It turns out there’s a prequel to ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ and it’s about Halloween

A still from ‘Halloween is Grinch Night.’ YouTube/Garry Foster
  • There’s a prequel to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and it’s set at Halloween.
  • “Halloween is Grinch Night” was written by Dr. Seuss in 1977, 20 years after the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was published.
  • The film won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program.

Thanks to its positive message and witty one-liners, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a festive favourite.

However, not many people know that there’s a prequel to the Dr. Seuss tale.

The prequel to the story is called “Halloween is Grinch Night,” and it first aired as an animated TV special for Halloween in 1977.

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Much like the Christmas tale, “Halloween is Grinch Night” tells the story of the Grinch terrorizing the Whos of Whoville – only this time his plot is foiled by a young boy named Euchariah Who, rather than Cindy Lou Who.

Dr. Seuss wrote the prequel 20 years after “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which was published as a book in 1957.

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The Halloween story was so well received that it won the 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

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The Grinch is no cheerier at Halloween than he is at Christmas. YouTube/Garry Foster

Dr. Seuss wrote another tale of the Grinch, “The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat,” which premiered as a TV special in May 1982 and also won an Emmy.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was remade as a feature film in 2000, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. The latest adaptation of the story, “The Grinch,” was released in November and is a 3D-animated feature film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the Grinch.