Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re like me, you’ve already started to celebrate. Your house smells like pumpkin pie scented candles, and you’re drinking pumpkin spice lattes like there’s no tomorrow. There’s a good chance that you’re raiding your VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray stash, pulling out anything that could possibly be considered a Halloween-themed film or special.
One of my favorite Halloween specials aired on TBS in 1987. I was six years old. The program was the Tom and Jerry Halloween Special – hosted by two goofy teens, Josh Jarboe and Audra Lee. I still have the VHS that my mother recorded for me all of those years ago. I managed to transfer the 26 year old videocassette to a DVD-R, and my world hasn’t been the same since.
Basically, the Tom and Jerry Halloween Special is an anthology of various cartoons with Halloween themes, featuring Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Bugs Bunny, and a friendly little ghost reminiscent of Casper.
In between the cartoons, Josh Jarboe and Audra Lee tell extremely corny jokes, play pranks on one another, give trick or treating tips, and give us a brief lecture concerning the history of Halloween, as well as the story of Jack (of Jack-O-Lantern fame). The cartoons are cute and entertaining, and our two awkward hosts manage to hold our attention throughout. Also, the music that plays over the end credits is awesome. I wish that I could find out what it was. Both Soundhound and Shazam have failed me in my quest to find both the artist and title of the track. I guess I’ll never know.
Tom and Jerry Halloween Special aired every year from 1987 to 1992. It hasn’t seen the light of day since. Personally, I think that it is one of the best Halloween specials out there. If you can find it on the internet, by all means, watch and enjoy!