DISNEY CHANNEL CELEBRATES "MONSTOBER" WITH HAUNTING HALLOWEEN-THEMED EPISODES
-- Sophomore Seasons of "Jessie" and "Austin & Ally" to Premiere --
-- Halloween-themed Episodes of hit series "Gravity Falls," "A.N.T. Farm," "Good Luck Charlie," "Fish Hooks, "Jessie" and "Austin & Ally" to Debut -
It's the spookiest time of the year and Disney Channel is celebrating with "Monstober" - a bone-chilling month dedicated to Halloween-themed episodes, movies, games and new series premieres, beginning FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5. Haunting highlights include Halloween-themed season two premieres of "Jessie" and "Austin & Ally," the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie "Girl Vs. Monster," the return of mutants in "A.N.T. Farm," a fiendish trick-or-treating monster invading on "Gravity Falls," baby Toby's first Halloween in "Good Luck Charlie," a creepy doll in "Fish Hooks," a marathon of "My Babysitter's a Vampire" and fan-favorite movies, including "Hocus Pocus," "Twitches," "Monsters, Inc" and more.
Beginning SEPTEMBER 28, fans can visit DisneyChannel.com/Halloween to go through the ultimate "monster-morphosis" by uploading a picture and using monster-themed assets to transform into a monster. A few lucky monster creations will be shown on Disney Channel. Additionally, with "Monster Mania Maze" at DisneyChannel.com/Halloween, fans can create a haunted house-themed maze and upload it to a monster gallery. "Each maze is themed to popular Disney Channel shows, including "Austin & Ally," "Gravity Falls," "Jessie" and "Phineas and Ferb."
"Monstober" also brings two special games based on the Disney Channel Original Movie "Girl Vs. Monster." In "Skylar's Chilling Challenge," players control Skylar as she uses a laser to capture monsters, while in "Skylar vs. Deimata," fans assume the role of Skylar as she battles hordes of monsters.
The site will also feature Halloween-themed episodes of hit series: "Gravity Falls," "A.N.T Farm," "Good Luck Charlie," "Austin & Ally," "Fish Hooks," "Jessie" and "My Babysitter's a Vampire."
Following are the highlights:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5:
"mutA.N.T. Farm 2" - Chyna Parks returns to the mutA.N.T. Program, where monsters like Chyna go to school with normal high school students. When Chyna soon develops a forbidden crush on a cute human boy named Brady, she pretends to be human in order to spend quality time with him. Things unravel when Lexi, who also has a crush on Brady, exposes Chyna's mutant origin. Meanwhile, Olive clones herself to be in two places at once, but when her Igor-like assistant Violet accidentally lets the clone loose, it wreaks havoc on the school, in a new episode premiering 8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"JESSIE" - SEASON TWO PREMIERE
"The Whining" - The Ross kids become concerned that history is repeating itself after a scary old doorman tells them a building legend about a nanny who did "something terrible" to the kids in her care on Halloween. Meanwhile, Jessie and Tony work together to crash an exclusive Halloween party so Jessie can give her short story to a famous magazine editor, in a new episode premiering 8:30-9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"Summerween" - It's Gravity Falls' version of Halloween in Summer with Jack-o-Melons and lots of trick-or-treating. Dipper and Mabel are excited to join in on the fun, but when Wendy casually mentions that trick-or-treating is for kids, Dipper's whole outlook on the evening changes. The night gets even more complicated when a monster that Dipper accidentally insulted makes them fulfill his candy quota by night's end or else he will eat them, in a new episode premiering 9:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m., ET/PT.
"Unfinished Doll Business" - When Bea's childhood doll resurfaces, Bea realizes how creepy the doll was and pawns it off on Milo and Oscar. But no matter what she does to try and rid herself of the doll, it keeps magically reappearing and haunting her, in a new episode premiering 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
"Chicks Dig Vampires" - Albert has a crush on Esmargot and comes up with a plan to act and live like a vampire to win her affections. Unbeknownst to Albert however, Esmargot is a secret vampire slayer set out to rid the world of all vampires, in a new episode premiering 9:45-10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7:
"GOOD LUCK CHARLIE"
"Le Halloween" - Amy dresses up like a kangaroo for Halloween, complete with a baby pouch for Toby and Charlie, while Bob goes in his exterminator uniform, going by the name Captain Extermo. Amy thinks Bob's costume is not spirited enough until she realizes she needs his help when a bat gets stuck in their home. Meanwhile, Teddy and Spencer try and celebrate their one-year anniversary, while Gabe gets tricked by Mrs. Dabney into attending a ceremony in honor of her charitable work, in a new episode premiering 8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT.
"AUSTIN & ALLY" - SEASON TWO PREMIERE
"Costumes & Courage" - Austin's new record label owner, Jimmy Starr, invites him to perform at the Starr Records Halloween party, where he will perform a duet with famous musician to Ally's new song. However, when Dez and Trish's ghost-hunting mission goes awry, the musician is unable to perform and Ally steps in to save the day, in a new episode premiering 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET/PT.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12:
"GIRL VS. MONSTER"
The adventure begins on Halloween as Skylar, a fearless teenager with a powerful singing voice, prepares for the ultimate Halloween bash with her best friends Henry and Sadie. However, the plan for Skylar to sing at the party - with rock band cutie Ryan Dean - is crushed when her parents make her stay home. But when she sneaks out of the house, she unknowingly unleashes a monster - Deimata - who is determined to change the fate of Skylar and her family forever. As Skylar's world is turned upside down, she learns that her parents have been keeping a big secret - that she comes from a long line of monster hunters. Now it's up to Skylar and her friends to channel their inner strength and conquer more than just this monster. "Girl Vs. Monster" premieres 8:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT.
DISNEY JUNIOR TREATS VIEWERS TO HALLOWEEN-THEMED EPISODES OF CABLE TV'S #1 AND #2 SERIES AMONG KIDS 2-5 "DOC MCSTUFFINS" AND "JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES"
-- Emmy Award-Winning Actress Carol Kane and "Beverly Hills 90210"
Alums Tiffani Thiessen and Tori Spelling Guest Star
on "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" --
-- DisneyJunior.com Invites Kids to Share Halloween Costume Ideas for the Chance to be Featured On Air --
Disney Junior celebrates Halloween with spooktacular episodes of "Doc McStuffins" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," cable TV's #1 and #2 series among kids 2-5 respectively, premiering this October on Disney Channel. Emmy Award-winning actress Carol Kane ("Taxi") and Tiffani Thiessen ("White Collar") guest star as witches, alongside recurring guest star Tori Spelling ("Craft Wars") as the Pirate Princess, in the special episode of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates."
Beginning WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, DisneyJunior.com invites families to visit DisneyJunior.com/Halloween where parents can upload videos of their child explaining and acting out what he or she wants to be for Halloween for a chance to be shown on air. The videos will be selected at random and will be shown every Friday on Disney Channel and Disney Junior throughout the month of October. The site will also feature Halloween-themed music videos, games and coloring pages based on favorite Disney Junior series.
Disney Junior's Halloween kicks off with "Jake and the Never Land Pirates on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:30 - 9:00 a.m., ET/PT). In the new episode titled "Tricks, Treats and Treasures/Season of the Sea Witch," Jake and crew invite Captain Hook to join them as they "Trick and Treasure" throughout Never Land. Then, in the second story, Izzy dresses up as the Pirate Princess to fool the Sea Witch (voiced by Carol Kane), who has returned to Never Land to turn the real Pirate Princess (voiced by Tori Spelling) into gold. The group succeeds in transforming the wicked Sea Witch into Misty the Wonderful Witch (voiced by Tiffani Thiessen).
The themed "Doc McStuffins" episode titled "Boo-Hoo to You/It's Glow Time" debuts FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 (10:00 - 10:30 a.m., ET/PT). In the episode, Doc and the toys help a pop-up toy ghost overcome his fear of Halloween and then, Doc diagnoses Donny's toy glow-in-the-dark monster with "No-glow-atosis" and prescribes more time outside in the sun.
Also on Friday, October 12, iTunes will launch two new Disney Junior Halloween compilations, each containing five themed episodes of favorite Disney Junior series including "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," "Doc McStuffins," "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and "Little Einsteins," among others. In addition, WATCH Disney Junior will feature Halloween-themed episodes throughout the month of October.
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 30 worldwide.