- Posted by Alyse Wax
- On October 23, 2015
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- Phineas and Ferb, Rocko's Modern Life, Rugrats, Spongebob Squarepants, The Jetsons, Tiny Toons
I am a firm believer that it is never too early to introduce your children to the wonders of Halloween. Sure, you might want to take it slow, but get those kids invested in ghouls and goblins early. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a classic, but try adding a few of these into the mix.
Spongebob Squarepants – “Scaredy Pants”
Spongebob has never shied away from the creeps. One of my favorites has a guest appearance by Nosferatu. But in “Scaredy Pants,” Spongebob decides to dress as a ghost for Halloween in the hopes of scaring people. It doesn’t quite work, until the Flying Dutchman arrives – and everyone is in for a surprise. My favorite costume is Sandy’s goldfish look. Gothic-surf band The Ghastly Ones are special musical guests.
Rugrats – “Candybar Creepshow”
1990s Nickelodeon had an annual “Nick or Treat” event that included contests and Halloween-themed shows so that everyone could enjoy Halloween. One of my favorites was an episode of The Rugrats in which the kids do anything in order to get their very own Reptar bar, the candy bar that turns your tongue green.
Phineas and Ferb – “Night of the Living Pharmacists”
Though meant to take place in summer, Phineas and Ferb always managed to “do it all” on Halloween. My favorite is “Night of the Living Pharmacists,” where Dr. Doofenshmirtz creates a machine that turns the town into zombie-like duplicates of himself. This episode is loaded with horror movie references and cameos: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play their Shaun of the Dead characters; George Romero guests as a news reporter; the credits are done in the style of Saul Bass, who did many of Hitchcock’s title sequences; and the “Janet! Dr. Scott! Brad!” gag from Rocky Horror Picture Show is spoofed.
The Jetsons – “Haunted Halloween”
An evil museum curator tries to steal Orbity, the Jetsons’ beloved pet alien. Bonus points for a robotic Frankenstein’s monster, and a Halloween magic show with real magic.
Tiny Toon Adventures – “Night Ghoulery”
In this hour-long special, Buster Bunny plays Rod Serling and introduces a bunch of Tiny Toons-esque horror spoofs in the manner of Night Gallery. Segments include spoofs of Spielberg’s Duel; Frankenstein; the “Terror at 20,000 Feet” episode of The Twilight Zone; Nightmare Before Christmas; and Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.
Rocko’s Modern Life – “Ed is Dead: A Thriller!”
In this Rear Window spoof, Rocko thinks his neighbor Bev Bighead murdered her husband, Ed. It even opens with Hitchcock’s silhouette and famous theme music.