OK enough ranting from the old goat! My next cartoon was "THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY: BILLY & MANDY'S JACKED-UP HALLOWEEN" (2003). . . actually from THIS century! I have never seen ANY other episode of this Cartoon Network series but this one. However, I kinda like it. Two kids who have the Grim Reaper as a buddy. This Halloween episode features Mandy in her Hamlet costume and the evil prankster Jack O'Lantern stealing Grim's scythe and causing the end of the world already. A fun one.
My next choice brings me back to the mid-80s with GARFIELD'S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE (1985). Now, around the late 80s I had this inexplicable fascination with Garfield comic strips; I bought quite a few of the collected strips in paperback for some reason. (Don't worry. . .this obsession subsided in the early 90s only to be replaced by CALVIN AND HOBBES!). And this is one of the 80's holiday Garfield cartoons which aired every year starring the voice of the late Lorenzo Music (earlier famous as Carlton the Doorman on RHODA) as Garfield and songs by the late Lou Rawls. Nostalgic!
Following that we have a Halloweenie cartoon from the Cartoon Network's Johnny Bravo series BRAVO DOOBY DOO (1997) in which our hero encounters the Scooby Doo gang in their mystery machine and go to the haunted house of Johnny's Aunt Jebidisa (the best name for an aunt EVER!). I was never a regular viewer of Johnny Bravo but this one has always tickled me. And I have provided the cartoon for your viewing pleasure below.
We now head way back with a different kind of animation: stop-motion for the short subject JASPER IN A JAM (1946). This is from George (WAR OF THE WORLDS) Pal's Puppetoon series of Jasper shorts and features the big band of Charlie Barnet as well as vocals by Peggy Lee! Peggy sings "Old Man Mose Is Dead" while Barnet's orchestra plays their hits "Cherokee" and "Pompton Turnpike". You can see the cartoon below.
Finally we wrap things up with the Spongebob Squarepants Halloween DVD and "SPONGEBOB SCAREDY PANTS" (1999). Can it really be that long ago?!? This is the one which introduced the ghostly Flying Dutchman. Nicely, the surf-type ghoulish band The Ghastly Ones recorded the song "Spongebob Scaredy Pants" for this cartoon and it was released on cd way back when.
As for cartoons for Halloween, this isn't the last you'll be hearing of them. A Halloween cartoon marathon part two is definitely on the horizon.