The Old Witch (host); Andrew (Lila's husband); a monkey (reincarnation of Andrew); a Policeman; Lila (villain, death); Howard (villain, oil-burner company employee, Lila's boyfriend)
A young woman marries an old man with a penchant for pipe smoking and poetry for his money and quickly grows tired of him, then she meets a young man and they plot to push him down the stairs as though it were accidental. After he dies, she buys a monkey as a pet that was born the same day her husband was killed. Howard wants to get married immediately but Lila says to wait a year....but when Howard starts finding clues to Lila possibly having an affiar, and she denies it, he murders her and is arrested. Meanwhile, the monkey settles back in the easy chair with a pipe and a book of poetry.
This grim fairy tale relates the story of a prince who gets the king to pay him a yearly allowance of what he weighs in gold. In order to be as heavy as can be, he swallows lead shot to get his already fat frame close to almost 500 pounds. As he urges the carriage faster and faster to arrive at his new castle, the brakes are thrown suddenly and the shot explodes out of him.
Ray Bradbury (original); Al Feldstein (adaptation)
The Crypt-Keeper (host); two boys; rich woman; thief (villain)
Two boys witness a ferris wheel at a creepy carnival that can make time go forwards or backwards for the rider depending on which way the wheel spins. A man tries to take advantage of this by riding the wheel backwards 24 times until he is a 10 year boy and then posing as an orphan in order to find and steal a kindly old woman's money who has taken him in. He plans to then ride the wheel forwards 24 times so no one will ever find the culprit. The boys tell the woman, but are not believed, so they wait until the man is on the ferris wheel and sends it into the future....with amazing results.