Some may prefer trick or treating or costume parties, but settling down for a movie or TV binge is another way to get into television shows that feature canines in their entourage. Here’s a sample of what you doggy lovers could tune into this holiday to watch!
What pleasure would there be in the world of ghosts and ghouls if it were not for Scooby-Doo? The franchise is notable not only for its creative and sometimes seriously haunting monsters (remember Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island?!), but also for its loveable characters!
The cowardly yet kindly Great Dane is written into our subconscious. Through his and best friend Shaggy’s ill-fated escapades, we are treated to some ingenious villains from the Creeper to the Ghost Clown, and even the Tar Monster! Scooby-Doo poses a perfect blend of comedy and creepiness, and is an ideal choice for endless nostalgia on Halloween.
COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG
Another nostalgic choice of Halloween TV may be the adventures of this unlucky dog. The ill-fated Courage is a highly recognisable character, from his pink coat to his screams of terror. The show is still regarded today as a chilling piece of Sci-Fi comedy animation for children’s television.
Courage’s misfortunes wouldn’t be the same without the accompaniment of the optimistic Muriel and her grumbling husband Eustace. Let’s not underestimate their contributions to episodes such as ʻKing Ramses’ Curse’ and ʻHeads of Beef’.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
A film that ties in between Halloween and Christmas, Tim Burton’s incredible classic is not one to be missed!
Zero, a ghost dog, is an incredibly memorable part of the 1993 musical animated feature. He is protagonist Jack Skellington’s faithful companion. Zero’s pumpkin nose mirrors Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – an adorable nod to the film’s Christmas action. There is even a graphic novel, Zero’s Journey, dedicated to the undead pup – Zero proving how a dog’s love and loyalty lasts long into the afterlife.
Neil Gaiman’s 2019 adaptation of Good Omens follows the misadventures of angel Aziraphele and demon Crowley. Based on Terry Pratchett’s novel, the show follows this unlikely duo as they try to prevent the end of the world. One of their principal fears is that a young antichrist, Adam, will soon be joined by his hellhound.
The one in question, however, soon becomes less hellish once he takes on the form of a normal dog – becoming more preoccupied with chasing cats than fueling the apocalypse!
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