this classic slasher film more fully, first settle in at 4 p.m., when AMC airs the original Halloween. Then stick around at 6 p.m. and see Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. This way you'll be extra prepared for the white-masked murderer at 8 p.m.
Friday the 13th, MTV, 8 p.m. ET
This 2009 update of the classic horror flick stars Jared Padalecki in a present-day version of the Jason saga, and it references the original film's mythology.
American Horror Story: Asylum, FX, 10 p.m. ET
Every day is Halloween on this show, which is a scripted study in all things creepy. In this episode, some patients/inmates plan an escape from the mental institution and the terrifying nun who runs it.
And the not-so-scary stuff…
Hocus Pocus, ABC Family, 7:00 p.m. ET
This 1993 movie about three witch sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) bombed in the theater, but gained a cult following on video. It also stars a young Thora Birch, before she became famous.
The Good Witch's Charm, Hallmark, 8 p.m. ET
Catherine Bell (Army Wives) plays -- you got it -- a good witch who's also the mayor of a small town in this original TV movie.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, ABC, 8 p.m. ET
This 1966 animated special airs every year, but watching poor, faithful Linus drag Sally into the pumpkin patch never gets old, right?
What will you watch on Halloween?