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15 Classic Halloween TV Episodes to Re-Watch this Year

Back when the world was pure, there was a little weekly television extravaganza known as TGIFEvery Friday evening, kids would settle in for a line-up of their most beloved shows, such as Boy Meets WorldFamily Matters, and Step by Step. Every week was exciting, but none more so than the one leading up to Halloween. That was the week when you knew television would be extra scary and extra awesome.

While TGIF obviously made everything better, the yearly tradition of Halloween-themed television began long before the 90s, and it certainly has continued to this very day. To help us prepare for this year’s spookiest season, let’s take a look back at some of the greatest Halloween TV episodes of all time. From lighthearted spoofs to legitimately creepy scream-fests, you’re sure to remember these small screen scares!

15 Classic Halloween TV Episodes to Re-Watch this Year:

  • Don’t Touch That Dial! 1 of 16
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    This spooky season, revisit some of your favorite Halloween-themed TV episodes! From sitcoms to cartoons, there's no better way to spend October 31.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Halloween" 2 of 16
    tv episodes

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer had several Halloween specials, but the eponymous episode from the second season is my personal favorite. Buffy and the gang shop at a cursed costume shop (of course) where customers turn into whatever costume they are wearing. Antics ensue, Giles saves the day, and we get the first hints of the adorable Willow-Oz romance.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: Netflix

  • Friends, "The One With the Halloween Party" 3 of 16
    tv episodes

    The Friends gang really knows how to rock a Halloween costume, but Ross takes the prize with "Spud-nik," his potato-satellite hybrid. This episode also features Sean Penn in an unusually lighthearted and delightful cameo performance.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Family Matters, "Stevil" 4 of 16
    tv episodes

    While Steve Urkel is the funniest aspect of Family Matters, Stevil is by far the creepiest. Stevil, of course, is Urkel's ventriloquist dummy doppelganger that gets struck by lightning and comes to life. It then proceeds to kill the members of the Winslow family in horribly gruesome ways … Happy Halloween, young viewers everywhere!

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: ABC

  • The Office, "Halloween" 5 of 16
    tv episodes

    In the first Halloween-themed episode of The Office, Michael turns into a hilarious villain when corporate forces him to pick an employee to fire. This episode showcases Michael at his most cringeworthy and introduces us to the first of many minimalist Jim Halpert costumes.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: Netflix

  • Little House on the Prairie, "The Monster of Walnut Grove" 6 of 16
    tv episodes

    If you're looking for chills and thrills, you wouldn't think to go to Little House on the Prairie. But the classic show's first Halloween-themed episode is surprisingly creepy. When Laura passes by her neighbor's house, she thinks she sees him chop the head off his wife and gets appropriately paranoid. It's like Rear Window with less Grace Kelly and more pigtail braids.

    Watch the episode here

    Photo credit: YouTube

  • How I Met Your Mother, "The Slutty Pumpkin" 7 of 16
    tv episodes

    The Slutty Pumpkin, named for some strategically placed cut-outs in her costume, is one of many idealized females Ted obsesses over in How I Met Your Mother. The show's first Halloween episode not only introduces her storyline, but also gives us a look at some of Lily and Marshall's fabulous couples costumes.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: Netflix

  • Boy Meets World, "And Then There Was Shawn" 8 of 16
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    Best. Episode. Ever. My sister and I watched this back when Boy Meets World was part of the TGIF line-up, and we couldn't finish it because we were too scared. But now I realize that the spoofs of horror movie tropes and Jennifer Love-Hewitt's cameo as Jennifer Love Fefferman are brilliant. Still, the image of that creepy janitor will probably never stop haunting me.

    Watch the episode here

    Photo credit: Disney

  • Pretty Little Liars, "This Is a Dark Ride" 9 of 16
    tv episodes

    Pretty Little Liars always uses Halloween as an excuse to show insane and revealing episodes. I'm personally a fan of "This Is a Dark Ride" because it takes place on a moving train and Adam Lambert randomly shows up to sing in a vampire costume. Plot-wise, this episode also drops some huge bombs in typical PLL fashion.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: ABC Family

  • The Scooby-Doo Show, "Headless Horseman of Halloween" 10 of 16
    tv episodes

    This 1976 episode of The Scooby-Doo Show features all of the classic Mystery Inc. trademarks: a creepy mansion, the appearance of a monster, the gang stupidly splitting up to investigate, etc. But the fact that it takes place on Halloween and has the Headless Horseman as the villain only makes it that much better … and creepier.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: YouTube

  • Parks and Recreation, "Greg Pikitis" 11 of 16
    tv episodes

    Parks and Recreation, "Greg Pikitis"

    Leslie Knope has countless friends on Parks and Recreation, but the second season's Halloween episode introduces us to her single greatest enemy: 16-year-old Greg Pikitis. The high school hooligan vandalizes the statue of Pawnee's mayor every Halloween, and Leslie makes it her mission to finally nab him this year. We also get to see Ann throw the most boring Halloween party ever, which ends up being quite entertaining for us.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: Netflix

  • The Simpsons, "Treehouse of Horror V" 12 of 16
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    The Simpsons has shown a "Treehouse of Horror" episode every Halloween since 1990, and each one is pretty fantastic. But the fifth installment features an awesome spoof of The Shining, which warrants a spot on this list in and of itself. "No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy."

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: YouTube

  • Modern Family, "Halloween" 13 of 16
    tv episodes

    Claire Dunphy is totally high strung every day of the year except for one: Halloween. She shows us her wilder side as she puts together the most elaborate haunted house display any trick or treater has probably ever seen. This episode from Modern Family's second season also has the funny subplot of Mitchell trying to hide his Spider-man costume at work and ultimately scaling the wall of his office building.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: ABC

  • Bewitched, "The Witches Are Out" 14 of 16
    tv episodes

    It should come as no surprise that Bewitched chose cute over scary for its first Halloween-themed episode. The plot revolves around Darrin landing an account with a candy company, and Samantha trying to convince him to portray the witch on the ad as pretty rather than ugly. Yep, this is about as innocent and anti-spooky as it gets!

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: Wikipedia

  • Desperate Housewives, "Now I Know, Don’t Be Scared" 15 of 16
    tv episodes

    When Desperate Housewives does Halloween, you better believe it's extra dramatic and campy. This episode centers around a Halloween party that, obviously, doesn't go according to plan. Highlights include Bree's daughter hilariously impersonating her, Lynette recovering from cancer, and Nathan Fillion delivering a baby while dressed up as Frankenstein.

    Watch a clip here

    Photo credit: ABC

  • The Brady Bunch, "Fright Night" 16 of 16
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    It wouldn't be Halloween with the Brady Bunch without some innocent antics and teachable moments. After the boys fool Cindy and Jan into thinking they saw a ghost outside their window, the girls fire back with a prank of their own. Things get out of hand (or as "out of hand" as the Bradys can get), and everyone loses their allowance as punishment. This is scary stuff, people.

    Watch the episode here

    Photo credit: YouTube

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