Ghosts, zombies and monsters come to life every week in October as Nickelodeon celebrates the spookiest month of the year with the premiere of Deadtime Stories, a brand-new, half-hour series, scaring on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The single-camera show stars Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place) as “The Babysitter,” who shares stories from her collection of creepy tales with children every week. Deadtime Stories is based on the popular eponymous children’s book series, and chronicles kids’ eerie encounters, from hauntings to monsters to supernatural occurrences. The series will premiere every Thursday at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), with two back-to-back episodes on Nickelodeon.
In each episode of Deadtime Stories, kids embark on different thrilling adventures with ghostly tales, including a grave with something unusual buried inside, a wishing game gone awry and a magic kit with irreversible tricks. The series is created by the Hillenbrand brothers and the Cascone sisters and distributed by DHX Media. David and Scott Hillenbrand have a long track record across multiple genres including extensive work on hit kids shows such asSpider-Man (Animated), Sweet Valley High and Power Rangers, while Annette and Gina Cascone have an equally long track record of writing spine tingling tales for middle grade and young adult readers.
In the series premiere, “Invasion of the Appleheads,” Katie and Andy attend their town’s famous haunted hayride, where legend says locals were turned into zombies. When the siblings see people acting strangely, they have to find a way to save the town before history repeats itself. Immediately following is “Along Came a Spider,” where best friends, Mikey and Max, stumble upon an old science kit and discover that some of the animals in the kit are not quite as dead as they seem.
The popular Deadtime Stories book series written by the Cascones, originally included 17 titles and has sold over 2 million copies. It is has been republished and released in hardcover, paperback and digital by major publisher Tor Books/Starscape, a division of the Macmillan Group, in addition to being carried by Scholastic.