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Haunted House and Creepy Crypt: Classic Cartoons for Halloween

BY GARY SCOTT BEATTY, WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR OF BOOKS, AND PUBLISHER AND EDITOR, MUSKEGONMAGAZINE.COM

For October we delight in Halloween nonsense, with two spooky cartoons from 1930.

What begins as a murder investigation turns into a creepy, haunted house tale with Ub Iwerks' Flip the Frog in The Cuckoo Murder Case (1930). Iwerks was a two-time Academy Award winning animator who co-created Mickey Mouse with Walt Disney and was Walt Disney's collaborator in the formative years of Disney's studio (Steamboat Willie, Plane Crazy). Iwerks opened his own studio in 1930, producing Flip the Frog shorts and more.


In the Egyptian desert, Waffles Cat and Don Dog enter a trippy world of tombs and skeletons, in Gypped in Egypt (1930). Most entertaining about the Van Beuren Studios before they brought in Disney alumni Burt Gillett and Tom Palmer in 1933 is their oddly unfocused way of writing, perfectly unsettling for Halloween entertainment. Don't bother to figure it out, just enjoy!


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These Works are in Public Domain and not Derivative as specified by U.S. copyright law (title 17 of the U.S. Code).

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Contents:

FESTIVAL
Pumpkin rollers get ready to roll in downtown Montague for the 23rd Annual Pumpkinfest, October 14. Family fun! Check out all the details here.

ACTIVITIES
Zombies, Local Author Book Fair, Girls Code, live music – it's Hackley Library in October! Plus clubs, history, and kids activities are on the schedule here! VIDEO!

DECORATING
Why look at window coverings when you want to see your view? Carol Beatty, decorator with Quigley Draperies offers solutions to this window challenge! VIDEO!

HOMES
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SENIORS
Here are five things to do to make the transition to assisted living easier for your loved one. Judith Delis addresses this common problem. Find out more here!

COMMUNITY
Nearly 400 volunteers gathered at United Way of the Lakeshore for the 25th Day of Caring in Muskegon County. Christine Robere has the details here! VIDEO!

LAKESHORE STAR GAZER
October offers stars of summer and a preview of some winter constellations rising before midnight. Astronomer Jon Truax has details here! VIDEO!

BUSTER KEATON
It's a Halloween special presentation! Buster flees to a house haunted by crooks in 1921's “The Haunted House,” complete and online here! VIDEO!

HALLOWEEN CARTOONS
Classic cartoon nonsense for Halloween: a haunted house and a creepy crypt! Flip the Frog and more, complete and online here! VIDEO!

EVENTS CALENDAR
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