When the special opens, Garfield is rudely awakened by Binky the Clown, who informs the lazy cat that it is Halloween – and that on Halloween, he can get lots and lots of candy. Shortly after hearing this news, Garfield springs into the kitchen, grabs his canine pal, Odie, and they dress as pirates – peg legs and all – before heading out into the night to go trick or treating.
Along their way, Garfield threatens the local residents – as some of them are a bit stingy with their candy – and both he and Odie encounter a few creepy trick or treaters. No need to worry about Garfield, however, as the sing-songy music over the soundtrack informs us that “the one thing he’s not is a scaredy cat”.
Garfield has an ulterior motive for bringing Odie along, as it turns out. He plans on using the poor puppy as a means of getting more candy, and Garfield doesn’t plan on sharing that candy any time soon. When the two friends hop on board an abandoned canoe and head down the river, they come upon a seemingly abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. Once inside, they run into one of the creepiest old men in the history of animation. He tells them that he once was the cabin boy for a group of evil pirates, who buried their treasure in the house that Garfield and Odie now inhabit. The pirates made a vow that they would return from beyond the grave to claim their treasure.
Little do our friends know that the long dead pirates will be paying them a visit on this very night.
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure will prove to be a joy for anyone who decides to give it a try, especially those of us who are nostalgic for the Halloween specials of the eighties. This is definitely one of the best. When I was a kid, I always thought that it perfectly captured the experience of Halloween and trick or treating. I always looked forward to the “adventure” that Garfield and Odie embark upon. It really gave me the creeps – and still does, to some extent. As with all of the other Garfield specials, the fat cat will learn a few life lessons, and there will be plenty of laughs along the way – and, in this particular case, maybe a few playful frights. Well, maybe not so playful. Those ghostly pirates are pretty damned creepy. And don’t even get me started on Binky the Clown.
Watch a clip from "Garfield's Halloween Adventure" in the SCREENING ROOM.