13 Nights of Halloween Lineup Announced

We all have cues that remind us that Halloween is just around the corner. Since 1998, an important cue to remind us of the Holidays is ABC's famous 13 Nights of Halloween. This now family Halloween Staple has announced its lineup of family friendly spooky Halloween Features.

A great way to watch these spooky Halloween Movies with the family is to light the candles, dim the lights, have some popcorn ready and watch the shows! To make it even more fun, you can dress as your favorite characters while watching them on TV.

How about making dinner or snacks based on the Halloween Show each night in celebration?

The movies that will be shown this year are:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hocus Pocus
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special
Casper
The Addams Family
Addams Family Values
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Hunger Games
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Sleepy Hollow
Matilda
ParaNorman
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Disney/Pixars Toy Story of TERROR!
Frankenweenie
Poltergeist
Poltergeist II
Batman
Batman Returns

These Are the Show Times EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Oct. 19
1:30 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
5 p.m. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
12 a.m. - Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Oct. 20
4 p.m. - Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
6 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
9 p.m. - Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special
12 a.m. - Casper

Oct. 21
5 p.m. - Casper
7 p.m. - The Addams Family
9 p.m. - Addams Family Values
12 a.m. - I Know What You Did Last Summer

Oct. 22
4 p.m. - The Addams Family
6 p.m. - Addams Family Values
8 p.m. - The Hunger Games
12 a.m. - I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Oct. 23
5:30 p.m. - The Hunger Games
8:30 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow
12 a.m. - Matilda

Oct. 24
7 a.m. - Matilda
9 a.m. - ParaNorman
11 a.m. - Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
1 p.m. - The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:30 p.m. - Casper
4:30 p.m. - The Addams Family
6:30 p.m. - Addams Family Values
8:30 p.m. - Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University
11 p.m. - Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
11:30 p.m. - Hocus Pocus

Oct. 25
7 a.m. - ParaNorman
9 a.m. - Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
11 a.m. - Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:30 p.m. - Casper
2:30 p.m. - The Addams Family
4:30 p.m. - Addams Family Values
6:30 p.m. - Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
7 p.m. - Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University
9:45 p.m. - Hocus Pocus

Oct. 26
5:30 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. - Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
9:30 p.m. - Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
12 a.m. - Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

Oct. 27
4:00 p.m. - Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
6 p.m. - Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
7:30 p.m. - Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
9 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
12 a.m. - ParaNorman

Oct. 28
4 p.m. - ParaNorman
6 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
8:15 p.m. - Dark Shadows
12 a.m. - Casper

Oct. 29
5 p.m. - Casper
7 p.m. - The Addams Family
9 p.m. - Addams Family Values
12 a.m. - Hocus Pocus

Oct. 30
2:30 p.m. - The Addams Family
4:30 p.m. - Addams Family Values
6:30 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
8:30 p.m. - Poltergeist
12 a.m. - Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Oct. 31
7 a.m. - Batman
10 a.m. - Batman Returns
12:30 p.m. - Poltergeist
3 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow
5:30 p.m. - Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
7 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
9:15 p.m. - Hocus Pocus
11:30 p.m. - Sleepy Hollow


Read the Reviews!:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 12 Years old and up. Received 4 Stars.

Parents need to know that the second-to-last installment in the epic Harry Potter movie saga is the darkest, most intense yet. It has the highest body count of any Potter film, including the deaths of several recurring characters -- some of which are particularly emotional and upsetting. Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their friends are bloodied, injured, and cursed. In one startling "jump" scene, Voldemort's giant killer snake bursts out of an old woman's body; there's also a particularly disturbing torture scene in which a major character is branded with an insult. Expect a bit of sensuality, including lots of longing looks and protective embraces between Ron and Hermione, a passionate snog between Harry and Ginny, and a scene of "ghost" versions of Harry and Hermione tormenting Ron with a sensual kiss (they appear to be nude, and you can see their torsos, but it's quite blurry/misty). Despite the amped-up angst and violence, the characters prove again and again that unconditional friendship, loyalty, and love can survive even the most harrowing of threats.

Read Parent Reviews - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
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2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part II - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is age 12 and up. Received 5 stars.

Parents need to know that the epic finale of the Harry Potter movie sagais the deadliest, most intense, and most touching installment of the lot. Because the majority of the movie is an all-out battle between Voldemort and his army against Harry and his allies at Hogwarts, there's an extremely high body count -- including the deaths of several beloved supporting characters. Most happen off camera, but several bodies are shown. In a few scenes, everyone is bloodied and injured or dead, and it's brutal to watch (a shot of dead goblins is particularly gruesome, and one character's death at the fangs of an evil snake gets pretty gory). Despite the raging battle, Ron and Hermione at last find a moment to snog and spend most of the movie holding on to each other; Harry and Ginny also share a quick kiss. And in the end, it's not the violence that viewers will take away, but the idea that every hero, no matter how brave, needs loyal friends to defeat evil and that love lives on even in the face of death. Note:For the first time, a Harry Potter movie is being shown in 3-D in some theaters, making some of the action sequences even more intense.

Read Parent Reviews - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2
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3. Hocus Pocus - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 11 years old and up. Received 3 Stars

Parents need to know that this movie involves a plot to suck the life force out of children (and one little girl dies that way). A couple of high school bullies harass a male classmate in a graveyard, asking him for "smokes" and "hash" and finally stealing his shoes. There are mild sexual references, such as a high school boy hugging his pillow and murmuring, "Oh, Allison, you're so soft," as well as some frisky flirting from one of the witches. The main character is teased about being a virgin. The body of an "unfaithful lover" rises from the grave. Main features of the story are a book bound in human skin and a candle made from the fat of a hanged man. A tale is told about the Devil, and there are various gross-out moments. But it's important to note that all of the above is done in the playful, spooky spirit of Halloween.

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4. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 10 Years old and up. Received 4 Stars.

Parents need to know that this movie includes multiple references to dead bodies, skeletons, decay, and death, though all in good fun. The corpse bride's eye pops out occasionally, to show the talking maggot who lives inside and offers romantic advice. The story concerns a young man and woman who meet for a marriage arranged by their parents, both families in need of money. The young man's betrothal to the corpse bride leads him to contemplate his own death, in order to fit in with her friends. Song and dance numbers feature skeletons, corpses, and ghosts. Both sets of parents are using their children to achieve money and status. And when the live bride-to-be asks the local pastor for help, the film raises questions concerning the effectiveness of organized religion.

Read Parent Reviews - Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
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5. Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special -

6. Casper - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 8 Years old and up. Received 3 Stars.

Parents need to know that Casper is a 1995 adaptation of the well-known cartoon series chronicling the adventures of the titular "friendly ghost." The cartoon Casper and other Casper movies are much milder than this one. There are deaths here and much talk about the spirit world and grieving the loss of parents. The main character, Kat, sees one parent as a ghost, and another parent dies and comes back with the help of an invention. Kat also has a crush on Casper, who died as a tween boy. Casper's ghost uncles can be crude and mischievous and they take Kat's father out drinking at a bar. There is some bullying -- Kat is verbally teased by the popular kids as the "new kid" in school, and Casper's uncles bully him too. There is some profanity: "bitch," "damn," "hell," "Jesus," "for Christ's sake." A tween girl says "piss off."  There's also some sexual innuendo: In one scene, Kat's father's pants are removed by Casper's mischievous uncles, and one of the ghosts says that "he is no Marky Mark." Parents expecting a wholesome movie version of the cartoon series will be surprised by the language and violence.
Read Parent Reviews - Casper
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7. The Addams Family - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 14 Years old and up. Received 3 Stars.

Parents need to know that while this film is based on the classic 1960s sitcom, it's a much darker comedy with more sophisticated humor. While the movie is fun, it contains violent images and strong sexual innuendo. It also contains scenes featuring the use of various weapons and torture devices. Parents also need to know that while the characters are likeable, their behavior is sometimes mean spirited. Wednesday Addams' sadistic nature is rather disturbing. Parents should exercise caution and may want to preview before allowing tweens to watch.

Read Parent Reviews - The Addams Family
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8. Addams Family Values - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 14 Years Old and up. Received 4 Stars

Parents need to know that this movie takes the original Addams Familycast to its logical extreme -- and that means more violence (often involving newborn Pubert), more sexual innuendo, worse language and a lot of themes that are just too much for kids. Even so, the dialogue remains extremely witty.

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9. I Know What You Did Last Summer - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 17 Years Old and up. Received 2 Stars

Too Intense for Kids. Movie Contains Very Strong Language and Very Graphic Violence.
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10. The Hunger Games - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 14 Years Old and up. Received 5 Stars

Parents need to know that although the bestselling Hunger Games booksare enormously popular with tweens, there's a clear distinction between reading about violence and seeing it portrayed on screen. Developmentally, the 10- to 12-year-olds who've read the book may find the movie's visceral, sometimes bloody teen-on-teen violence upsetting -- especially the brutal scene that opens the Games, in which several teens are slaughtered by their fellow contestants. Even young teens need to be mature enough to deal with the 20+ deaths in The Hunger Games; characters are viciously dispatched with various weapons -- including spears, arrows, and swords -- as well as by having their necks broken, their skulls cracked, and their bodies ravaged by carnivorous and poisonous creatures. Despite the violence (which is, overall, less graphic than the novel's descriptions but is still very intense), the movie explores thought-provoking themes about reality television, totalitarian government, and screen violence as entertainment. And Katniss, the main character, is a strong heroine who's resourceful, selfless, and a true survivor. Her mentor, Haymitch, is initially depicted as a cynical drunk, but he ultimately proves to be a valuable ally.
Read Parent Reviews - The Hunger Games
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11. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 16 Years Old and up. Received 1 Stars

Parents need to know that despite the upscale production values and name cast, this is a pretty violent wallow. Characters are killed in bloody closeup, usually with sharp instruments, and much of the alleged entertainment derives from terrorizing a young woman.

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12. Sleepy Hollow - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 18 Years Old and up. Received 2 Stars

Parents need to know that this is a very, very gory movie, with many headless corpses, lots of spurting blood, heads being sliced off and bouncing to the ground, various other murders, a couple of "boo!"-type scares, and of course characters perpetually in peril. The heads all show up eventually, too. There is a brief but non-explicit scene of a couple having sex, several very gross moments, and a scene of torture in an Iron Maiden.


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13. Matilda - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 9 Years Old and up. Received 4 Stars

Parents need to know that Matilda is a 1996 surreal family movie based on the book by Roald Dahl. It includes a lot of cartoonish violence, nearly all of it perpetrated by a bullying school principal. Children who displease the evil principal are put in "the chokey," a dark closet lined with nails and broken glass. A girl is picked up by her pigtails and flung over a fence. A boy is tossed out of a window like a javelin. A boy is forced to eat an entire gigantic chocolate cake in front of all his classmates; when he finishes, the angered principal smashes the giant cake plate on his head. There is reference to suicide in the story line and one use of "hell," plus "oh my God" used as an exclamation. When Matilda's parents aren't neglecting her, they're berating her -- so she decides to punish them. But she also stands up for the principal's victims. The film explores themes of youthful independence and personal identity.

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14. ParaNorman - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 10 Years Old and up. Received 4 Stars

Parents need to know that ParaNorman is, above all else, a monster movie, and it will scare little kids. It's animated (stop-motion), but it's full of ghosts, corpses, zombies, and witches and is aimed toward older kids and teens. There are chases, "jump" scenes, characters in peril, frightful zombies with body parts flapping and falling off, creepy houses with looming shadows (and, in the 3-D version, a swarm of bugs bursting out of a teddy bear straight at you), an angry mob with weapons, and much more. The language (lots of insults directed at Norman) and teen hormones (overt flirting and discussion of how "hot" a couple of teen characters are, as well as flashes of cleavage and a broad shirtless chest) are also more mature than in most animated movies for the younger set. There are also hurtful conflicts between parents and kids, some bullying takes place, and a character is revealed to be gay in a low-key way. While it has themes about tolerance and teamwork and could be a great pick for brave older tweens and middle-schoolers, this cool frightfest is very likely to be too much for younger moviegoers to handle.

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15. The Nightmare Before Christmas - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 7 Years Old and up. Received 5 Stars

Parents need to know that this offbeat, stop motion-animated movie is one of the great family films for all ages. That said, it does have scary Halloween creatures in it -- characters take off their own heads and limbs, and there are skeletons, nasty toys, and a creepy villain named Oogie Boogie. A Christmas tree even burns up. Some little kids who aren't old enough to distinguish this fantasy from the goings on at Halloween (or those prone to nightmares) might steer clear, although you can always hit pause and talk about what's scaring them. The special 3D version is identical in content and storyline to the original, but the enhanced visuals may add marginal spookiness and could further blur the line between fantasy and reality for some younger kids.

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16. Toy Story of TERROR! - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 6 Years Old and up. Received 5 Stars

Parents need to know that Toy Story of TERROR! marks Pixar's phenomenally successful Toy Story franchise's jump to the TV market, and the result is just as remarkable as all three of the feature-length films. This one is intentionally reminiscent of a horror film in its plot development, and there are some scares that will make you –- not to mention your little ones –- jump, so if kids aren't ready for that kind of adrenaline rush, you might want to wait on this one. Similarly, Jessie's struggles with a long-held fear might worry some younger kids. Fortunately these troubles are mostly short-lived and quickly forgotten in light of the story's many gags, running jokes, and cast of comical new characters, and ultimately it's the feel-good messages about friendship, perseverance, and creative problem-solving –- as well as the fact that cheaters never prosper -– that kids will remember.

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17. Frankenweenie - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 9 Years Old and up. Received 4 Stars

Parents need to know that Tim Burton's black-and-white, stop-motion animated film Frankenweenie is the feature-length version of a short he made early in his career. Like most of Burton's films, Frankenweenie's tone is dark and creepy and will likely scare kids who are sensitive to the macabre. On the other hand, this tale of a very young Frankenstein who reanimates his beloved pet dog is a great introduction to the horror genre for older kids and tweens who are ready for some scares -- like when a group of kids reanimates various pets that go wild (one ends up as big as Godzilla) and terrorize the town. Pets die in the movie, and the resulting grief is depicted realistically.

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18. Poltergeist - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 13 Years Old and up. Received 5 Stars

Parents need to know that this movie touches on many things that are frightening to kids (and some adults), including scary shadows in the dark, monsters in the closet, and separation from family. A character rips the flesh from his face (though eventually we see he's hallucinating). A young boy is attacked by a ghost-inhabited tree. A girl is taken from her parents and held in a netherworld where she's menaced by a character it's intimated is evil. The parents are seen smoking marijuana, and are apparently regular users.

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19. Poltergeist II - Couldn't find Rating on CommonSense Media

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20. Batman - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 9 Years Old and up. Received 5 Stars

Parents need to know that kids watching this movie will see the murder of parents before their own kids, disfigurement, a quill pen jabbed in a man's throat and another electrocuted to death, along with numerous shoot-outs, wild chases, and vigilantism portrayed in a favorable light
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21. Batman Returns - The recommended age from CommonSense Media is 14 Years Old and up. Received 5 Stars

Parents need to know that this sequel to the 1989 original film is darker and more kill-happy than the previous installment. Crooks wearing giant skull-head masks run amok at a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. Selena suffers a breakdown, during which she destroys her apartment. The Penguin threatens Schreck by producing his ex-partner's severed hand. Schreck is electrocuted, leaving a charred, pop-eyed corpse. And the movie deals with mature themes, such as death, abandonment of a child, and corruption in big business

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The lineup this year is a pretty well rounded selection. There is something for everyone age 5 and up.  There are some movies that I would have liked to add to this lineup:

BeetleJuice - The sequel to BeetleJuice begins filming this year, so why not show the classic favorite original BeetleJuice for family night?

Classic Frankenstein - What a great way to educate the kids on classic horror? Not too scary, and it still electrifies!

Gremlins - We're throwing a lot of classics in this list!

Ghostbusters - A comedic women's version of Ghostbusters will be coming out July 2016, starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. How could you not show the classic Ghostbusters for family night in celebration?

Arachnaphobia - Come on ABC, you're missing some good ones!

The Shining - Lets take out one of the I Know What You Did Last Summer with this classic?

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