"Hocus Pocus", "Nightmare Before Christmas", and even "The Final Girls" are included in this year"s marathon.




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While ABC Family may now be operating under a different name, it doesn’t mean the network’s long-standing traditions have dissipated. Indeed, in addition to those glorious Harry Potter Weekends, ABC Family Freeform is known for its holiday-centric movie marathons, and that includes 13 Nights of Halloween, the schedule for which has been revealed. For the back half of October, Freeform will play host to ghostly delights every night of the week, ranging from obvious picks like Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic to pleasantly surprising new additions like the underrated indie horror comedy The Final Girls.


The fun kicks off next Wednesday, October 19th with, appropriately enough, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the marathon itself includes a few other Tim Burton films like Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, and the delightful Sleepy Hollow.

There’s also plenty of family friendly fare like the entire Halloweentown franchise, Scooby-Doo (penned by James Gunn—really!), Matilda, Monsters University, and the Pixar TV special Toy Story of TERROR!. If I had to make a personal recommendation for this bunch, I’d say don’t miss The Final Girls next Friday, October 21st, and I also highly recommend LAIKA’s love letter to classic horror movies ParaNorman.


Take a look at the full schedule below (all times ET/PT), and let us know what you’ll be tuning in for. Happy watching!


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Wednesday, October 19

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – 5:30pm

R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls – 7pm

Hocus Pocus – 9pm

Thursday, October 20

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – 12am

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – 3pm

Hocus Pocus – 4:35pm

The Addams Family – 6:40pm

Addams Family Values – 8:50pm

Friday, October 21

The Final Girls – 12am

The Addams Family – 4pm

Addams Family Values – 6:10pm

Sleepy Hollow – 8:20pm


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Saturday, October 22

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie – 12am

Spooky Buddies – 7am

ParaNorman – 9:10am

Sleepy Hollow – 11:20am

The Goonies – 2pm

Scooby-Doo – 4:40pm

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – 6:50pm

Monsters University – 9pm


Toy Story of TERROR! – 11:30pm

Sunday, October 23

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – 12am

The Goonies – 7:30am

R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls – 10:10am

Scooby-Doo – 12:20pm

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – 2:30pm

Matilda – 4:40pm

Toy Story of TERROR! – 6:50pm

Monsters University – 7:20pm

Hocus Pocus – 9:50pm


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Monday, October 24

Practical Magic – 7am

Matilda – 2:30pm

The Addams Family – 4:35pm

Addams Family Values – 6:40pm

Hocus Pocus – 8:50pm

Tuesday, October 25

Scooby-Doo – 12am

Death Becomes Her – 7am

The Addams Family – 4pm

Addams Family Values – 6pm

Wednesday, October 26

Halloweentown – 12am

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – 3:30pm


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Dark Shadows – 5:40pm

Sleepy Hollow – 8:20pm

Thursday, October 27

Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge – 12am

The Goonies – 3:30pm

Sleepy Hollow – 6:10pm


Hocus Pocus – 8:50pm

Friday, October 28

Halloweentown High – 12am

The Goonies – 12pm

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – 2:40pm

Hocus Pocus – 4:40pm

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – 6:45pm

Dark Shadows – 8:20pm


Saturday, October 29

Return to Halloweentown – 12am

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie – 7am

R.L.Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls – 9am

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – 11am

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride – 12:35pm

Dark Shadows – 2:35pm

The Addams Family – 5:15pm

Addams Family Values – 7:20pm

Hocus Pocus – 9:25pm

Sleepy Hollow – 11:30pm

Sunday, October 30 

ParaNorman – 7am

Spooky Buddies – 9am

Scooby-Doo – 11:05am

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – 1:10pm

The Addams Family – 3:15pm

Addams Family Values – 5:20pm

Hocus Pocus – 7:25pm

Sleepy Hollow – 9:30pm


Monday, October 31

The Goonies – 7am

ParaNorman – 11am

Scooby-Doo – 1pm

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – 3pm

The Addams Family – 5pm

Addams Family Values – 7pm

Hocus Pocus – 9pm

Tuesday, November 1

Hocus Pocus – 12am


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