Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Off the Wall gets creepy and kooky.
HATFIELDS & McCOYS If you watched History's hit miniseries, take a fact-based look at the cross-border feud in a new outing of "How the States Got Their Shapes" (Saturday night at 10:30, H2). It follows another new "Shapes" half-hour titled "Hillbilly vs. Redneck" in the second week of host Brian Unger's second season. Video, games, more at history.com/shows.
HALLOWEEN It's never too soon for TV to spook us. Syfy's annual 31 Days of Halloween is already presenting daily frights, as is Disney Channel's Monstober theme. Look for silly new scares on "The Cleveland Show" (Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Fox/5; unless football runs long, of course), plus other Fox animation. Halloween show construction heats up on "Making Monsters" (Sunday at 8 and 9 p.m., Travel). There's fresh comedy in "Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Comedy Central). The series "Halloween Wars" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Food) stages competitions in pumpkin carving and candy crafting. The hour special "Halloween Crazier" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Travel) visits ghostly locations like a mental hospital turned haunted house. In a matchup of new movies, musical teen turns monster hunter in the family film "Girl vs. Monster" (Friday 8-9:30 p.m., Disney), while heart-stopping chills are promised in the creepfest "Dead Souls" (Friday at 9 p.m., Chiller), featuring Jesse James, Bill Moseley and Magda Apanowicz.
TITANIC MINISERIES Chris Noth, Derek Jacobi and Neve Campbell headline the new "Titanic: Blood and Steel" (Monday-Saturday 8-10 p.m., Encore), revisiting the massive ship being built in Belfast. If nightly viewing isn't your thing, catch the whole thing in marathon form Oct. 14. More at starz.com/promotions/bigminiseriesshowcase.
SECRET ACCESS WEEK NatGeo goes inside national security, customs and more, every night at 8, starting with protecting the president on "Secret Service Files" (Monday at 8 p.m., NatGeo). Other nights cover covert labs, cocaine trafficking, money vaults and the Rockefeller mansion. See natgeotv.com.