When it comes to family friendly monster hunts and spooky mysteries, only one name comes to mind this halloween season, and that name is Scooby-Doo! With the latest release in the Scooby-Doo franchise, Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!, I decided that I could create a list of the best Scooby-Doo animated features to watch around Halloween to get you and the family in the mood this spooky season.
When trying to help look for clues as to who and what exactly caused all of the trouble in the college, Scooby and the gang are zapped into Eric's game, but there seems to be only one way out for them. They must complete the game and defeat the Phantom Virus to earn their freedom back into the real world.
Join a cast of Hanna-Barbera favourites, including Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Bear, as well as Magilla Gorilla and of course, Scooby and Shaggy, in this cartoon re-telling of two stories from Arabian Nights. Albeit a simplified, and a rather silly version for the kids.
Shaggy receives a letter, telling him that his uncle Beaureguard has passed away, and in his will, he has left Shaggy the rights to the old Beaureguard Plantation, and the treasure hidden within. However, upon arriving at the creepy-looking property, the trio is chased by various kooky characters such as a headless horseman, a gorilla, and the ghost of Uncle Beaureguard himself.
Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy are race car champions in America, but winning a race seems to be the least of their troubles, because, across the map in spooky Transylvania, the Wolf Man has decided to retire, leaving Dracula and the other monsters one driver short for their race.
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School is, as always, an enjoyable adventure that feels very strange compared to the rest of the animated films released after the '80s. This is simply because of the absence of the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang, Velma, Daphne, and Fred, as well as the lack of Mystery Machine rolling about. It is also, yet again, another Scooby-Doo animated film that doesn't feature the classic unmasking of any monsters, but instead plays on the idea that all of these monsters are very real.
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island's dark aesthetic makes it one of the best movies to ever be released among the franchise, as it escaped the usual stereotypical tropes we see from the rest of the films, whilst still remaining true to the source material, because at it's heart it is still very much a classic Scooby-Doo tale