Halloween Specials, Marathons and Premieres: FearFest, Amish Witches, The Living and the Dead and More

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Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year because cable networks go all out to gear their programming towards the spooky and scary, whether it's the debut of new shows like Wolf Creek (above), the Australian miniseries that debuted on Pop TV on October 14 or marathons of Halloween classics. Here's a guide to what you'll find.

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13 Nights of Halloween

Through Oct. 31, Freeform

The countdown to Halloween starts here! Headlining the family-friendly frightfest is the network-television premiere of R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls and the Freeform premiere of Spooky Buddies. Also, catch Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Dark Shadows and more every night leading up to October 31.

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FearFest 20

Through Oct. 31, AMC

Freddy, Jason, Damien and the rest of the monsters from Elm Street and beyond help celebrate two decades of horror as AMC’s annual bloodbath turns 20.

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Dare to Pop

Through Oct. 31, Pop

The premiere of the anticipated Wolf Creek is at the center of Pop’s 250 hours of spine-tingling programming along with the brutal and controversial 2005 Australian film on which the six-part miniseries is based. And if that’s not enough gore for you, there’s the first five films in the Saw franchise.

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Halloween Baking Championship

Mondays, 9/8c, Food Network

Other channels may be focusing on thrills and chills, but for Food Network, it’s all about the treats! In this competition, seven bakers face off to win $25,000. Judges Carla Hall, Damiano Carrara and Sandra Lee help select the wickedly delicious best.

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Channel Zero: Candle Cove

Tuesdays, 9/8c, Syfy

During Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween, Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw star in this six-part series based on a viral horror story that swept the internet, about a man’s obsession with the deadly events surrounding an old children’s TV show.

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Fridays, 9/8c, GSN

Teams of four friends take a haunted elevator to multiple floors for blood-curdling challenges inspired by the seven deadly sins, all in hopes of winning $50,000.

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The Living and the Dead

Series Premiere, Thursday, Oct. 27, 9/8c, BBC America

A psychologist and his young wife return to the haunted English countryside where the engine of progress is rapidly unearthing all manner of spirits in this spooky six-part British miniseries.

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Terror Classic Movies: Universal Horror

Friday, Oct. 28, 8/7c, TCM

Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932) and The Wolf Man (1941) are just a few of the classic creature features that you’ll see in this marathon.

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Amish Witches: The True Story of Holmes County

Premieres, Saturday, Oct. 29, 8/7c, Lifetime

A reality-TV crew documenting an isolated Amish sect witnesses the death of an alleged witch. But it’s not until after her funeral that the terror begins, as young women are plagued by a malevolent force from beyond the grave.

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Paranormal Lockdown: The Black Monk House

Monday, Oct. 31, 9/8c, Destination America

Paranormal Lockdown’s Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman investigate the Yorkshire, England, home of the most violent poltergeist activity ever reported.

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