Freaky footwork: Halloween Week on “Dancing With The Stars,” Monday, 8 p.m.

DWTS gives us the first team dances of Season 21. Eight couples are left, and eliminations from this point forward cut into bone.

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It's Halloween Week on Dancing With The Stars including two scary team dances. Photo/Artwork: ABC
It's Halloween Week on Dancing With The Stars including two scary team dances. Photo/Artwork: ABC

SAN DIEGO, October 25, 2015 – The eight remaining couples on “Dancing With The Stars” let their little monsters go wild for a Halloween themed night of competition on Monday. The fall season takes advantage of the calendar to include one week devoted to a theme of all things ghoulish and ghostly.

It’s a little silly and some of the couples have to push the limits to combine ballroom dancing with the Halloween theme. The true stars of this theme week are the show’s costume and makeup artists, who let their creativity loose when called on to create the character looks for Halloween week.

Season 19's "Team Itsy Bitsy" won the Team Dance with its sexy spider costumes on the women and a spellbinding spiderweb set. Photo: ABC
Season 19’s “Team Itsy Bitsy” won the Team Dance with its sexy spider costumes on the women and a spellbinding spiderweb set. Photo: ABC

No easy breezy dances this week. We will see three dramatic Paso Dobles, two Argentine Tangos, two Waltzes and a lone Foxtrot. All are set to strong, dramatic music. Embrace the darkness in the ballroom.

Halloween Week also marks the point in the season when the first Team Dances take place. The two team captains were the two highest scoring pros last week, Nick Carter and Bindi Irwin. Bindi’s team will dance to the theme song from the movie “Ghostbusters,” which most people know. Nick’s team drew the theme song from the movie “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” which isn’t as familiar.


Who you gonna call on Monday night? In the history of team dances on DWTS, the team with Derek Hough has never lost. Ever.

Bindi Irwin seems to have ballroom dancing in her bones. Photo: ABC
Bindi Irwin seems to have ballroom dancing in her bones. Photo: ABC

The worst part of Halloween Week? If you are the star going home, you’re standing there in jeopardy wearing makeup that might not be the most flattering. Remember poor Snookie leaving the show as a zombie?

Join Communities for our weekly Live Online Chat on Monday at 8 p.m. ET to see how the performances stack up, and which couple goes home.


Week 7 Assignments

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Viennese Waltz, “Haunted” by Beyonce
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Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Paso Doble, “Hora Zero” by Rodrigo y Garbriela
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Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: Paso Doble, “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson
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Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Argentine Tango, “Cry Little Sister” by Gerard McMann (Theme from “The Lost Boys”)
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Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Paso Doble, “O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)” by Carl Orff
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Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: Waltz, “Once Upon a Dream” by Lana Del Rey
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Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Argentine Tango, “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence
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Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot, “People Are Strange” by The Doors
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Team Bindi/Team “Who You Gonna Call?”

Song: “Theme from Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Bindi and Derek
Alexa and Mark
Carlos and Witney
Alek and Lindsay

Team Nick/Team Nightmare

Song: “This is Halloween” from A Nightmare Before Christmas):

Nick and Sharna
Tamar and Val
Andy and Allison
Hayes and Emma

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Wednesday.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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