Halloween is here and to celebrate, Zap2it is looking back at classic Halloween TV episodes and specials.
From Angela Chase’s ghostly encounter to Ross Gellar’s “Spudnik” costume that everyone thinks looks like “doodie,” here are some memories of Halloween’s past.
‘Beverly Hills 90210,’ ‘Halloween’
The kids from West Beverly just want to have a good time, but that’s a tall order in this Season 2 episode. Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Emily (Christine Elise) lose the kids they’re supposed to be taking trick-or-treating; Donna (Tori Spelling) can’t move in her mermaid costume; and Kelly (Jennie Garth) nearly gets raped at a Halloween party.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Halloween’
Not only is “Halloween” the original “everyone acts like something else” episode of “Buffy” when the Sunnydale kids turn into their costumes, but it was also a fine showcase for then-newly-introduced character William the Bloody, a.k.a. Spike (James Marsters). Plus, it was Ethan Rayne’s first appearance (Robin Sachs).
‘Family Matters,’ ‘Stevil’ and ‘Stevil 2’
Stevil is a ventriloquist dummy version of Steve Urkel who comes to life and terrorizes the Winslow family. He also recently kind of make an appearance in a Scion commercial with Jaleel White. But the “Stevil” episodes were quite a dark turn for the TGIF comedy.
Where to watch: Nowhere online, unfortunately
‘Friends,’ ‘The One With the Halloween Party’
This NBC smash hit was known for its Thanksgiving episodes, but one year they did Halloween up right. Ursula (Lisa Kudrow) introduces Phoebe (Kudrow) to her fiance, Eric (Sean Penn) — who immediately hits it off with Pheebs. Meanwhile, Rachel hands out money instead of candy to children, Ross and Chandler have an arm-wrestling contest and everyone hates Ross’ “Spudnik” costume.
‘Halloween is Grinch Night’
This Dr. Seuss Halloween special is a must-watch for fans of All Hallow’s Eve. It’s like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on LSD. As the sour-sweet wind blows, young Euchariah Who is tricked into get into the Grinch’s “Paraphernalia Wagon.” Yes, that’s right — and it’s actually pretty scary. Definitely not the Whos singing carols and eating roast beast.
Where to watch: YouTube
‘How I Met Your Mother,’ ‘The Slutty Pumpkin (Returns)’
Poor Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor). He met a girl one Halloween who he really connected with and he didn’t get her number, so now he waits every year, like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, except he’s waiting for “The Slutty Pumpkin.” And she turns out to be Katie Holmes, so that’s fun.
‘Home Improvement,’ various episodes
“Home Improvement” was one of those sitcoms that loved Halloween. Every year the show had a ton of fun with costumes, spooky decorations and scary haunted houses. The best is definitely “Crazy for You,” when Jill (Patricia Richardson) plays an amazing prank on Tim (Tim Allen) by making him think he has a crazy stalker named Rose.
Where to watch: Amazon
‘My So-Called Life,’ ‘Halloween’
This spooky little gem is a favorite episode among fans of the short-lived ABC teen drama. Angela (Claire Danes) has a scary encounter with the ghost of Nicky Driscoll, Rayanne (A.J. Langer) and Brian (Devin Gummersall) spend some quality time together in the school basement and there’s a “Buffy”-like subplot of Angela’s parents (Tom Irwin and Bess Armstrong) turning into their costumes and making with the sexytime.
‘Quantum Leap,’ ‘The Boogieman’
One of the scariest TV episodes of all time, “The Boogieman” sees Sam (Scott Bakula) leap into a horror novelist being terrorized by someone (or some thing). No spoilers as to what it is, but the reveal is excellently scary. Plus, Sam encounters a young “Stevie King.”
Where to watch: YouTube
‘Roseanne,’ various episodes
It’s safe to say that Roseanne and the Connor family rule Halloween. By far the best Halloween episode is “BOO!”, where Dan (John Goodman) and Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) compete to scare each other, plus the Connors put on a haunted house for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters that is a truly terrifying treat.