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xx Tuesday, October 26, 1999

Scary stuff, huh kids?

Halloween specials to make your blood curdle

By CLAIRE BICKLEY -- Toronto Sun

Alien villains Kang and Kodos visit The SImpsons.
Boo-ha-ha, as a monster with a sense of humour once said.

Good Halloween TV scares you spitless or makes you laugh yourself witless. Great Halloween TV does both. Here are this year's highlights:

WHAT'S NEW

Competing Cranes: William H. Macy is the voice of Ichabod Crane in the cartoon, The Night Of The Headless Horseman, airing at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox. Brent Carver plays Crane in the Canadian-made live-action movie The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, on CTV Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror X: Teen horror movies get spoofed, Homer triggers a Y2K nightmare, the Simpsons kill neighbour Ned Flanders, and Lucy Lawless, Tom Arnold and Dick Clark are guest voices. 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox and Global.

Monster Mash: Disney cartoon inspired by Bobby "Boris" Pickett's novelty tune. 5 p.m. Sunday on CBC.

South Park Halloween: With pirate ghosts and Korn. Midnight Friday on Global.

THE CLASSICS

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: CBS 8 p.m. Friday; YTV Sunday at 5 p.m.

Garfield's Halloween: CBS 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Drive-in double-bill: The Blob and Creature From The Black Lagoon, 8 p.m. Saturday on TVO.

TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS

Casper: Sunday night at 7 on ABC.

Family channel Scary Movie Marathon: Saturday, with kid-friendly frights, including Bedknobs And Broomsticks (noon); Beetlejuice (11:30 p.m.); and The Witches, starring Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson and Jane Horrocks in the adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel (8 p.m; also on YTV Saturday at 3).

Don't Look Under The Bed: Bogeyman bothers teen girl in new Disney movie. 8 p.m. Friday on Family.

THE TREAT

Home is where the mutant heart is in this notorious 1996 X-Files, the only episode Fox has never rerun -- until this Sunday night at 9 on Fox and Global. Baseball bat bludgeoning, incest, infanticide, genetic mutations and the gentle song stylings of Johnny Mathis. What's not to like?

SMART AND SCARY

Buried Alive: Does it really happen and why you want to avoid it. Discovery Channel 8 p.m. Sunday.

Movie Monsters Revealed: Clips of Hollywood monsters, plus the "real" thing: People covered in hair (apparently besides Robin Williams), modern witches and vampires and voodoo practitioners. The Learning Channel, 9 p.m. Thursday.

Ghost Waters: A Native American princess drowned on the eve of her wedding to a white explorer are among historically-based scare stories. TLC 9 p.m. Friday.

Great Books: Dracula, TLC 10 p.m. Friday.

The History And Evolution Of Halloween: 5 p.m. Sunday on History Television.

Haunted History marathon: Six examples of ghosts made mad enough to hang around, including executed Mary Queen of Scots. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday on History TV

FRIGHTENING FEATURES

Houdini -- Believe: U.S. pay-cable movie starring Jonathon Schaech as the legendary escape artist. ONtv Sunday at 9 p.m.

TMN: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Friday at 11 p.m. and Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Sunday night at 9.

Moviepix: Marathon of Canadian, U.S. and British chillers Friday to Sunday. Included is a young Jodie Foster as pretty poison in The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane (Friday at 9 p.m.), Poltergeist (Saturday at 9 p.m.), and The Omen (overnight Saturday at 3 a.m.). And from the U.K., Scream And Scream Again (Sunday at 5 p.m.) and Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Dracula A.D. (Sunday night at 9).

WEIRD WEEKLIES

Most series have new Halloween themed episodes this week. Best bets include:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Fear Itself, in which the Scooby gang is trapped in a haunted frat house. 8 p.m. tomorrow on VR and WPIX; 7 p.m. Saturday on YTV.

Freaks And Geeks: Tricks And Treats, 8 p.m. Saturday NBC and ONtv. Halloween 1980.

Pinky And The Brain: Pinky Halloween, in which Pinky sells his soul to win the Brain world domination. 5:30 Friday on YTV.

Dharma & Greg: The Very Grateful Dead: D&G meet their dead former neighbour. 9 p.m. Tuesday ABC and Global.

That '70s Show: Eric and the gang watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 8:30 p.m. tomorrow on Fox and Global.