Halloween on the Screen!

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Television’s Five Best Halloween Episodes

Happy Halloween, guys!

I love Halloween.  When I was a kid Christmas was my favorite holiday, for obvious reasons.  Now, as an adult, I actually do like Halloween the most.  It’s not about candy, and I don’t even like being scared.  I like the costumes, and the transformation into something else for one night.  There’s something about Halloween that’s just magical, and without parental stress if I’m being honest.  🙂

I could have brought you a list of villains, or scary books.  I could have found a group of scary book covers.  Instead I thought it might be fun to change it up, and instead I’m going to tell you about the my favorite Halloween television episodes.  Halloween IS magic, and there’s something equally magical about Halloween TV.

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5. Saved by the Bell – Murder Mystery

Image Zack Morris meets Clue!  You have the French Maid, the odd butler, the detectives… and the crew trying to figure out who’s knocking people off.  Everyone was in rare form, with all their Bayside shenanigans!  It’s still remains one of my favorite Halloween-type episodes ever.  🙂

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4. Roseanne – Halloween IV

I know it seems odd to have Roseanne as my fourth for Halloween episodes, and I get it.  Roseanne was the queen of Halloween, and that show seemed to thrive on its Halloween episodes.  The truth is that I loved all of them, but it was Halloween IV that stands out the most.  There’s something about ‘The Ghost of Halloween’s Past, Present, and Future’ that always stood out for me.  It’s like the early version of The Nightmare Before Christmas, the marriage of both holidays.  Plus, Roseanne was just hilarious in this one, as was her entire family.

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3. Dawson’s Creek – The Scare

This was a tossup because I actually love both of Dawson’s Creek scary Halloween episodes.  The Scare, from season 1, was the more ‘slasher’ type story, with picking up the hitchhiker and the stalker ex husband, and the killer lurking outside threatening everyone.  It was actually pretty creepy, watching it in the dark.  My daughter loves it.  I love it.  It was well thought out, and hit all the right Halloween buttons.  (And yes, that is Scott Foley, who was not a regular character on the show.)

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2. Boy Meets World – And Then There Was Shawn

I love Boy Meets World’s scary episode.  It came out around the perfect time, when the world was watching Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  It was Corey and the gang in detention, with a crazy guy in a mask creeping around in the background.  It had the scary Halloween music, and the overly dramatized screamer expressions.  And it had the surprise ending, that after all these years is more humorous than it is shocking.  Somehow it all comes back to that love triangle; Corey, Shawn and Topanga.  😀
(It actually aired in February, for Valentines day.)

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1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Fear Itself

There was no way this list was ending any other way.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer made it’s mark in the scary, which is what made the ending of Fear Itself that much more memorable.  Buffy and the crew go to a Halloween Party only to get caught inside the old house while a demon is bringing out people’s fears.  They fight their way to where the demon is, only to find out that he’s only a few inches tall, easily squashed by Buffy’s foot.  It’s one of the most iconic Halloween episodes on television, and my all time favorite.

“Who’s a little fear demon?  Come on.  Who’s a little fear demon?”
“Don’t taunt the fear demon.”
“Why?  Can he hurt me?”
“No, it’s just tacky.”  – Xander and Giles

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I have ever intention of marathoning these episodes the weekend of Halloween and I’d love to add to my list.

Can you think of anything I missed?

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