Halloween Cartoons for 2013

It’s almost Halloween, and every year I do a new batch of Halloween cartoons. It seems like every year it gets harder to find new Halloween humor and I have to go further afield. Then again, every year gives you fresh zeitgeist to see Halloween through, so it all works out in the end.

OK, on to this year’s new Halloween cartoons:

Halloween Cartoon 1

I was thinking a lot about pumpkins with this cartoon. What do they look like, how they’re carved, the goo inside, seeds, etc… and the word “gourd” popped into my head. I was playing with the homonym “gored” for a while, like someone being gored by a bull, but instead it was a bull giving someone a pumpkin, but, as you can tell, that’s pretty weak. Anyway, the phrase “out of his gourd” presented it self soon after, and this sort of weird spooky cartoon came about. 

(BTW, I did make sure that a pumpkin was technically a gourd. Cartoons aren’t any fun if they basic premise is wrong.)

Halloween Cartoon 2

I love the scene in the original Frankenstein where the doctor is yelling ‘It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s alive!” and I thought if you were the monster and you’re just coming to consciousness for the first time, this guy next you you yelling and screaming might be a bit much. Connecting it to waking up wasn’t far behind.

Halloween Cartoon 3

I almost never do multiple panels. I like to think that it’s because I work best in a single frame with a single caption and that’s where my talents lie. But if I’m really honest, it’s also that I’m a bit lazy and I hate drawing the same thing more than once in a cartoon.

Still, this Star Trek Halloween cartoon was worth it. Big thanks to my pal Mike Lynch for helping me make sure that vulcan blood had actually been seen on TV before. (Again, accurate cartoons are funnier.)

Halloween Cartoon 4

This is one of those Halloween cartoons that took a long time to get right. First there’s the candy house. You can’t skimp on the drawing there and there’s a lot of detail to get right. Then you have to shade all of that. Ugh. And the caption took a really long time to trim down to something reasonable. Anyway, it all worked out well I think. (I especially like the candy orange slice shutters.)

Halloween Cartoon 5

This Halloween cartoon seemed so simple that I was sure someone else had done it. Seriously, it’s an obvious joke. But I did my due diligence, looked around online, and no one had done it. Having said that, a dozen versions of this will have cropped up between the time I drew it and the time this blog publishes.

Halloween Cartoon 6

And now the last of my 2013 Halloween cartoons. I got the idea for this one at a coffee shop. The lady asked me if I wanted my latte hot or cold and while it’d be more entertaining to tell you that this popped into my head right at the moment and I yelled “A-HA!” and ran out of the coffee shop pumping my fists in the air to the delight of onlookers, it came to me later in the day unceremoniously.

Feel free to check out all of my my other Halloween cartoons here, read what I had to say about last year’s batch, draw your own cartoon zombie, and check out these posts about costumes.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Cartoon – Collection

Looking for a good Halloween cartoon? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s a few of my most recent cartoons to get you in the mood!

Halloween Cartoon 1

I probably spent more time on this Halloween cartoon than I should have, but the scene was so much fun to draw! The Wolfman, Frankenstein and Dracula playing cards and reminiscing? You can’t rush that!

I’m particularly proud of the Wolfman’s flannel shirt and claws on his fingers. And that perturbed Dracula makes me laugh every time I look at it. He’s never going to live that down.

Halloween Cartoon 2

This cartoon actually went through a number of different captions right up to the end:

  • “Oh please! Anyone can haunt an hold house. Try one of these new McMansions!”
  • “Oh please! Anyone can haunt an old spooky house. Try one of those new condos they just put up!”
  • “Oh please! Anyone can haunt a house. Try haunting a supply closet!”

In the end “accounting firm” just felt right, and it seems to fit the ghost’s clothing.

I spent a fair amount of time in Photoshop on this one too. Totally worth it!

Halloween Cartoon 10

If I’m an employer I’m A) impressed with his honesty, B) a little scared, C) think he’s probably trying to pull one over on me.

Halloween Cartoon 11

I love cartoons about the little everyday moments like this.

Halloween Cartoon 3

I must have told this Halloween cartoon to my wife a good dozen times after I came up with it, and I laughed like a giddy schoolgirl each time.

Halloween Cartoon 4

A take off on the old “tell me about your mother” chestnut, but Frankenstein didn’t necessarily have a mother, right? Or maybe multiple mothers since he’s made out of…  OK, I’ve officially overthought this Halloween cartoon.

Halloween Cartoon 5

I always hated this question in interviews. I’m betting he tries answering awkwardly for a few sentences then leans in and bites her on the neck. Serves her right too!

Halloween Cartoon 6

Maybe the best zombie I’ve ever drawn. OK, not maybe, the best. Just saying.

Halloween Cartoon 7

I don’t know why I’m so into vampires and business but for some reason it works. These people are all getting bitten too.

Halloween Cartoon 8

What interests me here is the time involved. If these pumpkins started their business while they were still on the vine it’s an impressive achievement. But then why and how would successful sentient pumpkins allow themselves to be carved? No wonder they’re doing so badly all of a sudden!

Halloween Cartoon 9

This cartoon was mostly an excuse to draw the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Feel free to check out my entire Halloween cartoon inventory. And happy trick-or-treating everyone!

BTW, here’s some other Halloween related posts you might enjoy: