Paul Lynde attempts to celebrate Christmas, Easter and Valentine's Day before his housekeeper, Margaret, gives him the bad news. It's Halloween: the time of the year when a kid can carve up a pumpkin and Lynde's sports car at the same time. Lynde is no fan of ignorant youngsters, who seem to know more about Alice Cooper than Alice Faye. Margaret drives her employer to her sister's house, so he can escape the little pranksters. Unluckily, the sister turns out to be Witchipoo; and Margaret herself is the Wicked Witch of the West. The two witches believe witches in general have a bad rap. And so they want Lynde to be their spokes-human. In return, they give him three wishes. Lynde uses two of them to become a rhinestone trucker and a romantic sheik. Meanwhile, KISS performs three songs and Florence Henderson sings a disco version of "That Old Black Magic."
What better place to spend Halloween than in a haunted house with Paul Lynde?
Did You Know?
After Betty White
(as Miss Halloween) departs, Paul Lynde
cracks: "She has a striking resemblance to Betty White. But then so many witches do." This special was made when White's best-known role was the bitchy Sue Ann Nivens on Mary Tyler Moore
(1970) See more
# We wish you a Merry Christmas, / We we wish you a Merry Christmas. #
Donnie and Marie Osmond are given verbal credit only. In his closing speech, Paul Lynde mentions them among his guest stars, the rest of whom are credited in the opening titles. See more
References Welcome Back, Kotter
Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant
Sung by Paul Lynde See more