We all have our holiday traditions. Whether it is watching Football on Thankgiving day. That favorite Christmas movie that we watch every year. Or that Christmas wrapping paper roll sword fight on the front lawn after all the presents are open....(Wait that is just me and my dad). When Halloween rolls around one of the things that I have to watch every year is Icabod Crane the 1949 animated classic from Disney. I've read the original story by Washington Irving about 3 times as well. This short Disney film used to be a staple on those old Wonderful World of Disney specials. Remember the Disney Halloween shows with the creepy talking pumpkin head by Johnathon Winters (well maybe I'm dating myself with that reference) Here is link to video of what I'm talking about.

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They would always run at least of portion of Icabod's story along with Disney cartoons with witches and such. The full short film is a perfect Halloween classic. With narration by Bing Crosby and the fun song as sung by him as Brom Bones (the Original Gaston). The short has everything...Laughs , chills , and a crazy wild action scene as he tries to excape the Headless Horsemen. It is the perfect mix of spooky and fun. The animation and the sound in this Halloween tale sets up Icabod's fateful night perfectly. It is a Halloween tradition to watch this every single year just like visiting the Holiday Haunted Mansion or watching Nightmare before Christmas. If you have never seen this Disney classic...shame on you.....Run out and find a copy for it is Disney animation at its best.