Annually, ABC Family provides two major programming stunts, "The 13 Days of Halloween", which runs from October 19 through 31, and the "25 Days of Christmas", running from December 1 through Christmas Day, which have been a part of the channel since the "Fox Family" days. In addition, prior to the 25 Days of Christmas, the network has added a "Countdown to 'The 25 Days of Christmas'", running about two weeks before the event begins, running through Thanksgiving.
Since ABC Family is a semi-religious and semi-family-oriented network it has often been criticized for it's variety of programming. Many shows on ABC Family have episodes that either deal with teen-drinking (Boy Meets World and Still Standing) or teenage pregnancy (The Secret Life of the American Teenager). ABC Family encourages concerned parents to control what their children watch. In fact, ABC Family will always put up a Disclaimer on TV-14 programs and movies with disturbing images such as The Sixth Sense.