I get emails all the time from people who are trying to track down a certain special that they remember from years before, but just can't find. More often than not, that special turns out to be Witch's Night Out, and everyone ends up happy.
But, impossible though it seems in this, the age of the internet, a few specials seem to have vanished into the ether, and no amount of googling has turned up any information on them. Here are a few long lost specials - if you have any information about them, please post to the comments - and leave YOUR long lost special requests there, too!
LONG LOST SPECIALS:
"BOO!" (title uncertain) - an SNL type show featuring Dracula, the Wolf Man, etc, doing comedy sketches. It opened with Dracula saying "Dead, from television city in Transylvania, it's BOO!" One sketch had Dracula rising in his coffin, stake in chest, saying "and these are my friends?" This aired as an aternoon special in Philadelphia in the early 80s - it could have been a local thing.
Update from Steven: the title was something like Bootacular
Unknown Movie - once shown back-to-back with The Worst Witch, and coming from the same era, there was a movie about a really superstitious boy who goes out trick or treating and ends up alone and scared in an alley in the big city. This was live action. It ends with the boy's mom saying she's glad he's getting over superstitions, to which he replies: ""Yep, giving it up for good. Knock on wood." Ring a bell to anyone?
Identified specials that I don't have:
CBS Story Break: The Monster's Ring - an episdoe of CBS Storybreak from 1987 featuring an animated adaptation of Bruce Coville's book of the same name. In it, a boy wanders into one of those stores you see in books and cartoons a lot, where a weird old guy is selling treasures and monkey's paws and such-like things for ludicrously low prices. You've never seen the store before, and when you go back the next day, it'll be a barber shop. In this case the boy gets a ring that turns him into a werewolf-like monster for Halloween. A lot of people remember this, but no copy has yet turned up. It should be on youtube this fall, though.
"The Wickedest Witch" - video clips and summaries circulate for this 1989 special, but it, too, is not going around on torrent sites or youtube. Again, hint hint.
Looking for a special yourself? Have any information on these, even if it's just a vague recollection of one of the long lost specials? Found one online? PLEASE, leave a comment!