Halloween is a great time to channel your inner Scooby Doo.  Scooby Doo and his companions have been solving crimes and investigating mysteries involving ghosts, zombies, vampires and other super scary things since the late 1960s.  Originally the series was created by cartoon powerhouse producers Hanna and Barbera as a non-violent replacement for series like Johnny Quest which were very popular with kids but not popular with parents, who considered them too violent.  The producers were trying to find a way to create a cartoon that would appeal to kids, to networks, and to parents.

The original show centered around the crime solving dog Scooby Doo and his pal Shaggy. Helping out were also their friends Daphne, the pretty but ditzy member of the team along with Velma and Fred. Velma was the dowdy but super smart member of the squad who made being smart and geeky cool for girls who wanted to be different. Fred was the straightlaced logical thinker who always played by the rules and was the moral compass of the group.  Over the years new characters were added, and later subtracted but the core of the Scooby Doo show were the five friends who traveled around in the psychedelic looking Mystery Machine van investigating all kinds of creepy claims.

Musical interludes were an important part of the original Scooby Doo series. They were deliberately put there because kids really responded to cartoon shows that features music like the Archie Show. The catchy theme song to Scooby Doo was written to mimic popular music at the time. Because Scooby Doo was so successful producers were quick to create clone shows like Josie and the Pussycats but none of the clones was ever as beloved as Scooby Doo.

Scooby Doo has branched out from cartoons to become one of the most successful character franchises of all time. In addition to continually running cartoon series  Scooby Doo merchandise like lunch boxes, tee shirts, action figures, DVDs, VHS tapes and video games continue to be popular even today. Scooby Doo has also been a main character in several movies about the Mystery, Inc crew as the gang called themselves.  Both cartoon films and a live action movie using special effects to create the Scooby Doo character have been made.

All of the Scooby Doo characters are popular costumes for Halloween. Velma costumes have to include a plaid skirt, dowdy pulllover sweater and Velma’s trademark thick glasses and brown bob haircut.  Women everyone channel their inner sexy librarian by dressing as Velma for Halloween. You can buy a brown bob wig that will give you instant Velma appeal if you need to in order to make the costume work.

Fred is known for his white dress shirt and neckerchief so if you want to dress as Fred for Halloween don’t forget the orange neckerchief. A blonde man’s wig can give you the newscaster hair that Fred has throughout the series.  To make an authentic Daphne costume you’ll need a purple dress, pink tights, and a green scarf.

Scooby Doo and Shaggy are great costumes for friends who want to dress in costumes that go together. Couples can dress as Fred and Daphne, who were never declared to be a couple in the original series but it was widely known that they were.

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