Every year during the month of October, television sets around the country tune in to tons of great Halloween specials. Perhaps none are remembered so fondly as the animated specials that we all grew up with. From Charlie Brown and his Great Pumpkin to the Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel, there are so many memories compiled into these hour-long (or less) television specials. Here are the top five in Animated Halloween specials.
Disney’s Halloween Treat
Originally released in 1982, Disney’s Halloween Treat was another great clip show featuring a compilation of Halloween themed animated shorts as well as some footage from Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride. Shown for nearly a decade, this special was always something for kids to look forward to every October. 11 animated shorts from the 1930’s through the 1960’s made up the 45 minute feature, so it was also perfect for that candy-infused short attention span.
Halloween is Grinch Night
This one may be a bit lesser known, but it is a 1977 Emmy Award winning animated program. Halloween is Grinch Night is all about the famous Dr. Seuss character that terrorizes the Whos on Grinch Night. It’s a sort of prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and though it was difficult for many to see the Grinch outside of the Christmas season, it’s actually a really fun Halloween treat.
Simpsons Treehouse of Horror
For 24 years the Simpsons have been bringing their own spin on Halloween specials with the annual Simpsons Treehouse of Horror series. The broadcast has become a favorite special every Halloween season despite the fact that for most of the early 2000’s the show was aired in November. Each episode contains three shorts, adding up to a whopping 72 animated Halloween stories from the Simpsons.
Bugs Bunny Howl-oween Special
This Looney Tunes Halloween special premiered back in 1978, but was shown every year for the next decade or so. It was a collection of eight animated shorts from the 1950’s and 60’s, bringing all the classic scary Looney Tunes characters together in one special including favorites like Witch Hazel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
This 1966 animated classic is still shown today. The annual broadcast of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is an annual event in many homes, and often signals the real start of the Halloween season. The story of young Linus van Pelt and Charlie’s sister Sally waiting it out in the pumpkin patch will go down in history as one of the best Halloween classics ever made.