Advent Calendar House

🎃 It’s 1989, and Rue McClanahan is trapped in an underground castle inhabited by a bunch of Gremlin-looking puppets called Greevils — and for some reason wants to leave.

Join us for a Halloween in July celebration of The Wickedest Witch, co-written and produced by ALF creator Paul Fusco, and starring Blanche from The Golden Girls as the evil Avarissa. As far as we know, this Halloween special only ever aired once, but somehow managed to capture our hearts and burrow itself into the cavernous depths of our memories.


🎙 Guest:

Matt from Dinosaur Dracula (The Purple Stuff Podcast, @dinosaurdracula).


📺 Watch It:

There are 3 copies on YouTube — some include commercials, others hit record a second too late. For the closest we can get to a full picture of the special, here are all 3, courtesy of:

1. Dinosaur Dracula,
2. Jared’s VHS Treasures,
3. trivialord.


💬 Topics & Tangents:

1. The Wickedest Witch on Dinosaur Dracula.

2. Rue McClanahan on Entertainment Tonight, October 27, 1989 (Interview starts at 6:57).

3. Ronn Lucas (Sammy), creator of Scorch and the 1988 Disney Channel channel special, Who’s in Charge Here?

4. Judge Doom murdering a clown shoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

5. Free Stuff for Kids.


📼 Retro Commercial Break:

McDonald’s Halloween Gift Certificate Books, 1989 during the airing of The Wickedest Witch.


🎤 And Now, These Messages:

Weird Christmas, all things holly, jolly, and odd-ly.


“The Wickedest Witch” © 1989 Boo You Productions.

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Title: The Wickedest Witch

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