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Halloween may just be one night but as a family we enjoy the build-up. We love getting the house and costumes ready, working on some Halloween crafts (here are 51 great ideas to inspire you) and counting down the days until the big night. Watching TV specials is another fun way to get ready for the season with the family.

Grab some roasted pumpkin seeds, turn the lights down low and watch some of these holiday specials with the kids.

TVO Kids
TVOKids gets into the Halloween spirit this October with spooky and educational programming beginning on-air for TVOKids’ Halloween Week – October 22 to October 31. TVOKids has set-up a dedicated Halloween site where you’ll find printable pages and online games. You can enjoy some Halloween fun on-air too:

The Space (weekdays from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm, weekends from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Beginning on October 22, The Space hosts Kara, Dalmar and Drew teach kids how to make homemade costumes and carve pumpkins, and talk to viewers about Halloween safety in live segments.

Sid the Science Kid! Halloween Spooky Science Special (Saturaday, October 27, 8:00 a.m.)
It’s Halloween time and Sid and his friends have dressed up in the spookiest and scariest costumes possible. Susie helps the kids discover that Halloween can be spooky and scientific!

Martha Speaks Marth Gets Spooked (Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m.)
Someone, or some ghost, is fixing up the haunted house!

Wild Kratts A Bat in the Brownies (Saturday, October 27, 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.)
When a little brown bat crash lands into a plate of Jimmy Z’s famous brownies, Martin and Chris set out to convince Aviva, Jimmy Z and Koki that bats are nothing to be afraid of.

Spellz Haunted Magic (Sunday, October 28, 12:12 p.m.)
Jay and Bridget put the “spellbinding” into Spellz in this spooky episode.

Arthur Fernkenstein’s Monster (Monday, October 29, 4:30 p.m.)
Fern tells a tale so scary that Arthur and the gang become afraid of her!

Arthur Hic or Treat (Tuesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m.)
D.W. gets a case of the hiccups that just won’t go away. Well, at least her Halloween costume as “Hiccup Girl” is all set. Will D.W. ever get relief?

Word Girl Tobey’s Tricks and Treats (Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.)
After losing the costume contest at school, Tobey sets his Robots on a candy-stealing spree and vows to ruin Halloween.

Jelly Jam Haunted Castel (Wednesday, October 31, 3:30 p.m.)
Spooked by lightning and thunder, Bello and Goomo seek refuge in the Music Factory. It’s up to the boys to find the ghost, put an end to the spookiness and save the ever-musical Jammbo!

Charlie and Lola What Can I Wear for Halloween (Wednesday, October 31, 3:43 p.m.)
Everyone has decided what costumes to wear, except for Lola. On the day of the party disaster strikes and Lola has a double crisis!

Arthur Fright Stuff (Wednesday, October 31, 4:45 p.m.)
Prankster Poltergeists have arrived in Elwood City – and are just in time for the “Scare Your Pants Off” costume party!

Wild Kratts Secrets of the Spider’s Web (Wednesday, October 31, 6:00 p.m.)
The Wild Kratts sets off on a mission to find and recreate one of the greatest of all biotech engineering secrets.

Gisele’s Big Backyard
On Halloween day, Jay and Melvin join Gisèle to learn about Halloween safety and how to trick-or-treat and Gisèle makes spooky crafts. Airs weekdays from 6:00 am to 3:30 pm

Word World A Kooky Spooky Halloween (Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 a.m.)
The WordFriends get their share of scares the night before Halloween, when Pig sleepwalks and everyone thinks he’s a ghost!

Word World Sheep’s Halloween Costume (Wednesday, October 31, 9:05 a.m.)
It’s Halloween-Sheep’s favorite day of the year. But what will she do when her WordFriends need pieces of her costume for their own costumes?

Noodle and Doodle A Halloween Party (Wednesday, October 31, 12:30 p.m.)
Aboard their double-decker bus, Sean, Noodle and Doodle help friends get ready for a Halloween party by making delicious worms in dirt.

Guess How Much I Love You Pumpkin Patch (Wednesday, October 31, 1:00 p.m.)
A fun, spooky tale from little White Owl leaves the friends a little on edge, so when they hear strange noises in the pumpkin patch, they wonder what kind of creepy creature might be lurking there with them.

Nelly and Cesar The Halloween Mystery (Wednesday, October 31, 3:00 p.m.)
Nelly, Mina, Fred and Leo decide they want to surprise Caesar by holding an afternoon Halloween party.

Kids’ CBC
Halloween is in the air, ghosts and goblins everywhere. Kids’ CBC is celebrating Halloween throughout the month of October! Halloween segments of some of your favourite shows, including Super WHY The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween (Wednesday, October 31)

Online you can find fun games, including an Augmented Reality costume activity, as well as decorations, treats, and other Halloween party fun.

Family Channel
Family delivers a Monstober line-up of shriek-worthy season premieres and fright-filled flicks.

Frightful Flicks (throughout the month on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT and on weekends at 12 p.m. ET/PT and 9 p.m. ET/PT)
Titles including Spooky Buddies, Twitches, Twitches Too, Return to Halloweentown and Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie.

October 31, Family rolls out Halloween-themed episodes of fan-favourite series including Gravity Falls, Austin & Ally, A.N.T. Farm, Good Luck Charlie, Really Me and Jessie all day long.

Play your favourite Halloween games online.

Disney Junior
Disney Junior celebrates Halloween with treats including Halloween-themed episodes every weekend throughout October from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. The not-so-scary line-up includes new episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Little ones can play the new Jake and the Never Land Pirates game “Bucky’s Halloween Haunt” and will find brand new Halloween-themed activities and colouring sheets on a supersite found at Disneyjunior.ca

Disney XD
Monster Mayhem takes over Disney XD bringing with it spine-tingling episode premieres throughout the month. New Halloween-themed episodes of Slugterra, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Lab Rats, Fish Hooks, Motorcity join the line-up along with a premiere episode of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja guest starring Sarah Hyland (Modern Family)where Randy and Howard try to figure out what is turning everyone into zombies.

Monster Mayhem (Sunday, October 28 beginning at 4 p.m.)
Viewers can catch a special back-to- back Halloween-themed episodes and movies.

Monster Mayhem (Wednesday, October 31, beginning at 6:00 a.m.)
The frights continue on Halloween Day with a marathon of favourite episodes starting at 6 a.m. ET.

Teletoon
Creepy creatures and scary specters abound in TELETOON’s Halloween programming, airing from Friday, October 19 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

Can’t Miss Thursday (Thursday, October 25, 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
A night of back-to-back squeals during a special Halloween-inspired programming block,featuring brand new Halloween episodes of fan favourites, Adventure Time with Finn Jake, Johnny Test and My Babysitter’s a Vampire as well as a special presentation of Scared Shreckless.

Skatoony (Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m.)
The premiere of a Halloween-themed episode.

Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire (Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.)
Join the Mystery Inc. team as they sing and dance their way through this monstrously entertaining musical. When Daphne becomes the star of a vampire film, the production is thrown into chaos when a real vampire shows up, forcing the gang to investigate who’s behind the mayhem.

Monsters Vs. Aliens (Every weeknight from October 19 until October 31, 4 p.m.)
Halloween on TELETOON kicks off with a special presentation and continues throughout the weekends and every weeknight.

Also running from October 19 to October 31, the Scooby-Doo! Monster Mash Up Contest offers TELETOON fans a chance to win a family trip for four to New York City to see Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries. In this watch n’ win contest, a Mystery Machine revealing a daily secret code word will appear sporadically throughout TELETOON’s Halloween programming. Viewers who spot the machine can head to teletoon.com to enter the code to win the trip or one of thirteen secondary prizes.

Have a Happy TV Halloween with the family.

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