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5 TV specials that will get you in the Halloween mood

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 20:27:57-04

"It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" may have already aired, but there's still plenty of fall classics on tap this Halloween season. Here's a few that should get 

ABC Family's "13 Nights of Halloween"

ABC Family is already in the thick of its countdown to Halloween, featuring nearly two weeks worth of Halloween classics. The series is heavy on the Harry Potter series (because it's ABC Family) and the Tim Burton films (because, duh), and culminates on Halloween with a back-to-back showing of Hocus Pocus duirng peek Trick-or-Treating hours. Plus, it will help you practice counting so you'll be good to go when ABC Family begins the "25 Days of Christmas" in December.

Disney's Halloweentown

This Disney Channel Original Movie debuted in 1998 and has been an October staple ever since: A young girl's life suddenly changes when she finds out she's a witch, and her family must band together to save an entire town. The movies has spawned three sequels since its release; Disney will show the original film for three straight days on Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

The Simpsons "Tree House of Horror"

One of the main staples throughout The Simpsons historic 28-season run has been its annual Halloween special. This year will mark the 26th edition of parodying classic horror and sci-fi films with the characters in Springfield. The Tree House of Horror series often brings out the best in the series, as evidenced by two Emmy wins in 1996 and 2013. This year's show will premier on Oct. 25 on Fox, alongside Halloween-themed episodes of Bob's Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Family Guy.

Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover

Though Bones and Sleepy Hollow share little in common in terms of format, it's hard to think of show two titles that come together better for a Halloween special. On Oct. 29 on Fox, Ichabod Crane will travel down to Washington for an episode of Bones, and then bring Brennan and Both back to the Hollow for a paranormal investigation.

American Horror Story: Hotel

While hardly a Halloween "special" (this show is downright creepy every time it airs), there's no other show on TV that will have your skin crawling like this one. The show airs Wednesdays on FX; Kathy Bates and Lady Gaga heafline this season's cast.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.