When a graveyard is moved near the Simpson house to make room for a stamp museum, Lisa suddenly has nightmares and learns that even someone as level-headed as her to be scared.
* AnAesop: It's okay for anyone, including "smart" people, to be scared.
* CallBack: As Homer noted in "Lisa's Wedding," Lisa learned how to diaper herself.
* DonutMessWithACop: When Chief Wiggum is on the top of a tree and too scared to get down, Lou helps by offering donuts.
* EveryoneHasStandards: The ''Wild Beasts'' author said he started illustrating children's books after ''{{Magazine/Playboy}}'' magazine found his cartoons too filthy.
* {{Its Probably Nothing}}/{{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}: Occurs with Groundskeeper Willie's cousin, Gravedigger Billy, who tells Lisa that if somebody was buried alive, a bell placed on the grave would ring.
-->'''Billy:''' Oh, that's just the wind.
-->''(a hand bursts through the grave)''
-->'''Billy:''' That's just a tree branch...with a nice watch on it! ''(steals watch)''
* OffscreenTeleportation: Chief Wiggum is [[ItMakesSenseInContext naked]] and at the top of a tree and Lou is trying to convince him to get down. As soon as Lou offers him a donut, Chief Wiggum appears next to him and fully dressed to pick it. Lou is visibly surprised.
* PrecisionFStrike: At one point, Homer says "That's bullshit, man!" (with "shit" bleeped out, making this one of the few times a character intentionally says a swear word that warrants a bleeping on network television and not as a joke, like when Homer swore at the ambulance on "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?").
* ShoutOut: ''The Land of the Wild Beasts'' is a parody of ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre''.
* TakeThat: The ''Itchy & Scratchy'' cartoon has Scratchy being DrivenToSuicide from being bored with ''{{Theatre/Cats}}''.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. Lisa is scared out of her mind because she never learned to face her childish fears.
* WouldHurtAChild: To prevent the stamp museum from being built next to his home, Bart chains himself to a big drill. The machine's operator uses it anyway [[TooKinkyToTorture but Bart enjoys it and repeatedly says again however he soon feels the pain eventually.]]