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The annual airing of the classic 1966 animated special seems like the perfect capper to an evening of trick-or-treating. Lucy will pull the football away at the last minute, Snoopy will fight the Red Baron and Linus will spend the night in the pumpkin patch. Some things never change. 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

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waroftheworlds“Martians have invaded Earth!” That was what thousands of people thought when listening to Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 Halloween Eve radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ tale. On its 75th anniversary, this PBS program looks back at the broadcast and its fallout. 9 p.m. Tuesday on KCTS.

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Life initially seems well and good for the human survivors in the fourth-season premiere of this terrific drama (based on the comic-book series by Robert Kirkman). Oh, but there’s trouble brewing, both out in the woods and within the prison walls. The episode is capped by a great zombie battle and a last-minute revelation. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC.

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The Haunting

“And whatever walked there … walked alone.” So begins Robert Wise’s creepy 1963 film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” (beware the awful 1999 remake). No “Saw”-like contraptions or buckets of gore here. It’s simply the tale of a group of people (with Julie Harris a standout) staying in a haunted New England house with some very unsettling results. All filmed in glorious black and white. For maximum effect, watch it at night, with the drapes closed … and the doors locked.

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Cory%20MonteithIn the episode “The Quarterback,” the students of McKinley High remember the life of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, who passed away earlier this year). I’m sure that series creator Ryan Murphy and his cast have an emotional episode in store for the show’s fans. You might want to have some Kleenex handy. 9 p.m. Thursday on Fox.

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For the return of this involving, additive (and OK., sometimes soapy) political drama, Olivia Pope (Emmy-nominee Kerry Washington) and her team of gladiators at Pope & Associates must cope with the big revelation from last season’s finale. The season premiere is appropriately titled “It’s Handled.” 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC.scandal_season_2

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