With Halloween creeping up upon us, there is nothing that used to get me into the Halloween spirit more than watching the vintage cartoons that used to play on Saturday morning Tv. One of my favorite things from Halloween time was waking up early on Saturday mornings sitting on the couch as a child, and watching all the vintage cartoons that used to play. The cartoons from the 20s and 30s were in my opinion so much more creepier than the cartoons of today. Along with some other monster related cartoons that were just in my opinion much more spiffier for their time. In no particular order, these are some of my favorite vintage cartoons that I enjoyed watching and still enjoy to this day.
1) The skeleton dance
A Silly Symphonies 1929 animated short produced and directed by Walt Disney. As the clock strikes midnight, a howl in the background, a hiss from a cat and 4 skeletons emerge from their graves to dance and use each other as musical instruments.
2) Disney Mickey Mouse – Haunted House
Here is another 1929 animated short produced by Walt Disney. Mickey seeks refuge in a haunted house and is forced to play music for dancing skeletons.
3) Betty Boop’s Halloween party
In this classic cartoon from 1933 Betty Boop hosts a Halloween party but an uninvited gorilla crashes the party. At the time Betty Boop was very controversial and this cartoon was banned a few times due to Betty’s provocative ways.
4) Casper the Friendly Ghost
We all know Casper, the fun loving, caring ghost. Who didn’t love Casper as a child. All the Casper cartoons were also controversial as no one knew if Casper was really supposed to be a dead child. There was never really any episodes saying what happened to him and how he became a ghost. But either way we all still love him.
5) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Another Disney released vintage cartoon from 1949. The story follows a school teacher named Icabod Crane, who moves to Sleepy Hollow. He hears the story of the Headless Horseman. As Icabod Crane rides alone through town he appears to be chased by the Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman seems to taunt Icabod throught out the town.
6) The Headless Horseman
This story follows The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1949. The story is based on a Headless Horseman who lost his head during the Revolutionary War, who rides through town looking for a new head.
7) Jeepers Creepers
This is a Looney Tunes cartoon from 1939 starring Porky Pig. Porky plays a police officer and is told to go investigate a haunted house. As Porky is going through the house, the ghosts play pranks on the unsuspecting Porky.
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8) Groovy Goolies
This is a network Tv show that ran between 1970 and 1972. This show was a band with Dracula, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein who would scare people for their own amusement.
9) Shiver me Timbers
Popeye along with Olive Oyle and Wimpy stumble upon a beached ghost ship. Popeye decides to investigate the ship to prove he is tough. And since he doesn’t believe in ghosts, what could go wrong? The trio steps foot onto the ship, and then the ghosts start to torment and play pranks on them. Not so tough now, huh Popeye.
10) Transylvania 6500
Here is a Warner Bros film from 1963 where bugs Bunny finds himself lost in Pittsburgh Pensylvania. He stops and asks a two-headed vulture for directions. The vulture was a little to busy arguing with its two heads about eating Bugs, that he walks and sees a sign nailed to a tree, that reads Pittsburgh, Transylvania. As he walks along he comes across an old castle. Bugs battles against the Bloodcount as Bugs learns a new phrase that turns the Count into a bat.