Watched the Halloween episode from the first episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch Saturday at midnight with Mabel. (Neither of us could sleep). It’s a classic, with gags about the expiration dates on party snacks, streaking and zapping annoying people into bottles as if they were household pests. Harvey throws a party and announces his costume will be James Dean, because all he needs is a T-shirt, jeans and something to lean on. We visit the party later on, and every boy at it is doing James Dean.
Another teeny-bopper TV Halloween treat is from the first season of the Disney Channel series Sunny With a Chance. The sitcom is disguised as a full episode of its show-within-a-show, a kid version of Saturday Night Live called So Random. Since the departure of star Demi Lovato, the series has since become So Random for real , but at this time it was a novelty, with actual guest stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, boy All-Star Weekend and “So Random’s own Sonny Monroe” (Lovato) doing a pop solo. The humor can seem spicy to adults, as when pint-sized character Zora Lancaster gets her monologue interrupted by Shaq and retorts “Do I go down to where you work and slap the ball out of your hands?”