Taking a broomstick to visit to the Haunted Mansion might not be in the cards this year. But that doesn’t mean you—and your favorite youngsters—can’t still celebrate the spooky season with Disney. The Mouse House’s 90-minute special from 1982, Disney Halloween Treat, is available to watch for free online. It features a compilation of animated shorts and clips, starring some of the company’s most famous–and infamous—heroes, villains, and ghouls.
And it’s a reminder that the happiest place on Earth can also be pretty terrifying.
The Disney Halloween Treat is available at the YouTube channel Tulsa Cajun (which we first learned about at Boing Boing). (You can click on it here, but you’ll have to watch it at YouTube.) The special originally aired on October 30, 1982. It opens with introduction from longtime Disney executive Michael Eisner. It has its own theme song, as well as a colorized version of 1929’s “The Skeleton Dance” short Silly Symphony. The spooky season episode consists of clips from classic movies, as well as shorts that now reside mainly in that inherently creepy place known as the Disney Vault. :thunder cracks:
The full list of spooky segments includes:
–“Madam Mim” (The Sword in the Stone – 1963)
–“Night on Bald Mountain” (Fantasia – 1940)
–Clip of Pluto’s Sweater (1949)
–Clip of Mickey’s Parrot (1938)
–“Donald Duck and the Gorilla” (1944)
–“Puss Cafe” (1950)
–“Cat Nap Pluto” (1948)
–“Pluto’s Judgement Day” (1935)
–“Captain Hook” (Peter Pan – 1953)
–“Cruella de Vil” (One Hundred and One Dalmatians – 1961)
–“The Evil Queen” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 1937)
–“Si and Am” (Lady and the Tramp – 1955)
–“Ichabod Crane and Headless Horseman” (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – 1949)
While the special re-aired through the mid ’90s and was even released on VHS (look it up, kiddos!), it has never been made available on DVD or Blu-ray. Fortunately the internet is here to make up for missing out on the Haunted Mansion this year.
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