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"It's Halloween, it's Halloween!
The ghosts will spook, the spooks will scare,
Why, even Dracula will be there!"
The Shaggs, "It's Halloween"

The characters are costumed, their houses or offices are decked out haunted mansion style, they exchange spooky stories and play tricks on people, and weird (or weirder than usual) things abound. Yep, it's the yearly Halloween Episode!

The Simpsons's annual "Treehouse of Horror" episodes are probably the best-known example, but most American kids' and genre shows will 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 Muertosnote  (Nov. 1—2) will at least get a shout-out; and 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 

Will oftentimes be 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 already takes place in such a setting, such phenomena will get 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. There may even be some 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.

Of course, if the Halloween Episode is too scary — or rather, too successful — this might lead to some serious Nightmare Fuel. On most non-supernatural-themed shows (particularly sitcoms), however, the tone will usually end up being considerably lighter.

There's a subversion/reversal in supernatural-oriented series in which 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, Halloween Trickery. For other holidays, see Christmas Episode, Thanksgiving Episode, Valentine's Day Episode, Easter Episode, and St. Patrick's Day Episode.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons Deserted Island Diary: In volume 2, the final story is "How To Have a Proper Halloween", in which the human protagonists meet Jack, the Czar of Halloween. He sends the protagonists to go and get Halloween candy for him to eat so he won't play any tricks on them. At the end, the protagonists reveal that they ate the candy they were supposed to give him. However, they did get something else for him... a bunch of pumpkins from Lucky.
  • Bleach has a Halloween Episode as a Filler. It turns out that the events were just dreamed by Sajin Komamura.
  • Case Closed had a very pivotal case taking place on a Halloween cruise, where every attendee is expected to dress like a classic monster (though at the start, Kogoro Lampshades that it's nowhere close to Halloween date-wise). Ultimately, however, the cruise itself turns out to be largely inconsequential and mostly a way to split off half the cast so Conan, Ai, and the newly-introduced FBI people can do all the real plot-moving.
  • 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 Kitarō (2018) has Halloween in an 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.
  • Anime/Hamtaro has one in the form of Ham Ham Halloween, which has the Ham Ham Gang have their own Halloween party. While at the same time, Laura and her friends go to their own Halloween party.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Hetalia Axis Powers 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.
  • Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama :
    • The 55th episode was about Kokoro's Cocotamas throwing a Halloween party and inviting other Cocotamas to join the festivities.
    • The Cocotamas hold another Halloween party in the 105th episode and have to find out who's responsible for knocking Tama-Senin unconcioous. It's revealed in the end that Tama-Senin knocked himself out because he accidentally caused a bowling ball to fall on him.
  • Little Witch Academia (2017) 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.
  • Lycoris Recoil: One episode occurs around Halloween, while Chisato is running around doing jobs while still in costume, Takina is handing out treats to young students.
  • 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 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.
    • HappinessCharge 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 Pretty Cure! 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.
    • Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure has one that involves a costume contest. Among other things, Hikaru dresses up as a yeti, Lala dresses up as a tsuchinoko, and Yuni goes as herself. When their enemy Kappard shows up, people also assume he's wearing a costume, which leads to the Cures staging a sentai-style fight to protect their identities (complete with "Super Sentai" Stance). It's largely a fluffy episode, but it does reveal some backstory for Kappard.
    • Tropical-Rouge! Pretty Cure: Episode 35 shows the team preparing their school's Halloween festival. When a Yaraneda attacks, Manatsu impulsively deals with before Laura could arrive, resulting in the stolen energy not being able to get returned until the next Yaraneda shows up.
    • Delicious Party♡Pretty Cure: In Episode 33, the Cures throw a Halloween party, while Amane has a Psychosomatic Superpower Outage after she lashed out at the Parfait Recipepe.
  • 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.
  • Tamagotchi: In "Shining Smiles! Happy Tamaween", the 30th episode of GO-GO Tamagotchi!, Mametchi and his gang stumble across a house where a Tamagotchi has been trying to scare anyone who comes near it by pretending to be a ghost and get to know the costumed kid.
  • 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 Canon Discontinuity 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.
    • For a canon example, there's the combined mini-arc of "Masque" and "Bash," where most of the action occurs at a Halloween party held at the Eyrie Building.
  • 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 (IDW) 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.
  • Sensation Comics: At once point during The Golden Age of Comic Books Di, Steve Trevor, Etta Candy and her Holliday Girls throw a Halloween party during witch they accidentally travel to back in time to the Salem witchcraft trials, while most of them are dressed as witches. Accidental time travel was a bit of a recurring theme for Golden Age Wonder Woman but ending up in a time and place so thematically appropriate was rare.
  • Batman '66 featured a Halloween story titled "The Short Halloween" in the 46th issue of the digital version (with the print version only available through volume five of the trade paperback collection), the premise being that a boy and his younger sister dress as Batman and Robin to stop a pair of bullies stealing candy from children while wearing Joker and Penguin masks.

    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.
  • Retail used to have a Halloween contest at work every year. A Running Gag is about how much effort Cooper puts into his costumes, only to lose because he picks characters from obscure media (such as Lone Wolf and Cub) and everyone else prefers something recognizable (such as Craig's Dracula). Eventually the Halloween contest went away because no one's heart was really in it anymore, and the Halloween story arcs became about how much the Christmas Creep keeps pushing earlier and earlier (with one year featuring Stuart literally pushing a Halloween panel out of the way because 'it's Christmas now').
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The very first time that the strip ran during Halloween there was a week-long series of comics about Calvin preparing for trick-or-treating (although it skips over the actual trick-or-treating part to the day after, when Calvin and Hobbes decide to go into town to admire Christmas decorations). This is also an example of Early-Installment Weirdness, as subsequent Halloween strips either didn't mention the holiday or limited it to a stand-alone strip.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Arsenic and Old Lace actually takes place on Halloween, although the only real nod to the holiday comes early on when some trick-or-treaters visit (in the daytime!).
  • Casper happens around Halloween, ending at a Halloween party specifically.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial takes place a few days before, during and a couple more days after Halloween.
  • Funsize, a teen comedy which takes place mostly on Halloween night.
  • 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.
  • Halloweentown, of course.
  • Hocus Pocus is set on Halloween.
  • The Huluween Film Fesitval happens on Hulu every October since 2018.
  • 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...
  • In America - about Irish immigrants in America - has a portion of the movie where the sisters go into school wearing costumes they made themselves...only to discover their classmates bought theirs. Showing that it was directed by someone who grew up before Halloween was popular in Ireland, their parents don't seem to know what trick-or-treating is.
  • The climax of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is set on Halloween night. On a meta-level, the film was released ten days before the holiday.
  • Left Bank features Samhain as the climactic ending night of the film when the human sacrifice is performed.
  • Ordinary People includes a brief scene of trick-or-treating children.
  • Meet Me in St. Louis, which is set in 1903-04, has a Halloween segment. It depicts the turn-of-the-century "pranks and mischief" version of the holiday.
  • Spaced Invaders depicts an attempted Alien Invasion of a small town by a crew of incompetent Martians after they intercept a Halloween re-broadcast of Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds.
  • The Predator is set around and on Halloween.
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane begins with protagonist Rynn celebrating her 13th birthday on Halloween night, only to be interrupted when her creepy neighbor shows up for trick-or-treating with his kids.
  • At the start of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the Turtles pass by a Halloween parade.
  • 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).
  • In Van Helsing Anna gets kidnapped by Dracula right before Halloween night, so the climax of the second act takes place at a masquerade ball in Budapest.

  • 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. Most Wanted had Zombie Halloween, Trick or Trap, and The Haunter, and Give Yourself Goosebumps had Trick...Or Trapped! and One Night in Payne House.
  • 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. Notably, this is the first Special Edition in the US-exclusive lineup (although this particular book did eventually make it back to the UK).
  • Roys Bedoys:
    • Downplayed in “Don’t Watch Grown-Up Movies, Roys Bedoys!”, where Roys and Maker watch a horror movie because Halloween is “around the corner”.
    • Played straight in “Let’s Go Trick-or-Treating, Roys Bedoys!”, where the kids trick-or-treat.
    • Played straight again in “Roys Bedoys’s Spectacular Halloween Zoom Party”, where the kids talk to one another online, while dressed up, on Halloween.
  • Spooksville had The Evil House'', where the gang enters a mysterious house that turns them into their costume.
  • Fear Street has Halloween Party, the Sagas subseries had House of Whispers and Door of Death, while Ghosts of Fear Street has Who's Been Sleeping in My Grave? and Halloween Bugs Me''.
  • Samurai Scarecrow: The book is set around Halloween, and follows Yukio and his friends trick-or-treating, and running afoul of the titular scarecrow, or rather, Kasha dressed as the titular scarecrow.
  • The Powerpuff Girls has The Powerpuff Girls Save Halloween
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: Death of a Neighborhood Witch, which revolves around solving a murder that happened on Halloween night.
  • Stick Dog: Book 7 of the series, "Stick Dog Craves Candy", is set on Halloween Night, and follows Stick Dog and his friends as they try to get some candy to eat.

  • Dragon magazine had a "horror issue" every October. This would feature features on undead or otherwise more "monstrous" monsters, articles about Ravenloft and Masque of the Red Death, tips on DMing a horror adventure, and so on.

  • 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
  • Most Pagan bands or artists will have at least one song dedicated to Halloween or Samhain.
    • British rock band Inkubus Sukkubus have "Samhain," "Goddess of Samhain" and "All Hallows Eve".
    • British folk singer Damh the Bard has "On Samhain Eve".
    • Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt has "All Souls Night".
    • German folk band Faun has "Halloween".
  • "You Make Me Feel Like It's Halloween" by Muse not only uses the classic Haunted House metaphor in a surprising way, it also excerpts the Toccata and Fugue in D minor — better known as the Ominous Pipe Organ.


    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 Havoc", 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.
    • WWE NXT later revived Halloween Havoc as an annual event starting in 2020.
  • 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.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Barney & Friends has a direct-to-video entry called "Barney's Halloween Party", with the first part focusing on Riff struggling to choose a costume. The second part finds BJ helping a boy named Ramon trick-or-treat without his mother for the first time. Riff puts together a one-man band costume, and BJ and Baby Bop point out that he basically dressed as himself, to which Barney says it's fun to be yourself anytime of the year. This was all built around a big event at the park where kids could trick-or-treat at different stations without being too far away from their families. When Ramon's treats fall out of a hole in his trick-or-treat bag, BJ shares his with Ramon, and the other kids share theirs with BJ.
  • Bear in the Big Blue House had a Halloween episode where made a point of telling the audience that Halloween is nothing to be afraid of, because it's just pretend.
  • Dinosaurs had an episode which originally aired on October 31 where Robbie, stuck home baby-sitting Baby, told a scary story about becoming a were-caveman. This scared Baby so much he was going to tell on Robbie unless he was given candy. Since there was none in the house Robbie took Baby next door to ask for some.
    Neighbor: Is this some kind of trick?
    Robbie: No, it's just a treat for the baby.
  • Donkey Hodie:
    • Not an actual episode, but it had a web-exclusive clip featuring Donkey Hodie and Bob Dog wishing the viewer a happy Halloween.
    • An actual Halloween episode, "A Donkey Hodie Halloween," released in 2022. It focuses on Donkey and the others helping Purple Panda to overcome his fear of Halloween, which he's never experienced before, as they don't celebrate Halloween on Planet Purple.
  • Eureeka's Castle: In the Halloween special "It Came From Beneath the Bed, or Nightmare On Magellan Street," Magellan sees a monster outside the window at night and sets out to catch it to prove to Eureeka and the others that it's not just his imagination.
  • Fraggle Rock had an episode (not explicitly referred to as a Halloween episode, but it was released on at least one Halloween-themed home video release) called "The Terrible Tunnel" about a place where Fraggles went and supposedly disappeared.
  • The Muppet Show: Both the Vincent Price and Alice Cooper episodes. The former was filmed the week leading up to Halloween 1976 (although it actually aired in late January 1977 in the U.S., and late April the same year in the U.K.), and the latter aired two days after Halloween 1978 in the U.S.
  • The Puzzle Place: The episode "Spooky!" doesn't mention Halloween by name, but it first aired around Halloween and revolves around spookiness, with an Aesop that girls can enjoy spooky things just as much (and be just as good at scaring people) as boys.
  • Sesame Street: After decades of building up a library of home media on the subject, Sesame Street produced a proper Halloween episode as the season 46 finale. It debuted time for Halloween 2016 on HBO and a year later on PBS. The show's posthumous tribute to Jerry Nelson, who played Count Von Count, isn't directly addressed as a Halloween episode. However, it featured most every character involved dressing as the Count and aired on Halloween 2013.
  • Under the Umbrella Tree: In the special "Halloween Under the Umbrella Tree", Iggy injures himself and has to stay at the animal hospital overnight and miss his friends' Halloween party.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba! has one titled "Halloween" in which the characters dress up in outrageous costumes and gather private stashes of candy. Through the first three songs "It is Fall", "Halloween Party Song", and "Trick or Treat" the characters learn what happens on Halloween, and just as important, the fourth song "Too Much Candy" helps the characters to understand eating candy in moderation.

  • 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.
  • Our Miss Brooks had a radio Halloween episode named "The Halloween Party". Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, and teenagers Walter Denton, Harriet Conklin, and Stretch Snodgrass intend to have a small Halloween party the night before halloween, as Harriet is going away for the weekend. Miss Brooks intends to dress as a witch, and Mr. Boynton uses real bones from his anatomy student days for a skeleton costume. Walter Denton dresses as a Bedsheet Ghost, while Stretch Snodgrass dresses as HopalongCassidy. Harriet was going to wear her party dress. At the end, Mrs. Davis arrives home wearing a pumpkin on her head. Hilarity Ensues as Mr. Conklin cannot be around a party as he's near nervous collapse - he goes to Miss Brooks' to flee the party only to be surprised and frightened by Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass in costume.
  • 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 The Adventures of Archie Andrews was about Archie throwing a wild Halloween party as his house. His father is less than pleased however and 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 gets 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.
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story: For Halloween in 2017 the game introduced the Halloween-themed Karin. It also ran a special event, "Magical Halloween Theater", where characters put on a play for some young children; Kyoko and Felicia got special Halloween costumes.
  • 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.
  • Borderlands:
    • One of Borderlands 2 DLC is "T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest", which revolves around the Vault Hunter traversing through Hallowed Hollow to take down the Pumpkin Kingpin.
    • Borderlands 3 continues the Halloween-themed event with "Bloody Harvest" where the Vault Hunter can obtain rare items from Captain Haunt.
  • 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 Earth Bound ROM Hack that was made for a Halloween themed Earth Bound 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 had 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. This event would later return to coincide with Halloween 2020.
  • 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.
  • Tokyo Xanadu: The After Story, taking place after the Epilogue, is set during October 30, one day before Halloween and with preparations under way for a Halloween festival in town.
  • During October, Yo-kai Watch World has special Halloween-themed versions of several yo-kai, such as Blizzaria and Whisper.
  • In October 2019, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled had the Spooky Grand Prix, featuring the additions of three new characters, a new track, Halloween cosmetics, and ghost-hunting challenges.
  • In October 2020, it was announced on the Facebook page for The Cabinets Of Doctor Arcana that, while production of the sequel is still in progress, a special unconnected installment called The Mystery of Grimstone Manor would be released on Halloween. In a similar plot to Arcana, the player is locked inside a manor on Halloween night and has to solve the puzzles inside to claim their inheritance.
  • Fate/Grand Order have Halloween Events, usually involving Elisabeth Bathory uses the Holy Grail to hold a concert at her castle.
  • Trick & Treat: Well, not an episode, but basically the whole game. Still fits the trope, though.
    • The 2018 Halloween eventnote , Festival of Deceit and Madness, has Cinderella and Little Mermaid visit a village for a holiday, only for them to get caught up in a real version of Werewolf (1997).
    • 2019 had Banquet of the Butlers where the male characters are hired to take care of a young girl soon to be offered as a sacrifice to the forest guardian by another village. Notable for being the first (and only) Roulette Event where players earned prizes from a board.
    • Averted in 2020 where Festival of Deceit and Madness and Banquet of the Butlersnote  reran instead of having an original Halloween event, followed by the Rozen Maiden Crossover Event Rose Maidens of the Mirror's Surface.
  • Twisted Wonderland's first Halloween event in 2020, Scary Monsters, has the dorms representing different stylized monsters through their costumes. The plot involves the students trying to celebrate Halloween, only to be harrassed by "Magicam Monsters", tourists who act incredibly disrespectful to the students and faculty for the sake of social media clout.
    • Heartslabyul: Skeletons
    • Savanaclaw: Pirate
    • Octavinelle: Mummy
    • Scarabia: Wolf Man
    • Pomefiore: Vampire
    • Ignihyde: Pumpkin Knight
    • Diasomnia: Dragonnote 
  • Friday Night Funkin': Week 2 was made for Halloween; the opponents are Skid and Pump from Sr.Pelo's Spooky Month videos, fought within a haunted mansion.
  • Clustertruck: There is a free DLC world themed after Halloween.
  • All Saint's Wake is the seasonal Halloween event of Final Fantasy XIV. According to the holiday, All Saint's Wake is when the saints are invited into the heavens for celebration and rest from defending the realms. While they're out, demons roam the land unchallenged to find fresh victims. People who had to venture out on such a dangerous night would disguise themselves as demons to protect themselves. This has since evolved into the costumes and treats of Halloween. Every year the Continental Circus comes to Eorzea to bring a new spooky attraction to the people while the Adventures Guild keeps a sharp eye on them... Because the circus members are truly voidsent imps who use the circus as a cover for dark rituals to trigger "the Night of Devilry" and release Hell on Earth.
  • Death Smiles takes place on Halloween. Its sequel, however, is An Ass-Kicking Christmas.
  • Guild Wars 2 has an annual Halloween event, "Shadow of the Mad King". Mad King Thorn makes a temporary return to the mortal world, Lion's Arch becomes a Halloweentown, and portals to the Mad Realm open across Tyria.
  • The final mission of Men in Black: The Series for the Game Boy Advance involves taking out aliens who are running amok in plain sight on Manhattan during Halloween.

    Web Animation 
  • Algicosathlon Camp has Episode 8, where the challenge is a twisted version of trick-or-treating, along with one of the most gruesome eliminations.
  • 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.
    • The 2020 cartoon, "Halloween Hijinks" has the main cast just hang out in their costumes while they watch their teenage-selves from the Strong Bad Email episode "highschool" try to solve a Scooby-Doo-esque mystery involving Large Bean.
    • For 2021, the site released "Halloween Hide & Seek", a short LucasArts-style Adventure Game instead of a typical cartoon. The game has the player take control of Homestar as he searches for his friends on Halloween night, who are all dressed up as classic (and obscure) adventure game characters.
    • The 2022 cartoon "2022 Costume Pack Now Available" is just repeat of "Homestarloween Party", but with the central gimmick of DLC being downloaded to add new costumes, scenes, and upgraded effects to the short.
  • Camp Camp has had two so far (though since the series takes place at a summer camp, neither of them actually take place on Halloween):
    • "Night of the Living Ill": 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.
    • "Arrival Of The Torso Takers": After watching an episode of a horror anthology series, Max becomes paranoid that David has been replaced by one of the aliens from the show. He hasn't; instead, he was replaced by his Identical Stranger and resident Knight of Cerebus Daniel instead.
  • Episode 7 of Damaged has part of the episode set at a Halloween party.
  • Dorkly Originals features "Video Game Trick-or-Treating", with Mario and the gang having a party, Ghosts throwing toilet paper at Pac-Man's house, Link and Zelda trick-or-treating, and Mega Man fighting Choco-Man.
  • 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 of the challenge as pumpkin carving, Party Hat thinks of it as costume making and Chocolatey thinks of it as candy eating. They are all wrong, though.
    • "Sabrewulf vs. Jon Talbain" was released for Rooster Teeth FIRST Members on Halloween, being pushed forward one day just to coincide with Halloween. Naturally, the theme was horror monsters, in this case werewolves, and it was also one of the most brutal and bloody fights in the entirety of the series.
    • The release date of "Jason Voorhees vs. Michael Myers" for Rooster Teeth FIRST Members is October 31, 2022. The theme is of course, Stock Slasher villains.
  • The AstroLOLogy chapters "Happy Ah-LOL-ween" and "Paranormal AstroLOLogy" are composed of shorts that are either supernatural-themed or explicitly take place on Halloween, making for 24 shorts in total.

    Web Comics 
  • 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 an RP on the forums.
  • Boy and Dog: In one strip, baby Rowan is complaining about not being old enough to eat his Halloween candy.
  • By the Tail had two pages set at Halloween throughout its run.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Freddy Fox has had three Halloween strips so far:
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, no matter what else may be going on in the storyline, the gigantic Halloween Monster always 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.
  • Chapter 6 of Rain (2010) has Rain and her friends attending a Halloween party at Chase's mansion.
  • In Roommates, 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...
  • 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.
  • Erika and the Princes in Distress: This Haloween Special follows Erika and Pita as they venture into a creepy mansion in order to rescue a supposedly-distressed Prince, only to find out said Prince not only already died long ago and now haunts the place, but also has a few literal skeletons in his closet...
  • Sleepless Domain: This late-October page has Anemone explain the upcoming in-universe holiday of Fright Night, in which children dress up as monsters and ask for candy from the adults in order to placate the monsters' spirits.
  • 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.
  • Val and Isaac have the alien equivalent of "Fear Day", with some of the cast detailing the different customs of their individual planets. One of the only example not to be released on Halloween itself.
  • El Goonish Shive has had several Halloween filler strips usually with the main characters dressed up. Also, the storylines "Marker" and "Escape From The Mall" take place a week before Halloween.
  • The Dumbing of Age storyline "This Was Halloween" flashes back to the Halloween of the first semester, in which three of the biggest questions of the second semester were answered: why Ruth and Billie broke up (Ruth broke it off because she believes the relationship was doomed to become toxic again and wanted to spare Billie that), why Billie was now hanging out with Raidah (After getting foiled in her attempt to stop the breakup, Billie runs into Raidah, who convinces Billie to join her instead), and why Amber and Walky broke up (Walky thought a bad taste joke about the deceased Mike still being alive was cool, and Amber, one of Mike's closest friends, didn't take it well).

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  • "Lala Little Halloween Fashion Show", where the Lalaloopsy Littles have a Halloween costume fashion show.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd does an annual Halloween double feature in which he rips apart horror-themed video games:
  • The Annoying Orange has at least one Halloween video every year:
  • The British Railway Stories: Episode 17, "Fowler's Ghost". The plot involved Stephen telling the other engines about a failed engine in the 19th century that, after being bricked up underground, caused a cave-in out of anger that killed it, and has since haunted the railways ever since.
  • Dabchick:
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • A Halloween Special premiered in 2008, with the gang dressing up at the Briefs house. Mr. Popo then shows up to the party as the Cloverfield monster.
    • In 2014, "Celloween: A Flight out of Cell", revolves around Krillin rescuing civilians from Cell. Until the whole thing was All Just a Dream Krillin was having.
    • In a DragonShortZ in 2020, the cast goes trick or treating.
  • False Swipe Gaming has done two of these where they analyze the viability of spooky looking Ghost-type Pokémon on the actual date. Specifically, they analyzed Misdreavus and it's evolution Mismagius in 2018 and Haunter in 2020.
  • Fred has had a few.
  • Whenever Halloween comes around, Game Grumps changes their name to "Ghoul Grumps" and post videos of playing horror-themed games with Sdrawkcab Speech in each introduction.
  • 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.
  • JonTron has done various Halloween episodes, reviewing Clock Tower, Monster Party, and Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.
  • The Nostalgia Critic has an annual Halloween related video/review:
  • From Boots to Reboots:
    • His two-part review of Rob Zombie's remakes of John Carpenter's films. He also tries to escape Michael Myers himself when Myers forces him to review the sequel.
    • His review of Trick r Treat even includes Sam himself almost killing Andy when Evil!Andy used the money to buy booze.
  • Todd in the Shadows had 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. He announced in his 2017 episode that it would be his last Spook-tacular, as he was pretty much all out of ideas and had already been scraping the barrel in previous years. His Halloween episodes are as follows:
    • "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 2012
    • "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell, 2013
    • "Maniac" by Michael Sembello, 2014
    • "Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy (pop song review as opposed to One Hit Wonderland), 2015
    • "One Tin Soldier" by Coven, 2016
    • "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, 2017
      • His Trainwreckords episode on Billy Idol's "Cyberpunk" was released on Halloween 2018, and while the episode is very light on Halloween themes and thus does not count as a proper Halloween Episode, he does wear a Billy Idol Halloween costume. It can be inferred this is how he will celebrate Halloween in his videos from now on.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall also has Halloween-themed reviews. For the first few years, Linkara reviewed bad Silent Hill comics. He's also looked at comics inspired by John Carpenter's The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, and The Ring. He also does quickie reviews of horror comics as Moarte for an annual series called "Longbox of the Damned". Each year also features a special Halloween story, usually involving Linkara dealing with supernatural horrors:
    • 2009: Linkara is brought into Silent Hill, where he has to fight off a duo of Pyramid Heads.
    • 2010: The origins of the Magic Gun is revealed, as Mechakara attempts to drive Linkara insane by making him think he was the father of the child who was sacrificed to make it.
    • 2011: After defeating Whateley and the cult who forged the Magic Gun, Linkara finally confronts the Entity; who has just finished absorbing everyone else on the planet.
    • 2012: Linkara and his friends find themselves trapped in Linkara's apartment with the news that an intruder has snuck inside. The group find themselves turning against each other, while being manipulated by a shadow creature sent by Jaeris.
    • 2013: With Nimue becoming more mentally unstable, Linkara is forced to shut her down for her safety. Unfortunately, Lord Vyce was the one responsible for driving Nimue insane and takes control over Comicron-1 after she's turned off.
    • 2014: The King of Worms manipulates Linkara into opening a portal to his world, and holds him hostage in order to learn how he killed the Entity.
    • 2015: Linkara suffers from sleep deprivation thanks to his Magic Coin and ends up fighting a hallucination of Freddy Krueger.
    • 2016: Shortly after moving into a new house, Linkara learns that it's haunted by the ghosts of a couple of Dark Nella worshippers.
    • 2017: Linkara participates in the preliminary round of the Contest of Champions and faces off against the sorceress Empira, who uses her magic to make him fight against Freddy Krueger again.
    • 2018: In the 10th year anniversary, a clone of Linkara finds his way into his home and Linkara attempts to find out where he came from. It's eventually revealed that the clone is actually an amnesiac Mechakara turned human and the whole thing was a plot by his Mirror Universe doppelganger.
    • 2019: While paranoid over having to deal with another traumatic Halloween encounter, Linkara and his friends begin shifting into alternate realities.
    • 2020: A mysterious box is teleported into Linkara's new house while the Contest of Champions is put on hiatus. The box transports Linkara to a sub-dimension where he is tortured by a being called the Confession, who seeks to learn all of Linkara's weaknesses.
    • 2021: Linkara enters the semi-finals of the Contest of Champions and faces off against Billy Tor, a telepathic slasher villain powered by the vengeful souls of 500 slaughtered prison inmates.
    • 2022: Mirror Margaret, the spirit trapped in the Mirror Universe Magic Gun, seeks vengeance against Linkara for defeating Mirrorkara years ago. The storyline also ties into the tenth anniversary of Longbox of the Damned by revealing how Linkara first met Moarte and the exact nature of their uneasy alliance.
  • 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."
  • Philosophy Tube has ‘Witchcraft, Gender, and Marxism’.
  • I Hate Everything has ‘I Hate Halloween’ and ‘The Search for the Worst: Troll 2’
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Economy Watch: Each episode parodies a horror genre.
    • The 2021 special, "Night Of The Economic Dead", parodies zombie horror stories and tropes.
    • The 2022 special, "Cryptic Cryptos", parodies werewolf folklore and old horror movies.
    • The 2023 special, "The Evil Debt", is a parody of The Evil Dead, David's favorite horror movie. This episode is in early development.
  • 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 possibly reviewing Monolake's "Ghosts" for 2017.
    • He did not, instead doing this year's video on Scandroid's "Monochrome", because... it had a cover of Thriller. He also reprised the costume and implied it would be a holiday tradition.
  • The Weather: "Spooky Fog", in addition to being broadcast on Halloween night, involved a lot of Halloween-themed sketches, including ghosts, vampires, and murder.
  • Every season/year of Scott The Woz has a Halloween episode, with most of them covering horror themed video games or urban legends surrounding the medium as a whole. To note:
    • 2017's episode covers the rumors surrounding the fabled Polybius arcade machine.
    • 2018's episode has Scott play Night Trap in a haunted house in an attempt to scare the piss out of himself.
    • 2019's The Great Mysteries of Gaming shows a murder mystery happening in real time while an audio recording of Scott's voice talks about video game rumors and mysteries.
    • In 2020's Memory Cards, Scott invites some of his friends over for a half-pumpkin party, half-Halloween party only for the five of them to have to deal with a haunting.


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Manatsu and the others prep for their school's Halloween festival while Laura tries to find a costume more suited for her.

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