ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Halloween Cartoons to Get You Into the Spirit

Updated on October 19, 2023
Grifts profile image

Devin enjoys history, gardening, cooking, and blacksmithing in his spare time.

RIA Novosti archive
RIA Novosti archive | Source

The best kid friendly shows to get you and your family ready for Halloween

Every year, my family and I find ourselves watching the same Halloween cartoons. It has become a tradition that we really enjoy. I find myself looking forward to watching these same shows over and over, despite knowing most of them word for word.

Rankin and Bass' Mad Monster Party

To go along with Rankin and Bass' Christmas specials is Mad Monster Party. This stop-motion Halloween special is over 90 minutes long and features the voice talents of Boris Karloff as the voice of Baron von Frankenstein. This special is frequently overlooked, but is worth putting into your yearly "must see" list. All the usual suspects make an appearance, including the Invisible Man(as much as he can), Frankenstein's monster and his bride, the hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, the werewolf, the mummy, and the creature from the black lagoon. Even King Kong! It gets a little, OK very, silly near the end, but watch the beginning and then relegate it to background noise.

There is a slightly risque scene between the bride and a redhead, but it is very brief.


It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Probably my favorite Halloween cartoon, overall. Charlie Brown is his Charlie Browniest (this is a word, right?). Snoopy portrays a World War II flying ace searching for the Red Baron. Linus insists on staying out all night in a pumpkin patch waiting for The Great Pumpkin, who brings presents every Halloween. A perennial favorite.

Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Starts a little slow, but the payoff at the end is worth it. A good chase scene, and the headless horseman is downright spooky. This animated short never really explains what actually happened to Ichabod Crane, and the unanswered questions really set a good mood for Halloween.

Halloween is Grinch Night

Few people realize that the Grinch had a Halloween special. While not at as amazing as the Yuletide classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" it is still worth watching due to its obscurity.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton certainly has a style that you either love or hate. I happen to really enjoy almost everything he does. This really sets a good tone for Halloween. The Nightmare Before Christmas has now become a cult classic, with a big following.

"This is Halloween" is also a really great song to play at parties and for trick or treaters.

At some point very close to Halloween, we watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. This works as kind of a bridge between Halloween and the start of the Christmas Season.

Filmation's Ghostbusters theme song

Ghostbusters vs The Real Ghostbusters

Both Filmation's Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters deserve mention here.

Filmation's version features two humans and an ape fighting the supernatural. It is definitely sillier and campy.

The Real Ghostbusters is based on the 1984 movie, and features many of the same characters from the classic film. Slimer becomes friends with the protagonists and acts as comic relief.

© 2013 Devin Gustus


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)