“Will you please scare me some more, sir? I kinda like it.”
While practically everyone is familiar with the animated adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” fewer can recall the musical prequel, “Halloween is Grinch Night.” The TV special is seldom aired despite winning the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 1977. Alison Nastasi of Flavor Wire suggested the reason may lie in the cartoon's nightmare inducing climax.
Although the short carries an important lesson about courage, Stomp Tokyo warns that “'Grinch Night' is probably best watched by kids over the age of five or six.” Psychedelic monsters menace a brave young who named Euchariah in a particularly memorable musical number.
The story opens in Whoville, where, instead of celebrating Halloween, whos lock themselves indoors because a “sour-sweet wind”kicks up a storm which causes the Suessian wildlife to howl which bothers the Grinch who then sets off to share his misery while toting his mysterious “paraphernalia wagon.” The storm blows Euchariah to Mt. Crumpet where decides to confront the Grinch and the nightmares within the wagon in order to spare the town.
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