31 Nights of Halloween logo

The current logo for Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween.

31 Nights Of Halloween (previously known as 13 Days of Halloween and 13 Nights of Halloween) is an annual programming event that has aired on the Freeform TV network and its predecessors since 1998, created due to the success of the similar "25 Days of Christmas" block that began two years earlier. The "13 Nights of Halloween" special was created mainly due to the success of the latter. The block originally ran from October 19th through Halloween night each year from 1998 to 2017,[1] and will be expanding to run for the whole month in 2018.


The programming block since its creation has consisted of the channel's original programming, airing with their holiday programming. In 1998, they aired specials such as Casper: A Spirited Beginning, thus beginning the program under the name 13 Days of Halloween. Starting in the 2000s, the lineup shifted towards films, such as Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, The Addams Family, and "Harry Potter Weekends" (consisting of the first six Harry Potter films). In 2011, ABC Family switched the focus of the programming block to its original purpose (primarily Halloween/horror-related films), with more appropriately-themed content airing during the programming block. Films that air during the lineup are usually edited for time constraints and profane content, such as language or sexuality, to appeal towards all audience.

Current programming (2018)Edit

Former programmingEdit

13 Days of Halloween 1999

The logo for the 13 Days of Halloween from 1999.

13 Nights Halloween ABC Family
13 Nights of Halloween 2017 logo

The logo for Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween used in 2017.

The following are films and specials which have previously aired apart of the lineup, but have since been removed.


In 2008, viewers averaged 1.2 million. For 2009, the lineup averaged 1.4 million viewers, up from the previous year. Hocus Pocus drew record numbers of near 2.5 million, while Edward Scissorhands drew over 1 million viewers. Total viewers dropped in 2010, averaging just 1.2 million viewers. In 2011, the Pretty Little Liars Halloween themed episode, "The First Secret" was, at the time, the lineup's most watched program. The special episode aired with more than 2.5 million viewers.[2] Viewers for the entire lineup broke record, averaging 1.6 million viewers in 2011, thanks to debuts such as Coraline. The October 29th airing of Hocus Pocus drew the 13 Nights of Halloween's highest viewers ever, with 2.8 million.[3]


In 2012, the second Halloween-themed episode of Pretty Little Liars, "This is A Dark Ride" guest-starring former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert drew 2.8 million viewers.[4] ABC Family announced that the episode had become the lineup's most watched programming in their key demographics in the block's fourteen-year history.[5] Due to the success of previous years airings of Hocus Pocus, multiple airings were scheduled throughout the 2012 lineup. The first initial broadcast of the film on October 23 was watched by 1.6 million viewers.[6] Broadcasts of the film on the nights of October 28 and October 31 were watched by 1.9 million and 1.3 million viewers respectively.[7][8] The network premiere of the film The Sorcerer's Apprentice on October 28 was watched by 2.1 million viewers. Overall viewers for the 2012 season were down from the previous year, with an average of 1.5 million viewers.[9]


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