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This year, we have a Transformers parody with robots attacking each other in Springfield, Homer murdering celebrities for fun and profit (mostly profit for the executives who want to use celebrities in their ads), and a lawyer-friendly Peanuts parody featuring a murderous pumpkin.

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  • Accidental Murder: Homer's murder of Krusty in the second story. He was simply shoving him for upsetting Maggie, but they happened to be near a wood chipper at the time.
  • Big "NO!": The Grand Pumpkin does this when he sees Homer starting to carve a pumpkin.
  • Big "WHAT?!": The Grand Pumpkin's reaction to Milhouse saying pumpkin bread is made of pumpkins, not for pumpkins.
  • Bowdlerise: The UK version of this cuts out the following scenes:
    • "Untitled Robot Parody" is cut to remove the entire part with the Sex Toy Bot when the Optimus Prime expy asks him where he's been and Sex Toy Bot suggestively replies, "Where haven't I been?"
    • "How to Get Ahead in Dead-vertising": All of the deaths listed in the Family-Unfriendly Death entry below are removed (Prince getting stabbed with his guitar, Krusty getting jettisoned into a wood chipper, and Homer getting shot in the head by Krusty).
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    • "It's The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse":
      • The Grand Pumpkin puking after being told that people eat and carve pumpkins for Halloween.
      • The Grand Pumpkin dismissing Nelson's threat to carve a yellow pumpkin and being called a racist for it.
      • The Grand Pumpkin's death at the hands of Tom Turkey.
  • The Cameo: Kang and Kodos make their appearance in this special dancing at the school Halloween party with the other kids ala A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Milhouse's innocent belief in the Grand Pumpkin is what creates him. Lisa utilizes it to create Tom the Turkey to stop the Grand Pumpkin.
  • The Dead Rise to Advertise: The second story's theme has Homer being hired by advertising agencies to kill celebrities so that their likenesses can be used in commercials for free..
  • Downer Ending: The first and third segments end with humanity enslaved and a murderous turkey attacking everyone, respectively.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Nelson is appalled when he finds out that the Grand Pumpkin is racist.
    Nelson: (as he's getting eaten by the Grand Pumpkin) I'd rather die than hate!
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Many in the second segment: Krusty is sucked into a wood chipper, Prince is choked with then stabbed by his "symbol" guitar and Homer gets his head blown cleanly off.
  • Famous Last Words: "Pumpkin segregation forever."
  • Fantastic Racism / At Least I Admit It: The Grand Pumpkin cares nothing about yellow pumpkins being carved, going as far as to proudly admitting that he and all other pumpkins are racist but orange ones admit their racism.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Milhouse's immense belief manages to create both the Grand Pumpkin and Tom Turkey, but unfortunately both of them are driven to Kill All Humans.
  • He Knows Too Much: Subverted in "Untitled Robot Parody". Maggie watches the transformer in full action, tries to tell Lisa (and fails due to the fact that she can't talk), and the robot then uses its robotic arm to stick her pacifier back in her mouth.
  • Here We Go Again!: After the Grand Pumpkin is killed, Bart tells Tom the Turkey about eating turkeys at Thanksgiving, resulting in him going on a rampage of his own.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Milhouse's pumpkin-themed rewrite of the Apostles' Creed.
    I believe in the Grand Pumpkin, almighty gourd, who was crustified over Pontius Pie Plate and ascended into Oven. He will come again to judge the filling and the bread…
  • Hypocritical Humor: The giant, talking pumpkin finds the idea of a giant, talking turkey preposterous.
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the second story, after the dead celebrities invade the living world, Chief Wiggum is confronted by vocal inspiration Edward G. Robinson and accused of ripping him off.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In the first story, Marge managed to convince the two leaders of the robot armies to end their age-old war...only for them to team up to take over Earth. Then they're all tied up on a human foosball table because Homer wanted them to learn a hobby.
    • At the end of the third skit, Bart tells Tom the Turkey about what people eat at Thanksgiving.
  • Papa Wolf: In the second story, Homer attacks Krusty for making Maggie cry, though he didn't mean to actually kill him.
  • Pumpkin Person: Milhouse brings The Grand Pumpkin to life. He proceeds to eat at least three people for carving and eating pumpkins.
  • Record Needle Scratch: An iPod-styled music player actually makes such a sound when Milhouses stops the music (Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas is Coming") at the Halloween party to warn the kids about the Grand Pumpkins' rampage.
  • Significant Anagram: Each alternative title for "Untitled Robot Parody" is an anagram for Transformers: Trans Morfers; Morf Transers; and Snort Farmers.
  • Take That, Critics!: At the end of the Peanuts parody, Marge appears onscreen and says if anyone wants to write in to complain about how they "trampled on a beloved holiday classic", she plays the "wah-wah-wah-wah" trombone noise again as the given address.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Bart and Milhouse in the Peanuts parody.
    • Homer in the second segment. When the Mad Men expies show up and offer him money to kill more celebrities, upon using the money as a fan, he tries to pry more money out of them by saying he was hot. After they do give him more, he then whines that he's too cold and gives the extra cash back.
    • In the Transformers parody, Marge managed to convince the two leaders of the robot armies to end their age-old war...only for them to team up to take over Earth.
  • The Unintelligible: Subverted. At first, it seemed the adults in the Peanuts parody would be this like in the real Peanuts stories but the only adult sounding like that was Marge while playing the trombone. (In a way, the gag doesn't really work, because Homer had already appeared in full view during the opening sequence, acting like Snoopy.)
  • Would Hurt a Child: Parodied when Willie offers the Grand Pumpkin some pumpkin seeds. "You roast the unborn?!"
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