Premiered October 10, 1952
"When ghosts and goblins by the score ring the bell on your front door, you'd better not be stingy or your nightmares will come true ..." - The Mellomen singing the "Trick or Treat" song featured in the cartoon
|Special Halloween Donald opening|
|Soaped window title card|
This Halloween short opens with Witch Hazel (June Foray) going for a Halloween joyride around a small American town. She flies around on her broomstick "Beelzeebub" ringing church bells and frightening bats and a black cat.
|Anywhere (Duckburg?) U.S.A.|
|Huey, Dewy & Louie out trick or treating|
|Donald Duck at home with Halloween treats|
|Donald is enjoying the "trick" aspect of Halloween rather too much|
|Hazel asks nicely|
Witch Hazel is mad now and she enlists the boys' aid in brewing a potion that will make Donald cough up the goodies.
|Witch Hazel brewing up trouble for Donald Duck|
|"This is the real thing, you know. Right out of Shakespeare!"|
|"Every post is a ghost, if you've got a witch's brew ..."|
|Donald realizes it may have been unwise to annoy Witch Hazel|
Donald realizes he may have made a miscalculation about things and rushes over to his goodie cupboard to make good with the Halloween treats. Witch Hazel brags to the boys that Donald has turned out to be "a pushover."
Halloween hijinks and hilarity ensue as Witch Hazel uses additional potion to try to make Donald give up the Halloween treats. If you cannot remember what happens, you should see if you can find a copy of this short to watch. It is available on several DVD compilations.
Full disclosure: It's probably impossible for me to be objective about this short. It's one of my all-time favorites. I am a big Donald Duck fan - even if he is kind of mean in this short.
I have many fond memories of watching this on various Disney Halloween programs when I was growing up, but I think my first acquaintance with it was via an LP record that had the soundtrack of the cartoon (with a little bit of narration) on one side and the story of The Haunted Mansion on the other side. I'd listen to the Donald Duck side and giggle and then flip it over and scare myself silly with the Haunted Mansion side. Here's a photo of the album jacket I found via the magic of the internet:
|The front of the "Trick or Treat" LP|
In addition to the great voice acting by Clarence Nash and June Foray, there is a vocal appearance by the inimitable Thurl Ravenscroft who sings the fun "Trick or Treat" song that pops up throughout the cartoon as part of the Mellomen. Mr. Ravenscroft is perhaps best known as the voice of Tony The Tiger, spokescharacter for Frosted Flakes, but he was kind of omnipresent in the voice-over world in general because of his awesome bass voice.
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