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Halloween Comedy Capers

Halloween had a resurgence in popularity in the early 20th century America and after the sugar rations of WWII, Trick-or-treating came back into favor in America and in media including radio shows.

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    Vintage Trick or Treaters

    In ancient times on the British Isles, the Celtic peoples celebrated the festival of Samhain. The festival, which was about halfway between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice, signified the end of the harvest and the beginning of "The Dark Half" of the year. During the eighth century, Christians in Britain co-opted Samhain as Allhallowtide, a three-day observance centered on All Saints or All Hallows Day, a "time to remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians."

    Jane Greer HallloweenAt Samhain, the division between everyday life and "the Otherworld" was particularly thin. This meant that spirits and fairies had an easier time coming into our world, often accompanied by ghosts of the dead. This belief carried over to Allhallowtide. All Saints Day, November 1, became a time to revere those who had passed from this life while All Hallows Eve, shortened to "Hallowe'en", became the time to deal with the spooks from "the Otherworld".

    Dealing with spooks and monsters is serious, sometimes frightening business, especially when you consider that a mistake can cost your very soul! While ghosts, spooks, and monsters are doing their best to scare us, the best way to scare them off is with happiness and laughter. So when we hold a Halloween Party, take a kid Trick-or-Treating, or stand around an autumn bonfire with friends, we are doing more than just having fun, we are keeping the monsters at bay!

    According to Smithsonian, Trick or Treating began in the Middle Ages as people would dress up as spirits and demons and go to houses begging for food and money. During the 1920s, the holiday was popularized in the United States. After the sugar rations of WWII, Trick-or-treating came back into favor in America and in media including radio shows.

    • The Chase and Sanborn Hour, October 30, 1938, Bergan decides that he will not throw a Halloween party for Charlie this year after so many windows got broken last year. Instead, he'll tell everyone a ghost story, if they will just let him! Historical Note: This is the program which was playing on NBC while Orson Welles was scaring the nation with his War of the Worlds broadcast on CBS.
    • Fibber McGeeFibber McGee and Molly, October 24, 1939. There is a fun party going on next door to the McGee's at Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve's. As part of a gag, Fibber sneaks into Gildersleeve's garage and lets the air out of the tires. What he doesn't know is that Gildy's car is at the mechanic's shop, so he pulled Fibber's flivver into the garage to protect it from Halloween pranksters.
    • The Jack Benny Program, October 29, 1939. Jack is throwing a Halloween Masquerade party at his house for the gang. Everything should go well, Jack has asked Dennis Day's mom to help get everything ready. Wait a minute, doesn't Mrs. Day hate Jack?
    • Fountain of Fun, October 25, 1942, WLW Cincinnati, sponsored by Milky Way Candybars. Host Bobby Jellison (later playing "Bobby the Bellhop" on I Love Lucy) is the soda jerk at the Fountain, and he is getting ready for the boss's Halloween party. This gives us plenty of opportunity for WWII jokes. Note: Jellison was the subject of Bobbywood: The Longest Death Scene at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
    • The Great Gildersleeve, October 31, 1943. Gildy knows that it is a waste of time to ask Leroy to stay out of mischief, but he hopes that he can stay out of jail! Leila Ransom talks Gildersleeve into holding an old-fashioned Halloween party. Somehow, both Leila and Eve Goodwin get invited to Gildy's party, so just imagine the fireworks! Is it Halloween or the Fourth of July?
    • Phil Harris Alice FayeThe Jack Benny Program for Lucky Strike, October 31, 1948. Jack takes the Beaver Troop out for Trick or Treating, and they ring the doorbell Mary Livingstone's, Dennis Day and his mother's, Phil Harris and Alice Faye's, and Don Wilson's (there are five of them, is it enough to tip over Don?)
    • Our Miss Brooks, October 30, 1949. Walter Denton is planning on inviting Connie to his Halloween party, what she doesn't know is that he is planning to hold it at Connie's place! It is not such a bad idea, especially since Mr. Boynton is coming too.
    • Fibber McGee and Molly, September 15, 1957. Fibber has come up with a way to take the frustration out of raking autumn leaves, and it works as well as his other schemes.
    • Truth or Consequences, October 30, 1948. Mrs. O'Sullivan's consequence is to be blindfolded and taken to a haunted house in Milwaukee. What she doesn't know is the haunted house is her own living room. The other part of the gag is having Boris Karloff dress up as a fortune teller.
    • The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, October 31, 1948. Ricky and David are going Trick or Treating, but Ozzie is determined to find some ghosts at a nearby haunted house.

    See also: Comedians in Suspense (Scared Silly Spooksters)

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      30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 53 minutes
      1. Aldrich Family 401031 Halloween.mp3
      2. Archie Andrews 481030 Halloween Party.mp3
      3. Bergen 381030 Charlies Halloween Partymadeline Carroll.mp3
      4. Bergen 441029 Halloween With O.welles.mp3
      5. Bob Hope 381101 Martha Raye.mp3
      6. Charlotte Greenwood Show 451028 Halloween Party.mp3
      7. Father Knows Best 531029 Halloween Blues.mp3
      8. Fibber 351028 Halloween Party.mp3
      9. Fibber 391024 Gildersleeves Halloween Party.mp3
      10. Fibber 570915 Performing Autumn Chores.mp3
      11. Fountain Of Fun 421025 Box Of Cigars.mp3
      12. Gildersleeve 431031 Halloween Party.mp3
      13. Gildersleeve 471029 Halloween Party.mp3
      14. Jack Benny 371031 269 Devine Farm.mp3
      15. Jack Benny 381030 Throws Halloween Party.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 391029 Masquerade Party.mp3
      17. Jack Benny 401103 Halloween Party.mp3
      18. Jack Benny 411102 Halloween Celebration.mp3
      19. Jack Benny 431031 488 Jack Pretends He Is Going To Brazil.mp3
      20. Jack Benny 481031 667 Jack Goes Trick Or Treating.mp3
      21. Jack Carson Show 461030 05 Halloween Date Brazilian Girl.mp3
      22. Life Of Riley 441029 Halloween Haunted House.mp3
      23. Luigi 511030 150 Trick Or Treat.mp3
      24. Maxell House 401031 Ruined Suit.mp3
      25. Maxwell House 411031 Halloween.mp3
      26. Nebbs 451029 Halloween Surprise.mp3
      27. Our Miss Brooks 491030 064 Halloween Party.mp3
      28. Ozzie Harriet 481031 E 05 Haunted House.mp3
      29. Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff And Victor Moore.mp3
      30. Truth Or Consequences 481030 X00 Boris Karloff.mp3
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      30 shows - total playtime 13 hours 53 minutes
      1. Aldrich Family 401031 Halloween.mp3
      2. Archie Andrews 481030 Halloween Party.mp3
      3. Bergen 381030 Charlies Halloween Partymadeline Carroll.mp3
      4. Bergen 441029 Halloween With O.welles.mp3
      5. Bob Hope 381101 Martha Raye.mp3
      6. Charlotte Greenwood Show 451028 Halloween Party.mp3
      7. Father Knows Best 531029 Halloween Blues.mp3
      8. Fibber 351028 Halloween Party.mp3
      9. Fibber 391024 Gildersleeves Halloween Party.mp3
      10. Fibber 570915 Performing Autumn Chores.mp3
      11. Fountain Of Fun 421025 Box Of Cigars.mp3
      12. Gildersleeve 431031 Halloween Party.mp3
      13. Gildersleeve 471029 Halloween Party.mp3
      14. Jack Benny 371031 269 Devine Farm.mp3
      15. Jack Benny 381030 Throws Halloween Party.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 391029 Masquerade Party.mp3
      17. Jack Benny 401103 Halloween Party.mp3
      18. Jack Benny 411102 Halloween Celebration.mp3
      19. Jack Benny 431031 488 Jack Pretends He Is Going To Brazil.mp3
      20. Jack Benny 481031 667 Jack Goes Trick Or Treating.mp3
      21. Jack Carson Show 461030 05 Halloween Date Brazilian Girl.mp3
      22. Life Of Riley 441029 Halloween Haunted House.mp3
      23. Luigi 511030 150 Trick Or Treat.mp3
      24. Maxell House 401031 Ruined Suit.mp3
      25. Maxwell House 411031 Halloween.mp3
      26. Nebbs 451029 Halloween Surprise.mp3
      27. Our Miss Brooks 491030 064 Halloween Party.mp3
      28. Ozzie Harriet 481031 E 05 Haunted House.mp3
      29. Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff And Victor Moore.mp3
      30. Truth Or Consequences 481030 X00 Boris Karloff.mp3
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    30 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 13 hours, 53 min

    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A001

    1. Fibber 351028 Halloween Party
    2. Jack Benny 371031 269 Devine Farm

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A002

    1. Bergen 381030 Charlies Halloween Partymadeline Carroll

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A003

    1. Jack Benny 381030 Throws Halloween Party
    2. Bob Hope 381101 Martha Raye

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A004

    1. Fibber 391024 Gildersleeves Halloween Party
    2. Jack Benny 391029 Masquerade Party

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A005

    1. Aldrich Family 401031 Halloween
    2. Maxell House 401031 Ruined Suit
    3. Jack Benny 401103 Halloween Party

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A006

    1. Maxwell House 411031 Halloween
    2. Jack Benny 411102 Halloween Celebration
    3. Fountain Of Fun 421025 Box Of Cigars

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A007

    1. Gildersleeve 431031 Halloween Party
    2. Jack Benny 431031 488 Jack Pretends He Is Going To Brazil

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A008

    1. Bergen 441029 Halloween With O.welles
    2. Life Of Riley 441029 Halloween Haunted House

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A009

    1. Charlotte Greenwood Show 451028 Halloween Party
    2. Nebbs 451029 Halloween Surprise

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A010

    1. Jack Carson Show 461030 05 Halloween Date Brazilian Girl
    2. Gildersleeve 471029 Halloween Party

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A011

    1. Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff And Victor Moore
    2. Archie Andrews 481030 Halloween Party

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A012

    1. Truth Or Consequences 481030 X00 Boris Karloff
    2. Jack Benny 481031 667 Jack Goes Trick Or Treating

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A013

    1. Ozzie Harriet 481031 E 05 Haunted House
    2. Our Miss Brooks 491030 064 Halloween Party

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    Halloween Comedy Capers Disc A014

    1. Luigi 511030 150 Trick Or Treat
    2. Father Knows Best 531029 Halloween Blues
    3. Fibber 570915 Performing Autumn Chores

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