YMMV / Treehouse of Horror

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: in spades. The episodes invoke this in order to trigger the murders in each segment. See Idiot Ball in the main page.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • All of Groundskeeper Willie's deaths in "Treehouse of Horror V".
    • In "Hell Toupee" from "Treehouse of Horror IX", Snake's hair smothers Bart's face, and Homer immediately begins punching Bart's head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Some of the monsters such as Count Burns, Devil Flanders, and King Kong Homer. An unusual example is Krusty in vampire getup from Treehouse of Horror IX who, despite not really playing a role in the segment, has been seen in Treehouse of Horror merchandise and media.
    • Then you have Kang and Kodos, the two space aliens from the very first Treehouse of Horror segment "Hungry Are The Damned". They've appeared in every special since (or not, which they will unhappily acknowledge) and have even made the odd appearances in the regular episodes.
    • The THOHs themselves might also serve as this. Even people who don't watch the proper episodes of The Simpsons anymore may tune in just for the specials every year.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Ned teaches one to Bart, Lisa, Milhouse and Nelson about the seven deadly sins in Treehouse of Horror XVIII.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Treehouse of Horror XIX features Homer killing celebrities for commercial rights, among which include Neil Armstrong and Prince. This is hard to watch since both of them are now dead.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Snowball 2 is brought back to life with occult. In a later Archie Comics miniseries, Afterlife With Archie, an attempt to bring back Hot Dog starts up the zombie apocalypse.
    • In the Treehouse of Horror X short, 'Life's a Glitch; Then You Die', a virus (in this case, the fabled Y2K Bug) causes chaos around all around the world upon computers, and computer-controlled devices starting from Homer's computer, leading into the apocalypse. Around 10 years later, Summer Wars would also have it's plot kick off by some guy's computer device accidentally triggering a virus, and causing havoc to devices around the world. But the big difference here is that Kenji never unleashed it (he just got one letter off, and by being the first to respond, he was framed), it was Wabisuke's doing, and it doesn't end on the apocalypse.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The familiar Scare Chord from the THOH promos on Fox, which have been included in the promos since the early 90s.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the shorts are really scary such as Nightmare Cafeteria and There's No Business Like Moe's Business for starters.
    • The Gremlin's first appearance in Treehouse of Horror IV "Nightmare at 5 1/2 Feet" with green fur, a wide Slasher Smile and Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises. The worst part is the ending, where it reappears on the back of the ambulance carting Bart off to the insane asylum... then holds up Ned Flanders' torn-off head, complete with dangling, gore-slick spinal column, which gurgles Ned's famous greeting to Bart. Cue end of the episode.
    • Treehouse of Horror III to Treehouse of Horror X featured several disturbing Couch Gag sequences, including: the Simpsons family appearing as skeletonsnote ; erupting from the ground as zombiesnote ; mismatched Frankenstein-esque monsters note ; open-eyed hanging victims (with Maggie still sucking her pacifier)note ; The Grim Reaper sitting on the couch, and the family members dropping dead one after another (and on each other) as they rush to the couchnote ; the family getting electrocuted to death by an "electric couch"note ; the family actually never making it to the living room due to screwing up the timing of the openingnote ; and a Grand Finale of sorts for the couch gags with a Continuity Cavalcadenote .
  • Screwed by the Network: Fox has been generally unable to schedule these episodes within the week before Halloween since buying the exclusive rights to the World Series in 2001.
    • This was even lampshaded in one special when the episode aired passed the Halloween holiday with Kang and Kodos stating it was near Christmas time.
  • Ugly Cute: The blue Gremlin at first... until the ending.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: The post-Seasonal Rot episodes stopped being scary and are instead just parodies of 'relatively new' movies and TV shows with Black Comedy (See WSRD on the main show's YMMV page).
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