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Channel surfing, skin crawling
TV networks brew up spooky Halloween episodes
NEW YORK -- Are those cackles coming from the TV?
It's five days until Halloween, and the networks have scared up some must-scream TV for your chilling and thrilling pleasure.
The Fox Family, ABC and the USA Network are just a few of the networks unveiling creepy specials in the days leading up to October 31.
For the kids, there's the Disney original movie, "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire," starring Caroline Rhea and Charles Shaughnessy. It has a plot with teeth: A brother and sister set up mom up on a blind date with, well É a fellow with some odd dietary needs.
The Fox Family Channel is airing "Scariest Places on Earth," a week-long special hosted by a certain someone familiar with head-turning sights and frights -- Linda Blair. Yes, that Linda Blair, who turned from darling to demonic in 1973's "The Exorcist."
Blair gives her terrorizing travelogue a thumbs-up. "There are things that I saw on the tape that I thought were pretty unbelievable," she said.
Bad luck abounds over on ABC, where the featured stars in "Two Guys & a Girl" make the mistake of banning an acquaintance from their Halloween bash. She responds with a curse - the real thing, not an epithet.
"That '70s Show" on Fox pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock with an episode that owes more than a bit of inspiration to "The Birds" (1963), "Vertigo" (1958), and of course, "Psycho" (1960).
But if you're serious about your ghosts and goblins, tune into "The World's Scariest Ghosts: Caught on Tape," on ABC. Narrated by actor James Coburn, the show boasts video and still pictures that the network claims are all kinds of poltergeists, apparitions and other-worldly things flitting about.
On the USA Network, blood-sucking fans can catch "Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula," starring Rudolph Martin as the fanged one. It also features rocker Roger Daltrey of The Who, who puts down his guitar in place of a crown as a Turkish king.
Will mom get a terminal case of love bites? Will the two guys and girl escape that curse? Are those spooks hovering around in your TV?
And those cackles; are they really coming from the TV?
CNN Correspondent Gloria Hillard contributed to this report
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