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Halloween lovers around the nation tune in each October to watch FreeForm's "#13 Nights Of Halloween." The 13-night event is beloved by many, as the network plays fan favorite, and family friendly, Halloween #Movies each night during the 13 days. This week, FreeForm has officially announced the 2017 schedule, which includes movies like "Sleepy Hollow," "Men In Black," "Monster's Inc.," and everyone's favorite, "#Hocus Pocus."

FreeForm's "13 Nights Of Halloween" 2017 will begin airing on Thursday, October 19, and last until Halloween. The movies will play mostly in the evenings, with extra showings on the weekends.

This year, the network will even taking a page out of TBS' book, (The network airs 24-hours of "A Christmas Story," on Christmas Day.) and playing an all-day marathon of "Hocus Pocus" on Halloween day. As many fans know, "Hocus Pocus" is the backbone of "13 Nights Of Halloween," and will keep viewers tuning in the entire month of October.

"Hocus Pocus" stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimi, Sarah Jessica Parker, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and others. The movie centers around three witches, the Sanderson Sisters, (Middler, NaJimi, and Parker) who are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 100 years later, a new kid in town named Max Dennison, (Omri Katz) lights the sisters' spooky Black Flame Candle and brings them back from the dead on accident. It is then up to him, his sister Dani, (Thora Birch), and the girl he's crushing on to save Halloween and stop the sisters from carrying out their plan to steal the soles of children to keep them alive and young.

"13 Nights Of Halloween" will kick off on October 19 with "Addams Family Values" at 6:45 and then the fan favorite "Hocus Pocus" at 8:50 p.m. The next day, October 20, "Hocus Pocus will air at 6:20 p.m. followed by "Sleepy Hollow" at 8:30. On Saturday, October 21, "Sleepy Hollow" will air again at 4:40 p.m. followed by "The Addams Family" at 7:10 and "Addams Family Values" at 9:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 22 will bring more "Addams Family Values" at 7:05 p.m., followed by "Hocus Pocus" again at 9:15, and "Alice in Wonderland" at 11:25. The next day will begin a Tim Burton marathon, which could include any of the directors films such as "Beetlejuice," "The Corpse Bride," or "The Nightmare Before Christmas." On Tuesday, October 24 the Sanderson sisters are back in action at 8:50, after another showing of the "Addams Family Values." On the 25th, The Sanderson sisters will make another appearance at 6:35 followed by "Men In Black" at 8:45.

October 26th will bring another showing of "Men In Black" at 6:05 p.m., followed by Johnny Depp's "Dark Shadows" at 8:20. The next day both "Addams Family" movies will air back-to-back, and on Saturday, October 28, "Hocus Pocus" will air before "Monster's Inc." and "Monster's University."

Sunday, October 29, will be a Disney-Pixar day with another showing of both "Monster's Inc." movies followed by the fan favorite "Toy Story of Terror." The day before Halloween brings the Addams' back as well as the Sanderson sisters, before Halloween day, where "Hocus Pocus" will play on a loop for an all-day marathon event, closing out FreeForm's "13 Nights Of Halloween" for 2017.
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British actor Sam Underwood has proven himself rather adept at playing psychologically disturbed individuals in US TV shows from Dexter through to The Following. While he is (hopefully) not a sociopath, he is no stranger to mental health issues, and in his own show, Losing Days, he courageously tells us about living with manic depression, or bipolar disorder, sometimes bordering on psychosis.

He takes us back to his childhood in Woking in Surrey and the “problem” with Underwood men, including his father, which the family never really talks about. We see how his need to “express himself” as a performer from an early age was destined to blossom into something more complicated and scary in his 20s. We learn about his marriage to Valorie Curry – his co-star in The Following – and how she has supported him and stood by him through his darker times. And we find out how he came to play a cat in a drunken stage production of the film Hocus Pocus.

Sam insists this is no sob story, and, thanks to his endearing enthusiasm and charm, he makes this a positive story about coming to terms with his condition and how it has always been a part of who he is. The show is injected with a fantastic live musical score of the songs of British singer-songwriter Frank Turner, taken from his 2013 album Tape Deck Heart. Sam joins with Maks Kubiś on guitar to create band The Boxroom Larrys, smashing out anguished but uplifting songs that fit Sam’s story perfectly such as the up-tempo Four Simple Words, the poignant Recovery and the jaunty Losing Days.

This is a brave performance, especially as Sam admits that, in his industry, people – especially men – don’t tend to talk about their problems. It becomes clear that his mental issues have made him the man he is at 30 and helped to propel him to success in a career where he gets paid to “express” himself, most recently as a lead in hit TV series Fear the Walking Dead. By the end, he has demonstrated that, as well as acting, he has a fine singing voice, can tap dance and play keyboard and guitar – some of which, in his drive for perfection, he taught himself simply for the sake of this show.
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There are lots of little known “holidays” on the calendar, and Thursday is one of them: National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Also known as Black Cat Day, Aug. 17 has been dedicated to the raven-furred felines since 2011. Although they are commonly associated with bad luck, there are many reasons to love them.

The black cat’s tie to witchcraft began in the Middle Ages. More recent connections to pop culture witchcraft include Binx from the movie “Hocus Pocus” in 1993 and Salem from the television series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

However, other countries believe black cats are good omens. Great Britain’s superstition is that black cats bring good luck, and Germany believes a black cat crossing your path will bring prosperity. Japanese culture encourages young women to own black cats to increase their chances at romance.

Black cats have an excess of melanin, which can make their black fur appear “rusty” brown in the sunlight. It also causes the yellow pigment in their eyes. The dark fur has been shown by research to fight off certain diseases.

So whether you spend August 17 watching an episode of “Felix the Cat,” petting your furry friend or just visiting the Glacial Lakes Humane Society to see its assortment of black cats, be sure to do your part in recognizing National Black Cat Appreciation Day.

As part of the day, black cat owners are encouraged to use social media to show off their pets and prove black cats make as good a pet as cats of any other hue.
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OMG, Spirit Halloween has an entire Hocus Pocus collection this year, and I think I need everything in it.

Especially the Binx stuff.
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Remember the Hocus Pocus pins [livejournal.com profile] scheherezhad linked to last year? Well, they had a memorial day sale and I decided to treat myself:

Mary, Sara, Winifred, the book and the black flame candle:

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And an RV and a stack of pancakes for the subtle Eerie references:

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And this little skull in a hat because he reminded me of Dereek Landy's Skullduggery Pleasant books:

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