With Halloween right around the corner, I have to do something special for you guys. I tried something different this year and I hope you like it! In no particular order, here are the best Halloween specials to air on television. I am going to save the best for last though so you’ll want to check out the entire list!
Beverly Hills 90210 “Halloween” 1991: The gang parties hard at an old mansion. Seeing how it’s Halloween, it cannot just be a fun party without a little rape! In the man’s defense, Kelly was dressed as a total whore so that makes it alright. </sarcasm> Brenda and Dylan dress up as Bonnie and Clyde, Donna is a mermaid, and Steve goes as Zorro. Brandon dresses up as a vampire and tries to scare kids. I personally find Tori Spelling to be the scariest thing about this show.
Jem “Trick or Techrat” 1987: If you’re a female and you weren’t born in the 90s, you were probably a huge JEM fan. How could you resits those sweet rock-n-roll tunes, pink hair, and ridiculous plot? It’s eighties-tastic. During their second and last season, the Holligrams put on quite a show for Halloween. The gang worked hard to restore an old Opera House so they could pull of the ultimate fundraiser for Halloween. However, all kinds of accidents and shenanigans take place and the girls soon learn that the Opera House may be haunted OMG!
The Real Ghostbusters “When Halloween Was Forever” 1986: Yet another cartoon favorite, there are a few on this list. It’s October in New York City and haunted have increased dramatically over the past few weeks. The fantabulous Ghostbusters believe they know how these ghosts are getting stronger, so close to Halloween. Two freaky-deaky goblins release a spirit called ‘Samhain’ from an old relic. The series has Arsenio Hall as the voice of Winston Zeddemore. I don’t remember much about the episode but I DO remember Egon saying, “Sometimes I think the universe just waits for me to get cocky.”
True Blood “And When I Die” 2011: Behold, one of my favorite series at the moment. It has lost some fans who are deeply in love with the books and I enjoy the books as well but I still love the show. The 4th season was the weakest season by far but the 5th scoops it right back up! Nevertheless, there were many things to love about the 4th season finale that was all about Halloween. First off all, Jessica’s Red Riding costume was the hottest Red Riding costume I have ever seen. She also has a steamy sex scene. I wasn’t too pleased with the witches and Lafeyette being possessed but they did kill a main character and the costumes were fun. They also killed off a villain I couldn’t stand anymore. Her nose was always bothering me.
Freddy’s Nightmares “Freddy’s Tricks and Treats” 1988: I will admit that Freddy’s Nightmares was a little cheesy. I cannot blame anyone for not watching them. I’ve recently watched all of them and they’re a lot of fun! What do you expect? You guys know I am a Freddy girl. He takes the cake when it comes to villains. Michael and Jason have nothing on him. Any who, this was one of my favorite episodes of the first season. Freddy drives a medical student crazy. You begin questioning whether she’s just fucking crazy or if Freddy really is after her. Killer episode!
Friday the 13th: The Series “Hellowe’en” 1987: I have never been a huge Jason fan. He is a momma’s boy and the fact the he died as a little boy and comes back as a man is completely ridiculous to me. I feel like they should have AT LEAST stopped after part 2. So the series isn’t a favorite of mine but for Jason fans, you need to check it out. So Uncle Lewis is conjured up on Halloween thanks to that pesky amulet and all hell breaks loose. Micki and Ryan have a lot of trouble on their hands on the night that the dead roam the Earth.
Angel “Life of the Party” 2003: Without a doubt one of my favorite episodes from Angel and from my favorite season. This girl is a HUGE Joss Whedon fan which means I also adore Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, Angel season 5 blows everything else Joss Whedon did out of the water…. For TV any way. In this hilarious episode of Angel, the gang decides to throw a party at the evil Law Firm they are now working at… As the good guys. Well, it’s actually Lorne throwing the party. It’s the only thing he knows how to do and his only way to contribute but mutiny is afoot and Lorne is working himself to death. Soon, all the guests, main characters included, begin doing everything Lorne tells them to. He tells Gunn to mark his territory, he pees all over the fucking firm. He tells Angel to get laid, he does. He tells Wesley and Fred to get drunk, they do only they don’t actually consume liquor. He tells Spike to stay positive, he is way too positive. It’s hard to pick a favorite quote but I am going with, “Charles you just peed on my shoes.” Charles zips his pants and says, “I’ll be damned. That’s weird.” I guess you had to be there.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Halloween” 1997: Wasn’t the 90s wonderful? Don’t knock it till you watch it! Cheerleaders killing evil, dead things is a brilliant concept. Not to mention, that brilliant dialogue by Joss Whedon. At least watch Cabin in the Woods and tell me you disagree! In the second season of Buffy, her and Angel finally begin dating before he goes evil shmevil and the two go on their first date on Halloween. Right, cause that makes sense. They’re living above a Hellmouth on Halloween and Angel is a vampire. The Buffy/Scooby gang, if you will, dress up and party at the usual establishment but they bought their costumes at the wrong costume shop! These costumes turn them into the real deal! Xander is a soldier. Willow turns into a ghost. Buffy turns into an 18th century noble woman. Seth Green, Oz, is enchanted by Willow and keeps asking, “Who is that girl?” I was really pissed that he left the show and Willow became a lesbian. Seth Green, yay! Tara, boo!
Freaks and Geeks “Tricks and Treats” 1999: It’s hard to believe this show came out in 1999. It feels more like 1994 with all the flannel and music. This also reminds me of what it was like while I was in school. I had my days where I wore flannel. I also had my days where I dressed like a prep though. It was a gray area for me. I am a fashion Queen. This was the beginning of Judd Apatow’s career but it only ran for two seasons. What a sham. Had a great cast! James Franco, yum. Seth Rogen, silly Jew with a sexy Jew-fro. Martin Starr, weird looking Jew. Jason Segel, shows his penis in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Busy Phillips, I never found attractive. John Francis Daley, Mitch who never gets to talk in Waiting. I am leaving out several names here because you probably wont recognize them unless I say, “That kid who was in Not Another Teen Movie.” There are several noticeable actors that I remember in many roles. This is where they all got their start. In this episode of Freaks and Geeks, Lindsay decides to stay home and hand out candy, boring, with her mum. Well, she decided before but then changes her mind and goes on a vandalism spree with her classmates she is so desperately trying to be cool with. The young geeks go trick-r-treating which is just so cute.
My So Called Life “Halloween” 1994: Now this is early 90s drama TV at its best! Whatever happened to shows like this? However, it was cancelled after one season. It just couldn’t compete against Friends and Mad About You. Claire Danes was a cutie and Jared Leto, yum yum yum! This episode was uneventful for me so I am keeping this short. In this episode, Danes has visions of a student that died a few years earlier.
Aqua Teen “The Shaving” 2003: I was obsessed with Adult Swim for a while. I guess I grew tired of it and I hardly watch it anymore. Aqua Teen was always one of my favorites. You have a shake, fries, and a glob of uncooked meat that are all room mates. How can you go wrong? That shit is hilarious.
Family Guy “Halloween on Spooner Street” 2010: When it comes to adult animation, Family Guy nor Aqua Teen is my favorite. South Park will always be the best in my eyes but Family Guy does come in a close second. I’ve been watching this show since it aired…. Err well I haven’t been watching the new episodes lately but I will catch up! Feast your eyes on a fun clip from their Halloween special!
Friends “The One With the Halloween Party” 2001: I get so much flack from friends for liking Friends and I have so many friends that like Friends. The naysayers believe it’s a show about yuppies but that just isn’t true! If anyone is even close to being a yuppie, it’s Chandler, who is my favorite character on the show. Monica starts off as a waitress then becomes a Chef. Phoebe was homeless for several years before becoming a massage therapist. Rachel didn’t have a job until she was in her late 20s and she becomes a waitress until working her way up in the fashion industry. Joey is an actor. Ross is a paleontologist. I never understand why people call them yuppies when it’s so far from it! There are plenty of reasons to like Friends. Aside from Jennifer Aniston’s nipples always poking out to say hello, it’s really funny and I feel like I can relate to several situations they find themselves in. I am in love with the characters as well. Onto the Halloween episode, Chandler and Monica throw a Halloween party where the gang dresses up in playful costumes. Ross seriously dresses as “Spud-nik” which is the Russian satellite Sputnik and a potato. Monica is a sexy cat woman. Chandler is a pink bunny. Phoebe is Super Girl. Rachel doesn’t dress up. Instead she tries to hand out candy and money to kids. Phoebe and Monica argue over who would win in a fight between Chandler and Ross. The two get into an arm wrestling match. That just about sums it up.I would also like to add that Courtney Cox (Arquette) rocked that Cat Woman outfit.
It’s Always Sunny “Who Got Dee Pregnant” 2010: Quickly becoming one of my least favorite shows on television now, It’s Always Sunny is just not funny to me anymore. It seems like they get into the same arguments all the time and I find it really annoying when Charlie bitches and yells. Is that on purpose? I would hate to be married to that guy. It’s like nails on a chalk board. There are several episodes that almost had me in tears, like when they try to get on welfare and the Christmas special. I am a huge Danny Devito fan. Our love affair just cannot go on. So in this episode of Sunny, Dee finds out she is pregnant and must remember who knocked her up on that hazy, drunken night. Well, we didn’t get to find out who the father was but we know it isn’t any of the guys. It’s pretty cool that in real life Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney (Mac) are married and had a baby.
Married With Children “Take My Wife Please” 1993: I remember this episode so well! My brothers and I were not allowed to watch this show but we watched it anyway. Our parents were never home. They were in another country or God knows where else. The babysitters and our Nana didn’t seem to mind. I will never forget the cast dressing up and doing the YMCA while dressed as the Village People. The Grim Reaper, a ghostly looking Peggy, shows up on Al’s doorstep and tells him she wont leave him alone until his family says that they need him. He longs to be killed so he can no longer live the misery that is his life as a shoe salesman with two bratty children and an annoying wife. You know, I never understood why Al was so unhappy. He had a lot more going for him than most.
The Drew Carey Show “New York and Queens” 1997:
Okay, this isn’t actually a Halloween episode but it might as well be.
South Park “Hell on Earth 2006” 2006: The most hilarious adult cartoon I have ever seen! Naysayers are only mad that their favorite failure celebrities get made fun of in a ridiculous fashion. I am one of those that enjoys making fun of dumb ass celebrities so it’s gold in my eyes. It also reminds me of my childhood. This episode was fantastic. I nearly pissed myself.Â This time around, they are making fun of “MY Sweet 16” or whatever that terrible MTV series was called about the rich 16-year-old brats that get huge birthday parties. Satan has decided to throw the ultimate Halloween party in Los Angeles in My Sweet 16 fashion. My favorite part about the episode was the Biggie Smalls bit. If you say Biggie Smalls three times in front of a mirror, he will arrive to pop a cap in your ass. I attended a Halloween party where a friend wrong Biggie Smalls on her mirror. The show snagged several fans and critics raved about it in their reviews. The episode did receive a little bad reception due to the Steve Irwin joke. Irwin’s family was not amused. Too soon? Back to Satan and his ho-down, he wants a better party than Puffy Daddy or Diddy, whatever the hell he calls himself these days and the only way he can pull that off is to have a Ferrari cake. The cake is actually concocted by Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy. THIS IS BRILLIANT!
The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror V”Â 1994: I stopped watching The Simpsons when I was a kid and this is the only Halloween special I remember. It’s actually pretty amazing. Homer is portraying Jack Nicholson in The Shining when he goes bananas. I beg you, PLEASE WATCH THIS SHORT CLIP OF THE SCENE NOW! I had forgotten how funny it was.
SNL The Mirror: It was hard to choose SNL skits. I decided to go with an older episode and a not-so-old episode. Some of you may not find this recent Halloween skit with Ellen Page to be funny. Well smoke some grass and watch it again.
SNL Irwin Mainway: I decided to go with Dan Aykroyd as Irwin Mainway in this classic SNL dangerous Halloween costumes skit. I’ll never forget watching this with my dad.
The winner for THE BEST in Halloween has to go to Roseanne. Nobody does Halloween like her. You can even pick up a DVD with all of the Halloween episodes. They’re known for their genius costuming on Halloween. Most notably, Dan and Jackie as Marie Antoinette. That was a scream. In the first Halloween episode, BOO, the Connors put on a fun little haunted house for the neighborhood. Roseanne dresses as the scariest witch I have ever seen. Trick or Treat was a fun episode where Roseanne dresses up as a lumberjack and Dan is stunned when DJ tells him that he wants to be a witch for Halloween. Cause you know, witches are GAY. In Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down, DJ dresses up as the Alfalfanator (I think I spelled that right) and Dan and Roseanne dress up as a dead Ventriloquist and puppet. Roseanne royally fucks with her neighbor, scaring the shit out of her. Jackie flirts with a moose all night that turns out to be George Clooney. Halloween IV is where Dan and Jackie dress up as Marie Antoinette. Roseanne loses her Halloween spirit so she is visited by the ghosts of Halloween past, future, and present. Darlene dresses up as a victim from The Birds (pretty crafty) and DJ is Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs. In Halloween V, Everyone pulls a lot of nasty tricks on her this year. For Skeleton in the Closet, Roseanne dresses up as Prince. I thought the costume was hilarious. Fred may or may not be gay. This episode was all about the gays. Halloween: The Final Chapter was my least favorite. Roseanne plays with a Ouija board while dressed as a Gypsy.