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Release Date:
29 October 1976 (USA) See more »
What better place to spend Halloween than in a haunted house with Paul Lynde?
Witchipoo and the Wicked Witch of the West give Paul Lynde three wishes for Halloween. KISS performs three songs. Florence Henderson sings a disco version of "That Old Black Magic." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paul Lynde ... Himself / Big Ruby Red / Sheik

Tim Conway ... Dynamite Dan / Long Haul Howard / Seymore
Roz Kelly ... Herself / Hinky Pinky (as Roz 'Pinky Tuscadero' Kelly)

Margaret Hamilton ... Housekeeper / The Wicked Witch of the West

Billie Hayes ... Witchiepoo

Billy Barty ... Gallows

Florence Henderson ... Herself / Cecily Westinghouse

Betty White ... Miss Halloween

KISS ... Themselves

Donny Osmond ... Himself

Marie Osmond ... Herself

Directed by
Sid Smith  (as Sidney Smith)
Writing credits
Bob Booker (writing supervisor) &
George Foster (writing supervisor) &
Joe Byrne (writing supervisor)

Bruce Vilanch (written by) &
Ronny Graham (written by) &
Ronny Pearlman (written by) (as Ron Pearlman) &
Biff Manard (written by) &
Howard Albrecht (written by) &
Sol Weinstein (written by)

Billy Barnes (special material)

Produced by
Bob Booker .... producer
Joe Byrne .... producer
George Foster .... producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
Raymond Katz .... executive producer
Jack Thompson .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Bill Breshears (video tape editor)
Art Direction by
Charles Lisanby 
Costume Design by
Bill Hargate 
Makeup Department
Rudy Horvatich .... makeup artist
Brenda Walters .... hair stylist
Production Management
William Asher Jr. .... production supervisor (as William Asher)
Barry Haworth .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Onofrio .... associate director
Art Department
Dwight Jackson .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ralph Waldo Emerson III .... sound effects
Doug Nelson .... audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Balden .... camera operator
Ron Brooks .... camera operator
Vaughn Gaddey .... lighting director
Bud Hendricks .... video
Dave Hilmer .... camera operator
Chester Jackson .... camera operator
Gene Redington .... video
Music Department
James Argiro .... musical coordinator: play
Artie Butler .... musical director
Other crew
Marc Breaux .... choreographer
Alan David .... production assistant
Mel Davis .... production assistant
Robert A. Kemp .... technical director
Miles Kristman .... stage manager
Jim Morey .... production executive
Shelly Nelbert .... production assistant (as Shelley Nelbert)
Laurie Perlman .... production assistant
Manette Rosen .... assistant to producers
Bud Untiedt .... technical supervisor
Stan Weber .... studio supervisor
James Woodworth .... stage manager

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

This TV special marked the network television debut of the band KISS.See more »
Continuity: Cut to a different angle as the closing credits roll and everyone on the dance floor is differently positioned.See more »
[first lines]
Paul Lynde:[singing] # We wish you a Merry Christmas, / We we wish you a Merry Christmas. #
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Movie Connections:
References "Laverne & Shirley" (1976)See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Words fail me., 21 December 2010
Author: Mike_Noga from United States

Let me start out saying that I am a fan of both Paul Lynde and Halloween. A Special that features both seemed like mixing your chocolate with my peanut butter. I was really looking forward to it. It is indeed an exercise in the campy surreal.

This is the premise: Margaret Hamilton playing herself as Paul Lynde's housekeeper (?) asks Paul to give her a ride to her sister's house, her sister being Witchiepoo from H.R. Puffnstuff. When they get there it turns out Paul was brought with an ulterior motive in mind. It turns out the winner of the witches Miss Halloween contest was promised a date with Paul Newman as her prize by Hamilton and Witchiepoo. Since they can't deliver Paul Newman they deliver Paul Lynde, because he is the only famous Paul who is available. Miss Halloween takes a rain check and Lynde is left feeling dejected. The witch sisters decide to cheer him up by giving him 3 wishes. The fulfillment of those wishes forms the body of the Special.

Paul's first wish is to be a trucker, and not just any trucker but The Rhinestone Trucker, a bedazzled fella who goes by the handle Ruby Red. He later wishes to be a red-hot desert sheik ala Rudolph Valentino. It was funny watching Paul romance the smoking hot Roz Kelly, who should have had her own special.

Finally he wishes to take the witch sisters to a disco. This is wear he meets KISS. Wow, what a moment! I especially like the idea of Paul Lynde playing a famous performer who lives a pretty normal lifestyle. The show's almost written like an episode of the old Jack Benny or Burns& Allen shows, where they were also famous performers who lived normal lives in quiet little neighborhoods like normal folk. This show was reminded me of those shows if they had been dipped in the 70's and rolled in campiness. It's not always as funny as I think it could have been, but it is always very astonishing to say the least.

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