The Halloween TV special I’ve chosen for today isn’t really a Halloween special, It’s actually a creepy classic episode of Scooby Doo that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. The Scooby Doo Where Are you? “To Switch a Witch”, episode was originally aired on September 16, 1978.
It’s a creepy stormy night, and an old caretaker, Mr. Mooney, is digging a grave in the town cemetery. He looks at the sky as it thunders, and says “this storm be bad luck on Halloween”.
No sooner than he utters the words, a green haired, glowing witch dressed in purple suddenly appears at a close by gravestone. The old man caretaker runs away screaming. He runs to the house and pounds on the door of Squire Marley till he gets his attention, telling him that the old witch of Salem, Melissa Wilcox, has “risen from her grave on Halloween night” to get revenge, just like she promised to do!
Squire Marley not quite believing Mr. Mooney, goes back to the cemetery with him where they both see the witch by the grave. She tells them she wants revenge! They run off, and Squire Marley tells Mr. Mooney to round up the town select men for an emergency town meeting.
Meanwhile, in the Mystery Machine, Scooby and the gang are headed into town, to visit with Arlene Wilcox. She’s a friend of the gang who called needing help, but the phone went dead. Scooby and Shaggy are only worried about going trick or treating.
They see Squire Marley by the road nailing a witch sign to a tree and stop, he warns them not to go to Arlene’s, because he has seen the witch, and she looks just like Arlene. He thinks she has been possessed by the witch.
Fred and the gang ignores his warning and continues on to Arlene’s. When they arrive, Arlene hurries them into the house. The gang finds out that Arlene is a direct descendant of Melissa Wilcox – the witch!
Arlene shows the gang to their rooms and Scooby and Shaggy get into their Halloween costumes. Shaggy dresses as a peasant, Scooby – as a witch.. A witch costume that looks eerily similar to Melissa Wilcox. Suddenly the witch Melissa Wilcox appears in their room in a puff of green smoke. Fred, the rest of the gang and Arlene come rushing upstairs to find Shaggy and Scooby terrified.
This is when the mystery really begins. They find their first clue, a strange liquid that is eating away the carpet. They see the witch running back towards the cemetery, so they all run after her – except Arlene, who stays behind.
In the cemetery, Velma finds hot wire – another clue. The caretaker, Mr. Mooney warns them again to beware of the witch. The gang decides to head to the Salem Witchcraft Museum to look through old records. There they find that Arlene’s name is marked off the family tree and marked with the word ‘Gemini’, which is another clue.
The gang heads back to Arlene’s house while Scooby and Shaggy head out to go trick or treating. Of course, Scooby is mistaken for the witch and is taken to Squire Marley by an angry mob. Poor Scooby and Shaggy are taken to the Salem Witch Museum by the mob, where they decide to dunk Scooby in water, they demand a confession!
The gang goes to save Scooby by bringing another witch to the museum. Scooby runs away with Shaggy, and the angry mob, and the witch are chasing after them. Fred and the girls go back to the graveyard to dig a hole. But they catch Scooby and Shaggy instead. Just when they think their plans are foiled, the witch comes running along and falls into the hole, too.
Squire Marley shows up as Velma reveals who the witch really is. She isn’t a witch at all, she is actually Arlene’s twin sister, whom Arlene had never known about. She was trying to scare Arlene out of town in order to steal her inheritance.
Classic Scooby who done it… loaded with all the shenannigans you’d expect from a classic episode of Scooby Doo. If you’d like to watch this episode in it’s entirety you can find it here.