The Boo Tube: Halloween on TV

I've already posted on the single greatest Halloween moment on TV - the infamous Paul Lynde special. I've also posted on the Muppet Halloween episode with Alice Cooper. Well, here's a few more notable Halloween moments from TV history.

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't: The Night Dracula Saved the World (1979) was a special with Judd Hirsch (Taxi) oddly cast as a vampire. You can watch a clip, and if you can make it to the six minute mark, you'll see Drac disrobe on the disco floor revealing a suit straight out of Saturday Night Fever.

Perhaps the most insane Halloween episode in TV history was the 1983 episode of The Facts of Life where the girls literally think Mrs. Garrett is a bloodthirsty killer who grinds up her victims into sausages! Don't believe me? Go here.

Here's a real rare treat - the 1977 Addams Family Halloween Special intro. It's a bit grainy and there's ten seconds of Elvira spliced at the end - but I'm not complaining. What did we do before YouTube?

The Halloween episode of Freaks and Geeks (1999) called "Tricks and Treats" may be my absolute favorite. In this episode, Lyndsey, while riding around with her friends, eggs a geeky looking boy walking down the street.... who ends up being her poor little brother. The show is set squarely in October 1980 and brings back a flood of Halloween memories.

A lot of sitcoms have aired a Halloween episode, such as Rosanne, Silver Spoons, Growing Pains, Home Improvement, Bewitched and The Office. Someone actually took the time write a long dissertation on the Perfect Strangers Halloween episode here. The same site also has a lengthy synopsis and review of the odd and long-forgotten 1986 Marc Summers (Unwrapped) "Magical Mystery Special" here.

If you're into the movie/TV vampire thing, Taliesin Meets the Vampires is hands down the best site out there. Here Taliesin looks at the memorable Gilligan's Island episode "Up at Bat". I'm not sure if it actually aired on Halloween, but we get to see the castaways in Transylvania in 1895.

The My So Called Life (1994) Halloween episode is one of the better Halloween themed TV episodes of recent history. Angela gets locked in the school with her friends, and things get genuinely creepy when she's transported back to the 1960's.

Of course, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) is an absolute must to watch each Halloween. Also, the Treehouse of Terror episodes on The Simpsons are highly regarded, but I'm beginning to state the obvious so I'll stop while I'm ahead.


  1. Wow! All good choices. I think I've seen most of those in the past. Love the Kermit and Vincent Price pic. It doesn't get much better than that. Been trying to get that Paul Lynde Halloween special from Netflix. It's on long wait. I guess I'll get stuck waiting until after Halloween. Oh well. I still wanna see it.

  2. Gilligan, many thanks for the shout.