Spooky Watches to Celebrate the Halloween Season

It’s officially the month of October, and Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re looking to celebrate, check out some of our Halloween-themed programming available both on-air and on-demand.

On-Air Kids Programming

Iowa PBS Kids programming can also be watched on demand. To do so, head to the Iowa PBS Kids app or go to pbskids.org and check out the Halloween collection.


On-Demand Adult Programming


The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. The show, hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D., takes us on a journey to discover a new monster for each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans' unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature and film.


Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead is part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events.


Nightmare Theater

The Baron Mondo Von Doren (Mike Ensley), is a minor demon assigned to inflict misery upon mankind by way of bad movies. With his sidekicks — the masked wrestler El Sapo de Tempesto (Chip Chism) and pet werewolf Mittens (Lemmie Crews) — the Baron introduces old horror films in a humorous manner with little respect and a side of intriguing film history.



NOVA brings you stories from the frontlines of science and engineering, answering the big questions of today and tomorrow, from how our ancestors lived, to whether parallel universes exist, to how technology will transform our lives. Take a look at the episode “Arctic Ghost Ship" to hear about the mystery of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition.


Haunted History

If you’re a history fan, check out the show Haunted History to learn more about spooky landmarks and their stories. Watch the episode “Devil’s Elbow” to learn about the sites’ paranormal activity.


Origin of Everything

Every aspect of our daily reality, whether it's the words we use, the pop culture we love, the technology that gets us through the day, or even the identities we give ourselves, emerge from thousands of intersecting histories. Watch the episode, “Why Are We Obsessed with Cults?” to learn more about public fascination with crime.


The Film Lounge

Celebrate the work of Iowa filmmakers, become acquainted with the region’s vibrant film communities and explore film as an art form in this series featuring short form documentaries and experimental, narrative and animated films. Check out season 3’s Halloween special, which focuses on the genre of horror.


Iowa Ingredient

Explore the farms, restaurants, and ingredients that make Iowa food uniquely Iowan. Host Charity Nebbe takes viewers on a journey to discover flavorful Iowa ingredients. From apples to spinach to rhubarb and herbs, each episode features a single Iowa ingredient and treats viewers to a spectacular trip from the farm to the table.

Explore where these delectable ingredients are grown in Iowa, learn about some talented chefs who use local ingredients, and join Charity in the kitchen to savor some delicious recipes. Take a look at season 10 to watch the Halloween special and bring the spooky season to your own kitchen at home.


Greetings From Iowa

Greetings From Iowa is a collection of eye-opening, feel-good stories rooted in our state’s people, lifestyles, diversity, arts and culture. Take a look at season 7 to learn about a Haunted History Walk located in Dubuque, Iowa.


Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow is part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt! Watch as specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles, revealing fascinating truths about family treasures and flea market finds. Check out the episode “Kooky and Spooky” to get in the Halloween spirit.