Now that October is finally here, it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit, and what better way than by rewatching the scariest, spookiest, and sometimes funniest episodes of your favourite shows? If tapping into your fear with horror movies just isn’t doing it for you, don’t worry – there is so much quality Halloween TV out there.
Between every Dunder Mifflin employee dressing up in costume on “The Office” to “The Simpsons” classic annual Halloween specials, there’s so much to choose from, no matter what you’re in the mood for.
Looking for Halloween TV? These episodes will definitely give you a giant dose of spooky.
“Boy Meets World” does a decent job at merging scary and funny
Taking place during that insufferable period of time when Cory and Topanga are broken up, season five, episode 17, “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.
“Friends” gave us Chandler as a pink bunny
In 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… and Joey as Chandler for a costume. The funniest part of the episode? Probably the way that everyone can’t stop making fun of Ross’ spud-nik costume.
“Grey’s Anatomy” had Meredith creeped out by her mum’s ashes
Shortly after Ellis Grey dies, Meredith’s confronted with what to do with her ashes in the fifth episode of season four, “Haunt You Every Day,” which leads her to bring them to work until she makes a decision on the perfect place to lay her mum to rest.
“The Office” inspired costumes for years to come with Three Hole Punch Jim
In 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. But what really stands out is Michael’s genius paper-mache second head.
And it got even better when everyone at Dunder Mifflin was competing for a coupon book
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 definitely one of the show’s funniest episodes – not just for the theme, but overall.
“The Simpsons” is always a classic
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 “Parks & Rec”
The season five episode, “Halloween Surprise” (episode five), is amazing just based on the scenes with Leslie and Ann as Rosie and Gabby Douglas. But as much fun as the Halloween goodness of this episode is, the true best moment is when Ben proposes to Leslie.
“Freaks & Geeks” perfectly explains how Halloween changes as you get older
In “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. So what ends up happening? Oh, she just eggs Sam and his friends on accident, of course.
Jess works at a haunted house in “New Girl”
In the season two episode, “Halloween,” (episode six) 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.
No show does scary better than “American Horror Story”
In 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 heartbreaking when it’s revealed that the bloodied ghosts who keep following Tate around are kids he killed in a school shooting.
“Sabrina The Teenage Witch” gets more sweet than scary
The show’s very first Halloween episode, “A Halloween Story,” (episode five) gets the laughs when Sabrina creates a clone of herself. But then, it turns sweet when she finds out she can speak to a deceased love one every year on Halloween, and she gets to reunite with her grandmother.
J.D. and Turk sport pig heads on “Scrubs”
In season two, episode six, “My Big Brother,” brings J.D.’s older brother to town with unexpected consequences, and everyone in the hospital is dressed up.
The gang gets inspired by “Ghostbusters” on “Stranger Things”
In 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 “Gilmore Girls”
Lorelai and Rory are estranged in season six, episode seven, “21 Is The Loneliest Number,” so instead, Lorelai 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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