Wasn't a typical Disney fan growing up, really not familiar with the movies, characters and/or theme parks. Was a DC Comic fan. Was with the birth of my daughter that I was introduced to Disney. For some, it 'all started with a Mouse.' For me, it all 'started with a Mermaid.' I learned of the Disney films and characters through her eyes and now am a die-hard Disney fan. Been a Disney Vacation Club member since 2003 and get down to Walt Disney World twice a year and Disneyland/Disney California Adventure at least every other year. Am a HUGE Cars fan, reason Disney California Adventure is my favorite park. Radiator Springs is like stepping into the film for me.
I ran a website on the Walt Disney Classics Collection from 1997-2012 when the line was suspended. In 2007 I started my blog.
When not visiting the parks and collecting Cars diecast, am a Controller for an accounting firm in Pittsburgh, PA (home of the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers).
Today is the day when pumpkin shells cast evil spells and witches, ghosts and goblins by the score, who will be knocking at your front door!
It reminds me of my favorite Halloween shorts and unpacking each year, one of my favorite WDCC releases .. Trick or Treat!
The Walt Disney Classics Collection put everyone into the “Halloween Spirit” in Fall 2001 with the release from the 1952 animated short, “Trick or Treat,” one of the most beloved and well-remembered of the Duck cartoons. Trick or Treat marked Witch Hazel’s debut and the first screen depiction of trick or treating. Huey,Dewey and Louie visit Donald’s house for Hallowe’en, but Donald turns the tricks on them. Sorry to see that Donald Duck is playing tricks on his nephews, Witch Hazel sets out to help them have the happiest Halloween ever. And if the boys “Unca” Donald doesn’t want to give out any treats, he better be aware the tricks Witch Hazel has brewing in her cauldron!
It was this moment that the Walt Disney Classics Collection depicted in their scene release which consisted of Donald’s Nephews (dressed respectively as a ghost, witch and devil), Witch Hazel and a very detailed Cauldron Base where Witch Hazel begins to brew her potion. The complete scene was sculpted by Chris Peterson.
Witch Hazel’s Spell:“Double double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Eye of needle, tongue of shoe, hand of clock that points at two… This is the real thing you know, right out of Shakespeare.”
The ‘Trick or Treat’ Scene (Witch Hazel, Donald’s Nephews (Huey, Dewey and Louie) and Cauldron Base) was honored with retirement on Friday, October 29, 2004.
As a special treat, below is the animated short for your viewing pleasure (courtesy of YouTube.com).
So grab your favorite witch’s brew and some candy treats and Enjoy!
“Trick or Treat” is also the title for the great bouncy song in this cartoon written by Paul Smith. It is sung by the great “Mellomen” which included the voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft. I promise you will be singing this all evening and into tomorrow, once you hear it 🙂