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WLS Channel 7 - Ending of Halloween Is Grinch Night and Opening of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979)

Here's the closing credits for Halloween Is Grinch Night, followed by the opening moments of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't on WLS Channel 7. Includes.

End credits for Halloween Is Grinch Night - (C) MCMLXVII (1977) Dr. Seuss and A.S. Geisel - A DePatie-Freleng Production (voiceover by Allan Jefferys)

Promo for 240-Robert episode "Double Trouble" (with early acting appearances by future film star Michelle Pfeiffer and future NCIS star Mark Harmon) - after NFL Monday Night Football on the West Coast (main voiceover by Ernie Anderson) (ending voiceover by Allan Jefferys)

Commercial: Sugar Free Diet Rite Cola

WLS station ID bumper with PSA for Museum of Science & Industry coal mine (voiceover by Wayne Atkinson)

Opening credits and Part 1 of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

"We'll Return After These Messages" bumper - with a silhouette bat (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't bumper and sponsor notice (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?) - Brought to you by Kenner - "Makers of Long Playing Toys for Children of All Ages"

Commercial: Star Wars Radio Controlled R2-D2 by Kenner - "2 9-volt and 2 C alkaline batteries not included" - can make noises by wireless remote control (voiceover by Norman Rose)

Commercial: Kenner's new Betty Crocker Juicer Blender - "Food and four batteries not included" - for making pudding, toppings and orange juice (voiceover by ??)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't bumper - "Now, back to our story" (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?)

Beginning of Part 2 of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, October 28th 1979.

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In a sense, this video also serves as an unofficial tribute to announcer Allan Jefferys (here heard over the "Halloween Is Grinch Night" end credits and the end of the "240-Robert" promo), who passed away September 29th 2011 at age 88 at his home in Pinehurst, NC.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 1:04am.

"Halloween Is Grinch Night" was released at video at one point with just the title "Grinch Night".

That Betty Crocker Juicer line "for little moms" seems so dated now. Young aspiring unmarried girls or girls that didn't plan to have kids weren't allowed to play? LOL.

Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 1:19pm.

And "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" was released on video as "The Night Dracula Saved the World".
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 2:09pm.

It really does sound dated because what if she's a working mom? Or how about if her husband likes to cook? I know many families where the dad does the cooking. I hate to cook but most of my boyfriends loved it. I'm pretty sure the Easy Bake Oven is now marketed to both genders and many top chefs today mentioned getting started on one.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Sunday, October 30th 2011 at 12:18am.

I have never seen "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" until now. The funniest thing about it, for me, was the groan at the thought of Judd Hirsch as Dracula. He was actually quite good in what little I saw in the movie. On the subject of the Betty Crocker Blender and Juicer, I think it is interesting how there are so few head chefs in the world's five-star restaurants and yet so many young girls from the 50s to 80s who grew up practicing the subtle skills of the kitchen through EZ-Bake Ovens and the like. Are these toys just rubbish?
Comment posted by Melk on Tuesday, November 1st 2011 at 5:05pm.

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