Homer becomes the new Grim Reaper (not unlike the Family Guy episode that did the same story), Professor Frink is a Mad Scientist trying to build a corporeal body for the spirit of his dead father (played by none other than the inspiration for Professor Frink's character, Jerry Lewis), and Bart and Milhouse buy a stopwatch that manipulates time.
- And This Is For...: When Homer killed the Grim Reaper, he said it was for Snowball and Kennedy.
- Big "NO!": Homer's reaction upon the idea of a world without death meaning Jim Belushi would never be cancelled.
- The Bus Came Back: The "Scary Names" for the credits return after being absent for 2 Halloween specials. Al Jean's "Scary Name" credit lampshaded this.
- Fanservice: A female crossing guard in Sweden is depicted working completely naked for no reason.
- God: He tries and ultimately fails at chasing Homer, only for him to give up and to admit that he's "too old and too rich for this."
- Groin Attack: That was how the Grim Reaper's robe forced Homer to take on the job.
- Ditto on how Frink kills his re-animated father.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Happened instantaneously to Nelson, who Bart and Milhouse bring into the scene to laugh at a naked Homer, only for his clothes to disappear before he can finish his catchphrase.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: As Death tries to take Bart, he gives him chase, setting up a hilarious game of this, complete with "Yakety Sax" to top off the scene.
- Suicide as Comedy: After realizing all of the doughnuts in the break room keep disappearing before he gets a chance to eat them, Homer decides to stab himself in the stomach...only for the boys to replace the knife with a banana at the last second.
- Take That: The aforementioned Big "NO!" example regarding Jim Belushi.