Get yourself in the mood for ABC's Halloween Spooktacular by watching what would happen if Modern Family's Fizbo was a horror movie.
October is spooktacular on ABC, as the network gets into the spirit of things (literally!) with ABC comedies airing ghoulishly-good Halloween-themed episodes, “Grey’s Anatomy” featuring a spooky storyline, and even “Shark Tank” getting into the swim of the scary holiday. Also on Halloween night, the network will air the beloved classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will host a Halloween party. Following are details of “ABC’s Halloween Spooktacular” programming airing in October.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
“Toy Story Of TERROR!” – Disney•Pixar’s first special for television, “Toy Story OF TERROR!,” a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films. What starts out as a fun road trip for the “Toy Story” gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this “Toy Story OF TERROR!” The cast of “Toy Story OF TERROR!” includes Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Carl Weathers as Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr., Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie. (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET)
The World Premiere of Toy Story of TERROR! on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 8|7c.
“Super Fun Night”-- “Chick Or Treat” -- In an episode written by Rebel Wilson, it’s Halloween and Kimmie decides that the office costume party is the perfect place to tell Richard how she really feels, especially if she surprises him with an outrageously sexy costume. Problem is, Kendall has the same plan. Meanwhile, the guys from their apartment building invite Kimmie and the girls to a Halloween party of their own. This episode will feature Rebel and the cast performing their own version of the “Monster Mash.” “Super Fun Night” stars Rebel Wilson as Kimmie Boubier, Liza Lapira as Helen-Alice, Lauren Ash as Marika, Kevin Bishop as Richard Royce and Kate Jenkinson as Kendall.
(9:31-10:00 p.m., ET)
Rebel Wilson doing the "Monster Mash" in Super Fun Night
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
“The Chew” – “The Chew” is your Halloween headquarters this year as the show celebrates the ghoulishly good holiday with everything from devilishly delicious treats and creative costume ideas, to killer cocktails and dishes all beginning on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 with Clinton Kelly’s signature segment, “Clinton’s Craft Corner,” in which Clinton demonstrates how to make spooky, scary photos as well as Halloween-themed centerpieces. (1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m., PT/CT)
“Last Man Standing” -- “Haunted House” – Former “Home Improvement” star Jonathan Taylor Thomas makes his directorial debut. When Vanessa tries to relive her PTA glory days by taking over the Halloween haunted house fundraiser for Boyd’s school, her ideas prove too scary for him. Now, Mike must find a way to reassure Boyd and help him face his fears.“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate. (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET)
Last Man Standing's Halloween episode directed by Jonathan Taylor Thomas
“The Neighbors” -- “Challoweenukah” – When Larry hears the story of Chanukah, he becomes instantly enamored with the holiday and announces that he wants to combine his two favorite holidays – Halloween and Chanukah – to create “Challoweenukah.” When no one shows up for the first seven nights of the new holiday, Larry decides to publicize it by giving out candy to kids at the local playground, getting him in trouble with the police. Meanwhile, Marty and Debbie’s arch-nemesis couple challenges them to a family Halloween costume contest. “The Neighbors” stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver. (8:31-9:00 p.m., ET)
It's "Challoweenukah" on The Neighbors
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
“The Neighbors” -- “Halloween-ween” – Since arriving on Earth, the aliens – led by the Bird-Kersees – have viewed Halloween as a threat and have set up a barrier at the gates of Hidden Hills to prevent children dressed in costumes from entering the community. The Weavers, on the other hand, are excited about their first Halloween in the suburbs and want to open the gates of the community to celebrate. They do their best to explain the ritual of trick-or-treating to the aliens. Meanwhile, Marty and Debbie’s fears are realized when Amber, Max and Abby reject their family costume plans. “The Neighbors” stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver. OAD 10/24/13 (8:31-9:00 p.m. ET)
“Shark Tank” -- “Episode 509” -- One entrepreneur makes “Shark Tank” history and accepts an unprecedented amount for a deal. Additional pitches include a marketing expert who believes there is big money to be made from the big scares in the Halloween live attractions she produces; and a couple from McKinney, TX developed a product designed to help others communicate their feelings even when it’s tough. Also, an update on Jeff Stafford & Dusty Holloway from Orlando, FLA and Shell Bobbers, their fish bobbers made from shotgun shells, which Mark Cuban invested in during Season 4.(9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) The Sharks in this episode of “Shark Tank” are Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary.
Scaring up a deal on Shark Tank
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
“The Goldbergs” – “Who Are You Going To Telephone?” -- Beverly loves Halloween, but is disappointed when all of the kids choose not to celebrate the holiday with her. Adam wants to hang out with some 8th grade students, while Barry and Erica decide to attend a high school senior’s party. Beverly takes an unusual step to convince a girl Barry has a crush on to date him. Meanwhile, Adam learns of his plans for the evening from his new “friends” and contemplates what to do next. “The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg, with George Segal as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg. (9:01-9:31 p.m., ET)
It's a totally '80s Halloween with The Goldbergs
“Trophy Wife” --“Halloween” – Halloween is Jackie and Bert’s most favorite holiday, but when Jackie’s homemade Iron Man costume doesn’t turn out the way Bert had intended, Kate swoops in and hijacks the holiday. Meanwhile, Pete suspects a masked trick-or-treater as the same teenage misfit who egged the house and mooned him last year, so he holds the kid hostage trying to force a confession. “Trophy Wife” stars Malin Akerman as Kate, Bradley Whitford as Pete, Michaela Watkins as Jackie, Natalie Morales as Meg, Ryan Lee as Warren, Bailee Madison as Hillary, Albert Tsai as Bert and Marcia Gay Harden as Diane. (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET)
Trick or treating with Trophy Wife
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
“The Middle” -- “Halloween IV: The Ghost Story” – As Halloween approaches, Sue holds a séance during a sleepover with her fellow Wrestlerettes and swears that she's seen the ghost of Christopher Columbus and one of his ships. Axl finds himself being hazed by the football team and not allowed to enter his own Halloween party that's being thrown in his dorm room, and the family tries in vain to give Brick advice on how to ask out a girl he likes to go with him to a Halloween dance. “The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick. (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET)
Brick wants to ask a girl out to the Halloween dance on The Middle
“Back In The Game” -- “Night Games” – After spending every past Halloween with his mom, Danny decides to make his own plans by rallying The Angles for a night of trick-or-treating. But when the team fears that David and his friends will be out to get them, Danny devises a plan to outsmart the bullies. Meanwhile, Lulu teaches Terry how to celebrate Halloween as an adult, and The Cannon gets competitive during a visit to the cemetery on a special Halloween episode. “Back in the Game” stars James Caan as Terry “The Cannon” Gannon, Sr., Maggie Lawson as Terry Gannon, Jr., Ben Koldyke as Dick Slingbaugh, Griffin Gluck as Danny Gannon, Lenora Crichlow as Lulu Lovette, JJ Totah as Michael Lovette, Kennedy Waite as Vanessa, Cooper Roth as David Slingbaugh and Brandon Salgado as Dudley. (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET)
The Angles go out trick-or-treating on Back in the Game
“Modern Family” -- “Open House of Horrors” – Claire has overdone it in Halloweens past and the neighbors definitely don’t share her enthusiasm, so this year she’s being forced to tone it down and keep it “kid-friendly,” and Phil has an idea to hold an open house on Halloween night. Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam host a costume party while contending with Lily wondering who her real mom is, and Gloria’s pregnancy hormones are on overdrive, making her even more hotheaded than usual. “Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, Sofía Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex, Rico Rodriguez as Manny and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily.
(9:00-9:31 p.m., ET) (Rebroadcast: OAD: 10/24/12)
Jay and Gloria get mistaken for Medieval Knievel and an illegal alien at a Halloween party on Modern Family
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
“The View” -- Double, double, toil and trouble! Let the mischief and mayhem commence on Halloween as “ghoulfriends” Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd welcome new co-host Jenny McCarthy to their annual festivities on ABC’s “The View.” In past years, the co-hosts have been a brood of vampires, former United States presidents, witches, historic royal figures, performers/showgirls from “The Cotton Club” and entered a time warp where they were transported back to the 1930s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, not to mention Executive Producer Bill Geddie’s frightfully delightful turn as Pinhead from “Hellraiser.” (11:00a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET)
“The Chew” -- Hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz also get into the Halloween spirit with some additional surprise tricks – and treats – including dressing in costume for a Halloween party blow out. (1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m., PT/CT)
“General Hospital” – A huge trick-or-treat party at General Hospital is the scene for a few surprises and an act of rebellion that will shock the residents of Port Charles in this special two-day Halloween extravaganza. Costumes may disguise the outside – but can they truly hide the inner emotions when someone you believe is dead ends up hiding behind the mask? “General Hospital” continues to celebrate its golden anniversary during 2013. “General Hospital,” which marked its 50th Anniversary on ABC this past April 1st, is the longest running American soap opera currently in production, and the third longest-running drama in American television history. (Storyline continues on FRIDAY, NOV. 1) (weekdays at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT/CT)
“Grey’s Anatomy” – “Thriller” – It's Halloween and the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial are hit with a barrage of spooky patients, which affects their own plans and puts one doctor’s well-being in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Derek collaborates with Ben on a new surgical technique and Richard angers Bailey when he asks a second year resident to perform his next surgery, on a special Halloween episode. Jason George (“Mistresses”) Guest Stars “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Gaius Charles as Shane Ross, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards and Tessa Ferrer as Leah Murphy. (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET)
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” -- The classic animated Halloween-themed PEANUTS special, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (OAD on ABC 10/30/01), created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, as well as a bonus PEANUTS cartoon, “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown,” in which Linus runs for class president. The program will air with Spanish audio via SAP. In the 1966 animated special “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” The PEANUTS gang celebrates Halloween with Linus, hoping that finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. Cast members include Peter Robbins (Charlie Brown) and Christopher Shea (Linus). The cast also includes Sally Dryer as Lucy, Chris Doran as Schroeder, Bill Melendez as Snoopy, Kathy Steinberg as Sally, Tracy Stratford as Violet and Ann Altieri as Frieda. (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” -- “Jimmy Kimmel Live” celebrates the spooky holiday in costume with the show’s “Half & Half Halloween Pageant,” guest Ray Romano and a musical performance from Rob Zombie. Each year, Jimmy has dressed up as a different character - Donkey Kong, Big Bird, Thor, Count Chocula, an oversized version of himself, a ghost, and he has even hosted the show just as his severed head. Tune-in to find out what Jimmy Kimmel will dress up as this year. (11:35p.m.-12:37 a.m., ET/PT).
Phil's Robot Kills a Nest of Birds|Gutter done!|Phil shows off his gutter-cleaning robot that wipes out a nest of baby birds in front of Haley and Alex.