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October 24, 2016
By Cailey Gleeson
For horror lovers, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year; however, those who are not a fan of the genre can enjoy the holiday as well through the variety of programming dedicated to the day. Although many shows have been running Halloween specials throughout the entire month of October, the majority of networks choose to build the anticipation for the holiday the week before—which can be quite overwhelming.
This causes a dilemma to arise when you try to determine what shows to tune in for—and ultimately ignore due to a lack of time and space on your DVR.
In order to help you strategically enjoy the scares all of your favorite shows have to offer, here’s a guide to these especially spooky Halloween specials:
“Bob’s Burgers,” 6:30 p.m., Fox
The animated comedy “Bob’s Burgers” will offer unending comedic relief with this year’s Halloween special. While Tina (Dan Mintz) competes against Tammy (Jenny Slate) in a Halloween costume contest, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) tries to unmask the culprits responsible for destroying his pumpkins
“The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC
The seventh season premiere of “The Walking Dead” isn’t necessarily a special, but what better way to get in the Halloween spirit by watching the critically acclaimed zombie show?
“Halloween Baking Championship,” 8 p.m., Food Network
The annual “Halloween Baking Championship” is perfect recipe for lovers of Halloween. In this year’s episode, four bakers will face off as they create treats inspired by Halloween and Day of the Dead.
“The Middle,” 7 p.m., ABC
The focus of this year’s annual Halloween episode of “The Middle” is Frankie’s (Patricia Heaton) shock that her kids would rather live with Mike (Neil Flynn) if they were divorced. While the episode probably won’t offer any serious scares, it’s perfect for the whole family.
“Fresh Off The Boat,” 8 p.m., ABC
Eddie (Hudson Yang) is ecstatic because his Halloween is going to be spent partying with high schoolers, but the rest of his family isn’t having as much fun. His brothers (Forrest Wheeler and Ian Cheng) can’t decide on their costume choices and Louis (Randall Park) won’t stop trying to scare Jessica (Constance Wu) into loving the holiday.
“Modern Family,” 8 p.m., ABC
The Halloween special for ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family” will prove to be full of tricks perfect for the whole family. Not only does the rest of the Dunphy clan come to the rescue when Luke’s (Nolan Gould) party is at the risk of being the worst of the year, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) engages in a Halloween war against his nemesis and Jay (Ed O’Neil) pranks Manny (Rico Rodriguez) for going to the Halloween party of an enemy.
“Criminal Minds,” 8 p.m., CBS
Everyone’s favorite B.A.U. team hunts a serial killer hidden in the rural Appalachian Trail in the extra spooky episode titled “Keeper.” It promises to be one of the most disturbing segments of the show—the only thing that would make it even scarier would be if Matthew Gray Gubler was the director.
“American Horror Story: Roanoke,” 9 p.m., FX
Even though there hasn’t been a confirmed Halloween special for the sixth season of the horror anthology, the combination of the last episode and previous specials make it obvious that Ryan Murphy has some tricks up his sleeve for “Chapter 7.”
“Superstore,” 7 p.m., NBC
A theft in the store manages to ruin the plans of everyone inside of Cloud 9. The crime launches an investigation by the obsessive Diana (Lauren Ash)—who declares that none of the other employees can leave the store until the culprit is caught.
“Hawaii Five-0,” 8 p.m., CBS
The team investigates a medium’s murder—who was supposedly scared to death by a poltergeist. While the investigation is occurring, Kono (Grace Park) and Adam (Ian Anthony Dale) are abducted by a group of people that appear to be members of a death cult.
“Ghost Adventures,” 8 p.m., Travel Channel
Halloween specials just wouldn’t be complete without a paranormal investigation from the “Ghost Adventures” crew. The episode—appropriately titled “Route 666”—promises to be one of the scariest investigations of the season.
“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” 6 p.m., ABC
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” plans to celebrate Halloween in an episode entirely dedicated to spooky—yet hilarious—video clips. It’s a perfect special for the entire family to enjoy.
“The Walking Dead,” 8 p.m., AMC
Again, this isn’t a special episode, but watching “The Walking Dead” is the perfect way to spend the eve of Halloween.
“Dancing with the Stars,” 7 p.m., ABC
The remaining pairs on the 23rd season of the hit competition show will spend Halloween night dancing to pieces themed for the holiday.
“Paranormal Lockdown,” 8 p.m., Destination America
In the special two-hour episode, seasoned paranormal hunters Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman investigate the reportedly haunted Black Monk House in Yorkshire, England.
“The Odd Couple,” 8:30 p.m., CBS
Felix (Thomas Lennon) celebrates Halloween for the first time by giving a tour about the haunted history of their apartment building to his children. Meanwhile, Oscar (Matthew Perry) takes Charlotte’s (Teri Hatcher) son Evan (Caleb Brown) trick-or-treating in an attempt to prove his responsibility.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 10:35 p.m., ABC
Kimmel will go all out once again for his special Halloween episode of his hit talk show. Not only will the entire cast and audience be dressed for the occasion, a series of celebratory activities are planned—including the “11th Annual Half & Half Halloween Costume Pageant.”
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