Happy Halloween!

While children around the country are rambling from home to home in search of sugary goodness (and possibly in search of naughty pranks), we instead turn our attention to Dancing with the Stars, a place easily as surreal and bizarrely-costumed as any haunted house. Whose dancing will be a fright tonight? Which couple will scare up a win? How many Halloween puns can fit into a single recap? How cool is it that episode 13 of Dancing with the Stars season 13 is on Halloween?

All of your answers are here!

I should probably first point out that this week’s Dancing with the Stars performance show will be delayed by half an hour — to 8:30pm — in order to accommodate special Halloween programming. If you tune in between 8 and 8:30, there will be a Shrek holiday cartoon. But there might also be some brief clips of live footage from the DWTS studios, so the holiday special just might be worth it.

But probably not. Instead, we suggest you spend your extra time perusing the stats for the remaining dancers and playing the new BuddyTV Dancing with the Stars personality quiz.  That’s a much better choice.

With that in mind, here are the standings going into Dancing with the Stars week 7:

  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 153 points total
  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 152 points
  • Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 132 points
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 132 points
  • David Arquette and Kym Johnson: 131 points
  • Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus: 125 points

Basically, J.R. and Ricki are still battling it out for the lead, and the other four couples are smashed up together further down the leader board.

It’s anyone’s competition to win, so let’s get to Dancing with the Stars, Halloween-style!

Hey, there’s some show on right now! Basically it’s some moody backstage stuff. Unfortunately, someone thought it would be a good idea to make Brooke Burke talk in a “scary” voice. The result? Monotone.

On the other hand, if that was actually Nancy Grace’s scream, I’m impressed.

Why are the twins from The Shining at Dancing with the Stars? Any chance they can take out Brooke while they’re there?

The judges seem to be giving the Halloween bits a round of 6s. That seems generous to me.

One note on the Shrek special I am otherwise avoiding. This is not new. I saw it last year. And now I’m watching it again. Sigh…

OK, I admit it, “Dead from Hollywood” made me giggle. It’s going to be hard to maintain any semblance of a straight face throughout this night. Even if Tom “Boogeron” keeps himself to a minimum.

The band is made up of zombies. The judges are skeletons. Improvement?

Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.