This year marks the 15th year that ABC Family has supported an idea I like to call “Pediatric Paranormal,” or more satisfactorily known as “Family Fright Entertainment.” This event runs from October 19th to Halloween.
In 1998 The Family Channel became “ABC Family,” and on the tail end of the success they had in 1997 with their ’25 Days of Christmas’ special they decided to try a “13 Nights of Halloween” event to make Halloween and scary movies more family friendly.
It was extremely successful and I have shared this special 13 night marathon first with my favorite nephew Josh, nudged it as annual viewing into a more conservative family who were a little wary of letting their now 21 year old daughter watch Buffy (which now helps her 8 year old baby sister), and now my own children.
With a lot of people up in arms with the idea that Halloween is an evil Pagan Holiday where the veil between realities or dimensions thins ABC Family offers a more wholesome look for the entire family.
This year a downloadable program guide is available from abcfamily.com of their schedule for this year’s 2013 “13 Nights of Halloween,” special.
While Harry Potter used to be a staple of this marathon, it is not so this year as it has been pulled in favor of more family friendly movies or films that were better received by adults like Scooby Doo 1&2, Practical Magic, and the channel's original programming like Pretty Little Liars.