My family’s Halloween traditions include watching some classic TV shows. Naturally, this post is geared toward the whole family so these are generally not too strong.
Every Halloween, and the week leading up to it we like watch these classic family oriented TV shows and specials.
The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
We watch this every year. Despite knowing every line by heart and seeing it since childhood, it still begins our Halloween tradition. They now have a remastered dvd/blu-ray edition.
The Great Pumpkin on Amazon
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Disney
This 1949 cartoon of the Headless Horseman is a classic. I had seen it as a child and was both frightened and excited by the tale. Ichabod’s creepy ride home, as the sounds of the swamp seem to be calling his name, “Ichabod,” is still potent today. The Headless Horseman song is a classic, sung by Bing Crosby. Check out these great lines:
He’s out lookin’ for a head to chop!”
What wonderful memories from childhood…
It is currently being sold on DVD as a double feature with another story, Mr. Toad. The DVD title is The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Each tale is about 25 minutes long.
Scooby-doo, Where are you?
Anytime of year is good for a few episodes of the original Scooby-Doo, but they are especially appreciated around Halloween. I own all of the early episode on dvd – Scooby-doo, Where are you? Let’s take a ride in the Mystery Van with Shaggy, Scooby, Freddie, Velma and Daphne, have some Scooby-snacks, and maybe catch Red Herring in a plot to scare those meddling kids away!
Some of my fave episodes:
(all with rhyming titles and campy wordplay)
That’s Snow Ghost
Which Witch is Which
What a Night for a Knight
Go Away Ghost Ship
A Clue for Scooby-doo
Scooby-doo, Where are you? on Amazon