(USATODAY.com) - Saturday Night Live Halloween| NBC, 8 ET/PT
Tonight might be the last night of October on your calendar, but on the TV calendar, it's the first night of the November sweeps - and NBC is celebrating with this Halloween-themed clip show fromSaturday Night Live. Maybe someone will at least dress up like an African-American woman.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown| ABC, 8 ET/PT
Out of the many Peanuts specials, two are most deserving of that "special" title: The first,A Charlie Brown Christmas,and the third, this Halloween outing from 1966. As you might expect given the differences in the holidays,Pumpkinis not as outwardly religious asChristmas,but in its own way, it is almost equally (if much more subtly) spiritual. As Linus takes his usual Halloween place in the pumpkin patch, certain he will finally be visited by the Great Pumpkin, the show offers a kid-sized meditation on faith -- its strength and, maybe, its limits. But don't let the theme scare your children off. Like the best Peanuts cartoons,Pumpkinis also the epitome of sweet, gentle, funny family entertainment.
The Returned| Sundance, 9 ET/PT
Adults looking for a more mature way to mark the holiday should consider this eight-part import (shown with subtitles) from France, which is a rarity in itself. Based on the filmLes Revenants, this French twist on the current zombie craze is set in a quiet mountain town that is suddenly visited by a few formerly dead residents.