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ABC Family To 'Freak Out' This Halloween

ABC Family is going pranking this Halloween season.

The 97 million-subscriber network will bow half-hour prank series Freak Out during its annual “13 Nights Of Halloween programming stunt this October, ordering 14 episodes from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions (Jersey Shore, Party Down South).

Each installment will feature an unsuspecting mark, whose fears come to life before their eyes with elaborate special effects, intricate makeup, twisted actors, and multiple cameras capturing the scenario from every angle. Every prank is deviously divined with help from the victim’s friends and family to turn an everyday situation into someone’s scary moment, until they realize – they’ve been pranked.

"I’m glad to get reality back on our schedule and to continue to grow our original programming,” said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim in announcing the pick-up. “Scary can be funny and this series is sure to deliver the ‘sclaughing’ -- the screaming and the laughing. We’re also excited to be working with 495 Productions, a company with a proven track record for delivering hugely entertaining reality series.”