TV's lost Halloween classics: 6 specials from beyond the grave

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TV's lost Halloween classics: 6 specials from beyond the grave

A scene from 1967’s Mad Monster Party? (Credit: Lionsgate)

YouTube</a>; look for rock band KISS at about the 26-minute mark. You’re welcome.)” data-reactid=”23″>Here’s your viewing guide to a half-dozen high-quality, off-the-trick-or-treat-path Halloween TV specials of yesteryear. (Please take note of the deliberate use of the phrase “high quality.” The Paul Lynde Halloween Special will not be discussed here except in passing, specifically to note that you can find the whole strange thing on YouTube; look for rock band KISS at about the 26-minute mark. You’re welcome.)

Though cult favorites all, these shows have fallen out of the regular TV rotation — but they deserved to be rediscovered. Settle in.

The New York Times</a> </em>covered the cult of this once-upon-a-time classroom staple from 1969. “The film, now easy to track down on the internet, is being discovered by a generation of adults in their 30s and 40s with a fervor more typically associated with locating a long-lost relative than a kiddie movie,” the newspaper reported in 2011, and accurately so. As its title suggests, Winter of the Witch is technically not a Halloween special, but: one, it’s got a witch, and two, it’s got a blueberry-pancake scene that’s as eerie as it is psychedelic.” data-reactid=”28″>2. Winter of the Witch
No less than the The New York Timescovered the cult of this once-upon-a-time classroom staple from 1969. “The film, now easy to track down on the internet, is being discovered by a generation of adults in their 30s and 40s with a fervor more typically associated with locating a long-lost relative than a kiddie movie,” the newspaper reported in 2011, and accurately so. As its title suggests, Winter of the Witch is technically not a Halloween special, but: one, it’s got a witch, and two, it’s got a blueberry-pancake scene that’s as eerie as it is psychedelic.