It's October, TV fans! Time for those stiff suits at the networks in Tinsel Town to earn those big bucks by coming up with some Halloween programming that doesn't bite. ABC has an original idea: They're letting heavy metal god/horror director Rob Zombie star in an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Oct. 24. Zombie's an interesting fellow to say the least, so we'll tune in. NBC has announced it'll have Halloween editions for Parenthood, Community, The Office and Outsourced. And we won't sleep the night before Oct. 25, when Nightmare on Elm Street's Robert Englund arrives on Chuck. But if your taste in horror runs a bit warmer than 98.6 degrees, then flip over to the cable networks, who have announced a slate of movie marathons that will give you nightmares all month long.
1 SYFY'S 31 DAYS OF HaLLOWEEN (syfy.com): Of course the cable network that brings you Ghost Hunters and Scare Tactics is going to celebrate Halloween all month long. Look for SyFy original movies each day (Ice Spiders at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by Infestation and Arachnophobia sound like a creepy way to start.). It wraps up with a Ghost Hunters marathon Oct. 31.
2 AMC FEARFEST (amctv.com/fearfest): Attention Mad Men and Breaking Bad fans. Stay tuned as nearly nonstop horror flicks take over AMC beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 with a Kevin Bacon double feature: Tremors and Friday the 13th. The mayhem reaches a blood-curdling conclusion on Oct. 31 with a marathon of Halloween movies (Nos. 1 through 5). Michael Myers gives his slash of approval.
3 ABC FAMILY'S 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN (abcfamily.go.com): Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Goonies at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, the kickoff night for ABC Family's Halloween celebration. Each night features a revolving set of movies including Corpse Bride, The Little Vampire and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Hey, since when is Willy Wonka a Halloween movie? Oh, because of the candy. We get it now.
4 HALLMARK'S SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN (hallmarkchannel.com): Is all this gore a bore? Hallmark begins its family-friendlier fare nightly at 9 p.m. Oct. 25 with Bedknobs and Broomsticks. On Halloween, a marathon of The Munsters runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by an Addams Family marathon that rolls on until 3 a.m., by which time the kiddies might finally be sleeping in their sugar comas.
5 COMEDY CENTRAL'S HOWLOWEEKEND (comedycentral.com): As Halloween weekend rolls around, you'll need a few laughs to soothe the bloodshot eyeballs brought on by watching three weeks of nonstop violent television. Comedy Central will air Shaun of the Dead along with Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. (Trust us. It won't matter if you didn't see the first two.) Now run out, buy your turkey and wait for our roundup of Thanksgiving movie marathons!
Weekend movies Dollar amounts in millions
The Social Network, $15.5
Life as We Know It, $14.6
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, $7
My Soul to Take, $6.9
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NFL Football: Chicago vs. N.Y. Giants (NBC)
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Hemingway's Whiskey, Kenny Chesney
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Invented, Jimmy Eat World
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