by Jen Juneau ~ In celebration of the kookiness television has given us on this beautiful holiday, here are a few of my favorite Halloween television episodes of all time, presented in chronological order. For the full story, read here:
  1. Saved by the Bell, “Mystery Weekend” (1991)
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    The earliest episode on this list is technically not a “Halloween” one, per se, but it’s too amazing not to mention. In this iconic Clue-meets-Scooby-Doo-esque season-three finale, Zack and the gang visit a secluded mansion to take part in a mystery weekend. Of course, hijinks ensue along the way, as they always do when Screech is in the general vicinity. But it begs the question: Is it a normal thing for parents to let their teenagers go to a secluded murder mansion over the weekend?
  2. Family Matters, “Stevil” (1996)
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    If you were a fan of Chucky/the Child’s Play films or the “Night of the Living Dummy” Goosebumps books, the “Stevil” episode of Family Matters was right up your alley. In this episode that gave 11-year-old Jen nightmares for a month, Steve Urkel buys a ventriloquist dummy and then dreams that the thing comes alive and terrorizes everyone in the Winslow household. Um, can we all agree that buying a ventriloquist dummy is never a good idea? They always seem to come alive and try to kill people.
  3. Boy Meets World, “And Then There Was Shawn” (1998)
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    This is of the show’s best episodes of Boy Meets World period, and definitely its creepiest. As many Halloween-ish TV episodes are, this one is a dream sequence – specifically, Shawn’s. In it, Mr. Feeny is murdered—or is he? "ATTWS” pokes fun at horror tropes while bringing a ton of laughs, and even manages to teach us a lesson or two on how to face our inner demons by the time Shawn wakes up.
  4. Freaks and Geeks, “Tricks and Treats” (1999)
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    I love this episode because it captures the true spirit of experiencing Halloween as an American kid or teenager in the days when the entire day was about the holiday, you had to be extra creative to put costumes together, and the biggest thing you had to worry about on Halloween night was being egged.
  5. How I Met Your Mother, “Slutty Pumpkin” (2005)
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    This episode truly is great almost solely for Ted’s early character development. We see that he is a loyal, kind, and romantic protagonist, and it makes it almost impossible not to root for him. Also, Barney dressed like a penguin might be the best thing ever.
  6. Glee, “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” (2010)
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    When the students in the Glee Club at McKinley High are told they aren’t allowed to put on a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show because it’s too controversial, they decide to do it anyway, just for themselves. Finn and Rachel are the perfect Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, Kurt nails Riff Raff, and Mercedes as Dr. Frank-N-Furter singing “Sweet Transvestite” could be the standout performance of the episode – that is, if John Stamos’ rendition of “Hot Patootie” doesn’t snatch that title.