Scary TV Shows & Specials to Put You in the Halloween Mood

From classic horror films to Halloween-themed episodes of your favorite shows, here's what to watch to get your fright night fix

With all the blood-chilling (or just slightly scary) offerings on TV this week, you'll have plenty of things to watch while you nibble on the Halloween candy you're supposed to be saving for trick-or-treaters.

Sadly, NBC is pre-empting Parks and Recreation (a show known for its great Halloween episodes) for a spooky Saturday Night Live special (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET). Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will have to set up Pawnee's haunted house when the show returns two weeks later, on Nov. 14. But on the bright side, there are lots of other holiday specials to fill up on along with those peanut M&M's...

Scare Tactics (Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy)
If you don't usually watch this hidden camera comedy show, this week (with its new Halloween-themed gags) might be a good time to check it out. Remember, it's tough to go wrong with the hilarious Tracy Morgan, who hosts this show.

The Goldbergs (Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC)
Mom (Wendi McLendon-Covey) loves Halloween, but sadly realizes that her kids are too busy dealing with teenager problems, like asking a girl out and dealing with peer pressure, to celebrate with her.

Trophy Wife (Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC)
Pete (Bradley Whitford) suspects that a trick-or-treater is the teenager who egged his house last year, so he holds the kid hostage while he tries to coerce a confession out of him. What are the chances he's got the wrong kid? Yep -- pretty near 100%.

American Horror Story: Coven (Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on FX)
That old witch Madame LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) insists that the proper offerings must be made on Halloween, or else "fearful pranks will ensue." 

The Middle (Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC)
Only Sue (Eden Sher) would hold a sleepover seance and call up the spirit of… Christopher Columbus. But then, that's why we love her.

Super Fun Night (Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC)
A plot involving two Halloween parties and a rousing, Rebel Wilson-led version of "Monster Mash"? What's not to love?

Grey's Anatomy (Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC)
A series of "spooky" patients stream into the hospital on Halloween night, which throws off the doctors' own plans for the holiday. (Oh, please, McDreamy. You're too old for trick-or-treating anyway!)

The Vampire Diaries (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW)
Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) dress up as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Also, Damon and Silas will have a violent confrontation. Perfectly understandable -- considering Henry VIII's head-chopping track record.

Jimmy Kimmel Live (Thursday at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC)
The Halloween-loving talk show host has naturally booked Rob Zombie to perform. But the big question is: What will Kimmel dress as?  We know it won't be Donkey Kong, Big Bird, Count Chocula, or a giant severed head. He's done all those already.

On top of these special scary episodes, there are lots of classic horror movies to scare you this week. Here's one per night:

Friday the 13th marathon (Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET on AMC)
This is the one with Jason in a hockey mask.

The Blair Witch Project (Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET on IFC)
The shaky camera and the chilling, low-budget quality fooled audiences into thinking it was real.

Halloween marathon (Wednesday beginning at 8 p.m. ET on AMC)
The murderous Michael Myers hunts down Jamie Lee Curtis.  

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Thursday, ABC)
Poor Linus tries his best to be sincere as he awaits the Great Pumpkin. And poor Sally falls for this dumb plan every year.

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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