Family TV: Halloween Specials and Movies 2011

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As soon as October 1st hits, most kids are probably counting down the days until Halloween. A great way to build-up to any holiday is family TV time. Cuddling together on a chilly afternoon or ending a busy day with some family time enjoying a Halloween special on TV can be a lot of fun. Some of our favourite family tv channels have some spooky fun planned.

PBS Kids
Enjoy all new specials of Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid.

Dinosaur Train Haunted Roundhouse/Big Pond Pumpkin Patch
October 20, 24, 28, 30, 31
In Haunted Roundhouse, dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decoratedtheir Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep.  And in Big Pond Pumpkin Patch, the Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them.

Sid the Science Kid Spooky Science Special
October 17, 25, 28, 30, 31
In Halloween Spooky Science Special, it’s Halloween time and Sid and his friends have dressed up in the spookiest andscariest costumes possible.  Sid is a bat with big fangs.  May is a spooky black cat.  Gabriela is a furry, yucky spider.  And Gerald is a super spooky skeleton that goes boo!  Susie (dressed as a silly mad scientist) loves their costumes, and helps the kids discover that Halloween can be spooky and scientific!  The kids investigate how bats are helpful creatures that catch mosquitoes, spiders are expert engineer web builders, cats are leaping aerial acrobats, and skeletons help hold up our body frames!  At the Halloween party, the kids also investigate how to make icky, gooey green slime.  Susie then ends the day with a special “Halloween Parade” song so the kids can march around and show off their spooky and scientific costumes!

PBS.org has an easy no-sew Sid the Science Kid Halloween costume for your own little science kid.

Family Channel
Enjoy a month of bone-chilling Halloween specials on the Family Channel

Frightening Friday Night Flicks
The movie lineup includes Halloweentown 1, 2, 3 and 4, Twitches, Twitches Too, Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween, Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost and Under Wraps.

Wizards of Waverly Place
Spellbinding new episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place continue to air Friday nights throughout the month with a four-episode story arc entitled “Wizards of Waverly Place – Apartment 13B.” Following the episode included in the Night of Premieres lineup on October 14, the Russos will continue to face off against their archenemy, Gorog, in a never-before seen episode on Friday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. The battle comes to a head on Friday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, when all four episodes of the arc (two previously broadcast and two premiere episodes) air back to back followed by Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Kid’s CBC
Kids’ CBC celebrates Halloween every year with segments featuring Patty in her butterfly costume, “Mummy” Yamma, “robot” Captain Claw, and Pirate Sid.  The segments run throughout the Kids’ CBC morning block in the lead up to Halloween and feature knock-knock-jokes, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treat practicing, and a segment in which Sid discovers that Captain Claw’s idea of a treat isn’t the same as his.

Haunted Mansion
Oct 30
Heard of the Disney theme park ride Haunted Mansion? Now you can experience it in the movie Haunted Mansion, Kid’s CBC Halloween movie. (see details from IMdb .)/p>

Halloween on CBC isn’t just for the kids either with special Halloween episodes of Steven and Chris, Best Recipes Ever and Battle of the Blades.

In celebration of Halloween, Teletoon will be filling the month of October with some great Halloween movies and specials.

After School Monster Movies and Scooby Doo
Beginning October 11, catch 3 weeks of your favourite Scooby Doo every weekday starting at 5 p.m ET. In addition catch some family Halloween movie favourits: My Babysitter’s a Vampire – Monday, October 24, 6:30 p.m. ET and  Monster’s vs Aliens – Tuesday, October 25, 5 p.m. ET

Saturday Morning Movies
Checkout our spooky Halloween-themed movies every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET: Scooby Doo and the Goblin King (October 22) and Garfield Gets Real (October 29).

Big Ticket Double Features
Some ex-screamly awesome Big Ticket Movie Double Features in October on Saturday’s at 5 p.m and 7 p.m. ET: October 22 – Scooby Doo and the Samurai Sword (5 p.m.) Scooby Doo Abracadabra-Doo (7 p.m.), October 29 – Ghostbusters (5 p.m.)/ Ghostbusters II (7 p.m.)

Plus a special presentation of the Addams Family movies on October 30: The Addams Family (5 p.m.) / The Addams Family Values (7 p.m.)

Halloween Night
Before heading out trick-or-treating catch these Halloween specials starting at 4 p.m. ET: Johnny Test ‘Johnny’s Grow Your Own Monster’ (4 p.m.), Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (4:30 p.m.), Monster High (5 p.m.), Wallace and Gromit: A Mater of Loaf and Death (6 p.m.)

Happy Halloween

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