This week on "Sunday Morning" (October 31)

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Host: Jane Pauley

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COVER STORY: Why nightmares might actually be a good thing | Watch VideoExperts say there is something beneficial in facing our fears head-on, and that means embracing our nightmares. Correspondent Tracy Smith looks at the dreams that terrify us when we're asleep, and talks with horror director Eli Roth about why he's excited to share his nightmares with the world.

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Dream specialist Leslie EllisAnxiety and Stress Lab, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill"Eli Roth's History of Horror" (AMC)Hollywood Museum, Los Angeles

Josh Rossi's depictions of children as superheroes have gone viral.  / Credit: Josh Rossi Photography
Josh Rossi's depictions of children as superheroes have gone viral. / Credit: Josh Rossi Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kids as the superheroes they really are | Watch VideoPhotographer Josh Rossi and his wife, Roxanna, have been turning pint-sized people battling huge challenges into true-life superheroes. Correspondent Lee Cowan finds out how young people are being transformed into larger-than-life characters – and how the transformations are changing how they see themselves.

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Josh Rossi PhotographyJustice League KidsCostume designer Julie Whiteley

Bryan Sansivero photographs an abandoned Connecticut house that was at one time a movie star.  / Credit: CBS News
Bryan Sansivero photographs an abandoned Connecticut house that was at one time a movie star. / Credit: CBS News

PHOTOGRAPHY: Haunting portraits of abandoned houses | Watch VideoGrand old homes that had seen better days are the subject of photographer Bryan Sansivero, who relishes capturing abandoned houses as eerie time capsules to their owners' past lives. Correspondent Martha Teichner tags along as Sansivero preserves some faded Connecticut houses from the 18th and 19th centuries with his vintage Rollieflex camera.

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Photographer Bryan SansiveroFollow Bryan Sansivero on Instagram"American Decay: Inside America's Forgotten Homes" by Bryan Sansivero (Limited edition book)

Huma Abedin talks with
Huma Abedin talks with

BOOKS: Huma Abedin on her husband Anthony Weiner's betrayals | Watch VideoIn her first television interview, Huma Abedin talks with "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell about her extraordinary journey – from the pinnacles of power, as a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the depths of public scandal, as the wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Abedin discusses her book, "Both/And: My Life in Many Worlds," and opens up about her fears that Weiner's sexting transgressions may have cost Clinton the presidency.

READ AN EXCERPT: "Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds" by Huma Abedin

For more info:

"Both/And: My Life in Many Worlds" by Huma Abedin (Scribner), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available November 2 via Amazon and Indiebound

PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including singer Jay Black, of Jay and the Americans.

Actor Kal Penn.  / Credit: CBS News
Actor Kal Penn. / Credit: CBS News

BOOKS: Kal Penn on his unlikely stardom | Watch VideoHow actor Kal Penn, the self-described "skinny Brown kid from New Jersey," became a star in the comedy "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" is as improbable a Hollywood story as was his leaving acting to work in the Obama White House. Correspondent Luke Burbank talks with Penn about confounding the expectations of his South Asian American family, and about Penn's candid new memoir, "You Can't Be Serious."

For more info:

"You Can't Be Serious" by Kal Penn (Gallery Books), in Hardcover, eBook and Audio formats, available via Amazon and IndieboundFollow Kal Penn on Twitter

HARTMAN: Driven to serve (Video)Mike Mason, of Midlothian, Virginia, had served his country for decades, first as a captain in the Marines, and later as the No. 4 man at the FBI. After leaving the Bureau and working at a Fortune 500 company, Mason found retirement didn't sit well with him. So, he started a new chapter in his life, as a school bus driver. Correspondent Steve Hartman reports.

Members of ABBA wear their motion-capture suits to record their performances for the group's upcoming
Members of ABBA wear their motion-capture suits to record their performances for the group's upcoming

MUSIC: The return of ABBA: The start of a new "Voyage" | Watch VideoNearly four decades after taking a "break," the Swedish pop group ABBA is back with a new album, "Voyage." Correspondent Seth Doane talks to group members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus about the music that first drew them together – and brought them back to the recording studio (and soon, in a live concert performance featuring digital avatars).

To watch ABBA perform "I Still Have Faith In You," from their new album, "Voyage," click on the video player below:

For more info:

"Voyage" by ABBA, available November 5 (Pre-order special editions)abbasite.comABBA The Museum, StockholmABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena, London (beginning May 2022)

Nothing up my sleeves ... except magic!  Illusionist Shin Lim.  / Credit: CBS News
Nothing up my sleeves ... except magic! Illusionist Shin Lim. / Credit: CBS News

ENTERTAINMENT: Shin Lim's magic (Video)Shin Lim's first career goal was to become a concert pianist, but halfway through music school, carpal tunnel syndrome forced him to drop out. Instead, Lim became one of the most astonishing illusionists ever, with dexterity that has earned him accolades from such legends as Penn & Teller. Correspondent David Pogue gets a close-up look at true card magic.

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shinlimmagic.com"Shin Lim: Limitless" at the Mirage, Las Vegas | TicketsFollow Shin Lim on YouTube and Instagram

COMMENTARY: Where there's a will, there's a way: The case for advance planning | Watch VideoThere's no time like the present to prepare for your ultimate demise. Advance planning consultant Amy Pickard, creator of Good to Go!, tells us why it's important not to wait until it's almost (or definitely) too late to make your final wishes known.

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Good to Go!

NATURE: Undersea Indonesia (Extended Video)"Sunday Morning" takes us to reefs off the coast of Indonesia, where videographer Mauricio Handler uses UV lights and a special camera to capture creepy creatures underwater.

WEB EXCLUSIVE:

Mo Rocca stars in the Off-Broadway comedy,
Mo Rocca stars in the Off-Broadway comedy,

THEATRE: Mo Rocca stars in the Off-Broadway comedy "Fairycakes" | Watch VideoDouglas Carter Beane's comic romp mixes the stories and messages of fairytales (such as Cinderella and Pinocchio) with Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," and features "Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca as Geppetto. Rocca offers us a backstage pass.

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"Fairycakes" at the Greenwich House Theater, New York | Tickets

GALLERY: Scenes from New York Comic Con 2021Hundreds of fans and cosplayers lined up to attend the convention, its first time back in the Javits Center since the coronavirus pandemic began. Those looking for the whimsical, outrageous and supernatural were not disappointed.

 / Credit: CBS News/Simon & Schuster
/ Credit: CBS News/Simon & Schuster

PODCAST: "Unsung Science""Sunday Morning" correspondent David Pogue explores the origin stories behind some of the most mind-blowing advances in science and technology. Presented by CBS News and Simon & Schuster.

Listen to the episode, "How We Almost Blew the Vaccine":

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