Hanna-Barbera, the same cartoon factory that gave the world the Flintstones, Wally Gator, and Top Cat, scored a minor coup with this well-rendered feature that follows Ray Bradbury's phantasmagorical 1972 novel of a Halloween eve adventure quite closely.
On Halloween eve, four costumed kids learn that their leader Joe "Pip" Pipkin is sick and won't be joining them. But they glimpse his phantom form flitting ahead, and follow it to a spooky, isolated mansion, behind which stands a tree hung heavy with jack-o'-lanterns. Pip picks a pumpkin with a
face just like his, then disappears into a whirlwind. The house's sole inhabitant, a grotesque old man named Carapace ...