Saturday, October 31, 2015

1979 The Halloween That Almost Wasn't and 1978 Witch's Night Out

A Halloween night VHS recording of 1979's The Halloween That Almost Wasn't and 1978's Witch's Night Out, back to back, as they originally aired on the Disney Channel every year from 1983 up to the late 1990s. Also included, in the middle, a shortened version of the first Silly Symphony animated short 1929's The Skeleton Dance. Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

1992 Ghostwatch

Ghostwatch is a British 90-minute reality–horror/mockumentary television movie, first broadcast on BBC1 on 31 October (Halloween), 1992. Despite having been recorded weeks in advance, the narrative was presented as 'live' television. The original broadcast received a huge audience and resulted in an estimated 30,000 calls to the BBC switchboard in a single hour. It caused so much controversy that it led the BBC to place a decade-long ban on the programme ever being repeated after its initial broadcast. Although this has now been lifted, it remains unlikely that it will ever be shown again on British television.

As yet, Ghostwatch has only ever been repeated on television outside the UK – on stations such as the Canadian digital channel SCREAM for Halloween 2004, and the Belgian channel Canvas in 2008. In 2002, the British Film Institute released a 10th Anniversary edition on VHS and DVD. In 2011, 101 Films released Ghostwatch on DVD in the UK. Here's the synopsis:

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in Britain', expecting a light-hearted scare or two and probably the uncovering of a hoax. They think they are in control of the situation. They think they are safe. The viewers settle down and decide to watch 'for a laugh'. Ninety minutes later the BBC, and the country, was changed, and the consequences are still felt today.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

2001 Gahan Wilson's The Kid - The Witch

The Kid is an animated show based on three stories from Gahan Wilson's comic strip "Nuts," about a 10-year-old boy with an overactive imagination. Gahan Wilson is a prominent cartoonist and contemporary artist since the early 1990s, and was known for his uniquely edgy and confrontational style. The show first aired on Showtime in 2001 and is rated TV-MA for crude humor, language and nudity and is intended for mature audiences only.

Three episodes were created titled "The Cat", "The Waitress" and "The Witch." Each cover a variety of topics and learning lessons that the kid and his friends must deal with and face. Topics such as mortality, animal rights, creepy teachers, impressing the opposite sex, pornography, sexism, peer pressure, urban legends and monsters.

The Halloween themed episode is called The Witch. Looking to impress his friends, the kid faces his worst fear and goes trick or treating at the house of a reputed witch, who turns out to be just a kindly old woman who enjoys having visitors. WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT, VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED! Rated TV-MA. Although this does deal with some childhood lessons, I would urge caution with kids - the language is pretty rough.

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You can watch the other two episodes at this Veoh playlist.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

1996 Scholastic Presents Halloween Tales

The characters from 3 popular kids story books titled, THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER by Steven Kroll, and MONSTER MANNERS and BONY LEGS both by Joanna Cole, come to life in this 1996 fun and spooky Halloween video produced by Scholastic and performed by The Reader's Theatre Project: Wil Bowers, J. Stephen Brady, Denise Carlson, Greg Dolph, R. Miguel Lee, Janice Terukina. This VHS is currently selling for $50 on but occasionally shows up on for much less.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

1993 The Elvira Show

The Elvira Show is a hilarious 1993 CBS pilot that starred Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson) and Katherine Helmond of "Soap" and "Who's The Boss" fame as Aunt Minerva. The show's premise is very similar to the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" series, 2 witches in a big old house, a talking black cat, a teenage girl that is the niece, and a laugh track, but CBS found the comedy and innuendo too 'racy' for television and passed on a full season. Here is the synopsis from

Elvira has moved to Manhattan, Kansas, with her wacky aunt Minerva and their talking cat. Elvira is working as a fortune teller and selling love potions on the side! Everything is going just swell until Elvira falls for a hunk named Chip who is actually an undercover cop there to bust her for a phony love potion that put one of her poor customers in the hospital! Elvira also learns about her long lost niece, Paige, who has just showed up on her door step and plans on staying for a while.


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