Getting into the spirit of Halloween, the scariest day of the year, is as easy as picking up the remote.
From week-long film fests to plot tie-ins on network series, many destinations on the dial will offer programming this week in the spirit of the Sunday, Oct. 31 observance.
American Movie Classics marks the occasion with a weeklong "Monsterfest," offering 39 movies beginning Sunday at 10 p.m. with "Horror of Dracula," hosted by Roger Corman. The producer-director returns each night at 10 p.m. to host movies such as "Curse of the Mummy's Tomb," "The Werewolf" and "It Conquered the World."
In addition, a one-hour AMC special, "Attack of the 50-ft. Monstermania," will premiere Tuesday at 9 and repeat throughout the week.
AMC's Friday highlights also include "The She Creature" at 11:15 p.m. and "Amazing Colossal Man" at 12:40 a.m.
The world's most famous reptile, Godzilla, invades Saturday at 1 p.m. and continues to wreak havoc until 5 a.m. The big guy stars in 10 films including "Godzilla vs. Mothra" at 12:50 a.m.
"Monsterfest" concludes on Halloween with well-known thrillers such as "Rodan," "The Land Time Forgot" and "The Pit and the Pendulum."
Other chills and thrills for the week:
The classic "slasher" film, "Friday the 13th," airs at 1 p.m. on WBDC, featuring the psychopathic killer disguised with a hockey mask. Stephen King's tale of a murderous mobile, "Christine," follows at 3 p.m.
On the Family Channel, Melissa Joan Hart stars as "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" at 4 p.m.; "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" airs at 6 p.m.; and the television premiere of "Casper Meets Wendy" airs at 8. In that story, the Friendly Ghost and the Good Little Witch choose to use their powers for good and bring their families together to fight evil.
"The Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf" leads a Sci-Fi Channel film trilogy at 1 p.m. "Howling V: The Rebirth" airs at 3 p.m., and "The Howling VI: The Freaks" follows at 5.
"Halloweentown" will be featured at 8:40 p.m. on the Disney Channel.
"Haunted History" explores New York City at 9 p.m. on History Channel.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" will feature a Halloween episode at 8 p.m. on WB in which Buffy goes to a fraternity Halloween party.
At 9 p.m. on ABC, the ghost of a dead neighbor visits "Dharma & Greg."
Fox's "That '70s Show" has an episode at 8:30 p.m., in which Eric (Topher Grace) and the gang first see "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." At 9 p.m. on "Party of Five," the Salinger home becomes a house of horrors complete with wild costumes, tombstones and coffins.
The original "Halloween," starring Jamie Lee Curtis, airs at 9 p.m. on USA Network.
"Witchcraft" is explored at 8 p.m. on the History Channel, and "Haunted History" looks at San Antonio at 9 p.m.
The "Beverly Hills, 90210" gang is in the spirit at 8 p.m. on Fox when Steve (Ian Ziering) decides to prepare a haunted house to entertain trick-or-treaters.
Turner Classic Movies airs "The Thing" at 8 p.m, "Village of the Damned" at 9:30, "It! The Terror From Beyond Space" at 11 p.m. and the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" at 12:30 a.m.
Disney Channel offers "Beetlejuice" at 8:35 p.m.
The History Channel will present "Hitler and the Occult" at 8 and "Haunted Ships" at 9 p.m.
William H. Macy, Luke Perry and Tia Carrere lend their voices to "The Night of the Headless Horseman," an animated special based on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Comedy Central serves up "My Best Friend Is a Vampire" at 10 a.m., "Teen Wolf Too" at 4 p.m., and "Weird Science" at 8. Disney also shows a light touch with "Under Wraps" and "Frankenstein and Me," beginning at 7 p.m.
Sci-Fi stakes out the scary real estate with "House 2: The Second Story" and "House," starting at 7 p.m. And USA Network has "Child's Play 3" at 9 p.m.
The Discovery Channel's "On the Inside" series offers "Hollywood Haunts" at 8 p.m.
Also at 8, TLC's "Movie Monsters Revealed" examines Hollywood's plethora of vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies. "Haunted Lighthouses" follows at 9.
"Haunted History: Washington, D.C.," at 9 p.m. on the History Channel, explores the ghostly legends surrounding the Nation's Capital.
At 8 p.m., CBS offers the 1966 "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," which finds Linus waiting in the pumpkin patch. At 8:30, it's "Garfield's Halloween Adventure," a 1985 animation about Garfield, Odie, ghosts and ghouls.
At 8, Pax's "Little Men" finds the children trying to find a ghost's unmarked grave. At 8:30 on ABC's "Odd Man Out," Julia caters a wealthy client's Halloween party.
The Disney Channel's three-day "Spook-O-Rama" begins with "Escape to Witch Mountain" at 7:30 p.m., followed by "Don't Look Under the Bed" at 9:10.
USA has four horror flicks, beginning with "Child's Play" at 9 p.m.
History provides the "Haunted History of Halloween" at 8 p.m., and TLC puts an intellectual twist into the week, featuring Bram Stoker's "Dracula" on its "Great Books" series at 10.
At 8, on CBS's "Early Edition," Gary Hobson finds himself dealing with an explosion at a Halloween rave party. At 9, the Pax stations carry "Halloween i-Bash," a two-hour interactive show from Las Vegas with performances by Tony Bennett, KISS and the Dixie Chicks. And Fox's "Mad TV," at 11, continues a tradition of Halloween-tinged humor.
On Cartoon Network's "The Scooby-Doo Project," movies featuring the teen detectives and their dog are found in the woods inside an abandoned Mystery Machine. During the marathon, blurbs will explain the gang's "Blair Witch"-type disappearance. The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo marathon will hit viewers with "puppy power" on Halloween day.
"The Witches," starring Anjelica Huston, airs at 2 p.m. on Lifetime, followed by "The Haunting Passion" at 4 and Stephen King's four-hour "It" at 6. One of the "Candyman" films airs at 7 on Sci-Fi, followed by "Tales From the Crypt Present Demon Knight" at 10 and "Pumpkinhead" at midnight. "Transylvania 6-5000" begins a Comedy Central minimarathon at 11 a.m. "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" airs at 2 p.m., and "So I Married an Axe Murderer" follows at 8 p.m.
TBS's "Halloween to Die For" movie fest, hosted by Taylor Negron, offers Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive" at noon, "Poltergeist II" at 2 p.m. and "Poltergeist" at 8 p.m. TNT also has King's "Carrie," with Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, at 8 p.m.
USA Network has a string of dark sequels, including "Pet Sematary Two," "Addams Family Values" and "Child's Play 3."
And on WDCA, Wes Craven takes over at 2, 4 and 8 p.m. with three Freddy Krueger movies.
A&E has a two-hour program on "Haunted Houses" at 1 p.m.