Halloween is speeding its way toward us! The chill is in the air, the costumes are prepped, and the candy is anxiously awaiting its display for passing ghouls. To accelerate the time and expedite Halloween’s arrival, here is a list of the top 5 spookiest, creepiest, most entertaining Halloween vehicles, gathered from movies, books, and cartoon shows.
1941 Chevrolet COE Truck One – Jeepers Creepers
Love it or hate it, Jeepers Creeps is an entertaining horror film. I once watched it on a portable DVD player, in the middle of the desert, under a blanket of stars. Coyotes howled at one point, made me jump. Not sure if I jumped because of the movie or because there were coyotes in the desert. Regardless, the Jeepers Creepers truck is a horrifying spectacle, one that I would never want to see out of my rear-view mirror. It’s smoking anus of brimstone and hate, boiling onto my bumper with a repetitious pounding – a heartbeat of hell.
The Munster Koach – The Munsters
Featured in over twenty episodes throughout The Munsters’ two-year television lifespan, the Munster Koach is an iconic Halloween vehicle that mystifies as much as it entertains. The vehicle was built from three different Model T bodies, and the whole thing measured approximately 18′ long. When I was a young sprout, my dad let me stay up late, way past my mom’s dictated bedtime, and we’d laugh as the Munsters got into all sorts of trouble. The changing staircase was the coolest part, what with it rising and turning into a slide. Of course, I didn’t love it as much as this family: Sandra and Charles McKee of Waxahachie, Texas, built a fully livable “re-creation” of the Munsters home.
1955 Peterbilt 281 Tanker Truck – Duel
Stepping it up from the Jeepers Creepers truck, this Peterbilt 281 was the featured star of the 1971 film Duel. The film focuses on David Mann, a middle-aged man traveling on a two-lane highway in the California desert. David Mann finds himself chased, teased, tortured, hassled, and nearly killed, on numerous occasions, by this Peterbilt. If you’re anything like me, you get anxious when you have to speed past a tanker on the highway. My mind yells, “Don’t merge into me. Don’t merge into me.” Having one purposely try to ram you off the road, that’s terrifying!
1966 Chevrolet Sportvan 108 – Scoopy-Doo
No Halloween vehicle list is complete without the addition of the Mystery Machine. Crammed with four strange adults and a talking dog, this car has seen some adventures. From combating swamp monsters to old men dressed as ghosts, the Mystery Machine is always first on the paranormal scene. Between 1990 and 2002, Universal Studios Florida had a working Mystery Machine that drove around the park. Jinkies!
1958 Plymouth Fury – Christine
The Mystery Machine’s cool. The Jeepers Creepers truck is scary. The Munster Koach is creative. They’re all great cars, honestly. But when it comes to true terror, true fear, no one does it better than Stephen King, which is why Christine makes the top of our Halloween vehicle list. The car kills people, drives itself, and self-repairs any damage. Christine clings to an owner, changing the individual into a cynical abomination of their former self. No other vehicle can top the horror induced by this seemingly innocent Plymouth Fury.