This is my favorite time of year. Such great childhood memories. Matter of fact everytime I turn my TV on all I can think of is the awesome Halloween TV specials from childhood and how much I miss them.
They seem forgotten to the newest generation. Such a shame. They’ll never know just how incredible it was to get to take over the TV from mom and dad whenever a holiday special hit prime time.
Some of the best memories was of my Dad always pretending that he wasn’t going to let us watch whatever program it was because he’d miss tonights repeat of M.A.S.H and wouldn’t know what to talk about tomorrow at work. Mom would come to the rescue and allow us to turn the knob on the TV to change the channel to what we wanted to see.
I just lost an entire generation of readers by talking about how we used to change channels back in the “Olden days”. Get off my lawn!
The fun didn’t stop after the show was over either. Nope! And do you know why? Because tomorrow you got to talk to your friends at school about how awesome it was to see Bugs Bunny turn a Vampire into an Umpire. We would then proceed to renact the scene over and over again much to the teachers shargrin. It’s exactly what I imagined Dad and his buddies did renacting Hawkeye and B.J. put one over on old Burnsy. Until their boss would yell at them and make them sit back down at their desks.
But the best part had to be sitting with the family, even dad, and watching a cartoon or silly show that I could understand, right before bedtime. My brother and I wouldn’t dare move a muscle. If you had to go the bathroom, you’d better hold it till commercial. Because if you missed even one second of the show you were ridiculed by your sibblings. Do you know why? Because now they could say that they watched the entire show but you couldn’t.
Now, If you are a parent of a preteen I want you to read this again. It was some of my ALL-TIME best memories from growing up. So, the week before trick-or-treat, I challenge you to watch one of these Halloween specials with your children. Oh, and put your cellphones away for that 30 minutes and make some memories.
Now on to the list of the top 5 Halloween TV specials from childhood.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
A heartwarming tale about a boy that shows his friends the true meaning of the season. Which is that believing in the “Great Pumpkin” will get you a shit ton of candy. Also poor Chuck only gets rocks for some reason. Charles Schulz said that kids from all over the world would send in some Halloween candy to poor Charlie Brown. Just so his Halloween would have more treats than tricks for once.
Simpsons Treehouse of Horror
The Simpsons’ Halloween Specials have been a seasonal staple since the series’ second season in 1990. These are a real treat. They’ve always been off the wall and unpredictable in a way that only The Simpsons could do. Will Homer’s head stay a donut? Does Bart really have an evil twin…or is HE the evil twin? Can Kang and Kodos put aside their earthly conquest to run the Kwik-E-Mart for Apu for a night?
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, AKA The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
This one is an oldie but a goodie. However, it can be nearly impossible to find on T.V. these days. This isn’t the Johnny Depp attempt that produced the nervous and cowardly Ichabod Crane. This is Mr. White Christmas himself, Bing Crosby’s attempt that produced nervous and cowardly Ichabod Crane.
Bugs Bunny’s HOWL-Oween Special
This Looney Tunes special was always a real treat for me because I loved me some Bugs Bunny! The special was really an anthology of already made cartoons with a wraparound story. It had a bunch of the scary and spookier cartoons from over the years. It included Bugs Bunny going up against witches, a vampire, Dr. Jekyll’s Mr. Hyde side, and some freaky other monsters too. Just remember that you cannot combined the words Abra Cadabra and Hocus Pocus without dire consequences.
The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t
THIS! I planned my week around this LIVE action special. The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t had all of Halloween’s spookiest characters, live and in living color! That’s right. Dracula, The Witch, Frankenstein’s monster, a werewolf, the mummy, and a zombie all on my TV! In the special, the Witch is upset about how she’s portrayed in the media. Along with the fact that Dracula always gets top billing when she’s just as important to the holiday. So she plans a boycott of her holiday starting broomstick ride over the moon. Dracula leads the other monster in trying to save Halloween. After its original run on ABC, the Emmy-winning special aired on the Disney Channel until 1996.
An honorable mention of another Halloween TV specials from childhood
Halloween Is Grinch Night
Despite his grumpy demeanor, Dr. Seuss fans were begging for more Grinch after How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So the good Dr. gave the public what they wanted for Halloween. In it a “Sour-Sweet Wind” brings the Grinch and his pooch Max back to terrorize the tiny citizens of Whoville but on Halloween. It’s up to a small Who named Euchariah to save the day.
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