Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brady Bunch: Out of This World (1974)

From Season 5, this episode originally aired January 18, 1974. I have never really associated UFOs and space aliens with Halloween, but there are plenty of sci-fi movies shown on TV around the holiday and alien masks sold in costume shops. And UFOs will be forever linked to Halloween because of Orson Welles's October 30, 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, which sent many people into a panic across the U.S. I would like to include this episode on my Halloween blog because I really enjoy The Brady Bunch, and because this episode has a similar feel to "Fright Night," a true Brady Bunch Halloween episode. Motivated by his younger brothers' interest in space exploration and stories of UFOs, Greg plays a trick on them by projecting a flying saucer image out of the attic window. The boys are able to capture pictures and develop them, with Mom's help, which leads to a government investigation. There is also a dream sequence in which the UFO lands in the back yard and Bobby talks with the pint-sized aliens.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pepsi/Doritos Monster Match Commercial (1991)

National Safety Council PSA (1989)

Public service announcement about Halloween safety, featuring Garfield and Odie. Some of the animation from "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" was used for this commercial.

Little Rascals: Hide and Shriek (1938)

Here is a silent 8mm version of the 1938 Rascals short, "Hide and Shriek". It has been retitled "The Haunted House" for this version. Alfalfa is a private eye, and with the help of Buckwheat and Porky, tracks a couple of suspects, Leonard and Junior, who are accused of stealing Darla's box of candy. The two little kids get into the cab of a flatbed truck, so the three sleuths climb in back and hide in a box. Leonard and Junior, however, simply exit the opposite side, unknown to the older boys. It turns out the truck is taking supplies to a haunted house carnival ride, which is where the boys find themselves, but they think their encountering actual spooks. (Synopsis from TV.com)

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show: Great Pumpkin (1985)

Short from the "Snoopy's Brother Spike" episode that aired September 21, 1985. Linus, Sally and Snoopy await the Great Pumpkin's arrival, while Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown play in the Halloween Bowling Tournament.

In Search Of: Amityville Horror (1979)

This episode of In Search Of, hosted by Leonard Nimoy, recounts the story of the Amityville Horror as reported by the Lutz family. It includes clips from the motion picture released that same year. Some of the footage from this episode was used the next year in the Amityville episode of That's Incredible, another sensationalistic 70s show.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Magical, Musical Halloween (1983)

TV special from Dick Clark Productions, hosted by Fred Travalena and included guests William Shatner (who hosted 1987's The Search for Houdini), Jermaine Jackson, magician Larry Wilson, and escape artist Steve Baker. These clips from YouTube are not necessarily in order.

Magical, Musical Halloween (1984)

The 2nd annual Halloween TV special from Dick Clark Productions that features a mix of magic and comedy. This year's guests included Mr. T and magician Harry Blackstone, Jr. (who also appeared in the 1987 Halloween special The Search for Houdini). These clips from YouTube are not necessarily in order.

The Late Show: New Halloween Costumes

David Letterman gives out some tasteless treats to kids wearing unlikely costumes.

Watch on YouTube.







2009 Part 1:

2009 Part 2:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Roseanne: Halloween the Final Chapter (1995)

Originally aired October 31, 1995. Roseanne is "Queen of the Gypsies, consort of wizards and seer of souls" on Halloween. An Ouija board sends a message and foretells an unexpected event...a new baby. (Synopsis from Hubpages.com)

Roseanne: Skeleton in the Closet (1994)

Originally aired October 26, 1994. Leon hosts a Halloween party at the Lunch Box for the staff and a few of his gay friends, many of whom seem to know his boyfriend Fred very well. (Synopsis from Hubpages.com)

Roseanne: Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down (1991)

Originally aired October 29, 1991. Roseanne is worried that her uptight neighbour Kathy Bowman will take revenge for the Halloween joke she played on her; Jackie flirts with a moose at the Lodge costume party who turns out to be her former boyfriend Booker. (Synopsis from Hubpages.com)

Roseanne: Halloween V (1993)

Originally aired October 26, 1993. Roseanne falls for several jokes played on her by her family. She tries to get Dan to play a joke on her friend Nancy who is convinced that Dan doesn't like her, and Roseanne discovers that Darlene and David are dating. (Synopsis from Hubpages.com)

Ray Parker: Ghostbusters (1984)

Disney's Halloween Treat - Remastered (1982)

You've never seen "Disney's Halloween Treat" quite like this! A Disney fan created a remastered version (or "close to it," he says) of the TV special that originally aired on October 30, 1982, editing together remastered footage from various DVDs to match the original program. I think he did a great job. Even the "pumpkin host" footage looks great, thanks to a pristine VHS tape from the 1984 release. In lieu of an official DVD release of this special from Disney, this is likely the only remastered version we'll see. (Embedding was disabled on parts 6 and 7, so I provided links to YouTube.) If you prefer the old, unremastered version, it is available here.

Part 6
Part 7

Disney's Halloween Treat at Wikipedia

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Major Dad: There's No Place Like Farlow (1992)

Originally aired October 30, 1992. While Casey (Chelsea Hertford) is home sick on Halloween, she dreams that everyone is a frightening monster. With Gerald McRaney and Shanna Reed. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

Bewitched: Twitch or Treat (1966)

Originally aired October 27, 1966. Darrin is incensed when Endora makes a house appear on a vacant lot near the Stephens home for a Halloween party. (Synopsis from TV.com)

Hunter: Killer in a Halloween Mask (1985)

Originally aired October 26, 1985. Hunter and McCall become involved in a string of bizarre murders when they're assigned as technical advisers for a television show. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

ALF: Some Enchanted Evening (1987)

Originally aired October 26, 1987. ALF becomes the star attraction at the Tanners' Halloween party. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

The Jetsons: Haunted Halloween (1985)

Originally aired March 16, 1985. The curator of a museum takes a special interest in Orbitty, wanting to make him his special project in time for Halloween. Will the Jetsons lose their pet alien to the curator's scheme? (Synopsis from TV.com)

Charles in Charge: Trick or Treat (1984)

Originally aired November 28, 1984. Buddy is afraid he won't be able to mask his nervousness with his date for the Halloween Ball, and he asks Charles for help. But when Gwendolyn spies Charles and the girl together, the guys must come up with some clever tricks to set the matter straight. (Synopsis from DVDtalk.com)

Greatest American Hero: Resurrection of Carlini (1982)

Originally aired November 19, 1982. Hinkley finds himself involved in a bizarre and nightmarish escapade when he investigates murder attempts on three well known magicians who are planning on performing three of the late great Carlini's tricks at the Magic Castle on Halloween. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

American Scary (2006)

Documentary about TV horror hosts.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night Flight intro to "Night of the Living Dead" from the late 80s:


Shindig Halloween Special (1965)

Originally aired October 30, 1965. A portion of the episode footage was lost, including a segment with Boris Karloff singing "Monster Mash."

Here is a fan reconstruction of what the missing footage might have looked like, using actual audio from the program.

Bewitched: Trick or Treat (1965)

Originally aired October 28, 1965. When Darrin defies Endora again by insisting Samantha remain at home during Halloween, Endora places a curse on Darrin that slowly begins transforming him into a werewolf. (Synopsis from hulu.com)

My So-Called Life: Halloween (1994)

Originally aired October 27, 1994. Angela finds herself in 1963 during a mystical Halloween experience. Graham and Patty create some magic of their own with the help of medieval Halloween costumes. (Synopsis from TV.com)

The Mask: All Hallows Eve (1995)

Animated series based on the 1994 film with Jim Carrey. This episode originally aired October 28, 1995.

Blossom: All Hallows Eve (1992)

Originally aired October 26, 1992. Blossom and Six fear a crazed killer on Halloween. (Synopsis from Fancast.com)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ABC Weekend Special: Red Room Riddle (1983)

Originally aired February 5, 1983. As part of a club initiation, Bill and Todd have to enter an old house haunted by the ghost of Jamie Bly. Soon the boys encounter a slew of ghosts, and they get trapped inside of a red, glowing room. (Synopsis from Retrojunk.com)

ABC Weekend Special: The Trouble with Miss Switch (1980)

Originally aired February 16, 1980. When Rupert and his friend Amelia find the new substitute teacher doing odd things, they discover that she is actually a witch with a magical talking cat who sought them out in order to stop an evil coven of witches from destroying her. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

It's Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood. Roo's best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. However, Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who'll turn them into Jaggedy Lanterns if he catches them. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they will be able to make a wish. With Roo by his side, Lumpy knows he can face anything. So when Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be 'brave together, brave forever' and catch the Gobloon so they can wish for more. When Roo thinks Lumpy is turned into a pumpkin, Roo decides to wish for something more important. (Synopsis from ?)

The Real Ghostbusters: The Halloween Door (1989)

Originally aired October 29, 1989. When a mad scientist creates an Anti-Halloween Machine, he unknowingly breaks an ancient contract and unleashes evil upon the world. (Synopsis from YouTube.com)

Donald's Halloween Scare (2000)

Donald scares his nephews to steal their candy, and they plot their revenge. This cartoon feels similar to the 1954 Donald Duck classic "Trick or Treat."

Jerry Seinfeld on Halloween

From his Broadway stand-up special, "I'm Telling You for the Last Time."

The Honeymooners: Halloween Party (1953)

Excerpt from a "lost" Honeymooners episode that originally aired October 31, 1953.

Watch on YouTube.

A Scooby-Doo Halloween (2002)

Originally aired May 24, 2002. The gang visits Velma's relatives during a Halloween festival headlined by KISS, but the festivities are interrupted by the ghost of the town's founder and a bevy of living scarecrows. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

Beverly Hills 90210: Halloween (1991)

Originally aired October 31, 1991. Brandon and Emily take her two young cousins trick-or-treaing but lose them along the way. David and Scott decide to take part in an annual egg fight, a Halloween tradition for the former best friends. Meanwhile, Kelly is sexually assaulted at a party. (Synopsis from TV.com)

Pee-Wee Halloween Appearances on Late Night

Two Pee-Wee appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. Letterman is pretty much speechless throughout as his bizarre guest takes control of the show.

From 1983:

From 1984:

Roseanne: Halloween IV (1992)

Originally aired October 27, 1992. Roseanne is visited by the ghosts of Halloween past, present and future when she can't get into the spirit of things like usual. (Synopsis from IMDB.com)

The Halloween Tree (1993)

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend. This Emmy-winning animated film is narrated by Ray Bradbury, who based the screenplay on his 1972 novel.

The Haunted History of Halloween (1997)

In this History of the Holidays segment, the History Channel examines Halloween. Discover the history of Halloween and how the Celts played a part in this popular holiday.