Top 7 Halloween Themed TV Show Episodes


The Simpsons - DexterGrowing up as a kid from the late 80’s / early 90’s, Halloween was always a favorite season for me. Scores of horror movies would be out for the season and everyone would run to the theater each time to see the latest scare fest. However, I grew up kind of poor and didn’t have money to go to the movies a lot. What I had was the annual slew of Halloween themed episodes on TV. The sitcoms would go all out and ramp up the ridiculousness, throw good taste out the window and present us a hauntingly good time.

I would record every one of them each year and watch them again and again throughout the following year, eagerly anticipating what next year would bring us. Now that Gullermo Del Torro has made a splash with his segment for this year’s Simpsons Halloween episode, it got me thinking of the old days when I could gather around the boob-tube with the family and watch the outrageous celebrations that Tinsel-Town had to offer.

So here is my Top 7 TV Shows that celebrated Halloween. Please keep in mind that this is in no particular order.

7 – Roseanne

Oh Roseanne, you brought your Domestic Diva lifestyle to television and hit a chord with the working middle class, and just like the working middle class, your Halloween episodes were wild, scary and funny. The Family, every year, would take Halloween and raise it to a kitsch art form with decorations, pranks and haunted houses. Sight Gags galore, this show was a staple in my house growing up and I always looked forward to the Halloween episodes.

6 – The Simpsons

Matt Groening has always had his thumb on the pulse of pop culture with the Simpsons, but with the annual Tree House of Horror episodes, Team Simpson got to let out their darker side with some of the wittiest and in joking-est horror parodies around. My personal favorite is the Shining parody when groundskeeper Willie would show up and correct the pronunciation to Shin-Ing to avoid being sued.

5 – Quantum Leap – The Boogie Man

One of the best shows of my youth, Quantum Leap was never afraid to take on hot topics but every once in a while, they decided to have a little fun with the show, and of course Halloween was one of them. Sam leaps into the body of a second-rate horror writer, Joshua Ray just before Halloween 1964. Ziggy confirms that Sam is there because of Ray’s fiance Mary Neely. A series of bizarre events lead to the death of a handyman and then an elderly neighbor and Al is convinced that she is responsible somehow. The local Sheriff suspects Ray and Sam is sure that the Sheriff is the guilty party. Sam constantly sees a goat at the site of the deaths and soon realizes that he is combating and evil force, perhaps the Devil himself.

4 – Buffy The Vampire – Slayer Fear Itself

It is easy to see how Buffy would be able to take on the Halloween season, it was one of the most successful horror themed shows in television history, but when they took the opportunity to have their characters celebrate in the usual collegiate fashion, by throwing a party, they took the show to new fun heights. A demon shows up that makes each of the “Scooby” gang take on the characteristics of the costumes that they wear.

3 – A Disney Halloween

Disney is and was the king of the mountain when it comes to characterization, and nothing spelled Halloween to a kid more than reveling in the fun that was Disney’s characters. Disney gave us a 90 minute view into some of their greatest horror themed shorts and characters, all while giving the family friendly fair that they were known for. The segment of Night on Bald Mountain is a favorite of mine.

2 – Night Court –  Come Back to the Five and Dime Stephen King, Stephen King

The Night Court gang finds the legal file of a man who died during his hearing stuck in between the drawers of Mac, the Court Recorder desk. As the night progresses, it become apparent that the ghost of the man who died is still seeking justice for his wrongs so the court holds a hearing finally give the ghost his sentence, which mysteriously gets paid as money falls from nowhere in the end. It was heartwarming, scary and funny all at the same time, just what Halloween is all about.

1 – Southpark –  Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery

South Park is a cultural phenomenon of the highest caliber so it is expected that the boys would give us quite the Halloween treat. The rock band Korn visits South Park during Halloween to solve the mystery of the pirate ghosts that are terrifying the town and in standard South Park fashion, nothing is safe and no one goes un-mocked.


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      1. idleprimate October 6, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        The muppet show did one halloween with Vincent Price and another with Alice Cooper. Fat Albert had a halloween special that was really heartwarming. The Incredible Hulk did a ghost story one year that scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid. Stayed with me for years.

      2. wischills October 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm

        I think you merged two different Buffy episodes together here. Season two had a “high school” episode (“Halloween”) with them all transforming into their Halloween costumes. Buffy was a southern belle who of course completely forgot she was the slayer. Later in college, they had the Halloween party episode (Fear Itself), where the house closed itself up with everyone inside, and a demon started to drive them all mad by making their fears come true (Giles & Anya to the rescue!). This episode had one of the best final scenes of the entire series. :) Both were excellent episodes, though!

      3. NATO October 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Boy Meets World – “And The There was Shawn”

      4. ChiefBigNutzJay October 23, 2013 at 4:42 am

        LOL awesome topic anyone remember the home improvement and Martin Halloween episodes I very vividly remember the Home Improvement episode scaring the be Jesus out of me with Iron Butterfly inna gadda niveda hope I spelt that right playing with Tim acting possessed or something check out the song if you haven’t seen the episode its creepy

      5. ChiefBigNutzJay October 23, 2013 at 5:04 am

        The episode according to IMDB of home improvement was called flying sauces Im gonna check it out

      6. DK August 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        “That 70s Show” did a great Hitchcock pastiche episode for Halloween one year. Truly, amazingly funny.

      7. DK September 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Also “Catspaw” from Star Trek (original series) – written by Robert Bloch, and broadcast October 27, 1967 if memory serves.