Whether its cheesy, classic, or downright scary, watching Halloween episodes of my favorite shows is yet another thing I love about this time of the year. Oh, October is just the best time to be a Terri (they’re endangered, you know?).
Season 4 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is hit or miss, but it still deserves some much needed love. True, The Initiative storyline and the introduction of Riley wasn’t all that great (to say the least). Yes, it was hard to say goodbye to Oz and not hate on Tara (she grows on you). Hush, however, is easily one of the best things ever to happen in the history of television. My favorite Halloween-centric story from the Buffy-verse is “Fear Itself” (Ep 4). The frat guys of UC Sunnydale aren’t the brightest crayons in the box. They prove this by painting a magic symbol on the floor that awakens a demon that feeds on fear. Mayhem ensues. Good thing the Scooby Gang is in attendance.
I know I’m a little late to the party, but Supernatural is pretty neat. Okay, some of the plotlines aren’t the most original and the writing isn’t always stellar, but I can’t stop watching. It might have something to do with all those attractive guys running around, hunting monsters… Nah, that probably has nothing to do with it… Shut up. Sam and Dean investigate mysterious deaths surrounding treats, tricks, and so on in “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” (Ep 7 from Season 4). Best part: Castiel shows up (again, shut up). My only complaint is that, despite their schooling in metaphysical, no one can pronounce Samhain correctly. Has anyone seen Sam Hane?
Oh, Bryan Fuller… I wish I knew how to quit you. He’s the mastermind behind Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, & Dead Like Me. Unfortunately for Mr. Fuller, his shows have a habit of not lasting very long. Fortunately, Dead Like Me ended its second season on a good note with “Haunted”. Our merry band of reapers spend their Halloween dealing with the aftermath of a serial killer’s handy work (i.e. taking the souls of his victims). You also got the chance to see what happens when reapers run into people that knew them before they died. This was the perfect way to end it… And then they ruined everything with “Life After Death” (don’t see it).
I don’t think I’m alone when I say I wasn’t 100% sold on Community when it first started airing. So why did I keep watching? Several reasons, but mainly because I’m a fan of The Soup and Joel McHale. Since their start, they’ve done a few Halloween episodes, all of which are pretty hilarious. The costumes, the plotlines, the one-liners… it’s all good. Which special is my favorite?… Let’s go with “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” (Ep 5 from Season 3). Follow Britta as she makes everyone in the study group tell a scary story. Why is she making everyone does this? She’s pretty sure one of them is a psychopath. You know, that ol’ chestnut.
I don’t think I can get away with listing off television Halloween episodes without mentioning The Simpsons. Okay, I could, but I just wouldn’t feel right about it. The Treehouse of Horror specials are one of my favorite things about about this time of the year. Can’t say that for any other show, can you? As of this year, they have done 26 specials. How can I highlight just one? I guess I do annoy anyone that mentions The Shining by referring to it as “The Shinning” more than I care to admit… Sure, why not? “Treehouse of Horror V” is what I’m going with, which features these stories: “The Shinning”, “Time & Punishment” (toaster time machine), and “Nightmare Cafeteria” (cannibal teachers).