Whether you’ve already celebrated with a spooky Saturday party or are waiting to trick-or-treat on the night itself, there are plenty of creepy offerings to keep you occupied this week. Many of your favorite series are staging themed episodes, along with the classic horror movie marathons and Halloween specials. Set your DVR, break out the candy corn and don’t turn out the lights …
The television landscape isn’t as bleak as it seems. Each week we’ll countdown the best in genre television for the viewer with refined tastes. Here is this week’s Watchlist for Oct. 29 – Nov. 4.
‘Scare Tactics’ (7:30 p.m., Syfy)
Host Tracy Morgan returns for this special marathon of all-new episodes of “Scare Tactics,” the hidden camera show with a sci-fi twist that pulls outrageous pranks on unsuspecting friends and family. In the season premiere, singer/actress Brooke Hogan makes her “Scare Tactics” debut as a ravenous zombie. Elsewhere, sexy witches convince a handyman to help them in an off-kilter ritual and a repo man tries to avoid being turned into a human doll by a deranged shut-in.
Friday the 13th Marathon (8 p.m., AMC)
Starting on Monday night and stretching all the way through Tuesday, AMC is televising every Friday the 13th movie through to “Jason X” as part of their annual Fear Fest. If you want to spend a little (or a lot) of quality time with Jason Voorhees, it doesn’t get much better than this.
‘Lab Rats’ (9 p.m., Disney)
(“Concert in a Can”) Adam and Chase form a band with a new kid at school, but Leo doesn’t trust him. Meanwhile, Bree tries to bond with Davenport during career day.
‘Castle’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Probable Cause”) Castle becomes the prime suspect in a ritualistic killing, and Beckett’s loyalty toward him wavers in the face of mounting evidence. Is Beckett sleeping with the enemy? How well does anyone really know someone else?
‘Revolution’ (10 p.m., NBC)
(“Sex and Drugs”) Miles leads the group to an acquaintance who can help the injured Nora, but the journey takes them into unfriendly territory; Aaron recalls his life prior to and after the blackout; Neville delivers Danny to Monroe. The blackout sure changed Neville, differing opinions on whether it was for better or worse. Hopefully the writers will continue to show us more from other characters too.
13 Nights Of Halloween (12:30 p.m., ABC Family)
As part of its annual movie marathon, ABC Family has a spooktacular line-up of films from midday through to midnight, including three Poltergeist films “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice.” Vincent Price’s voiceover sets the mood for any Halloween classic.
‘Face-Off’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Immortal Enemies”) The remaining three artists are tasked with creating Halloween-themed characters, which then must perform in a choreographed stunt show. I’m thinking “Zombies on Ice” should be the next great show.
‘The New Normal’ (10:30 p.m., NBC)
(“Para-New Normal Activity”) Bryan basks in the Halloween spirit by decorating the house, going to a pumpkin patch with his bestie (Nicole Ritchie) to spot celebrities and ruling over everyone’s costumes with help from an “enterprising” make-up artist. David finally rebels when Bryan insists on having a Honey Boo Boo theme. George Takei guest stars.
13 Nights of Halloween (3 p.m., ABC Family)
ABC Family finishes their “13 Nights of Halloween” with a kid-friendly trio of classic Halloween movies to keep the whole clan entertained. “The Addams Family,” “The Addams Family Values” and “Hocus Pocus” round out the line-up.
Halloween Marathon (4 p.m., AMC)
Not quite as comprehensive as their earlier Friday the 13th marathon, but still fitting — “Halloween,” plus partrs 4, 5 and “Halloween: Resurrection ” will air to close out the network’s Fear Fest. This makes Halloween shat-tastic!
‘It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brow’ (8 p.m., ABC)
In the 1966 half-hour animated special, The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. Some parents are saying this traditional teleplay promotes bullying. On the flip side, do kids really read into television shows the same way adults do? (Bugs Bunny was violent! 😛 )
‘Arrow’ (8 p.m., The CW)
(“An Innocent Man”) Arrow asks Laurel to help him prove that an innocent man is being framed for murder. Meanwhile, Walter investigates a $2.6 million withdrawal that Moira made without his knowledge.
‘The Neighbors’ (8:30 p.m., ABC)
(“Larry Bird and the Iron Throne”) The Bird-Kersees learn more about humans when Jackie helps Debbie plan a birthday party for her daughter Abby, and Larry sees first-hand what Marty does at work. Meanwhile, Reggie Jackson searches for a gift for Amber.
‘Ghost Hunters’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Tunnels of Terror”) The team explores an underworld of tunnels in Lockport, N.Y., and uncovers stories of a possible murder, numerous deaths and strange goings-on.
‘NOVA’ (9 p.m., PBS)
(“Ghosts of Machu Picchu”) Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western Hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. In the years since Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, there have been countless theories about this “Lost City of the Incas,” yet it remains an enigma. Why did the Incas build it on such an inaccessible site? Who lived among its stone buildings, farmed its emerald green terraces and drank from its sophisticated aqueduct system?
‘Supernatural’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Blood Brother”) Benny is beat up by vampires and calls Dean for help. Meanwhile, Sam reflects on the life he left behind with Amelia. The brooding, bad boy always gets the girl.
‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ (10 p.m., FX)
(“Nor’Easter”) A group of patients attempt to escape from Briarcliff during a violent storm. Sister Jude faces a ghost from her past.
‘Face-Off’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Live Finale”) Viewers choose the Season 3 winner, who will be announced during the finale in Los Angeles. Be sure to vote! Also: The eliminated artists reunite.
‘NOVA’ (10 p.m., PBS)
(“scienceNOW: Can I Eat That?”) The neuroscience of taste, which involves all of the senses and memory, is examined. Included: why some foods, like chocolate-chip cookies, are deemed delectable while others, such as cookies made with worms, are not; how the taste buds can be fooled.
‘The Real Exorcist’ (11 p.m., Lifetime)
(“Pilot”) Series premiere. A violent exorcism unfolds in Florida; the host tries to help a woman who watched her mother die face her demons.
‘Big Bang Theory’ (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Extract Obliteration”) A disagreement over a game of Words With Friends endangers Sheldon’s relationship with his science idol Stephen Hawking, while Penny secretly takes a course at a local college.
‘The Vampire Diaries’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“The Five”) Elena and Damon attend a fraternity costume party, and he gives her a lesson in choosing a victim. Meanwhile, Rebekah tries to buy Matt’s forgiveness; and Klaus reveals a 12th-century encounter with a powerful group of vampire hunters.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Basic Instinct”) A badly beaten teenager is found comatose in a dumpster. Later, Vincent offers to sacrifice himself. This is one of the freshmen shows struggling for ratings. Will it survive the season?
‘Person of Interest’ (9 p.m., CBS)
(“Bury the Lede”) Reese is tasked with protecting a reporter, but he must do so on the sly so she doesn’t start investigating him. Dating her is probably not the best way to stay off the front page.
‘Elementary’ (10 p.m., CBS)
(“Lesser Evils”) Holmes conducts research in a hospital morgue and concludes that someone is killing weak and terminally-ill patients. He also learns more about why Joan walked away from her surgical career.
Note: ABC is airing a three-hour presentation of the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards which would pre-empt several shows including “Last Resort.” Check your local listings.
‘Fringe’ (9 p.m., Fox)
(“An Origin Story”) A member of the Fringe team makes a surprising move as they respond to catastrophic occurrences. How will each member of the team respond to last week’s fatal plot shocker?
‘Ghost Adventures’ (9 p.m., Travel)
(“Dead Man Walking”) A cross-country tour of prisons and detention centers that are said to be haunted brings the team to West Virginia, Idaho, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.
‘Grimm (9 p.m., NBC)
(“The Hour of Death”) A gruesome murder may be linked to another Grimm; Capt. Renard comforts Juliette, who is still working through her dilemma with Nick.
‘Cursed’ (10 p.m., Biography)
(“Curse of the Gods”) A woman is cursed after firing a Native American employee; a woman places a voodoo curse on a man.
‘Dead Files’ (10 p.m., Travel)
(“Blood on the Tracks”) Newlyweds in Garrett, Ind., fear that their home is haunted, so they call Steve and Amy to investigate. Findings include a family secret, as well as a tragedy suffered by the former owners.
‘Haven’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Magic Hour”) Audrey and Duke head west to follow a lead on the true identity of the Colorado Kid. Someone is killing people and demanding a ransom to bring them back. Will Nathan meet an untimely end?
‘Hunted’ (10 p.m., Cinemax)
(“Hourglass”) A country estate is the setting for a meeting of parties interested in bidding on the contract for the Pakistan dam, and while Sam is busy trying to uncover the amount of Turner’s offer, she runs into a man from her past.
‘The Eleventh Victim’ (8 p.m., Lifetime)
(“Original Telefilm”) A New York therapist, who once was an Atlanta assistant district attorney, pursues a serial killer she once prosecuted after he is suspected of murdering some of her clients.
‘Bedlam’ (9 p.m., BBC America)
(“Dare”) A man breaks into the asylum’s old chapel and gets an unwelcome surprise; Max and Dan come to blows.
‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’ (9 p.m., Biography)
Charo is attacked by the spirit of a deranged woman; William Mapother encounters the ghost of a woman from a leper colony; Justin Guarini is tormented by a family of spirits; and Hope Dworaczyk is pestered by the ghost of a wheelchair-bound boy.
The Haunting of… (10 p.m., Biography)
(“Eric Mabius”) Eric Mabius visits Allaire Village in Farmingdale, N.J., to look for a ghost he saw there as a child.
‘Mythbusters’ (8 p.m., Discovery)
(“Mini Myth Medley”) The team mixes it up with a medley of viewer requested myths and hit a home run with baseball legend Matt Cain. The guys test an underwater bike ride, if you really can “know it like the back of your hand,” and the potty dance.
‘Once Upon a Time’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Tallahassee”) Emma embarks on a dangerous adventure with Captain Hook as they climb up a beanstalk to snatch a magical compass from a deadly giant. Meanwhile, details from Emma’s dark past come to light when she runs into a fellow thief.
‘Dexter’ (9 p.m., Showtime)
(“Do the Wrong Thing”) Debra befriends a local crime writer who claims to have incriminating info on Hannah McKay; Quinn receives a strange offer and he’s wont to accept it; Batista contemplates a business opportunity, while LaGuerta hopes to dredge up new evidence in the Bay Harbor Butcher case.
‘The Walking Dead’ (9 p.m., AMC)
(“Killer Within”) Lives are endangered when the group gets separated, while in Woodbury, Merle makes an appeal to the Governor.
‘666 Park Ave.’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Diabolic”) Jane uncovers how she is connected to the history of the Drake and is devastated by the lack of support from Henry and the police, following the terrifying Halloween party. Meanwhile, Gavin tracks down the person who endangered Olivia and stole his property.
‘Talking Dead’ (11 p.m., AMC)
(“Killer Within”) Host Chris Hardwick is joined by celebrity guests to recap this week’s episode and take your questions live.
‘Comic Book Men’ (11:30 p.m., AMC)
Watch Kevin Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts live, work and breathe comic books. Mike, Walt, Ming and Bryan geek-out over rare artifacts and memorabilia and discover treasures of the comic collecting world. Realize your inner superhero and satisfy your fan boy fantasies by joining their outrageous podcasts where they tackle the burning questions all fans grapple with.