Casper's Halloween Special

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Casper's Halloween Special
Genre Animation
Based on Casper the Friendly Ghost created by
Seymour Reit
Joe Oriolo
Written by Larz Bourne
Bob Ogle
Directed by Carl Urbano
Voices of Julie McWhirter
John Stephenson
Gerg Alter
Lucille Bliss
Diana McCannon
Julie McWhirter
Marilyn Schreffler
Hal Smith
Ginny Tyler
Frank Welker
Michael Sheehan
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Alex Lovy
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
The Harvey Entertainment Company
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (original)
Warner Bros. Television (current)
Original network NBC
Original release October 30, 1979

Casper's Halloween Special (also known as Casper Saves Halloween and Casper the Friendly Ghost: He Ain't Scary, He's Our Brother) is a 1979 Halloween television special produced by Hanna-Barbera featuring Casper the Friendly Ghost and his friend Hairy Scary from the animated series Casper and the Angels. The special was directed by Carl Urbano and premiered on NBC on October 30, 1979.

Like many animated series created by Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, the show contained a laugh track created by the studio.


On Halloween night, Hairy Scarey, Winifred Witch and Screech Ghost are plotting their mean-spirited spookings. Casper refuses to join them and decides to go trick-or-treating dressed as a real boy, but neighborhood kids see through his disguise and run away in fear. Casper is heartbroken until he meets a special group of orphans who accept him for who he is, a ghost. But their fun is soon spoiled as Hairy Scarey and his ghostly crew interfere. Now it is up to Casper and his new friends to stop their ghastly games and save Halloween before it is too late.

Production credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Producer: Alex Lovy
  • Associate Producer: Doug Paterson
  • Director: Carl Urbano
  • Story: Larz Bourne, Bob Ogle
  • Story Direction: Don Sheppard, Greg Marshall
  • Recording Director: Art Scott
  • Voices: Greg Alter, Lucille Bliss, Hal Smith, Ginny Tyler, Frank Welker, Diann McCannon, Julie McWhirter, Marilyn Schreffler, Michael Sheehan, John Stephenson
  • Musical sequences directed by: Art Scott
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Character Design: Don Morgan
  • Sound Directors: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Layout Director: Steve Lumley
  • Layout: Joe Shearer, Shane Porteus, Deane Taylor
  • Animation Director: Geoffrey Collins
  • Key Animators: Peter Gardiner, Gerry Grabner, Greg Ingram, Paul Maron, Henry Neville
  • Animators: Susan Beak, Gairden Cooke, Dick Dunn, Peter Eastment, Don Ezard, Nicholas Harding, Chris Hague, Pamela Lofts, Peter Luschwitz, Paul Mason, Paul McAdam, John Martin, Ray Nowland, Vivien Ray, Andrew Szermenyei, Jean Tych, Kaye Watts
  • Assistant Animation Supervisor: Martin Chatfield
  • Assistant Animators: Jac Appel, Paul Baker, Fernando Bernia, Mark Benvenuti, Astrid Brennan, Jo-Anne Beresford, Rodney D'Silva, Marc Erasmus, John Eyley, Eva Helischer, Ian Harrowell, John Hull, Denise Kirkham, Lucie Laarakkers, Jane LeRossignol, Steve Lyons, Helen McAdam, Marie Orr, Kevin Peaty, Philip Pepper, Cliff Seeto, Stella Wakil, Geoff White, Milan Zahorsky
  • Supervising Director: Chris Cuddington
  • Animation Checking: Narelle Nimon, Ellen Bailey, Liz Lane, Frances Mould, Renee Robinson
  • Backgrounds: Richard Zaloudek, Sue Speer, Jerry Liew, Ken Wright, Milan Zahorsky Snr., Zdenka Ebner
  • Production Co-ordinator: Judy Cross
  • Production Control: Vicki Joyce
  • Xerox: Jack Pietruska
  • Paint: Narelle Derrick
  • Paint Check: Liz Goodwin
  • Camera: Mark D'Arcy-Irvine, Virginia Browne, Carole Laird, Garry Page, Jan Cregan, Sean Bell
  • Editing: Robert Claglia
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editors: Terry Moore, Joe Sandusky
  • Effects Editors: Julia Bagdonas, Sue Brown, Catherine MacKenzie
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
  • Based on the character owned and copyrighted by HARVEY CARTOONS, a partnership
  • © 1979 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Home media releases[edit]

Turner Home Entertainment released Casper Saves Halloween on VHS on August 29, 1995. On October 1, 2013, Warner Bros. released Casper's Halloween Special on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Also included on this disc is the 1972 special The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't, also produced by Hanna-Barbera.[1]

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