Just as people today look to Netflix and YouTube for creepy content to binge during Halloween, we 90s kids tuned in to ABS-CBN’s Magandang Gabi Bayan to scare ourselves the night before November.
Hosted by Noli de Castro, Magandang Gabi Bayan aired from 1988 to 2005 as both a news magazine show and a public service program, but nothing reeled in ratings quite like their Halloween specials.
The true-to-life scary stories, the adventure into haunted paranormal hotspots, and the raw, suspenseful narration built the mold for others like Korina Sanchez’ and Jessica Soho’s shows to emulate.
Kabayan dove deep into the stories surrounding Bataan’s war-torn Corregidor Island, the horrific tragedy of the Manila Film Center, the urban legends that made Laperal White House, and Diplomat Hotel in Baguio popular, among others. That show still owes us hours of lost sleep from watching all its Halloween specials.
Now, younger generations — and probably 90s kids all over again — can access this treasure trove of Halloween specials by MGB through ABS-CBN News’ YouTube channel. The very best episodes from 1991 to 1998 are now up on the video platform, just in time for this year’s Halloween. Now, we don’t know about you but there’s something about these clips’ old age that makes them that much scarier.
Note that the episodes are released in succession, with the final episode being uploaded on November 2. Follow the links below to watch the MGB Halloween specials in order:
1991 Halloween episode — Manila Film Center; Baguio City’s Loakan Road
1992 Halloween episode — Corregidor Island; the ghostly ABS-CBN Studio; haunted schools
1993 Halloween episode — Cabanatuan’s white ladies; spiritual talismans; Siquijor Island
1994 Halloween episode — available October 29
1995 Halloween episode — available October 30
1996 Halloween episode — available October 31
1997 Halloween episode — available November 1
1998 Halloween episode — available November 2
There’s no question of which episodes you’re catching, only who you’re watching these with because trust us, you wouldn’t want to binge these alone.