ABC Family viewers tune into the “13 Nights of Halloween” event every year to get their fix of spooky treats -- from screenings of “Hocus Pocus,” to Halloween specials of their favorite shows. But this year one thing is noticeably missing from the October lineup – a “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween episode. That’s right, the beloved ABC Family drama has decided to skip out on the haunted fun for a second year in a row.
Bustle broke the bad news in June. A rep for the series confirmed that Season 6 will not feature a “holiday episode.” That means that not only will fans miss out on Halloween shenanigans in Rosewood, but that a Christmas special is also not in the cards for 2015. However, fans can still catch up with Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) this fall. ABC Family is planning a “5 Years Forward” special for November.
“Pretty Little Liars: 5 Years Forward” will catch viewers up with all their favorite Rosewood characters and expose what they have been up to in the five years that passed from the summer finale. The November special won’t be a standalone episode in Season 6, but instead feature behind-the-scenes scoop before the January 2016 premiere. Fans can watch “never-before-seen scenes,” as well as check out tours of the new “Pretty Little Liars” sets, and interviews with the cast and crew about the five year time jump.
The “Pretty Little Liars” fan base will certainly take a fall special -- but it’s no “13 Nights of Halloween” or “25 Days of Christmas” treat. The show has been working holiday specials into their seasons for the past four years. It all started in 2011 with the Season 2 Halloween special, “The First Secret.” The episode was a flashback that featured Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and revealed that the teen had been targeted by “A” the Halloween prior to her disappearance/ “death.” The Season 3 Halloween special, titled “This Is A Dark Ride,” dropped a big clue about Alison’s “murder.” It was during that episode that fans discovered that Alison might actually be alive. The Liars finally learned that Alison was really alive during the Season 4 Halloween episode, titled “Grave New World.”
Season 5 skipped the Halloween drama, but delivered a Christmas-themed episode titled “How the A Stole Christmas.” Although set around the holidays, the special was a little scary in that it incorporated the ghost of Mona (Janel Parrish) and Mrs. DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker).
“Pretty Little Liars” Season 6B will premiere on ABC Family, which will then be going by its new network name, Freeform, on Jan. 12, 2016.