Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Halloween TV Specials

When I was a kid, some of my favorite things about Halloween were the TV specials that went along with the holiday. Come to think of it, now that I’m a grown up, the TV specials are still some of my favorite some of my kids’ favorite things about Halloween. So for the sake of nostalgia, I’m listing the Top 5 Halloween TV Specials. Keep in mind that these are only TV specials related to Halloween. If a movie was released in theaters (“A Nightmare Before Christmas” for example), I’m not considering it for this list.

1. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Let’s face it: Peanuts had the best Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Specials. There’s simply no way to compete with the innocence and humor of Charles Schultz’s creations combined with the music of Vince Guaraldi.

2. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. The old man in this is actually scary. Garfield and Odie facing ghost pirates is a must during Halloween.

3. Halloween with the Addams Family. The real Addams family. Not the imposters from the movies or later TV show. I remember watching this every single year, and loving it.

4. Treehouse of Horror. Okay, I’ll give full disclosure on this one. My parents were good parents, and didn’t let me watch the Simpsons. It was during my college years that I got hooked on the residents of Springfield. The Treehouse of Horror is the annual Simpsons Halloween episode, and unlike many Halloween specials, the ToH are new every year.

5. DTV Monster Hits. This is another of those shows that I remember fondly as a kid. For the longest time, whenever I heard the song “Evil Woman” by ELO, I had to picture the wicked queen from Snow White.

So there they are folks. The top 5 Halloween TV specials. Before I go, I’m going to mention the runners up, both of which you’ve probably never heard of.

The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t
Mr. Boogedy


Mom said…
I wish they would still show Mr. Boogedy....boogedy boogedy boo! Just! It was great.
Erica said…
Alas, Mr. Boogedy. Forever Alone. :D