Tired of the same old TV specials on Halloween? Give these a try!
When you get to looking around just about everyone has the same Top 5 favorite made-for-TV Halloween specials: Garfield’s Halloween Adventure, Disney’s Halloween Treat, Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and The Halloween Tree.
This is with good reason, those Halloween specials rock harder than just about any other BUT some years you just want something a little different. Something a bit more obscure, something a bit more… strange, perhaps. Well, boils and ghouls, this list is for you.
5) Halloween with The Addams Family
Not to be confused with Halloween with the New Addams Family, which was actually a pilot to reboot the original series, this Halloween episode of the original The Addams Family combines to things that were almost made for each other: The Addams Family and Halloween in glorious black and white. When two bank robbers decide to hide out at The Addams Family abode, they are mistaken for trick or treaters and get a bit more than they bargained for thanks to the good-willed ghouls. Don Rickles also makes a guest appearance as one of the robbers.
4) Mickey Mouse in “The Runaway Brain”
Technically I don’t think this one has ever made it to TV, which is a real shame because it’s freaking awesome! So awesome, in fact, that I wrote about it back in 2009 as well (click here to read that article). The short finds Mickey working for a mad scientist by the name of Dr. Frankenollie who pulls a Freaky Friday on the mouse, switching his mind with that of a lumbering monstrosity. It was actually released theatrically for a select few films in the 90s and is said to be inspired by Mickey Mouse’s The Mad Doctor (another great Halloween toon), but now you can find it on DVD as well as part of Mickey Mouse in Living Color, Vol. 2.
3) Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Boo Haw Haw
Danny Antonucci is a master at zany animation. From The Brothers Grunt to his big break on Ed Edd ‘n Eddy, the man is a mad genius so it’s only natural that a Halloween special by the man would be over the top and in 2005 he got his chance to prove it with Ed, Edd n Eddy’s Boo Haw Haw. The boys are on a quest for the ultimate Halloween loot, but it turns out Ed’s brain is a little fried (more than usual) from watching too many scary movies which makes him see everyone as monsters.
2) The Adventures of Pete and Pete “Halloweenie”
There’s just something about Pete and Pete that makes every normal, mundane experience something special, so naturally when they took something as sacred as Halloween they made it a night to truly remember. When Big Pete loses his Halloween spirit thanks to a gang of jack o’lantern wearing hoodlums called The Pumpkin Eaters, it’s up to his brother to set things right again. Awesome characters, unbelievable visuals and an appearance by Iggy Pop. Hell yeah!
1) The Real Ghostbusters “Halloween Door
While any given episode of The Real Ghostbusters could be attributed to Halloween in some way, The Halloween Door was special. Not only was it written by the great J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote many if not all of the best episodes throughout the show’s run, but it was made specifically for Halloween and even premiered on prime time TV when cartoons were still considered kid fodder. The show starts off with the crotchety Dr. Crowley trying to convince the Ghostbusters to help him end Halloween (wah?!). Of course, the GB aren’t having any of that nonsense and send Crowley and his creepy assistant on their way. Undeterred, Crowley goes forward with his plans anyway and unleashes his Electronic Positronic Anti-Halloween Machine. Bad move.
What are some of your favorite, forgotten TV Halloween Specials? Rosanne? Boy Meets World? Full House?
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