Snuggle in for a Halloween weekend full of your favorite spooky TV specials. Here’s ten Halloween episodes from TV that will leave you in the holiday spirit!
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ — ‘Halloween I,’ ‘II,’ ‘III,’ and ‘IV’
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Halloween heists have become the highlight of the precinct’s year and our holiday season. Whether it’s Jake Peralta inducting Captain Holt into the Nine-Nine’s antics or Amy busting out her secret spy skills, discovering the year’s Ultimate Detective/Genius is always a joy.
‘How I Met Your Mother’ — ‘Slutty Pumpkin’
One of How I Met Your Mother’s more famous gags, Ted’s (delusional?) idealism is on full display as he partakes in his annual wait for the Slutty Pumpkin.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ — ‘Halloween’
When Ethan Rayne bewitches Sunnydale so that the students become their Halloween costumes, Buffy finds herself turned into a damsel in distress, while Willow is forced to break out of her shell and lead the Scooby gang to safety. Also notable in this episode: we get to see Angel laugh for the first time (while talking to Cordelia, of course.)
‘Modern Family’ — ‘Halloween’
In this season 2 episode, the Dunphy-Pritchett family comes together to indulge Claire in her Halloween obsession and put together the hottest haunted house on the block.
‘Friends’ — ‘The One with the Halloween Party’
When Monica and Chandler host a costume party, Ross shows up as a space potato and Chandler ends up as a pink velveteen rabbit.
‘Lizzie McGuire’ — ‘Night of the Day of the Dead’
Miranda tries to share her Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead at school, but when Kate and the kids disrespect Miranda’s ancestors, the undead begin to haunt the junior high halls.
‘Baby Daddy’ — ‘Strip or Treat’
Baby Daddy’s stand-alone Halloween episode is a personal favorite (for obvious reasons). When Riley pranks the Wheeler clan, the boys end up crashing a bachelorette party (as strippers!) and spending some time in the slammer.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ — ‘The Middle Earth Paradigm’
The Big Bang Theory’s first Halloween is one of the most memorable episodes in the entire series, both for the introduction of Sheldon’s infamous “Doppler Effect” costume, and for giving us Leonard and Penny’s first kiss. It’s the first real hint that despite the unbelievability of two such polar opposites attracting, Leonard’s infatuation may not be entirely one-sided after all.
‘Boy Meets World’ — ‘And Then There Was Shawn’
Arguably one of the best episodes of Boy Meets World ever, this horror-comedy inspired episode brings the heart while also poking fun at classic teen movie cliches.
‘Peanuts’ — ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’
A classic without which no list would be complete, this Peanuts special focuses on family, love, and the beliefs that separate us. Sally skips trick-or-treating to support the optimistically naive Linus, but at the end of the night, it’s his grumpy older sister Lucy that sticks by him, bringing him home out of the cold.
What’s your favorite Halloween-themed TV episode?
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