PBS Halloween Specials: No tricks, just treats!

PBS Halloween Specials: No tricks, just treats!

As October comes to an end and Halloween awaits us just around the corner, we’ve brewed a list of our favorite spooky specials to spice up your autumn season. Whether you’re looking to hear haunting history and eerie ghost stories or learn about cultural celebrations and traditions for the holiday, you’re sure to find something listed below to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Welcome to My Farm: The Great Pumpkin

It’s fall in Maine, so Lisa Steele shares a few tips for planting garlic and then heads to a local family-owned farm to find the perfect pumpkin for her fall decor. After learning some pumpkin growing tips, she chooses a few pumpkins and bakes one of her favorite fall desserts – pumpkin swirl cheesecake – and of course shares some of the pumpkin with her flock.


Columbus Neighborhoods: Spooky Ohio

Countless stories exist around Ohio about ghost sightings, hauntings and paranormal activity. In this episode, we explore the spooky side of the Buckeye State by visiting a few notable sites, including Mansfield Reformatory and Harrison House Bed & Breakfast.


Ghost & Vampire Legends of Rhode Island

Marking its 20th anniversary in 2022, New England Emmy-nominated Ghost & Vampire Legends of Rhode Island examines the origins of mysteries around the Ocean State. Uncover chilling facts and legends behind Rhode Island’s undead, including the wandering monk at Newport’s Belcourt Castle, specters on Benefit Street in Providence, Block Island’s flaming ghost ship and America’s most infamous vampire.


Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted globally.


Aha! A House for Arts: Halloween

This Halloween special features the artistic talents of multiple creators, including Brian Bateman, who is especially engaged in his craft this time of year. Whether funny, scary or tastefully decorative, this professional pumpkin carver in Clifton Park, NY has a pumpkin for you. Learn about the intricate process and techniques that Brian uses to perfect each of his pumpkins.


Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope: Halloween in Ireland’s Ancient East

Joseph celebrates Halloween in Ireland’s Ancient East, an area rich in history, myths and legends, and views this beautiful part of the island through the prism of two festivals. The Puca Festival is an ancient observance reborn and the Wexford Festival Opera illustrates Irish’s devotion to community. Sample a taste of the island in castles, country homes, markets, pubs and restaurants.


Antiques Roadshow: Kooky & Spooky

Celebrate Halloween with thrilling and chilling finds, like a rag doll nicknamed “Chucky,” a nightmarish Leonora Carrington painting, and an eye-catching “Bride of Frankenstein” pressbook. Which macabre and magnificent treasure is $250,000-$350,000? Watch Tuesday, October 31, 2pm on CET and ThinkTV16 or stream it with Passport.


Also, check out this season’s PBS KIDS specials airing this month and other specials available now: https://www.cetconnect.org/pbs-kids-halloween-specials-airing-and-streaming-in-october/ (can you also include the TTV link)