It must stink to be a vampire or werewolf this Halloween. Most of the new and classic creeps haunting most cable channels on Monday will feature nary a vampire or werewolf. Making way on most schedules are serial killers, zombies and maybe even a real ghost or two.
Perhaps the most ambitious event on Halloween night will be a six-hour edition of "Ghost Hunters Live," in which investigators will attempt to reach out to spirits allegedly dwelling at the Pennhurst State School and Hospital in Spring City, Pa. SyFy personality Josh Gates of the series "Destination Truth" will host the event. The televised search begins at 7 p.m. on SyFy.
Loosely inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein's story, the iconic horror film "Psycho," starring Anthony Perkins, can kick-start your day if you like your chills early. (Maybe recording it and playing it back later is a better idea.) "Psycho," which still holds up as well today as it did when it was released in 1960, can be seen at 7 a.m. on Cinemax.
The groundbreaking horror flick "Night of the Living Dead," which made zombies cool way back in 1968, will lumber along at 9:30 p.m. on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). George Romeo directed and wrote the film, which continues to influence zombie movies more than 40 years later.
"Fear Fest," the gory film marathon, wraps up its two-week run with a marathon of the "Halloween" movies running all day and into the evening.
If you want tamer frights, there's always "Scared Shrekless," a half-hour holiday-themed tale featuring the characters from the "Sherk" film series. Mike Meyers provides Shrek's voice. The special has the characters gathering in a haunted castle and trading spooky tales. "Scared Shrekless" can be seen at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Other highlights for the week of Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. All times Eastern. Listings are subject to change. Check local listings:
-- "The Simpsons" (8 p.m. Fox). The annual "Treehouse of Horror" stories include Homer getting his arm trapped by a boulder. Mountain hiker Aron Ralston provides a voice.
-- "The Walking Dead" (9 p.m. AMC). Shane is trapped in a high school where zombies are swarming.
-- "The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs" (9 p.m. Food Network). Ten celebrated chefs battle for the title of "Iron Chef." At the end of each episode, the two chefs at the bottom of the pack face off in a sudden- death cook off.
-- "The Killing Game" (9 p.m. Lifetime). A mother (Laura Prepon) hears from the man who claims to have killed her son 10 year ago. Now, she puts together clues to track him down.
-- "Rock Center with Brian Williams" (10 p.m. NBC). The network's newest newsmagazine has the veteran newsman hosting an hour of topical issues and current newsmakers.
-- "The New Girl" (9 p.m. Fox). After a short break, Fox's newest hit sitcom is back. Jess shames her roommate when she accidently sees him naked and laughs.
-- "The X-Factor" (8 p.m. Fox). The top 12 perform as the singing competition heads toward the final rounds.
-- "Marathon Boy" (8 p.m. HBO). This documentary chronicles an impoverished Indian boy who wins fans around the world for running marathons (doing 48 of them by age 4). But greed and corruption begins to eat away at all the good he is doing.
-- "I'm Occupying Wall Street" (6 p.m. MTV). This report gives a first-person account of one person involved in the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.