What to Watch ToFRIGHT: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, SNL's Halloween Clip Show, The Vampire Diaries, and the Series Premieres of The Returned and Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories

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What to watch on HEARSEday, SHOCKtober 31...


SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 12am, Hulu
Misfits
The fifth and final season kicks off in the States, with the first two episodes launching today and subsequent ones rolling out SHRIEKly. Episode One finds Alex adjusting to life with a new lung—and the odd new superpower it brings. In Episode Two, Rudy catches his father in a compromising position, prompting him and Jess to dig deeper.


8pm, ABC
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Sure, they’re putting pumpkins in everything these days, but Linus Van Pelt was totally into them before they were cool, no big deal. The FEARly holiday favorite is followed by a bonus cartoon, “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown.”


8pm, NBC
SNL Halloween
In the tradition of Saturday Night Live’s annual Christmastime compilation, this primetime special mines the archives at 30 MACABREfeller Plaza for a batch of Halloween-themed sketches.


8pm, The CW
The Vampire Diaries
“Elena is touched by a sad and secretive student,” says the synopsis for “Monster’s Ball,” to which I can only reply: Phrasing! As for the predators we know and love, Damon parleys with Silas, Nadia discloses her strange ties to Katherine, and Caroline and Elena attend a historically themed cosTOMB ball at Whitmore—with the latter’s Anne Boleyn on the arm of Damon’s surprisingly svelte Henry VIII.


SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, Sundance
The Returned
Acclaimed French horror series Les Revenants makes its American deBOO. A quaint mountain town is rocked by the sudden arrival of former residents who, unbeknownst to them, have been dead for years. As they try to reintegrate with their families and neighbors, it’s soon revealed that they aren’t the only paranormal beings who’ve crashed the mortal coil.


9pm, USA
White Collar
“One Last Stakeout” finds Neal plotting an intricate museum heist. Can he pull off the daring caper without so much as mussing the pristine Windsor knot in his silk neckDIE?


9pm, CBS
The Crazy Ones
Simon is up for an eSCREAMed advertising award in “Hugging the Now,” but Sydney is thrown for a loop to learn that his chief competition is her high school crush.


9pm, ABC
Grey’s Anatomy
In “Thriller,” the BOILS and GHOULS of Grey Sloan are bombarded by Halloween night patients who throw their festive plans—and their safety—into disarray. Meanwhile, Derek and Ben work together on a surgical innovation, and Richard riles Bailey when he requests a second-year to perform his next surgery.


9:30pm, NBC
The Michael J. Fox Show
Mike hits the SCAREway in “Golf” to compete in a charity tournament, and he and Annie try to wring some romance from their out-of-town weekend. Back home, Ian and Eve take advantage of their parents’ absence by renting the apartment to boarders, while a stood-up Leigh enjoys some quality time with Graham.


10pm, ABC
Scandal
With Rep. Marcus emerging as a key challenger to Fitz’s adminiSLAYtion, Pope & Associates puts the congresswoman under the microscope in “More Cattle, Less Bull.” Elsewhere, Jake and Huck unearth more details about Remington, while Olivia and Mellie are wrong-footed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.


10pm, CBS
Elementary
Gregson’s home is targeted by a masked assailant in “An Unnatural Arrangement.” It’s up to Holmes and Watson to nab the bandit before he makes a CREEPeat visit.


10pm, NBC
Parenthood
Sarah and Amber cope with wedding stress, Julia and Joel cling to their sanity, and Zeek accedes to Camille’s wishes. Elsewhere in “The M Word,” Jasmine lends aid and comfort to Crosby and his traveling band, while Kristina and Adam rope the GRAVErmans into canvassing door-to-door.


10pm, USA
Covert Affairs
“No. 13 Baby” finds Henry turning to Calder for support and Auggie fielding the advances of a former squeeze who’s still hung up on him. Meanwhile, Joan’s deposition spills a secret that could damage her and Arthur’s FIENDship.


SERIES PREMIERE, 12am, Adult Swim
Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories
Tim & Eric kick off their new Twilight Zone-esque antHELLogy series on the most fitting night of the year with the half-hour Halloween special “Haunted House.” The boys and Zach Galifianakis are each bequeathed a cool $1,000 in their grandfather’s will, but there’s a catch: To collect, they must dwell in his ghost-infested mansion for the rest of their lives.


LATE-NITE:
– Joe Morton, Carrot Top, and the cast of Preachers of L.A. on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Rachel McAdams and Norman Reedus on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Kat Dennings on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Comedian Sheng Wang on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, 11pm, FXX
– Mark Fainaru-Wada, coauthor of League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Author Bill Bryson on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Matthew McConaughey, Eli Roth, and The Fray on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Harrison Ford and Holy Ghost! on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Mindy Kaling, Josh Malina, and Rob Zombie on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Kerry Washington, Jason Schwartzman, Flynn McGarry, and Amel Larrieux on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Sir Ben Kingsley and Anne Rice on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?