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ABC celebrates all things scary, spooky and funny this Halloween

by jmaloni


Tue, Oct 14th 2014 03:00 pm

ABC celebrates the scariest night of the year with Halloween-themed programming, kicking off Wednesday. Highlights include the beloved animated special, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," ghoulishly good times with "The Chew," the return of fan favorite special, "The Great Halloween Fright Fight," a Wednesday night family comedy block of tricks, treats and laughter with "The Middle," "The Goldbergs," "Modern Family" and new comedy series "black-ish," along with an all-new "Cristela."

Highlights include:

'Toy Story OF TERROR!' - Fast becoming a Halloween tradition, last year's hit special, Disney•Pixar's "Toy Story OF TERROR!," a spooky new tale featuring all the favorite characters from the "Toy Story" films, airs Wednesday, Oct. 15 (8 p.m., ET). 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.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen Reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz.

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" - The classic animated Halloween-themed "Peanuts" special "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," created by late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, will air Wednesday, Oct. 15 (8:30 p.m., ET). In the 1966 animated special "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," the "Peanuts" gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, The Great Pumpkin will visit him, 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.

The Chew - It's a ghoulishly good time at ABC's "The Chew" when co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly celebrate Halloween. Beginning Monday, Oct. 20 (1 p.m., ET), Clinton leads a weeklong series, "Your Freaky Front Door," with easy, innovative and inexpensive decorating ideas to keep your front door looking freakishly fantastic for all the trick-or-treaters this Halloween season. The week of shows features Halloween-themed segments, including Carla and Clinton's haunted house experience, a visit to DeBrito Chocolate Factory in California and their gourmet caramel apples, and the secret Jack-o-lantern is passed around where the hosts will secretly assign each other the costumes they will wear on Halloween.

"America's Funniest Home Videos" - This week's special Halloween-themed episode highlights include animals dressed in funny costumes such as a goat dressed as a cheerleader and a dog dressed as a fish; hilarious reactions from people being told they are going to be grandparents; two little girls who are frightened when seeing cotton candy for the first time; and host Tom Bergeron playing "What's Behind the Scary Ghost?" Sunday, Oct. 19 (7 p.m., ET).

 "Dancing With the Stars" - "DWTS" will treat viewers to a Halloween-themed episode filled with thrilling performances from the remaining eight couples. Each pair will light up the ballroom floor with spectacular costumes vying for a wickedly perfect score, Monday, Oct. 27 (8-10:01 p.m., ET).

"The Great Halloween Fright Fight" - From the producers of last year's holiday hit "The Great Christmas Light Fight," a one-hour special - "The Great Halloween Fright Fight" - premieres Tuesday, Oct. 28 (8 p.m., ET). The new special will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize.

For the Halloween special, the families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Halloween displays, incredible set decorations and over-the-top designs. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are the judges.

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"/"You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown" - The classic animated Halloween-themed "Peanuts" special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," as well as a bonus "Peanuts" cartoon, "You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown," in which Linus runs for class president, will air Thursday, Oct. 30 (8-9 p.m., ET) on ABC.

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