Where to find all the spooky TV choices as Halloween nears

Luaine Lee
Tribune News Service (TNS)

It’s that dark and stormy time of year again when things actually go bump in the night, ravens start tap, tap, tapping and scary monsters take a 10-month lease under your bed.

Of course, TV is armed for the onslaught of Halloween with more choices than you can shake a witch’s broom at.

“The Simpsons” have returned on FoxNow and Hulu with that endless treehouse and its writhing limbs of terror on “Treehouse of Horror XXXII,” this time in five segments. One of the chapters emulates Edward Gorey’s deco animation and details Bart’s evil deeds throughout the year.

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart join forces for "Snoop & Martha's Very Tasty Halloween," premiering Thursday on Peacock.

On Thursday, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart will eat their way through creepy comestible architecture in a life-sized cooking contest, “Snoop & Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween,” streaming on Peacock.

Jamie Lee Curtis is back as the indefatigable Laurie Strode in her vendetta against the vicious Michael Myers in the latest incarnation of the “Halloween” legacy, “Halloween Kills,” streaming now on Peacock.  This time it’s not only Laurie, but her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) that are threatened by this unrelenting tormentor.

Spookmaster Svengoolie will spin “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster,” on Oct. 30 via MeTV.  The nostalgia network will also feature Halloween segments from now-classic series like “Leave it to Beaver,” “The Carol Burnett Show” and “M*A*S*H” the entire creepy weekend. And it will serve a gaggle of unnerving Looney Tunes on its morning show, “Toon in with Me.”

Paramount+ casts its spell with its next “Paranormal Activity” film, “Next of Kin,” arriving Oct. 29.  This is the haunting tale of a young woman who seeks info from an Amish community only to realize that something evil may be lurking under their pristine kapps.

Even the Science Channel goes civilian with its search for the “Lost City of the Monkey God,” premiering Oct. 31. Tales of this mystical city have disturbed scientists and explorers for eons.  Buried deep in the rain forest of Honduras, the “Lost City” documentary follows explorer Steve Elkins and a team of scientists in their quest to unearth this unearthly treasure.

R.L. Stine’s graphic novel is the source of the Disney+ series, “Just Beyond,” complete with eight eerie episodes.  Each one dives into a fresh story with new characters who must travel a dark and perilous journey of discovery complicated by aliens, ghosts and witches, oh my!

Mira Sorvino and Anna Sophia Robb co-star in a sci-fi thriller, “The Expecting” arriving on Oct. 29 on Roku.

And Joan Crawford gets seriously roused on TCM in the classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. This is followed by her more ‘restrained’ performance in “Strait-Jacket” at 10:30 p.m.

Of course, TCM has littered the entire month with classic horror flicks including Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula” on Oct. 27 at 9:45 p.m., “Frankenstein” on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., “Night of the Living Dead” on Oct. 29 at 10 p.m., Jacques Tourneur’s 1942 classic “Cat People” at midnight Oct. 31 and the ultimate shocker, “Psycho,” on Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

AMC figures the ‘80s were rife with horror flicks and will celebrate them in a weekend marathon beginning Saturday, including “The Fly,” “Poltergeist,” “Pet Sematary” and heeeere’s Johnny — “The Shining.”

USA and Syfy are sharing that adorable doll from our past, “Chucky,” and an all-new eight-episode series that finds him limp and harmless at a yard sale (at first). Chucky made his initial appearance back in 1988 in “Child’s Play” and has been haunting audiences ever since.

We’re halfway through Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween,” but not to worry. “Halloweentown” airs on Saturday at 4 p.m., Bette Midler in “Hocus Pocus” at 6:05 p.m. and the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters” at 8:15 p.m. Tim Burton’s classic, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will mesmerize on Sunday at 3:50 p.m.

The  Muppets are starring in their first-ever Halloween special, "Muppets Haunted Mansiom," streaming on Disney+.

If you're curious about the devious minds behind the creatures of the night, you might want to watch the weekly documentary “Behind the Monsters,” beginning on Shudder Oct. 27.  Each of the six episodes delves into one monster including Chucky, Michael Myers and Freddy Kreuger, and will talk with the folk who created these characters, including the actors, directors, stunt people and special effects personnel.

Oscar Wilde’s enchanting novella “The Canterville Ghost,” earns the BBC’s touch with its meticulous four-part version premiering on BYUtv Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. This tale stars Anthony Head as the restive ghost.

And for the kiddies, the Muppets are starring in their first-ever Halloween special, “Muppets Haunted Mansion” streaming on Disney+. With a cast of colorful Muppet characters, (and some cameos) the story finds Gonzo, and his pal Pepe the Prawn doomed to spend the night in the fabled — you guessed it — haunted mansion.