Halloween Episode

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Umm... trick or treat? Why not both!

Roseanne: Halloween is the one night of the entire year where the veil is lifted between the living and the dead, and the dead return from Hell to walk the Earth. And we have to dress up like ghosts and goblins and stuff to fake out the evil spirits, or else they might carry us back to Hell with them.
Becky: So why do the dead people come back?
Roseanne: For the candy. There's no chocolate in Hell. That's why it's Hell.

The characters are costumed, their houses are decked out haunted mansion style, they tell spooky stories, and weird (or weirder than usual) things abound! It's the yearly Halloween Episode!

Probably the most well known of these are The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, but most American kids' and genre shows have them. While neither Samhain nor All Saints Eve is ever mentioned, the similarly themed (but more upbeat) Dia de los Muertos (Nov 1-2) might be if the characters are on a visit to Mexico.

If it's too scary (or rather, too successful), this may result in Nightmare Fuel. Often a Bizarro Episode as well. Either way, coming across a Halloween episode of a show you watch in syndication is often an unexpected treat.

If the cast ends up in Halloween costumes, expect at least some of them to be a Shout-Out or even the occasional Actor Allusion.

There's a subversion/reversal on supernatural-oriented series where Halloween is literally a holiday for supernatural beings, and they all stay home. (Some Fridge Logic here because this assumes that terrorizing the populace is a job for supernatural creatures, rather than leisure activity.)

See also Halloween Special. For other holidays see Christmas Episode, Thanksgiving Episode and Valentine's Day Episode.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • The anime adaptation of Aikatsu! has "Idol☆Halloween". It's about Akari and her friends in a contest to collect the most candy in order to enter a special halloween audition.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia has two Halloween strips. One of which involves America and England trying to outscare each other (a long running competition between the two). Hetalia also recently featured a Halloween Special Episode which also included France harassing a young woman and resulting in a trip to jail. ( Surprisingly he didn't seem to mind that he had been detained and questioned by the police)
    • There was also a bigger one 2011, involving a party and costume contest.
  • Bleach has a Halloween Episode as a Filler. It turns out that the events were just dreamed by Sajin Komamura.
  • The Cowboy Bebop movie takes place on Halloween.
  • Dirty Pair OAV episode 2 took place on Halloween. The plot involved a search for an escaped stolen combat robot, made more difficult by the camouflage provided by the many costumed people in town that day, and a fireworks display at midnight during which the robot begins shooting missiles (which some bystanders assume are All Part of the Show), and Yuri and Kei destroy the robot with the fireworks after their usual weapons aren't enough.
  • Girls und Panzer had a single snapshot of the student council in costume for Halloween in episode 8.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has a Halloween episode with a Kimodameshi competition. It also gives the cast the opportunity to remark on how Renge dresses up in costumes even when it's not Halloween.
  • The XY saga of Pokémon has one, though it's about a Gourgeist Festival instead of a proper Halloween. In it, Team Rocket tricks a count into believing Ash and his friends are thieves who stole their Pikachu. Musashi/Jessie (and the audience) also learns that her Pumpkaboo is female and she evolves into a Gourgeist in this episode. Appropriately, the Pumpkaboo-Gourgeist evolution line is based on Jack O'Lantern.
  • Pretty Cure:
    • Suite Pretty Cure ♪ has a Halloween episode. Unlike a lot of examples, it actually plays into the plot somewhat: It's the first episode after a major Wham Episode involving a change in villain management.
    • Happiness Charge Pretty Cure has one as well. It's about the Precures and Blue entering a halloween parade. However the episode reveals that Queen Mirage has a new servant working for her but it isn't until the end of the episode that we see who it is... Cure Tender/Maria, Iona's older sister.
    • Go! Princess Pretty Cure had a whole non-serial halloween-themed movie; which was actually three mini movies in one. Although most of them were themed around pumpkins.
  • Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth has a Halloween episode with the Hidden Leaf Village having a Halloween festival, while Deidara and Tobi set out to ruin it with a giant pumpkin bomb.
  • Sgt. Frog had a Halloween episode where a mysterious girl who had apparently been adopted by a demon-like alien kidnapped Fuyuki.
  • Sorieke! Anpanman has a few Halloween episodes over the series' run. These episodes feature Halloweenman, a pumpkin-headed ghost who represents the holiday.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the students wear various Duel Monsters costumes, then there is a duel between Judai and the materialized spirit of the Black Magician Girl. Almost everyone believes that the Black Magician Girl is a cosplayer like everyone else, but Judai figures it out. At the end of the episode, Sho, who is a Black Magician Girl Fanboy, gets a kiss on his cheek by her spirit.

    Comic Books 
  • The Powerpuff Girls had two Halloween stories: "Trick Or Beatings" (issue #31) had the girls framed for Halloween pranks staged by the Gangreen Gang, and "Halloween Hiding" (issue #67) had the Gangreens hiding out from the girls at a Halloween dance party.
  • A 2012 issue of Action Comics had a Halloween story, featuring a Phantom Zone escapee trapping Superman in the Phantom Zone. In the New 52, Phantom Zone prisoners can walk in the real world but cannot be seen, heard or touched, making them closer to actual ghosts. For bonus points, the issue is number thirteen.
  • The Smurfs story "Halloween" has the Smurfs and the Smurflings celebrating Halloween together, with the Smurflings paying a witch and Gargamel a visit by wearing pumpkins for masks and using lighted pumpkins to scare them.
  • Spider-Man: "Revelations", the very last arc of the infamous Clone Saga takes place on Halloween. Somewhat appropriate, given who the Big Bad turned out to be in the end.
  • A DC Comics Presents issue featured a crossover of Superman with the House Of Mystery title, which takes place on Halloween.
  • The third issue of Young Justice sees the gang hold a Halloween party for charity, while a time-traveling Mr. Mxyzptlk is released from before he becomes a trickster. Hilarity Ensues as the gang has to make sure Mxy becomes the mischief-maker he's known for being in order to keep time and space from falling apart.
  • A Gargoyles comic story in Disney Adventures sees the clan take advantage of the holiday to go out in public without them being feared, while Demona releases a wave of holographic monsters to attack the humans.
  • While not taking place directly on Halloween, an early 2-part story during Kurt Busiek's run on The Avengers sees the Grim Reaper unleash several deceased members of the team now zombified on the current roster, and it was originally released during October.
  • An early story spotlighting the Beast in his furred appearance during Marvel's Amazing Adventures anthology saw Hank fighting longtime X-Men villain the Juggernaut on Halloween night.
  • One Venom story, "The Enemy Within," sees Eddie and Morbius team up to stop a demonic invasion on Halloween.
  • Issue 9 of Jem and the Holograms takes place in a Halloween party. The Misfits decide to crash Jem's party because they're showing off their new music video. Kimber and Stormer make up after them nearly breaking up due to Kimber thinking Stormer was involved in an attempted murder plot on her sister. It also counts as a Wham Episode because Pizzazz gets into a car accident and we learn something is wrong with Synergy.
  • Batman: The Long Halloween was a thirteen-issue series where each issue was set on a holiday in the month it came out. The first and last issues, as the title suggests, were Halloween.
  • The sequel, Batman: Dark Victory likewise has the first issue take place on Halloween, with the failed attempt on Two-Face's life, his escape from Arkham Asylum, and the first Hangman killing occurring all on the same night.. The final issue subverts this however as the climax takes place a few weeks prior around Columbus Day and only the epilogue takes place on Halloween night.
  • DC Comics released annual Halloween Special Anthology Comics between 2007 and 2010, with stories ranging from genuinely spooky to more lighthearted takes on the holiday.
  • The New '10s version of House of Mystery had two Halloween Annuals (2009 and 2010), which were actually Vertigo Comics anthologies similar to the DCU Halloween Specials.

    Comic Strips 
  • The classic Peanuts Halloween tradition of Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, who rises out of the most sincere pumpkin patch and delivers toys to all good little children.
  • The Garfield arc that ran the week of Monday, Oct. 23, 1989, in which Garfield imagines himself to be starving alone in a boarded-up house. Or at least he's probably imagining that—the Saturday strip that closes the arc leaves open the possibility that Garfield's happy, well-fed life might be the imaginary one.
  • Little Lulu comics had a few giant-size Halloween special issues, naturally with plenty of stories featuring Little Itch the witch.
  • Frazz has an annual tradition of Caulfield dressing up in a literature-themed costume for Halloween and challenging his teachers to guess his identity.
  • One of the Hsu and Chan comics that ran in Electronic Gaming Monthly had one of these in an October issue. The duo stage a haunted house attraction with a video game theme. Things go pretty normally until they reach a cemetery where obsolete video game systems are buried. Then the obsolete video game systems rise from their graves and send the brothers running.

    Fan Works 

    Literature 
  • For the first four Harry Potter books, an important plot development happens on Halloween and is usually the focus of the chapter in which it occurs, so those chapters could be said to be "Halloween episodes" in a sense. The first of these chapters is actually titled "Halloween".
  • No fewer than three The Dresden Files books have taken place on Halloween due to the date's supernatural significance. It also happens to be the title character's birthday.
    • Grave Peril, where the dead are restless and Bianca holds a costume party to celebrate her promotion ( both of which are related, as she uses the party as both a play for power and an excuse to kill several of her enemies). Harry, of course, decides to show up to the party as the cheesiest vampire possible.
    • Dead Beat, wherein a whole bunch of necromancers descend on Chicago in a desperate attempt to claim godlike power.
    • Cold Days reveals that Halloween is one of the few times when it is possible to permanently kill an immortal being, with the plot revolving around Harry attempting to do just that.
  • Goosebumps had The Haunted Mask (along with its sequels) and Attack of the Jack o' Lanterns. Series 2000 had Headless Halloween, and Goosebumps Horrorland had Weirdo Halloween and The Five Masks of Dr Screem.
  • Agatha Christie's Hallowe'en Party has Hercule Poirot solving the drowning of a teenage girl in an apple-bobbing tub at the titular party.
  • The 87th Precinct novel Tricks takes place on Halloween night.
  • The Relativity series has "Candy Corn." Unlike the other examples on this page, it's actually a comedy.
  • Junie B. Jones has the book Junie B., First Grader: BOO...and I MEAN It!
  • Lord of the Wings from the Meg Langslow Mysteries is based entirely around a Halloween festival being held in Caerphilly, Virginia. This being a murder mystery series, it's not complete, of course, without a couple of grisly murders and other troublesome incidents which Meg Langslow and her family / friends help to investigate.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • One of the early editions of Saturday Night's Main Event had a Halloween theme, including a sketch with Roddy Piper celebrating the holiday. One of the children in the segment was a young Stephanie McMahon.
  • WCW had "Halloween Havok", a Halloween themed pay-per-view event from 1989 onwards. Highlights from the event included Rick Rude debuting as a masked "Halloween Phantom," a "Chamber of Horrors" Match, a mummy called "The Yeti" attacking Hulk Hogan and Rey Mysterio Jr. losing his mask to Eddie Guerrero.
  • River City Wrestling's Halloween Horrors of 1994 in Winnipeg Manitoba. Yes, there was even a "Chamber Of Horrors" battle royal.
  • Smokey Mountain Wrestling had Halloween Scream events from 1995 onward to its shut down when its owner went on to work for the WWF.
  • All Pro Wrestling and Jersey All Pro Wrestling have the Halloween Hell event. Halloween Hell 2 was to be APW's final garage show.
  • WWE will usually have something Halloween related in the week Raw or Smackdown falls on Halloween. The most famous one was in 2002 that featured a backstage Halloween party where Stephanie McMahon (then Smackdown GM) and Eric Bischoff (then Raw GM) kissed in Stephanie's office. That was also the night that started John Cena's rapper gimmick as he dressed up as Vanilla Ice and performed a rap.
  • These days you can usually expect the divas to have a costume contest which have been taking place since 2006. In fact in 2007 and 2008 the costume contests were part of the Cyber Sunday PPV. Mickie James won both of them, first for dressing up as Pocahontas and then as Lara Croft.
  • WWC began its Halloween Wrestling Extravaganza tours in 2006.
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling and NWA Pro met up for Halloween Bash in 2009.
  • LLF's Noche de Halloween has been one of its more popular shows since 2009. 2013's included La Chacala putting Diana La Cazadora in a casket.
  • During its guest host phase, The Muppets were the guest stars for Halloween Raw and yes, Divas were in costume again.
  • When World Wonder Ring Stardom adopted the Fukumen Mask Fiesta in 2014, it moved the event from July to October in order to run it alongside a Halloween party.

    Radio 
  • No discussion of Halloween episodes can overlook Orson Welles' infamous radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds in a 1938 Halloween Eve broadcast of The Mercury Theatre on the Air. According to legend, the first half of the program (presented as a Phony Newscast of the Martians' invasion of New Jersey) led to panic in some parts of the country when listeners took the "reports" as real.
  • The Christian radio drama Adventures in Odyssey has an interesting variant - an episode from early in the show's run called "What Are We Gonna Do About Halloween?" that taught An Aesop about Halloween being evil.
  • A 1948 episode of Archie Comics' radio show was about Archie throwing a wild Halloween party as his house. His father is less than pleased however refuses the money Archie's friends threw in to fix the damage.

    Theme Parks 
  • At the Disney Theme Parks:
    • All of the Disneyland/Magic Kingdom parks have their own Halloween event where guests are allowed to dress up and trick-or-treat around the park, with special Halloween festivities being available as well.
    • Space Mountain at Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland gets a Darker and Edgier Halloween overlay and becomes Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy during the season.
    • At Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, The Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, an overlay based off of The Nightmare Before Christmas that mixes elements of Halloween and Christmas together. Because of the mixed holidays, it doubles as a Christmas Episode and lasts until early January, unlike the other Halloween overlays, which are removed in early November.
    • As of 2017, California Adventure will also be getting a Halloween overlay and festive decorations. 2017 also introduced the Halloween overlay for Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, entitled Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark.
  • Universal Studios has Halloween Horror Nights, a haunt event run in September and October that contains numerous haunted houses, scarezones, and special shows. It's also an event that grew so big in scope and fans that it was enough to warrant its own page.
  • Busch Gardens has Howl-O-Scream, a haunt event very similar to Horror Nights.
  • SeaWorld, depending on which location, has either Howl-O-Scream, or a family-friendly event similar to what Disney has.
  • Six Flags has Fright Fest, again very similar to HHN and Howl-O-Scream.
  • Theme park "Hellendoorn" in the Netherlands is Halloween-themed during the entire month of October, and renames itself "Heksendoorn" during that time ("Heks" is Dutch for witch).

    Video Games 
  • The Big Boo's Haunt level trope is pretty much a Halloween/Horror themed celebration in video games.
  • Every October, Artix Entertainment games like AdventureQuest and DragonFable have "Mogloween" quests, each year producing a new mini-story arc. They also have Frostvale in December and Hero Hearts Day in February.
  • World of Warcraft has a Halloween themed special week (often falling in between October 28th and November 2nd) in which you get Halloween themed items, can 'trick or treat' other players, and hunt the Headless Horseman Expy.
  • Bully has a Halloween mission (two, if you're playing the Updated Re-release) where Jimmy, Gary, and Petey run around and raise all sorts of hell on Halloween night, in costumes. Jimmy's a skeleton, Petey's a pink bunny rabbit, and Gary's a Nazi officer (No Swastikas, though).
  • Team Fortress 2 has run special Halloween events for the past 3 years, featuring bosses and enemies ranging from ghosts, giant undead headless monsters wearing pumpkins on their heads that run around beheading people, giant floating eyeballs that shoot exploding eyeballs, angry magicians, and even zombies.
  • Halloween is one of the major event holidays in Animal Crossing both in the Nintendo GameCube version and in the City Folk version, where you buy candy throughout the month of October in Tom Nook's store and give them to villagers to prevent them from playing tricks on you by transforming your clothes and pocketed items into Halloween themed items, while trying to find the real Jack (one of the special holiday NPCs) who all your villagers are dressed as and give him candy in order to get the Spooky furniture series from him. Though this is the point of the holiday in both versions of the game, there are some subtle different features added to the holiday in the City Folk version, such as being able to get villagers who are inside their homes to give you candy with a complete costume outfit which was not possible in the GameCube Animal Crossing's version of the holiday.
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is this to the "Red Dead" series.
  • inFAMOUS 2 has the DLC Festival of Blood. It's about Cole being turned into a vampire.
  • Banjo-Kazooie has a Halloween level in Mad Monster Mansion, complete with a Ouija Board puzzle, haunted church and graveyard, a big creepy organ in the church, and the Mumbo Jumbo transformation for this area as Banjo and Kazooie being turned into a pumpkin.
  • Killing Floor has updates for Halloween every year.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures has two levels, "Assholevania", the standard horror themed level, and "Boo! Haunted House".
  • Sleeping Dogs has the Nightmare at North Point DLC. A murdered triad gangster comes back from the grave as a hungry ghost, and the district is overrun by Jiang Shi.
  • The original Costume Quest takes place on Halloween as the player takes control of a group of kids that go trick-or-treating during a monster invasion. The DLC was a Christmas Episode.
  • Luigi's Mansion and its sequel are arguably this for the Mario series. On a smaller scale, the Ghost House levels that appear in almost every game.
  • Overwatch had its (presumably) first Halloween event, called Halloween Terror. Some characters got new skins of them in costume, others got new highlight intros, some got both, and, well, everyone got a voiceline, victory pose and a few sprays. This was coupled with the highly popular brawl Junkenstien's Revenge, loosely based off of the accompanying comic entitled "Junkenstien", which it turn was loosely based on Frankenstein. Whether the event will return in 2017 is yet unknown (the only confirmed event thus far is Summer Games, and that confirmation was necessary considering many thought it was only due to the 2016 Rio Olympics); however, Blizzard loves Halloween, and Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in America, so it's a pretty safe bet that this will become a yearly occurrence.

    Web Comics 
  • Fetish comic, Craving Control had a two part special featuring its gluttonous protagonist Lalia going trick or treating and cleaning out the whole neighbourhood before any of the kids could show up.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, no matter what else may be going on in the storyline, the gigantic Halloween Monsteralways shows up for a cameo in the strip nearest to Halloween. His appearance changes subtly with each reappearance, and he does occasionally show up out of season.
  • Schlock Mercenary took this to the extreme with the annual "Schlocktoberfest", in which the storyline filling the month of October always took a dark theme, sometimes associated with classic horror movies. Howard discontinued Schlocktoberfest after the arc about Tagon's 49th birthday.
  • This issue of Questionable Content has the main characters talking about Halloween episodes of webcomics.
  • For Halloween 2008, nudist webcomic The Bare Pit featured three spooky stories told around a campfire, although the cartoonist admits that Australians don't celebrate Halloween the way Americans do.
  • Angst Technology often had the team attending an office Hallowe'en Party. Ink Tank has continued the tradition.
  • Bob and George had one every year. The first two were general costumes (with someone dressing as the Pink Power Ranger as a Running Gag) Starting with 2002 (and barring 2004), each year had a theme to the costumes.
    • 2002: Super Heroes
    • 2003: Final Fantasy
    • 2005: Video Games (Mostly Nintendo, but some Sega too)
    • 2006: Anime (also set in the hand-drawn universe)
  • Newman has a halloween episode (Season 1, EP 18) where the main characters are dressed up at a Halloween party in the drow kingdom. This episode does, however, tie into the main story.
  • Nicktoons Tales has the dark Nicktoons Tales of Terror episode. It has the main trio (A.D.S., Timmy, and ZIM) tell scary stories ala Simpsons' Treehouse Of Horror format.
  • The Bug Pond had a very short one where the insects at said pond celebrate a holiday called Hallow-Bean, where they dress up as common predators of bugs. With exception of one kid who went as a scorpion princess.
  • Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff has one. True to tradition, it was written and published on Christmas Day 2010. It later received a Call-Back in Homestuck when Kanaya "died". Not everyone thought this was appropriate.
  • Homestuck got one after the Grand Finale through the official MS Paint Adventures Snapchat. This shows not only the surviving characters partaking in Halloween celebrations but also Caliborn, Gamzee, the citizens of Earth-C dressing up as the comic's other characters for the holiday.
  • The Keiki comic "Beefer Madness" became a Halloween special about halfway through, because Peter Paltridge didn't have time to write a whole new story.
  • Mulberry had the title character hunt a zombie in "Franken-Berry", and later, pull some frightening pranks on her rival in "Let's Scare Mary Roach To Death".
  • The Whiteboard almost always has a Halloween-related story around October. Mostly it's just parties where Cameos from other webcomics abound, but on occasion it's a full story arc, like with the 2010 and 2012 Zombie Apocalypse story arcs.
  • In Roommates (Mega Crossover Fan Webcomic) the Halloween arc is traditionally the highlight of the year. Be it a Costume Party that gets derailed into a Murder Mystery (2008) or a Zombie Apocalypse (2011).
  • An Ears for Elves filler page for Halloween here has drawings of the artist and site maintainer dressing up. Well, more like one getting into the festive spirit and the other wondering what the point is...
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has Mischief Night. Paulo dressed up as Edward for his girlfriend, Jasmine as an undead Geisha, Mike as Cthulhu, and Lucy as Lieselotte, an expy of Lucy from a RP on the forums.
  • The first Nightmare Night story arc in Slice of Life, which starts off with costume planning, arcs through Pinkie Pie taking a bunch of kids out for candy, the telling of not-so-scary stories, and ending with the Cake Twins sneaking off to visit a Haunted House.
  • Typical Strange does a Halloween Issue every October.
  • Savestate: Starting here and running for the next 5 strips. It's kicked off by Nicole suggesting that Harvey get a job at the local haunted house.
  • Chapter 5 of Cobweb And Stripes brings Betelgeuse into the living realm to spend Halloween with Lydia, enabling her to escape being at home for another of Delia's terrible parties.

    Web Animation 
  • Camp Camp has "Night of the Living Ill", though since the show takes place on a summer camp, it doesn't actually take place on Halloween. A Zombie Apocalypse-esque flu breaks out and the healthy campers have to find medicine in the laboratory on Spooky Island before they're all infected. Also features an appearance by the island's resident ghost Jasper.

    Web Original 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd does an annual Halloween double feature in which he rips apart horror-themed video games:
  • Animated Critic celebrates Halloween every year with a marathon that last all October called Toon-O-Ween.
  • The Annoying Orange has at least one Halloween video every year:
  • The Damn Few has had one. Most of it's Gunny ragging on Rhino for not wearing a costume, and Rhino expressing his Grinch-like attitude towards every holiday that isn't Fourth of July.
  • Fred has had a few.
  • Every year, the main characters from Homestar Runner (plus others, such as Marshie, Stinkoman, or The Goblin) get dressed up in costumes and do stuff. They are often dressed up as some obscure pop culture icon from the '70s, 80's, or 90's, although we will occasionally be relieved of guessing too hard with some costumes such as Tingle, Hello Kitty, Beetlejuice, Zoidberg, or M. Bison. The events are different each year, though there are a few traditions, such as an appearance from The Goblin, Coach Z going as a hip-hop artist, an Easter Egg involving Homsar and activated by clicking on or near the Poopsmith, the "Witch's Brew" catchphrase, or Marzipan cross-dressing (Lampshaded when Homestar said that Marzipan going as a guy every year was starting to freak him out):
    • In the 2000 cartoon "Homestarloween Party", everyone gets together at Homestar's Halloween party to tell a round-robin scary story that quickly goes off the rails.
    • In the 2001 cartoon "The House that Gave Sucky Treats", Homestar and friends go trick-or-treating... at your house! Viewers got to give the characters candy in an interactive game, with a number of amusing responses to treats both fitting and unfitting.
    • In the 2002 cartoon "Pumpkin Carve-nival", Homestar organizes a pumpkin-carving contest, and ranks the other characters' pumpkins in a seemingly random fashion. Then it turns out "Homestar" is really Strong Bad in disguise, and what appeared to be Strong Bad was actually the Goblin from "Homestarloween Party".
    • The 2003 cartoon "3 Times Halloween Funjob" had a series of separate, simultaneous plots that all come together at the end: Marzipan and Strong Sad host a seance to contact the ghost of a dead houseplant, Strong Bad and his posse throw eggs and toilet paper at places and people (with the King of Town desperately trying to invite himself along), while Homestar goes trick-or-treating with Pom Pom, Bubs, and Coach Z.
    • In the 2004 cartoon "Halloween Fairstival", Strong Bad tries to help the Cheat cure a case of the hiccups at the eponymous Halloween event, which features Coach Z's "haunted locker room", Bubs' cliche-ridden comedy act, and Marzipan's "Chorus of Autumnal Vegetables".
    • 2005 saw the release of another interactive cartoon, "Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig", where the audience had to help Homestar find ingredients for a potion recipe, with one of five different endings as a result.
    • In the 2006 cartoon "Happy Hallow-Day", Homestar and friends try to figure out why it's still daylight out on Halloween night.
    • In the 2007 cartoon "Jibblies 2", the Horrible Painting in Strong Mad's closet escapes and terrorizes the citizens of Free Country USA into getting "the jibblies".
    • In the 2008 cartoon "Most in the Graveyard", Homestar and friends explore the old cemetery behind the King of Town's castle and run afoul of a carnivorous undead sheep.
    • In the 2009 cartoon "Doomy Tales of the Macabre" Strong Sad, angry about not getting invited to his friends' Halloween party, writes a story in which the others suffer all sorts of weird karmic punishments.
    • In 2010, the creators of Homestar Runner put off the Halloween special until December. As a result, everyone dressed as either characters from Christma-er, Decemberween specials, or as Decemberween decorations.
    • In the 2014 cartoon "I Killed Pom Pom!", Homestar goes into a panic when he believes he's murdered Pom Pom, and desperately tries to cover up his "crime".
    • In the 2015 cartoon "The House that Gave Sucky Tricks", Strong Bad brainstorms all sorts of bizarre and not-really-that-scary ideas for his own haunted house attraction.
    • The 2016 cartoon "Later That Night..." mainly focuses on the post-cartoon Halloween round-up, with only a few glimpses of the "hilarious Halloween adventure" Homestar and friends had, which includes trick-or-treating at the "home" of Senor Cardgage, ghost-hunting with Strong Bad thinly-disguised as a character he made up, a creepy Marshie the Marshmallow mascot offering them free samples of "Pumpkin-Spice-Latte-Flavored-Banana-Bread Malloweens", and "the delightful wedding of the Goblin and the Jibblies painting".
  • The Irate Gamer also has annual Halloween episodes:
    • 2007: After a Cold Opening involving The Devil and the Evil Gamer, the Irate Gamer, dressed as a Ghostbuster, reviews Zombies Ate My Neighbors, while pausing occasionally to talk to a Jewish skeleton after noting that there are no skeleton enemies in the game. At the end, he throws the game into his ghost trap, gets one last call from the skeleton, and leaves. The Evil Gamer then takes over the show, but ends up talking to the skeleton as well.
    • 2008: Another cold opening shows the Evil Gamer plotting another Hostile Show Takeover from within his "Castle of Evil", coming up with a plan to kill the Irate Gamer with Monster Party. The Irate Gamer himself, meanwhile, is not invited to the biggest Halloween party in town, leaving him stuck at home getting unwanted visitors. He decides to vent his frustration by reviewing bad games, and finds that a Monster Party cartridge has mysteriously appeared on his occult shelf. While he reviews the game, characters from previous episodes show up, and the Irate Gamer gets more unwanted visitors. Eventually, the Irate Gamer beats the game, unleashing the devil. The devil wants to take over the world, but gets distracted by a Voltron figure while trying to kill the IG, and both of them go to drink apple juice at a bar, despite protests from the Evil Gamer.
  • The Nostalgia Critic has an annual Halloween related video/review:
  • Todd in the Shadows has a yearly tradition of doing a special Halloween episode of his series One Hit Wonderland on a song tangentially related to spooky themes, in episodes entitled "One Hit Wonderland Spook-tacular"s. He broke the tradition once in 2015, simply not being able to come up with a song and instead doing one of his standard Pop Song Reviews for Halloween that year. His Halloween episodes to date are as follows:
  • Atop the Fourth Wall also has Halloween-themed reviews. For the first few years, Linkara reviewed bad Silent Hill comics. Recently, he's switched gears and looked at Dark Horse's comics inspired by John Carpenter's The Thing. He also does quickie reviews of horror comics as Moarte for an annual series called "Longbox of the Damned".
  • Rhett & Link, who are Christians, have no trouble celebrating Halloween, seeing as most of the demonic observations have faded. They wrote Trick-or-Treat song and even made a podcast that compares Halloween to the "Harvest Season."
  • Trinton Chronicles had a whole arc dedicated to the Halloween season in late 2007; it featured a vampire who sucked on powers (as opposed to blood) who went around turning people into ghouls after sufficiently draining them of their powers and life force. He was brought down in dramatic flare and fashion by having an electrified sword driven into his chest where he promptly exploded into sand. At the end of the story a huge fireworks display is shown over the city with a good old fashion Happy Halloween scrawled in the sky.
  • The Whateley Universe had a big Halloween spectacular for the fall of 2006 (Whateley time), when everyone dressed in fun costumes (Phase hated his)... and the campus was attacked by cyborgs, robots, and dropships full of Syndicate badguys. It ended up taking three full stories to wrap it up. Fanon has speculated on what might happen at Halloween 2007.
  • Code MENT gave us "Halloween Rules" which was more about Lelouch teaching Suzaku all about Halloween.
  • Stuff You Like had "5 Ridiculously Entertaining Things About Underworld" for their first Halloween episode, complete with Black Cloak and Evil Laughter.
  • In the middle of a civil war, ponies throw a Nightmare Night party.
  • LoadingReadyRun's commodoreHUSTLE had a Halloween episode in the form of "Roll For Treats", where Kathleen bemoans being too old to trick or treat and the crew play Dungeons & Dragons. Features Kathleen in a dirndl skirt (which Matt persists in calling a "beer girl" costume) and Tally trick-or-treating as a Bedsheet Ghost to hide her age.
  • Eat Your Kimchi: What happens when Simon and Martina get lost in the woods on Halloween?
  • Journey Through the Multiverse had a Halloween episode using the Fandom-Specific Plot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Halloween Episode, in which the characters become their costumes in Buffy's World.
  • Sillypplproductions2 has one made in 2012; Surge gives everyone masks, and they all go trick-or-treating. Subverted in that it's not actually Halloween; Surge messed up Hero Factory's calendar, somehow.
  • Halloween by Matthew Santoro. It ends with Matthew doing a Screamer Prank to the audience, and then the words "Happy Halloween" show up on the screen. The video then goes to The Stinger. 20 Haunting Halloween Facts, also by Matthew Santoro, has 20 facts about Halloween.
  • Will It Blend? had two episodes, "Skeleton" and "Tom's Hand".
  • Every year since 2010, Stuart Ashen has uploaded a Halloween video that does quick reviews of Halloween-themed merchandise from British retailer Poundland. The first was 2010's "Obligatory Halloween Themed Video". In 2011 he broke tradition by actually doing a video on ghost hunting. 2012 included a showcase of several horror-themed B-movies. In 2014 he did two Halloween videos, one for toys and decorations and then another just for Halloween candy.
  • Is It a Good Idea to Microwave This? has done a few Halloween themed experiments. The first was "Jack O-Lantern with Ping Pong Balls". Then there was "iPals Monster" and "Dry Ice Bomb". After the main series ended there was the special "Eyeballs".
  • ''The Ben Heck Show has annual Halloween episodes, but notably, the 2011 episode served as a thinly-veiled pilot for the America's Most Haunted pinball.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd: Much like the Angry Nerd, Derek likes to review horror-themed games in late October, as well as in May under the same logic as Christmas in July.
  • The Wonky Angle: His review of Burial's "Untrue" (and also self-titled, kind of), complete with dark then orange-ish lighting and Halloween costume. He also hinted in the video at reviewing Monolake's "Ghosts" for this year.


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