Monday, October 31, 2011

2011 Happy Halloween - Safety Tips

Happy Halloween 2011!! Here we have 2 videos with safety tips to follow this Halloween. The first video is Hanna-Barbera's Unicef Halloween Safety Tips: Featuring Scooby Doo and The Flintstone Kids:

The second video contains Halloween Safety Tips from Joy Berry's "Taking The Scary Out of Halloween":

Saturday, October 29, 2011

1980s-2000s Peanuts Great Pumpkin Shorts

Here are five animated shorts that add on to or spoof the classic Halloween special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

This first short is from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show that ran from 1983 to 1985. It's titled simply Great Pumpkin. While Linus, Sally and Snoopy await his arrival, Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown go bowling.

Great Pumpkin - 6 minutes:

The second short is from the online series Peanuts Motion Comics and is called Dear Great Pumpkin. Again Linus prepares for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin while Lucy torments Charlie Brown yet again on a football field.

Dear Great Pumpkin - 3 minutes:

The third short is from the 1988 TV special Snoopy!!! the Musical. Linus once again holds vigil in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night, in hopes that the great pumpkin will appear. Snoopy accompanies him, but wears dark glasses so as to prevent anyone from recognizing him.

The Vigil - 3min:

The fourth short is from the sketch comedy show MADtv that ran from 1995 to 2009. This is a spoof of the classic special.

It's The Big Ass Pumpkin Chuckie Brown - 2 minutes:

The fifth and final short is also a spoof from the Adult Swim stop motion animated television show, Robot Chicken.

O Great Pumpkin - 2 minutes:

1998-2004 Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Trick or Points Halloween Special

This isn't the official Halloween episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? it is a fan made collection of improv clips and songs about vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein, Halloween, sci-fi, horror movies and other scary related material. Very funny stuff. Parts I and II are each 55 minutes long.

Part I 55min:

Part II 55min

Friday, October 28, 2011

1998 Alien Voices - A Halloween Trilogy

Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie are co-owners of the theatrical company "Alien Voices". Nimoy and de Lancie, along with other veteran actors, performed classic stories as if they were an old radio shows from the 30's and 40's on the stage. They even had people performing the sound effects live, just like the old radio shows. This special, titled "A Halloween Trilogy" originally aired October 26th, 1998 and contains the following 3 plays: The Mark of the Beast, The Canterville Ghost and The Cask of Amontillado. This was one of three Alien Voices television specials made for the Sci-Fi Channel.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1980s Commander USA's Halloween Special - Alligator People

Commander USA's Groovie Movies is a movie showcase that was hosted by Jim Hendricks as "Commander USA" and ran weekend afternoons on the USA Network from 1985 to 1989. The Commander was a great horror movie host in the tradition of Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs, my other two favorite horror hosts. I remember many great Saturday's watching the USA Network. I really wasn't interested in the movies, I just loved the Commander's comedy bits before/after the commercial breaks.

In the first (and only actually) Halloween special, the Commander hosts the 1959 science fiction horror film The Alligator People starring Lon Chaney Jr. You can watch the full Halloween movie/special below:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2005 The New Worst Witch - Trick or Treat

The New Worst Witch was a British TV series that ran for 2 series from 2005-2006. It carries on from the original 1998-2001 series The Worst Witch, which is based on books by Jill Murphy. This time at Cackles Academy its no longer Mildred 'Millie' Hubble causing trouble its her cousin Henrietta 'Hettie' Hubble who causes just as much trouble. The complete series was released on Region 2 DVD but is hard to find. Many may remember the 1986 made-for-television film The Worst Witch. Though a British film, it aired in the USA on HBO.

In the Halloween episode Hettie, Mona and Cressie have been selected by Miss Nightingale to sing to the Grand Wizard. It turns out, the Grand Wizard is ill, so his place is taken by wizard author Richard Avalon. Hettie gets into trouble while trying to prove a point and is replaced by Belladonna to sing in the ceremony. Hettie decides she must prove who Richard Avalon really is...

Monday, October 24, 2011

2003 Disney's House of Mouse - House Ghosts

Here is the second Halloween episode from Disney's House of Mouse series titled House Ghosts. Click here to view the first Halloween episode of House of Mouse.

It's Halloween and Donald tries very hard to impress the Magic Mirror with his costumes, while Pete unleashes some grim grinning ghosts onto the club to try and scare everyone away. I laughed for 10 minutes when I saw Mr. T and Hades! Included are the following animated shorts: Hansel and Gretel (1999), Pluto Gets the Paper: Spaceship (1999), How to Haunt a House (1999).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

1981 Dark Night of the Scarecrow

Misguided townsfolk, blinded by bias and fear, mistakenly kill a mentally retarded man after someone accuses him of raping the young girl he had befriended. Shortly thereafter the entire town is beset by a supernatural terror. The story originally aired on television.

I remember watching this movie from when I was a kid and it scared the crap out of me! There is just something very scary about scarecrows. This is perfect to watch on a creepy Halloween night with the lights out.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1970s & 1980s Danse Macabre cartoon PBS filmstrip

This is a remarkable cartoon set to Danse Macabre, by French composer Camille Saint-Saƫns. I remember watching this video in elementary school every year during Halloween. One of the best short length Halloween animations ever created. This was shown on and produced by PBS in the 1980s. I remember watching this 1980s version, If you are looking for the 1970s filmstrip version look below this video:

1980s Full Short:

Some folks have been looking for the Danse Macabre filmstrip version they saw in the 1970s or earlier. The one illustrated by Harold Dexter Hoopesthey. I believe this is it below:

1970s Full Filmstrip:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

1996 Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh

This Halloween special begins with Pooh and his pals getting ready for trick-or-treating, but Piglet is too scared to go through with it. Even worse, Piglet thinks Pooh is in the clutches of spooks, but in a rare test of his own mettle, he summons his courage and decides to fight for his friend.

This video is simply delightful! I first taped this off of the TV years ago. I just watched it for the first time in years a few days ago. I just love it.

Full Special:

Monday, October 17, 2011

1999 Monster Mash

Frank, Wolf and Drac have fallen on hard times. Frank's batteries need recharging, Wolf's losing his hair and Drac's wearing dentures. But when the scariest monsters on the block become the laughing stock of the ghoulish underworld, they must prove their worth by giving a "typical" human family the fright of their lives. Based on the famous pop song of the same name. This is a fun Holiday movie for kids of all ages. It is a silly twist on some of our old favorite classic monsters!

A playlist of 5 videos that adds up to the full 60 minute special:

Or Click Here to watch the other parts on Youtube.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

1985 WWF Saturday Night's Main Event - Halloween Episode

Here are video clips from a 90 minute Halloween special of WWF's Saturday Night's Main Event from 1985. These clips contain all my favorite wrestlers dressed up in costumes as they compete in fun Halloween contests that took place in between the matches, which have been edited out. I loved wrestling and Halloween as a kid and this is a fun cheesy special that combines both.

Part 1 - Intro:

Part 2 - Pie Eating Contest:

Part 3 - Great Pumpkin Dunk:

Part 4 - Rowdy Roddy Piper's Halloween:

Part 5 - Pumpkin Pass:

Friday, October 14, 2011

2003 Disney's House of Mouse - Halloween with Hades

This is the first Halloween episode of Disney's House of Mouse series titled Halloween with Hades. Click here to view the second Halloween episode of House of Mouse.

Hades falls in love with Maleficent and Mickey tries to bring them together. My new nightmare....Hades dressed like Mickey. Included are the following animated shorts: How to Camp (2002) and Donald's Halloween Scare (2000).

Thursday, October 13, 2011

1996 The Ghoul VS Count Scary present Night of the Living Dead in MasTERRORpiece Theatre

In this Halloween special two Detroit horror host icons, Count Scary and The Ghoul battle it out as they host the 1968 public domain classic "Night of the Living Dead". Originally aired 10/31/1996 on Channel WKBD Channel 50 from Detroit, Michigan.

Full Special and Movie:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

1983 Smurfs - All Hallows Eve / The Littlest Witch

Some Bright Memories.........."All Hallows' Eve" was originally titled "The Smurfs' Halloween Special," though it is a normal cartoon episode of standard running length and not an actual cartoon special. It was renamed "All Hallows' Eve" for the syndicated run.

All Hallows Eve - Full Epsiode:

A young witch named Brenda is in danger of flunking out of Witch's school, unless she can be more evil, but the Smurfs teach her about being good.

The Littlest Witch - Full Short:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1998 Two Of A Kind - Nightmare On Carrie's Street

While out trick or treating, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen switch costumes with Max and Brian, so that they can attend there baby sitter's college Halloween party, from which they were banned by there father, Kevin, who believes the girls are too young to attend. This is episode 6 of 22 made and originally aired on October 23, 1998 as part of TGIF, a family-friendly prime time television programming block on the ABC network. After its cancellation, the show gained more of an audience when reruns aired on FOX/ABC Family channel from 1999 to 2004.

Full Episode:

Monday, October 10, 2011

1933 Betty Boop`s Halloween Party - b&w and colorized

It's the scariest time of year, and Betty Boop hosts a party with aid from a scarecrow; but an uninvited gorilla threatens havoc. Betty caused controversy no matter what cartoon was created with her in it. Original black & white and colorized versions.

Full Black & White Short:

Full Color Short:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

2003 Scare Tactics Scare Tac-ular!

A 45 minute Halloween special from the series Scare Tactics which airs on the SciFi channel (now called SyFy). This was filmed in 2003 in front of a live audience at Universal Studios and is hosted by the original host Shannen Doherty. Features "scares" from the first season as well as new never-before-seen "scares" and scenes from the horror movies that inspired them. This is the first Halloween special in the series.

Full Episode:

Friday, October 7, 2011

1955 Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Intro

This version of Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was an episode of the "Disneyland" TV series that originally aired on October 26th, 1955 but this video was recorded from the Disney Channel in the early 90's. The cool things about this video is it begins with an animated history of the life of author Washington Irving and is hosted by Walt Disney himself. I remember this airing on the Disney Channel on Halloween night. I so wish this version was available on DVD. Part 1 below contains the history of Washington Irving and Parts 2 and 3 contain the first and second half of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow animated Disney special.

(Part 1) Walt Disney intros the history of Washington Irving... video by vhs_vcr

(Part 2) Walt Disney intros The Legend of Sleepy Hollow... video by vhs_vcr

(Part 3) The rest of Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow... video by vhs_vcr

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1972 Disney's The Mouse Factory - Spooks And Magic

Here's an episode titled Spooks And Magic from a Walt Disney TV series called The Mouse Factory that aired from 1971 to 1973. This episode features 3 classic Disney cartoons and is hosted by Phyllis Diller. This is essentially a prototype for the two Disney specials that were produced in the early 80's called "Disney's Halloween Treat" from 1981 and "A Disney Halloween" from 1983. Though not actually filmed at the attraction, a lot of footage and music from the Haunted Mansion is used in this. Lookout for Goofy Dracula and Donald Duckenstein! Ha, hilarious!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

1991 VH1 Top 21 Video Countdown with Elvira - Incomplete

Clips from a 1991 VH1 music video countdown show hosted by Elvira. Music videos were edited out. Also includes an incomplete short horror film called "Attack of the Vinyl Creature" and Elvira tells us about Halloween's history.

Part 1:

Part 2 more clips from the countdown and the History of Halloween:

More clips from the incomplete short film "Attack of the Vinyl Creature":

Monday, October 3, 2011

1999 Out Of The Box - Trick or Treat

Out of the Box is a Disney Channel children's series that celebrates imagination and creativity. The premise of the show is that a group of children discover a bunch of empty boxes and, with some creativity and paint, create a wonderful clubhouse. Hosts Vivian and Tony join an ethnically diverse cast of children in the clubhouse and help them look at ordinary things in new and creative ways.

The Halloween episode called "Trick or Treat" finds everyone's favorite holiday drawing near and includes slightly scary stories and a frighteningly good sing-a-long. You will love the great ideas and kid friendly activities. I think this is a great video for kids.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

1994 Disney's Boo-Busters

In 1994 Disney released a VHS video called Boo-Busters that contained Halloween related episodes from two of Disney's animated TV shows. This is a recreation of that video.

Here is the opening bumper of the VHS tape:

The first episode is called Hallow-Weenies and is from the animated show Goof Troop: Max and PJ discover a haunted house that's home to a Dixieland band of ghosts who play more pranks than music. When Goofy shows up, things really get wild.

The second episode on the tape is called Ghost of a Chance and is from the show Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Chip 'n Dale are off to London to discover that Merry Old England is Scary Old England when they meet up with a hauntingly funny ghost.

And finally here is the closing to Boo-Busters VHS:

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