Wiz-Tober Halloween Event with Stars of WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE Returns in 2009


[Press Release – Released by Disney Channel]

Wiztober returns for the second year with a new Halloween and wizard-themed programming lineup hosted by the stars of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Wizards of Waverly Place” — Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone. The month is highlighted by the Season Three premiere of “Wizards of Waverly Place” on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).

Last year’s Wiztober delivered TV’s No. 1 rank in Total Day among Tweens 9-14.

“Wiz-tober” kicks off with a special encore presentation of “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), leading into an entire month of magic-filled movies, including the popular Disney Channel Original Movies “Halloweentown” and “Twitches” (and their sequels), and two installments from the popular “Harry Potter” feature film series, among others. The month also delivers the premiere of a brand new Halloween-themed episode of Disney Channel’s “JONAS” and spooky episodes of “The Suite Life On Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

Beginning Wednesday, September 16, kids can log on to DisneyChannel.com and get printable instructions for “Call in Your Haunt,” where fans can record their own spooky haunted house sound effects. Select entries can be heard online in the Wizards of Waverly Place Haunted House, and will air on Disney Channel during the programming event.
Following the premiere episode of the new season of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” new episodes will air Friday nights throughout October. In the new season, Alex’s best friend, Harper, moves in with the Russos. Meanwhile, Alex pursues her dream of becoming an artist and designs her own art studio inside a miniature dollhouse. Justin, in his last year of high school, plans to savor every senior year moment and to try his hand at monster hunting, and Max hones his wizard skills and becomes a serious contender in the Russo kids’ quest to become the sole heir of the family’s wizard powers.

The schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 (8:00 – 8:30 p.m., ET/PT)

“Franken-girl” — Justin becomes fed up with Alex constantly going through his stuff and creates a female monster to guard his room and to think like Alex. However Justin’s plan backfires when the monster and Alex become fast friends.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 (8:00 – 8:30 p.m., ET/PT)

“Halloween” — After the Russos are told by the Waverly Place Merchants’ Association that their haunted house has never been scary enough in Halloweens past, the family comes together to create the scariest haunted house ever.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 (8:00 – 8:30 p.m., ET/PT)

“Monster Hunter” – After Justin masters his ten-thousandth spell, he signs up for Monster Hunting as the next step in completing his wizard training. “Hannah Montana’s” Moises Arias guest stars.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 (8:00 – 8:30 p.m., ET/PT)

“Three Monsters” – Justin begins his Monster Hunting course and gets more than he bargains for when Juliet and her vampire family turn out to be the three monsters he’s searching for. “Hannah Montana’s” Moises Arias guest stars.

“Wizards of Waverly Place” stars Selena Gomez (“Princess Protection Program,” “Spy Kids 3D”) as Alex Russo; David Henrie (“That’s So Raven,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Justin Russo; Jake T. Austin (“Hotel for Dogs,” “Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board”) as Max Russo; Maria Canals-Barrera (“Camp Rock,” “The Proud Family”) as Theresa; and David DeLuise (“Stargate SG-1,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”) as Jerry.

“Wizards of Waverly Place” is a production of It’s a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel and carries a TV-G parental guideline. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald and is executive-produced by Peter Murrieta, Greenwald, Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 97 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.