Because of the interest generated by the Legends of Sleepy Hollow post, we decided to repost this article. Hope you enjoy it…again.
I had just returned from a productive night of trick-or-treating and had hunkered down in front of the TV to survey my sugary stash. I soon realized, though, that there was something on the TV even more interesting than candy. It was a show that featured scary or spooky clips from various Disney movies. “Wow,” I thought, “they’ve taken all the good parts of Disney movies and put them together in one show.” And that is indeed what they had done. The end result was a special called A Disney Halloween.
Besides spooky clips from movies like Sleepy Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, and The Lady And The Tramp, this special also featured “Night On Bald Mountain” from Fantasia (probably the most demonic clip Disney ever produced), “The Old Mill” and “The Skeleton Dance” from Silly Symphonies, “The Truth About Cats” (probably the second most demonic clip Disney ever produced), “Donald Duck And The Gorilla”, “Pluto’s Judgment”, and, best of all, “Lonesome Ghosts” and “Trick or Treat”, two of my all-time favorite cartoon shorts. The special was preceded by the “Wonderful World of Disney” opening and a gag with Michael Eisner and the Mickey and Minnie Mouse characters, and it started with an original song called “Disney’s Halloween Treat”, a song that was played over several shots from Disneyland’s “Haunted Mansion”. All told, it is undeniably the single greatest collection of every piece of Disneyana that is even the slightest bit Halloweenish.
The odd thing about this collection is that it exists in two forms. There is A Disney Halloween which is hosted by the Magic Mirror and which I saw on that night so many years ago, and there is also Disney’s Halloween Treat, a shorter version which is hosted by the talking jack-o-lantern from a short called Disney’s Haunted Halloween and not only leaves out much that was in A Disney Halloween but also replaces much with the The Legend Of Sleepy Hallow.
Unfortunately, this special hasn’t been released on DVD. Of the two, only Disney’s Halloween Treat exists on VHS, and that is very rare and expensive. So you’re going to have a hard time finding and buying it, but if you can, you should. It is a must watch for the Halloween season, and is particularly good to watch as you are cataloging your Halloween candy.