The Scooby Gang can’t take a step with out operating into some sort of villain; they’re always chased by issues that go bump within the evening. Ever since 1969, the enduring Nice Dane and his loyal companions have discovered themselves in hassle wherever they go, in or out of Coolsville. And although it could appear pointless to work Halloween into any given story, seeing as Scooby-Doo! doesn’t ever want a special day to get creepy, there’s one thing irresistible about these mysteries set on All Hallows’ Eve.
The long-running franchise has actually amassed a staggering quantity of circumstances through the years, however these ten stand out resulting from their Halloween backdrops.
Scooby-Doo, The place Are You!
To Swap a Witch
On this episode from the sequence that began all of it, the Scooby Gang visits a good friend named Arlene (voiced by Judy Jetson actor Janet Waldo) in Salem. There’s no time for Halloween shenanigans, although, as a result of the individuals of Salem are being stalked and menaced by an evil witch! What makes this thriller even stranger is the truth that the witch seems to be identical to Arlene, who occurs to be witch’s descendant.
To Swap a Witch, which was later repackaged as an episode of The Scooby-Doo Present, is on the market on HBO Max.
The Scooby-Doo Present
The Headless Horseman of Halloween
New Scooby-Doo! episodes produced within the ’70s, except The New Scooby-Doo Motion pictures, have been repackaged as The Scooby-Doo Present for syndication and residential video. This consists of choose episodes from The place Are You! The Headless Horseman of Halloween, which was initially made for The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, takes place in Sleepy Hole when the village was nonetheless known as North Tarrytown. The official identify change took place in 1996.
Within the episode, Thriller Inc. and Scooby-Doo’s cousin Scooby-Dum are at a Halloween social gathering at Crane Manor after they eye witness encounter the notorious Headless Horseman. This episode will also be discovered at HBO Max.
The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
A Halloween Trouble at Dracula’s Citadel
When scores began to slide within the ’70s, the franchise pulled a “Cousin Oliver” and launched Scrappy-Doo. As Scooby-Doo’s younger nephew began to obtain prime billing, different characters have been written out; Daphne, Fred and Velma have been all dropped till the ’80s, with solely Daphne returning at first in The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Present (later The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries). Fred and Velma, who hadn’t been seen for 5 years, ultimately had recurring roles within the sequence.
Within the two-parter A Halloween Trouble at Dracula’s Citadel, the entire Scooby Gang is reunited. They’re all invited to a dressing up social gathering, the place the hosts develop into actual monsters. Dracula and his associates all appear menacing till it’s revealed they need assistance eliminating a ghost. These two episodes can be found at Tubi.
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
Ghost Who’s Coming to Dinner
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo de-aged the core characters in order that they have been again in elementary college. “Babyfication” was well-liked amongst late ’80s and early ’90s cartoons, but on this case, the therapy breathed new life into the sequence. This contemporary tackle the Scooby Gang is outright irreverent, with among the extra distinct traits carrying over into future properties.
Within the Halloween episode Ghost Who’s Coming to Dinner, the youngsters’ evening of trick-or-treating involves an abrupt cease after they land an sudden case; an actual ghost asks for his or her assist. If they will’t remedy their shopper’s thriller, the ghost could find yourself transferring on to the afterlife. This episode and the remainder of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo can be found by means of Boomerang.
The Scooby-Doo Challenge
As a part of a Scooby-Doo! marathon on Halloween in 1999, Cartoon Community aired an authentic phase known as The Scooby-Doo Challenge. The live-action animated quick was initially proven in elements earlier than the entire thing was performed in full on the finish of the marathon. An prolonged ending was included, too.
Because the title suggests, this featurette parodies the box-office hit The Blair Witch Challenge. Now, it wasn’t unusual to see media imitations of the favored found-footage horror film round this time, though some critics thought The Scooby-Doo Challenge was one of many higher takes. The success of the quick impressed Cartoon Community to make one other Halloween particular in 2001 known as Night time of the Dwelling Doo.
What’s New, Scooby-Doo?
A Scooby Halloween
Scooby-Doo had largely turn into a direct-to-video franchise beginning within the mid-’90s, all due to the success of Zombie Island and its follow-ups. Nonetheless, Thriller Inc. lastly returned to the small display with What’s New, Scooby-Doo? in 2002. This was the primary all-new TV present since A Pup Named Scooby-Doo led to 1991. The sequence was basically an replace of the unique, although there have been adjustments, particularly to Fred. As well as, well-liked musicians usually carried out the chase songs.
In A Scooby-Doo Halloween, the group visits Velma’s aunt, uncle and cousin for the October vacation. As soon as there, the Scoobs get enmeshed in a brand new case; sinister scarecrows and a ghost are on the assault. The chase sequence right here is accompanied by “Shout It Out Loud” by KISS, who make an look within the episode. What’s New, Scooby-Doo? could be discovered on HBO Max.
Anybody wanting extra scarecrow scares can even watch the 2013 featurette, Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow, on the identical platform.
Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
The twelfth entry in Warner Bros. Animation’s sequence of Scooby-Doo movies is pretty distinctive for the time. For essentially the most half, the villains in these tales nearly at all times develop into common individuals in disguises, or they’re utilizing superior expertise to tug off their schemes. In the meantime, The Goblin King is harking back to The Boo Brothers, The Ghoul Faculty, and The Reluctant Lycan. Like that trilogy of flicks, the supernatural components of this story are real.
On Halloween evening, the Scooby Gang encounters the Goblin King and study magic is certainly actual. This results in Shaggy and Scooby then coming into the underworld to save lots of their associates. Followers can discover this and different WB Animation Scooby films on HBO Max.
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!
Scooby-Doo! Thriller Included was a troublesome act to comply with, however on the identical time, there actually was no option to outdo such an unparalleled sequence. Then again, the serialized storytelling of the aforesaid present may need been seen as an impediment, so the franchise resumed an episodic format. On prime of that, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! is notably quirky and fewer critical. The ultra-stylized character designs divide followers as properly.
In Halloween, Fred’s challenge with the vacation is revealed when he and the opposite Scoobies come throughout a imply witch named Baba Yaga. This underappreciated sequence is streaming in full on HBO Max now.
Glad Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
The newer Scooby-Doo! films have solely gotten larger and bolder with age. Glad Halloween, Scooby-Doo! sees Thriller Inc. teaming up with the Mistress of the Darkish herself, Elvira, when a mysterious ooze turns pumpkins into monsters. The addition of Dr. Jonathan Crane, who Batman followers acknowledge as The Scarecrow, solely provides extra gas to the hearth.
The 2020 film reaches close to spectacle stage as a number of opposing forces converge on Halloween evening. In the mean time, Glad Halloween, Scooby-Doo! is on the market at many digital retailers in addition to on house video.
Trick or Deal with Scooby-Doo!
The latest Scooby-Doo! film begins with Thriller Inc. capturing the mastermind behind all the opposite villains’ costumes: a genius clothier named Coco Diablo. Crime in all places takes a nosedive with Coco now in jail, however the Gang wants her assist when a pack of ghoulish lookalikes present up round Halloween.
Trick or Deal with is the primary film to make use of the character designs from Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, and it’s additionally the primary property to brazenly establish Velma Dinkley as queer after a historical past of coding. The film could be discovered on house video and at digital retailers, and it’ll have its TV premiere on Cartoon Community on October 14 earlier than lastly turning into out there on HBO Max.