Sesame Street’s Scariest Moments: 13 Spooky Sketches
Halloween brings chaos. I don’t know about you, but we were late buying costumes, we ate candy early, and the squirrels tore the heads off our pumpkins. This attack made them much more upsetting to watch – for me. Our toddler loves them and cries when we don’t let him put his rotten guts inside.
Young children enjoy a good scare as much as adults do, and every Halloween it’s a parent’s sacred duty to give them the scares without also giving them nightmares. sesame street has now invested over 50 years in this quest, and this list brings together 13 of their scariest, most unsettling, and creepiest sketches.
The following videos feature many classic puppets and a few horror parodies, but sesame street is much more than that. I’ve also included some of the more disturbing cartoons, as well as an episode that was pulled from circulation after a barrage of angry letters. And of course there are plenty of The Count von Count, which have mellowed in recent years but had a lot more bite.
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13. Don’t Die The passage area (1990)
“At the end of every street, there’s a special place,” says Gordon (Roscoe Orman) in a monotone of Rod Sterling. “A place where car horns blare and cars speed by. At the red light in front of you, you have entered “The Crossing Zone.’”
This blurred area the parody is built around a boy, Jonathan Wilson, who ends up “asking one of my adult friends to help me out”, across the street. Gordon may be sesame street, and he looks the camera straight in the eye, intoning: “Never cross the street alone. Already.” Combine that message with some skin-stinging music, and you might just scare the kids into staying on the sidewalk.
12. These Jaws Are Brought to You by the Letter J (1995)
Something is lurking beneath the chlorinated waters of this community pool and no amount of shark repellent will hold it back. The 1995 “Underwater Letters” series is a tribute to director Steven Spielberg and the music of John Williams. As the strings rise in the scale in a minor key, we see watery images of children and something getting closer and closer. Suddenly, the letter of the day reared out of the water. Instead of being devoured, swimmers would cheer.
The entire series ran through the letters E, F, K, N, R, S, W, X, and Y with the same formula, and if you were a kid in 1995, you’ve seen them all. But even though you know what’s coming – even with footage of smiling children on a bright sunny day – this theme song combined with those camera angles can’t help but feel like a disaster.