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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's yearly "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, but most American kids' and genre shows have at least one. While neither Samhain nor All Saints Eve is ever mentioned, if any of the cast boasts Mexican heritage, then the similarly spooky (but more upbeat) holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Nov 1-2) will at least get a shout-out; if said character is the main character, then there's a good chance you're actually getting a full-on "Dia de los Muertos" Episode instead.note 


If it's too scary (or rather, too successful), this may result in Nightmare Fuel. Often a Bizarro Episode as well; in that case, expect the cast to deal with monsters or any other supernatural/extraterrestrial phenomena that have turned out to be real. Or, if the show is already in such a setting, such phenomena gets far, far stranger. Either way, coming across a Halloween episode of a show you watch in syndication is often an unexpected treat rather than a trick. Also expect songs about the holiday, either encapsulating it as a whole or one specific part.

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.

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    Anime & 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:
    • 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.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door takes place on Halloween, during which Spike tries to stop the villain from spreading a deadly virus.
  • 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.
  • GeGeGe No Kitaro (2018) has Halloween in a episode where a western vampire yokai takes over a movie theater and uses it to turn the visitors into vampires.
  • Girls und Panzer had a single snapshot of the student council in costume for Halloween in episode 8.
  • Little Witch Academia has the last two episodes of the show’s first cour, What You Will and Samhain Magic Festival, revolve around the latter episode’s titular witch festival, which takes place on All Hallow’s Eve.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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 learn 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.
    • In North America, episode 20 of the anime was a ghost-themed episode that aired in October. In Japan, the episode aired in August.
    • Episode 94 of Sun and Moon revolves around Ash and his friends hosting a haunted house for Lana's little sisters. It aired in October in Japan, but later internationally.
  • 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.
    • Maho Girls PreCure has a whole Halloween episode trilogy. Episode 37 has characters prepare for the Magic World's "Pumpkin Festival", which is the plot of the next episode. Episode 39 then has an actual Halloween festival in the Mundane World.
    • Hugtto! Pretty Cure had yet another Halloween episode. Notable events include Daigan, who had previously been the victim of becoming a Bait-and-Switch Boss, being convinced to rejoin the Crisis Corporation and finally getting to fight the Cures (though he defects again after being defeated), and the viewers getting their first look at Hugtan’s true form, though they wouldn’t learn it was called Cure Tomorrow until later into the series.
  • 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.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: A chapter and episode discuss Halloween on how things change over time to the point they are unrecognizable.
  • 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.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: Halloween is mentioned in one story arc, where Maria loves Halloween because of its association with witches. She wants to go trick or treating despite the fact that it is not a practice done in Japan.
  • The final episode of Washio Sumi Is A Hero starts around Halloween. Even 300 years in the future Halloween is still a foreign holiday in Japan. Sumi and Sonoko briefly dress up at school.
  • Yo-Kai Watch has a Halloween episode where Nate (dressed as Jibanyan) goes to a costume party with his friends. There he meets several "classic yo-kai" that can be seen by normal humans.
  • 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 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 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.
  • The Robin Annual #7 contains two Halloween themed tales, one of Tim fighting "Scary Mary" in Gotham on the holiday (though he calls her "the great pumpkin") and another of Damian in Hong Kong. Tim also lampshades the Batbooks tendency to have Halloween themed issues:
    “Traditionally, there are two nights each year that I’ve learned to absolutely dread. October 30th and 31st. Devil’s Night and Halloween. Two nights every year when all the pent-up crazies come pouring out of the woodwork. Batman calls them amateur nights.”
  • 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 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The classic 1978 slasher flick Halloween involves masked killer Michael Myers slashing his way through his hometown on (of course) Halloween. The other films in the subsequent franchise all take place on the holiday as well. Interestingly enough the original concept had the murders taking place over several days, but budget reasons led to them setting the whole story on one night.
    • Halloween III: Season of the Witch was an attempt to create an anthology series, but poor response scrapped these ideas and the producers have kept using Myers for the rest of the series. The plot of the film revolves around a man who believes that Halloween has grown too commercialized and has lost touch with its roots in pagan tradition, and seeks to restore that tradition by using his toy company and some Stonehenge-powered magitek to carry out a mass Human Sacrifice.
  • The horror/comedy anthology film Trick 'r Treat is based around Halloween, and proudly features many of the tropes surrounding it (including the popular conception of Halloween as an old Celtic pagan holiday).
  • Mean Girls has a scene where Cady goes to a Halloween party. The sluttiness of the women's Halloween costumes is both parodied and exploited for fanservice.
  • A Halloween party in Night of the Demons (1988) and its sequels serves as a catalyst to demonic activity.
  • Kenny & Co follows a young boy and his friends' everyday lives over a few days leading up to Halloween. That gave the director some ideas...
  • Hocus Pocus is set on Halloween.

  • 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 Doctor Who novels Forever Autumn, The Shining Man, and Pack Animals (the latter of which is actually a Torchwood novel). Also, the anthology collections A Universe of Terrors and Tales of Terror.
  • 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.
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury takes a group of boys through the history of Halloween as they try to save their missing friend.
  • In Among Others, the dead come back for a day on Halloween.
  • In The Worst Witch Halloween is a sacred holiday for witches. Every year Cackle's Academy goes to a celebration hosted by the Chief Wizard, and they appear to provide some entertainment. In the first book Ethel gets revenge on Mildred by cursing her broomstick to wreck their class's display. In A Bad Spell For The Worst Witch Mildred is banned from the celebrations but sneaks off anyway to get the wizard to turn a friend of hers back from a frog. It's tradition that the morning after the celebrations the whole school has a lie-in until midday.
  • The Rainbow Magic series had a triple-length special centered around Trixie the Halloween Fairy. Like the rest of the specials, main characters Rachel and Kirsty have to find her three magical items (candy, in this case) so that Halloween can be safe and fun for everyone else.

  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is a classic staple of the American Halloween tradition, although the holiday itself is never mentioned in the lyrics.
  • "The Haunted House of Rock" by Whodini is a Hip-Hop celebration of classic Halloween motifs.
  • "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" by the "North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative" is a charity single by a cast of performers.
  • "Spooky" by the Classics IV.
    Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams, so I'll propose... on Halloween.
  • "Halloween" by Aqua. The song is also inspired by Slasher Movies.
  • Bob Dylan's not-otherwise-Halloweeny "She Belongs to Me" includes the lines:
    Bow down to her on Sunday, salute her when her birthday comes
    For Halloween give her a trumpet, and for Christmas buy her a drum

  • The Sequinox episode “Inferno" is set during Halloween, with the main fight occurring in the middle of everyone trick-or-treating.

    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.
  • SMW 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.
    • The NXT rookie divas had a contest as well with Aksana as a devil, Maxine as an ice queen, Naomi as the Hamburger Helper hand, A.J. Lee as Raphael, and Kaitlyn as Vickie Guerrero.
  • 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.

  • 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.


    Tabletop Games 
  • In Mysterium, the ghost is only able to send his visions on Samhain (which equals to Halloween) because the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest.

    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.
    • At Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, Space Mountain 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 with overlay based on 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.
  • Depending on the location, SeaWorld has either the horror-oriented Howl-O-Scream, or the Halloween Spooktacular, which is 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).

  • Tsukiuta's Lunatic Party stage play is their Halloween episode. Hajime, Haru, Rui, and Iku go to a Halloween market and buy gifts for their pets, and end up transporting them into a demon world where the pets turn human. Complete with sheet ghosts.

    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.
  • Batman: Arkham Knight takes place on Halloween and features the Scarecrow as the main villain. What makes this a significant Halloween Episode requires a bit of explanation. Scarecrow, aka Dr. Jonathan Crane, is a long-standing villain in Batman's Rogues Gallery who uses an inhalable fear toxin to make his victims experience their worst nightmares. One of the effects of the Evil Power Vacuum left by Joker's death at the end of Batman: Arkham City is that many of the Rogues step up to try their hand at taking over and holding Gotham in their grip. Scarecrow is much more ambitious, wishing to spread a much more potent form of his fear toxin not only across Gotham, but across the entire Eastern Seaboard, locking a significant portion of the US population into endless nightmares forever. This effect is explored in fairly horrific detail throughout the game, and Batman himself finds himself haunted by the ghost of the Joker who lives within his mind, due to Batman's exposure to Joker's tainted blood in the previous game. The mooks roaming around note that the fact that Scarecrow chose Halloween to enact his plot proves he has a sense of humor.
  • 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 every year since 2009, featuring bosses and enemies ranging from ghosts, giant undead headless monster wearing a pumpkin on its head that runs around beheading people, giant floating eyeballs that shoot exploding eyeballs, angry magicians, skeletons, and a haunted carnival. The mercs also get to find and wear unique, Halloween-only cosmetics during these events.
  • 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.
  • The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror is based off of the aforementioned Treehouse of Horror episodes of The Simpsons, with each level based off of a classic TOH segment from the series.
  • Red Dead Redemption's single-player DLC campaign Undead Nightmare was one of these, releasing just a few days before the holiday itself.
  • A few days after the Sole Survivor wakes up in Fallout 4, on October 31, Diamond City will be decorated with Halloween decorations, and guards will complain about having to work on Halloween. Also, given that the nuclear apocalypse occured a few days before Halloween (October 23), many locations around the Commonwealth will have Halloween decorations up, especially if they have been untouched since the bombs fell (a detail curiously ignored in the previous games).
  • 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.
  • Hallow's End is an EarthBound ROM Hack that was made for a Halloween themed EarthBound contest featured on Naturally, the plot of the game takes place on Halloween, and the original Halloween Celtic Mythology is a major part of the plot. As well as candy. Lots and lots of candy.
  • The House of the Dead III takes place on October 31, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Moshi Monsters: The mission "Spooktacular Spectacular" takes place on Halloween.
  • 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 "Junkenstein", which it turn was loosely based on Frankenstein. The event returned in 2017 with more skins, more voicelines, an endless mode for Junkenstein's Revenge, and another comic titled "The Return of Junkenstein".
  • Rabi Ribi has the "Cicini's Halloween!" DLC, which opens up a new area of the Floating Graveyard and a side plot in which Cicini and Syaro, who are from the outside world, introduce Halloween to the island, with Lilith designing costumes. It culminates in a Dual Boss fight with Chocola and Vanilla in mummy costumes, with Cicini joining them at the end.
  • Granblue Fantasy: Much like the Christmas Episode, new Halloween-themed characters are added to the gacha wearing related Pumpkin or Trick-or-treat outfits. The setting is set at nighttime and event enemies include Jack-O-Lanterns.
  • Splatoon:
    • In 2015, Splatoon had a special "Pirates Vs. Ninja" Splatfest for Halloween.
    • Splatoon 2 has a special Splatfest called "Splatoween" in advance of Halloween 2018, complete with the theme of "Trick vs. Treat", stages decorated in festive versions of the normal graffiti, NPCs wearing costumes and party hats, and special in-game gear for the players.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • In 1999, Sonic Adventure had free DLC for both Christmas and Halloween that changed Station Square for the holidays.
    • Sonic Adventure 2 features Pumpkin Hill as a playable level for Knuckles. As the name suggests, it's a cutesy-horror themed stage with landmarks such as graveyards, churches, and, of course, mountains shaped like jack-o-lanterns. One of Shadow's (few) stages, Sky Rail, also takes place in Pumpkin Hill, but in daylight; a less demonic appeal.
  • During October, Yo-kai Watch World has special Halloween-themed versions of several yo-kai, such as Blizzaria and Whisper.

    Web Animation 
  • 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 costume 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 new 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 2017 cartoon "Haunted Photo Booth" featured a ghostly grinning face appearing in the pictures taken in a photo booth at Marzipan's Halloween party, and Strong Bad struggling to make the ghost appear in his pictures.
    • The 2018 cartoon "Mr. Poofers Must Die!" features Homestar trying to tell a scary story where the adorable puppy Mr. Poofers is Killed Off for Real. Despite their best efforts, every attempt by Homestar and his friends to tell a story where Mr. Poofers dies goes off the rails into a non-threatening non sequitur.
    • The 2019 cartoon "The Homestar Runner Enters the Spooky Woods" has Strong Bad telling a story that mimics the style of the original Homestar Runner book, in which the Homestar Runner dies of fright and has to face his three greatest fears inside the Spooky Woods in order to get his body back.
  • 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.
  • Episode 7 of Damaged has part of the episode set at a Halloween party.
  • Overly Sarcastic Productions, an Edutainment Show that recaps history, folklore, and classic literature, takes a closer look at something spooky every October. Examples include some works by Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, Dracula, Tam Lin, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  • Happy Tree Friends has quite a few of these; nine, to be specific. Some examples of themes explored during these episodes are zombies, being buried alive, Demonic Possession, and Mime trying to get candy from the blind Mole.
  • 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.
  • RWBY Chibi has the season two episode "Happy BirthdayWeen", which consists of three Halloween-related shorts: the first involving Floyd the Geist possessing a pumpkin with the intention of scaring people, only to be turned into a pie and eaten; the second involving Nora making a love potion for Ren, only to reveal that she is drowning him in the cauldron; and the final revealing that Ruby's birthday is on Halloween (a fact carried over to the canon series), and her trying to use her birthday as an excuse to get things from other trick-or-treaters.
  • Brawl of the Objects: The seventh episode, Unprepared to Be Scared. Also, Popsicley thinks the challenge as pumpkin carving, Party Hat thinks it as costume making and Chocolatey thinks it as candy eating. They are all wrong, though.

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  • 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.
  • Boy and Dog: In one strip, baby Rowan is complaining about not being old enough to eat his Halloween candy.
  • In Sinfest the extent of Lil' E's Amnesiac Dissonance is shown at Halloween: He goes trick-or-treating as an angel.
  • The concept of Hell houses is mocked in a Something*Positive strip here.
  • A series of Pebble and Wren strips show Pebble's first Halloween.

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