On View : The Pumpkin Batch

Beth Kleid is a frequent contributor to TV Times and Calendar

So you're not going out trick or treating and you didn't get invited to a single Halloween party? All's not lost. Halloween thrills can be had right in front of your TV. Munch your treats, carve up ol' Jack and dress as your favorite TV character while you watch spooky specials and kooky Halloween editions of your favorite sitcoms (almost all seem to have one this week). Among them:


"Ellen": Ellen and friends deal with life on Halloween night. Wednesday, 8 p.m.

"Home Improvement": Brad throws a Halloween party at home while his parents are out at a cable awards dinner. Tuesday, 9 p.m.

"Hudson Street": Tony and Melanie's "trick" on Al gets him fired. Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.

"Roseanne": At the Conner household's Halloween get-together, Roseanne receives a message on her Ouija board and goes straight to the hospital. Could it be time for the arrival of the newest Conner? Tuesday, 8 p.m.


"Dr. Seuss' Halloween Is Grinch Night": The Grinch arrives in Whoville to carry out an evil plan. Monday, 5 p.m..

"The Jetsons' Haunted Halloween": A Halloween episode featuring George Jetson and his futuristic clan. Monday, 6 p.m.

"Spooky Toons": A special featuring shorts with characters from the cartoon libraries of Hanna-Barbera, Paramount and Warner Bros. Monday, 7 p.m.

"Haunted House Party": A marathon of cartoons about haunted houses with episodes from "The Flintstones" and "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" Tuesday, 1-9 p.m.


A "Scared Stiffless" Halloween comedy of horrors marathon begins Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Abbott and Costello's "Hold That Ghost" and includes "It Came From Hollywood," clips from some of Hollywood's worst movies (3:30 p.m.); the Winona Ryder-Christian Slater black comedy "Heathers" (8 p.m.); and "Saturday Night Live Halloween Special," a collection of SNL's scariest sketches (10 p.m.)


"Chicago Hope": A bad storm hits Chicago on Halloween causing the power to go out in the hospital. Monday, 10 p.m.

"Edward Scissorhands": Johnny Depp stars as the boy made from machinery parts who magically wields his scissor-like hands. Tuesday, 9 p.m.


Disney Channel Marathon: A spooky bunch of kids' shows including "Casper's Halloween Special." Tuesday through Wednesday, 6 a.m.-6 a.m.


"Melrose Place": The hangout Shooters is all gussied up for Halloween; Alison finds a mysterious locked room at Hayley's mansion. Monday, 8 p.m.

"Ned and Stacey": The faux couple find romance at a Halloween costume party--with the wrong people. Monday, 9:30 p.m.

"Partners": Owen and Alicia are bombarded with trick-or-treaters. Monday, 9 p.m.

"The Simpsons": The annual Halloween episode entitled "Treehouse of Horror VI" features a satire of Freddy Krueger, giant statues that come to life and Homer being sucked into a black hole. Paul Anka is the guest voice. Tonight, 8 p.m. Fox.


"Wes Craven Presents Mind Ripper": Wednesday, 12:55 a.m.

"Friday the 13th--The Final Chapter": After a series of gory murders, Jason finally gets his due. Wednesday, 2:35 a.m.


"MTV Unplugged": A concert with legendary rockers KISS in honor of Halloween. The four original band members (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss) will perform together for the first time in 15 years (but they won't be wearing their makeup). Tuesday, 9 p.m.


"In the House": Kim Wayans guest stars as a physical therapist who stalks Marion (LL Cool J). Monday, 8 p.m.

"Brotherly Love": Joe takes his brother Andy, who is dressed as a ghost, to the mall for trick-or-treating but brings home the wrong ghost. Rondell Sheridan of "Minor Adjustments" guest stars. Monday, 8:30 p.m.


"Halloween Marathon": Halloween episodes of "Doug," "Rugrats," "The Ren & Stimpy Show" and the season premiere of "Rocko's Modern Life." Tuesday, 3-5 p.m.

"Aaahh Real Monsters!!!!": A marathon of the animated show about three young monsters. Tueday, 5-8 p.m.

"Eureka's Castle Special: It Came From Beneath the Bed, or Nightmare on Magellan Street": Magellan confronts a monster who turns out to be quite friendly. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.


Halloween Weekend Marathon: A movie marathon with such thrillers and chillers as "The Sentinel," "The Howling," "Cat People" and "Night Gallery." Sunday, 1 p.m.-1 a.m.

Kolchak Marathon: A marathon featuring the series about reporter Carl Kolchak, who battles the dark forces of evil. Monday, 1 p.m.-3 a.m. and Tuesday, 1 p.m.-3 a.m.


"Living Nightmares": National Geographic's "Nightmares of Nature" series presents "Cry in the Dark," an episode dispelling myths about bats; "Piranha!" follows a year in the life of the flesh-eating fish; "Spider Fear," the third segment, explores arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders. Sunday; repeats Monday and Saturday.

Halloween Movies: A night of movies including "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" with Charles Durning, "Tales From the Dark Side: The Movie" with Christian Slater and "Stephen King's Cat's Eye" with Drew Barrymore. Tuesday night.


"The Canterville Ghost": A family moves into a mansion that has another occupant. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and Monday, 7:30 p.m.

"Trick or Treason: The Story of Pumpkin Head": A Halloween story featuring the Chipmunks with two original Chipmunk songs. Sunday, 1 p.m. and Monday, 7 p.m.


"Time Warp: Twenty Years of Rocky Horror": A look at the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" cult phenomenon; interviews with the stars and reports from the film's 20th anniversary party. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (The movie airs at 8 p.m. and midnight)


"John Carpenter Presents Body Bags": A trilogy of twisted tales hosted by the noted horror film director. Tuesday at 8 p.m.


"Kirk": Kirk quickly learns that New York is no place to go door-to-door trick-or-treating; he also gets thrown in jail. Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

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