[09/15/10 - 12:22 PM]
Spiderwebs, Witches' Brew and Cursed Pirates Haunt ABC Family's 12th Annual "13 Nights of Halloween" Holiday Programming Event
Among the offerings: a special Halloween-themed episode of its original series "Melissa & Joey."

[via press release from ABC Family]


Burbank, CA (September 15, 2010) - For the 12th consecutive year, ABC Family scares up 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN with programming filled with ghosts, ghouls and a few laughs, too! The popular programming event, starting Tuesday, October 19, and concluding on Sunday, October 31, includes the basic cable premiere of "The Spiderwick Chronicles," the ABC Family premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and a special Halloween episode of ABC Family's hit original series, "Melissa & Joey," along with the massive mix of Halloween-themed programming airing on the 13 nights leading up to Halloween.

Following is a listing of programming thrills and chills taking place October 19-31 during ABC Family's 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN.

Night One - Tuesday, October 19

The 12th annual 13 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN kicks off with a special Halloween-themed episode of Melissa & Joey premiering at 8:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT. In "A Fright in the Attic," Melissa starts hearing spooky noises from above, while the neighborhood celebrates Halloween. The eerie fun continues as the search for the infamous pirate, One-Eyed Willy, takes some wild and possibly deadly turns in The Goonies (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Two - Wednesday, October 20

If you missed it the first time, get a second chance to be hauntingly entertained with the Halloween-themed episode of Melissa & Joey at 6:00 - 6:30 PM ET/PT. Then get your slick shoes ready and beware of booby-traps as you join the motley crew of kids in The Goonies (6:30 - 9:00 PM ET/PT), as they search for the famed treasure of One-Eyed Willy. The night caps off with the Sanderson sisters, their quest for immortal life and the 300 year-old cat that tries to spoil their dastardly plans in Hocus Pocus at 9:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT.

Night Three - Thursday, October 21

The Halloween hilarity continues with a Halloween-themed episode of America's Funniest Home Videos (7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then at 8:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT, follow the adventures of world-famous monster hunter, Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), as he takes on Count Dracula.

Night Four - Friday, October 22

Start the night off with a Halloween flashback with That 70s Show at 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT, and then catch the ABC Family premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (8:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT), where Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) hunts down his ship and the cursed crew that mans it.

Night Five - Saturday, October 23

The spooktacular weekend kicks off with the friendliest ghost you will ever meet in Casper Meets Wendy at 7:00 - 9:00 AM ET/PT. A teenager who finds out her past holds a lot of spells and flying broomsticks in Teen Witch (9:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT) continues the Halloween fun. Then at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT, catch the tale of a boy who befriends a vampire in The Little Vampire. Get an insider's look at how the world's greatest candy is made in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1:00 - 3:30 PM ET/PT) and then stick around to get a peek into the most fantastic toy store around in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium at 3:30 - 5:30 PM ET/PT. Cursed Pirates are on the hunt for their missing treasure and only one man can put an end to their plundering - Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (5:30 - 8:30 PM ET/PT). The pirate fun continues as a rag-tag group of kids go hunting for long lost treasure in The Goonies (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT). The night comes to a close with a far-away land where two kids can escape reality in Bridge to Terabithia at 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM ET/PT.

Night Six - Sunday, October 24

Another full day of spooks is ahead, starting with a teenager who is getting in touch with her inner witch in Teen Witch at 7:00 - 9:00 AM ET/PT. Then two kids create a magical land to escape from reality in Bridge to Terabithia (9:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT). If you missed it the day before, catch an encore presentation of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT. Grab a box of your favorite candy and settle in for a Willy Wonka double feature; first up is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 1:00 - 3:30 PM ET/PT, followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from 3:30 - 6:00 PM ET/PT. For those of you who can never get enough of Johnny Depp, catch him in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (6:00 - 7:51 PM ET/PT) as the voice of Victor, a man who finds himself mistakenly married to a corpse bride. Don't take a break just yet, as the ABC Family Animated Short Premiere of Disney's Trick or Treat airs at 7:51 PM - 8:00 PM ET/PT. The classic Disney short features Donald Duck and his three nephews up to Halloween hijinks. The evening caps off with the Basic Cable Premiere of The Spiderwick Chronicles (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT), a story about twin brothers and their sister who stumble upon a magical book that unlocks the secrets of their mystical new home. At 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT catch an encore presentation of The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Night Seven - Monday, October 25

The week starts off with haunting humor in the form of a Halloween-themed episode of America's Funniest Home Videos at 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT. Then, the adventures of four lethal ninja turtles continue in the ABC Family Premiere of TMNT (2007) at 8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. At 10:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT, the night wraps up with more laughs with another Halloween-themed episode of America's Funniest Home Videos.

Night Eight - Tuesday, October 26

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman invoke their inner sorcery to fight a family curse in the film Practical Magic, at 8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT.

Night Nine - Wednesday, October 27

Listen for the deadly wedding bells that are ringing for Victor and his undead bride in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride at 7:00 - 8:48 PM ET/PT. Then, be sure to catch Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in the ABC Family Animated Short Premiere of Disney's Lonesome Ghosts (8:48 - 9:00 PM ET/PT). The ghostly adventures continue with The Haunted Mansion at 9:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT starring Eddie Murphy as a father who brings his family to a haunted house that hides a much darker secret.

Night Ten - Thursday, October 28

"Grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize" with an encore airing of The Haunted Mansion at 7:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT. Then follow three kids as they try to get to the bottom of unexplained happenings at their new house in The Spiderwick Chronicles (9:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Eleven - Friday, October 29

A mysterious mask gives Jim Carrey supernatural powers in The Mask airing (7:30 - 10:00 PM ET/PT). Then Halloween laughs wrap up the night with an episode of America's Funniest Home Video (10:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT).

Night Twelve - Saturday, October 30

A day full of Halloween haunts begins with an episode of everyone's favorite teen witch in Sabrina the Teenage Witch at 7:00 - 7:30 AM ET/PT. The ABC Family Premiere of The Black Cauldron (7:30 - 9:30 AM ET/PT) continues the mystical morning with the tale of a boy on a journey to find a magical item. Then there's Hair Cream, Snozzberries and Everlasting Gobstoppers galore when Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory brings the sweet treats to the day at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET/PT. If you missed them during the week, be sure to catch the encores of TMNT (12:00 - 2:00 PM ET/PT) and Corpse Bride (2:00 - 3:48 PM ET/PT). Then be sure to stick around to watch the classic cartoon that finds Mickey Mouse and friends hunting ghosts in Disney's Lonesome Ghosts at 3:48 - 4:00 PM ET/PT. Just like Mickey Mouse, Eddie Murphy does his own ghost hunting, but this time in The Haunted Mansion (4:00 - 6:00 PM ET/PT). The night starts off with, when the unexplained happens and a magical book that could explain it all in The Spiderwick Chronicles at 6:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT. Then, with an eye of newt and pinch of bats teeth, the three Sanderson witches terrorize a town in Hocus Pocus at 8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. Didn't get enough witchy frights? There is nothing to fear with an encore presentation of Hocus Pocus (10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT). The evening comes to a screaming halt when six dinner guests are thrown into a murder mystery in Clue (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT).

Night Thirteen - Saturday, October 31

The petrifying thrills come to a frightening end on the most haunted night of the year with a day of ghosts, magic and candy. Start the candy consumption early with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at 7:00 - 9:00 AM ET/PT. Then get your crime-fighting fix with four ninja turtles in TMNT (9:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT). Vampires, ghosts and magical masks take over the afternoon with airings of The Little Vampire at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT; The Haunted Mansion at 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET/PT; and The Mask at 3:00 - 5:30 PM ET/PT. The magic doesn't end there, but continues with two sisters who invoke the spirits in Practical Magic (5:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT). Then follow Van Helsing, as the famous monster hunter takes on his most formidable foe - Count Dracula at 8:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT. Then end the night with haunting humor with a Halloween-themed episode of America's Funniest Home Videos (11:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT).

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 98 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today's families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today's relationships - told with a mix of diversity, dysfunction, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family's programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas!" ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

  [september 2010]  


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