Halloween Hall o' Fame

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"Halloween Hall o' Fame"
The Wonderful World of Disney episode
Episode no.Season 24
Episode 5
Directed byArthur J. Vitarelli
Written byGeorge Petlowany
Cinematography byFrank Phillips
Original air dateOctober 30, 1977 (1977-10-30)
Running time60 minutes
Guest appearance(s)

Jonathan Winters as The Watchman and Jack-o'-lantern

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"Halloween Hall o' Fame" is a 1977 Halloween-themed episode of The Wonderful World of Disney which originally aired on October 30, 1977.


Jonathan Winters stars as a night watchman working late at Walt Disney Studios on Halloween night. He is accompanied by his dog, Peanuts. The night watchman, bitter about working on Halloween night, stumbles upon the prop room at the studio and begins acting out scenes with various props. Eventually, he finds a crystal ball and removes a blanket containing a talking Jack-o'-lantern (also played by Winters). Jack-o'-lantern is hiding out from Halloween because it's no longer scary like it was back in "the olden days". The night watchman disagrees with Jack and tells him that he oughta be ashamed of himself for hiding out on Halloween.

The dialogue between the night watchman and the jack-o'-lantern is interspersed with four Halloween-related Disney cartoons that jack-o'-lantern shows the night watchman in his crystal ball and which the audience gets to enjoy. After the cartoons, the night watchman provokes the jack-o'-lantern to come out of hiding from the crystal ball and celebrate Halloween the way he’s supposed to because the trick or treaters are counting on him to show up tonight. Then, jack-o'-lantern uses his magic powers to switch places with the night watchman and since Jack doesn’t have a body of his own, he uses the Night Watchman’s body until he gets back. He laughs and heads out into the night to mix with the trick or treaters. Meanwhile the night watchman says that it look's like he's going to have a nice Halloween after all and incidentally if they see Mr. Pumpkin head on their block tonight he tells them to have him come back before midnight or else.

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