Halloween has become a time for horror movie sequels about a demon with a silly name. But it wasn’t always that way. Many of us remember a time when Halloween entertainment was rife with specialty programming – some that we only saw once a year.

Although television still continues the trend of special Halloween episodes (originally started by Roseanne), there are more than a few iconic Halloween specials which have fallen to the wayside.

Covering many generations in this single list, those who grew up in the ’80s and ’90s will likely remember these Halloween specials more than others. Even so, most people should fondly remember at least one of these from their childhood. New or old, love ’em or hate ’em, all of these Halloween specials have one thing in common: you will not find them airing on a television near you anytime soon.

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