Halloween is approaching fast and there are so many TV specials, it’s scary. Use this guide to haunt your holiday viewing.
Anjelica Huston, front, heads the remake of “The Watcher In The Woods.”
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“The Watcher in the Woods”
Anjelica Huston plays a distraught mother whose young daughter goes missing in the English countryside in this reboot of a 1980 Disney flick starring Bette Davis. Two decades after the girl vanishes, a supernatural mystery unfolds. Saturday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon in the Halloween episode of “The Simpsons.” ,
“The Simpsons ”
The long-running animated show’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode — this is number 28 — sends up the 1973 terror classic “The Exorcist.” There’s also cannibalism. And a guest appearance by celebrity chef Mario Batali. That should be enough to make your head spin. Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
“Halloween” is a modern classic that made a scream queen out of Jamie Lee Curtis.
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You can get your fill of the movie “Halloween” — and five sequels of the 1978 horror classic that anointed Jamie Lee Curtis as a scream queen — during this celebration of films made to scare you silly. Also on tap: “Child’s Play,” “Annabelle” and more. Monday through Oct. 31 at various times on AMC.
“Michael Jackson’s Halloween” is a one-hour animated adventure feating the music of the King of Pop.
“Michael Jackson’s Halloween”
This one-hour cartoon special features the music of the late King of Pop as it follows millennials Vincent and Victoria — voiced by Lucas Till and Kiersey Clemons — who find themselves in a spooky situation on Halloween. Jim Parsons, Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski and Lucy Liu lend voices as the story leads to an elaborate dance finale — and an animated appearance by Jackson. Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
“The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special”
Any questions? The smash hit “Saturday Night Live” skit in which Tom Hanks played a goofy horror-show host with a pair of sidekick dancing skeletons (Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan) has grown into a new animated half-hour special. Listen up for the voices of Hanks and Peter Dinklage. Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC.