The Ghost of Oakhaven

Alright, we are about to get personal, and talk about some serious 90s things. Growing up I watched a lot of the old Scooby-Doo cartoons on, the then new, Cartoon Network, along with other classics from the Hanna-Barbera family. I remember the Scooby-Doo marathons that Cartoon Network used to air, and my dad taping them onto VHS so I had hours of entertainment on long family vacations in our van that had a VCR and TV (with actual dials) which at that time was pretty unique, not like the mini-vans of today with built in DVD players and fold-down flat screens. Then in 1998 Scooby-Doo entered a new era, with feature length direct-to-video movies, the first of which was Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, followed by Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost the following year, which became an instant favorite of mine. The film featured the voice talent of Tim Curry and had a badass goth rock band called The Hex Girls, and that Halloween I went as Thorn, the lead singer. The movie meant a lot to me in a weird way, and continues to mean a lot to me today. I deeply connected with it, and my best friend at the time and I watched it repeatedly.

Even though I’ve grown up, I’ve never out-grown Scooby-Doo. And one day while at Disneyland I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt that was featured in Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, I proceeded to word vomit all over him and borderline throttled him to tell me where he got the shirt. He told me I was the first person who knew where it was from, and told me he got it on-line. I instantly whipped out my phone, found it, and bought it before reaching our next destination.

Like, no lie, this t-shirt is perhaps my favorite thing in my closet. Cartoons aren’t really tangible, so to have someone create a unique “prop” from a cartoon that meant so much to me growing up brings me such joy. It also offered the perfect fall and spooky vibes for a visit to Knott’s Scary Farm last night too.

Myself, standing in front of a brick wall, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Close-up of my shirt - a frightening green ghost of a witch rises from the silhouette of a town. Above reads "I MET THE GHOST OF" and within the town's silhouette reads "OAKHAVEN" and below "(AND LIVED)"

Myself, standing in front of a brick wall, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a brick wall, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, leaning against a brick wall, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, leaning against a brick wall, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a brick wall, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Myself, standing in front of a small lake with cascading waterfall in the background and pumpkins scattered about, wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a green ghost in a witch hat, rising from a silhouette of a town. Orange text reads "I met the Ghost of Oakhaven (and lived)," a skirt in matching green, orange, white and black, and an orange scarf in my pony tail.

Curious to know what the shirt looked like in the film? Take a peek at these screencaps.

Scooby-Doo, at least the original cartoons, I believe had, and still has, a good message to send to kids; monsters are real, but they are human. Until the 1980s incarnations of Scooby-Doo (such as the shortly lived 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo and made-for-TV movies like Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School), there was no real supernatural element. All monsters, ghosts, and ghouls, were crooks in masks, willing to do anything and everything to get ahead. It’s a rather terrifying thing to realize that our fellow humans can be cruel and selfish.

Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost continues to be a staple of my Halloween watch list, and currently I’m revisiting the original show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? as I just purchased it on iTunes. Speaking of Halloween, it’s hard to believe it’s right around the corner! Do you have any big plans for Halloween? Did you watch Scooby-Doo growing up?

OutfitT-Shirt: Redbubble (sadly the exact one I bought no longer appears on the website, but here is a similar one)Skirt: Belonged to my motherPenny Loafers: Buffalo ExchangeScarf & Bangles: ???

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