Witch’s Night Out

Witch’s Night Out

The greatest Halloween special of all time is It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. On that point there can be no debate. Close behind it is Disney’s Halloween Treat/A Disney Halloween. Far behind them is an NBC special I caught just once when I was a kid called Witch’s Night Out.

I don’t remember much about this special, but I do remember it was disturbing. The art was disturbing. I’ve always been a little uneasy with anything that wasn’t Disney or Charlie Brown. Don Bluth made me a little uncomfortable, Ralph Baskshi even more so, but this one really scared me. The story disturbed me as well. A witch turns some kids and their baby sitter into real monsters. I had security issues as a kid, and that story line really triggered them. I kept worrying about what would happen to the kids, how they would get back to normal. Even the kids’ names disturbed me. They were called Small and Tender, and their babysitter was named Bazooey. Everything about this special was scary to me.

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So I guess Witch’s Night Out isn’t the best Halloween special around, but it is the scariest. Scary for the wrong reasons, unfortunately, but undeniably scary.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. You’re not alone there. This thing just seemed so incredibly “off” to me as a child, and I never could figure out why I hated it, I just did…

  2. This is one of of my alltime favorites – it was creepy scary, but it was so different then all the other Halloween specials, it really stood out in my childhood. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this taped off TV from October 30th 1979 with original commercials, and I can’t wait to watch it this Halloween.

  3. Delightfully off-putting animation.
    Kinda reminds me of Bakshi’s Heavy Traffic, with its not-quite-there surreal art for adults.
    And my heart belongs to Gilda.

  4. I’ve never seen that before, but it has me intrigued. That 5 minute preview does give me the impression that it was something I would have disliked as a child, but it has me wanting to see it.

    It probably would have given a feeling almost similar to the feel that Gumby delivered. That show always made me feel uneasy and cracked out on something bad, and it wasn’t until recent months that I have grown to appreciate it. The animation seems skilled, but surreal. Similar to Gumby and the the figures king of remind me of the flash animations on SomethingAwful’s Flash Tub.

    I’m still young, but I do like the cultures of the past. I don’t try to be a part of modern culture or try to be a part of it. Mainly because I don’t understand it or even know if there is any set styles or anything in modern times. All I can get out of it is that a modern life is about watching others fabricated lives on reality shows while letting there own slip by or be controlled.

  5. I was actually frightened by Charlie Brown at first because you never saw any adults and I always wondered who took care of those kids. I also didn’t like Tom and Jerry because they were always tearing up the house and I wondered, “Who’s going to clean that up and where will they live?” As I said, I had security issues. I still don’t like movies like Cloverfield where buildings are destroyed.

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