It may only be August, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween.
Spooky decorations are already out in stores, and Halloween TV specials are in the works. That has fans of ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” thinking about the 2016 event — but is it still happening now that the network has switched names to Freeform?
ABC Family was rebranded as Freeform on January 12, 2016. But that wasn’t the first time that the network changed its name. It was initially launched in 1977 as CBN Satellite Network, and renamed CBN Cable Network in 1981. In 1988 it underwent another rebranding to The CBN Family Channel, and two years later dropped CBN to just become The Family Channel. It remained that way for eight years until it became the Fox Family Channel in 1998, and later ABC Family in 2001.
The “13 Nights of Halloween” programming event started in 1998 when the channel was still being called Fox Family Channel. ABC Family continued the tradition then they took over a few years later, and according to Freeform, they’ll also continue the spooky fun. They cleared up fan speculation shortly after the rebranding announcement was made in 2015.
The official “13 Nights of Halloween” Facebook page already has the 2016 dates listed as October 19-31. No schedule has been released yet, but it could be coming soon. Last year the programming lineup came out on September 2, giving viewers over a month to clear their schedule.
Since Freeform is more targeted to “young adults,” rather than families, it’s unclear if they will be dropping some PG movies that have aired in previous years, like “Monsters, Inc.” and “ParaNorman.” Halloween specials for Freeform original programming like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Stitchers” have yet to be announced.
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