All of the best Halloween episodes from your favourite TV shows

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A lot of hit series celebrate Halloween with fun episodes. NBC
  • Many TV shows do Halloween-themed episodes that can be spooky and sometimes sweet.
  • “Friends” gave us Chandler as a pink bunny and other funny costumes.
  • “The Office” is filled with costume inspiration and it has multiple Halloween-centric episodes.
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What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than by re-watching the scariest, spookiest, and sometimes funniest episodes of your favourite shows?

Read on for some of the best Halloween-themed episodes on TV.


Jess works at a haunted house on Fox’s “New Girl.”

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This episode has costumes, too. Fox

On season-two episode, “Halloween,” Jess is working at a haunted house and ends up getting punched by Nick when she jumps out and scares him.

And as if that’s not enough to convince you to watch, Schmidt shows up dressed as Abraham Lincoln.


NBC’s “Friends” gave us Chandler as a pink bunny.

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Many TV shows get their characters dressed up in Halloween costumes for special episodes. NBC

On season eight, episode six, “The One With The Halloween Party,” everyone gathers at Monica’s for a Halloween party in costume, including Chandler as a bunny when his “Velveteen Rabbit” costume didn’t work out.

Joey also dresses and Chandler, but the best part of the episode might be how everyone can’t stop making fun of Ross’ spud-nik costume.


ABC’s “Boy Meets World” does a decent job at merging scary and funny

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‘And Then There Was Shawn’ is funny and scary. ABC

Taking place during that insufferable period of time when Cory and Topanga are broken up, season-five episode “And Then There Was Shawn,” finds the gang trapped in the school after they have been given detention.

A series of campy (and sometimes bloody) scares follow until Shawn is finally revealed as “the killer,” all because he just wants his best friends to get back together.


NBC’s “The Office” is filled with costume inspiration.

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Michael has to figure out which employee to fire in a real-life horror situation. NBC

On season two, episode five, “Halloween,” Michael is faced with a real-life scary problem: figuring out which of his employees he has to fire by the end of the day.

In the meantime, everyone shows up to the office in costume, including Jim as “Three Hole Punch Jim.” That said, what really stands out is Michael’s genius paper-mache second head.


The series has more than one Halloween episode, too.

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‘Costume Contest’ is one of the funniest episodes. NBC

Pin the employees of Dunder Mifflin against each other in a competition for a coupon book for businesses around Scranton, and you get one of their best Halloween episodes ever.

“Costume Contest” (season seven, episode six) is perhaps one of the show’s funniest episodes of all time.


And you can’t forget the iconic episode where Dwight gets a jack-o’-lantern on his head.

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This is an iconic Halloween image. NBC

On episode five of season nine, “Here Comes Treble,” Dwight famously wears a jack-o’-lantern on his head that eventually gets stuck.

Andy’s college a capella group from Cornell also comes to visit for a Halloween performance.


Fox’s “The Simpsons” is always a classic.

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‘The Simpsons’ had a whole Halloween series. FOX

It’s impossible to decide which one is the best, but the entire “Treehouse of Horror” series from “The Simpsons” is perfect for fans who need to get just a little bit scared… or, OK, a lot scared.


Leslie dressed up as Rosie the Riveter on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

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This is a fun Halloween episode and the one where Ben proposes to Leslie. NBC

The season-five episode, “Halloween Surprise,” has scenes with Leslie and Ann as Rosie the Riveter and Gabby Douglas, respectively.

But as much fun as the Halloween goodness of this episode is, the true best moment is when Ben proposes to Leslie.


NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks” perfectly explains how Halloween changes as you get older

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Lindsay eggs Sam by accident. NBC

On “Tricks & Treats,” the third episode of the show and the only Halloween episode of this unfortunately short-lived series, Sam just wants to trick-or-treat like he’s always done and his sister, Lindsay, just wants to be grown up.

Instead, chaos ensues and Lindsay accidentally eggs Sam and his friends.


No show does scary better than FX’s “American Horror Story.”

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The Halloween episode of ‘AHS’ is scary and sad. Michele K. Short/FX

On the very first season of “AHS” – “Murder House” – the show pulled out all the stops for Halloween.

The two-part episode is not only horrifying but also shocking, since it reveals some major plot points of the season.


The WB’s “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” gets more sweet than scary.

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Sabrina finds out she can speak to a deceased loved one each Halloween. AP

The show’s very first Halloween episode, “A Halloween Story,” showcases some humour when Sabrina creates a clone of herself.

But then, it turns sweet when she finds out she can speak to a deceased loved one every year on Halloween, and she gets to reunite with her grandmother.


J.D. and Turk sport pig heads on ABC-NBC’s “Scrubs.”

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Everyone in the hospital gets dressed up. NBC

Season two, episode six, “My Big Brother,” brings J.D.’s older brother to town with unexpected consequences. Plus everyone in the hospital is dressed up in silly costumes.


The gang gets inspired by “Ghostbusters” on Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

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Mike and his friends get outfitted in Ghost Buster costumes. Netflix

On the second episode of season two, “Trick or Treat, Freak,” Mike and his friends show up in their “Ghostbusters” costumes as the only people who wore costumes to Hawkins on Halloween, dealing out the perfect amount of nostalgia to anyone who misses trick or treating.


Lorelai wants Luke to pull sausages out of his body on The WB’s “Gilmore Girls.”

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The Halloween episode features a party, too. The WB

Lorelai and Rory are estranged during season six, episode seven, “21 Is The Loneliest Number,” so Lorelai instead tries to get Luke in on all of her Halloween schemes.

After they end up going to the birthday party Emily and Richard throw for Rory, Luke tries to cheer Lorelai up by agreeing to get spooky with her.

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