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The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t
Back in 1979, the TV premiere of "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" was a notable event. Though I missed the original broadcast, like many others, I caught wind of it on the Disney Channel. It became an annual October tradition, gracing our screens from 1983 to 1996. I was able to record my own copy during one of these airings, a copy that I've since digitized due to its unavailability on DVD.
Update: Surprise, it's now available on DVD! Check out the link below for more information.
For those who didn't have the Disney Channel experience, you might be more familiar with its limited VHS release in 1992 under the title "The Night Dracula Saved the World."
So, what's the reason behind my fondness for this "special"? It's a delightful Halloween adventure infused with magic, featuring a cast of remarkable talents. Among them, Judd Hirsch of Taxi fame portrays Dracula, on a mission to rescue Halloween from the clutches of Mariette Hartley's Winnie the Witch.
Notably, John Schuck takes on the role of Frankenstein's Monster, a performance that would resonate even further as he later embraced a similar role as Herman Munster in the late 80s revival of The Munsters, known as The Munsters Today.
The production is commendably executed, as evidenced by its two Emmy Awards. One recognizes "Outstanding Individual Achievement for a Children's Program," and the other lauds the makeup artistry of Robert "Bob" O'Bradovich, who's acclaimed for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Children's Program."
Such accolades are well-deserved, and I highly recommend watching the entire program. However, if you're seeking a dash of retro inspiration, feel free to fast-forward to the closing minute of the special. There, you'll find a delightful disco treat that's bound to bring a smile to your face.
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