Friday, October 26, 2018

The 31 Days of Halloween, Oz Style: Day 26/Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Haunt Me Not

Yes, it's another double-duty post, fulfilling both my Halloween countdown and summaries of DatWoO episodes. This one follows directly from "Halloween Heist" as our friends, including Jack Pumpkinhead, go out to trick or treat, in the same costumes (and Toto, dressed like Woozy). They follow along the Yellow Brick Road and encounter some of their friends, including Patchwork Girl, Woozy (dressed as a cat), and the Lollipop Guild. Reaching the end of the road in Munchkinland, Jack innocently decides to follow the Red Brick Road, even though the others claim it's haunted. Sure enough, they come to a spooky castle where some sort of shrouded figure takes all their candy. Lion, despite his fears, wants his candy, so the gang storms in to confront the crook, who turns out to be Candyman, a man made of candy from the Valley of Bonbons, who needs the candy for food. He got lost and can't find his way back to the valley, so he's tricking people out of their candy just to survive. Dorothy has a simple solution, however, and one trip to the Valley of Bonbons via Ruby Slippers brings Candyman home. Plus, Lion has a lot more candy to eat!

okay, not as strictly Halloween-y as the last episode, but it's a fun one. And Candyman and the Valley of Bonbons may be homages to one of Baum's non-Oz stories, Dot and Tot of Merryland. It all fits in very nicely with the rest of the show, and also highlights how much the books and The Movie are neatly intertwined.

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