Halloween is coming in a bit more than a week, with all the creepy-crawly, pumpkin-fueled, Darkness ruled, feel-good wackiness that it implies. Including the only legitimate excuse each year to be even weirder and/or childish than you usually are. And if you’re usually not, you should at least try it on this special day. Go on, live a little. No, that’s not right, because it’s an evening to celebrate the dead. Well, technically the undead so… un-die a little? Anyway, you get the point. Let your hair down, or your mummy bandages if that applies and enjoy the many treats this night has to offer (get it? treats? as in trick or treats? … I know, it’s a lame pun, but I’m, thankfully, not a stand-up comedian…).
You can either go out to a dress-up party and proceed to get hammered and lascivious in the usual manner (just be careful with the last part; wearing a costume does not pardon you for being a creep… argh! you know what I mean! as in being “libidinous”). Or you could go trick or treating, nurturing your inner child if you’re so inclined. Or you could go to a dress up party (wink! wink!). Or you could enjoy a nice stroll in the totally deserted freaky don’t-go-in-there-alone forest nearby. Or you could have a nice wholesome dinner with relatives or just your better half.
If you happen to pick the last one (or maybe even have a nice wholesome dinner AND dress-up party with relatives and/or your clearly better half!), you might also enjoy a chill hour or so by sitting down to watch something on TV. And worry not, there’s no end of good TV shows you can satisfy your craving with. But what’s more, many shows invested time and effort into this holiday and put out some really good specials featuring it.
So, here’s 7 good Halloween specials to see while you’re munching on those goodies you earned while trick or treating at the dress-up party held in the deserted forest that you invited your relatives and/or person that makes your worthless existence have a justification to.
The series made a Halloween Special named “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester”. In it Sam and Dean manage to keep the dry humour of the series alive and well, despite battling an order of witches that are trying to summon Samahain, who in turn can raise all evil beings. Pretty tall order on a Halloween night, when you should be having fun.
What more could you want than a Halloween party held at the Angel Investigations firm, to which all the protagonists are invited. Also Lorne doesn’t get enough sleep preparing for the firm’s Halloween Party, which leads to everyone doing what he tells them. Things get pretty out of hand, so their only hope is to put Lorne to sleep. The episode is called “Life of the Party”.
3. Modern Family
Each family member gets a role to play from Claire, as she and Phil give their best to make the Dunphy house as Halloweeny as possible, probably because they themselves enjoy the holiday more than the children. The simply named episode “Halloween” manages to convey their just as simple and pure joy to audiences.
In “The One With The Halloween Party”, there are several things happening due to Chandler and Monica hosting a Halloween dress-up party. One of which is Phoebe using said party to make a deal with Ursula: Ursula gets invited to the party if Ursula invites Phoebe to Ursula’s wedding, where Phoebe hopes to interact with her crush… Ursula’s fiance Eric. Also featuring a memorable Ross in a Spud-nik costume.
5. American Horror Story
For a series in which each season is a mini-series focusing on a set of characters in a given time, it should be expected that they kept their creativity when writing the episodes “Halloween” Part 1 and Part 2. Plus, as the title contains a bit of a hint (HORROR), it’s reasonably safe to assume you’ll be a tad afraid when watching these episodes.
6. How I Met Your Mother
Back to comedy, the “Slutty Pumpkin” Halloween themed episode of this series has a great premise, which allows the viewers to enjoy a combination of laughs amid an “awww, isn’t that sweet” vibe. Because the premise is that Ted goes to a party on the roof of his apartment house each year, despite it being lame (and despite an invitation from Barney to take him to a Victoria’s Secret Party this particular year), in hopes of meeting a beautiful woman dressed as a Pumpkin that he saw years ago at the same party.
“Halloween/Ellie” manages to show-case one of the series strong-points, namely the back and forth crossing between hilarious moments and serious ones, as in it Louie takes the kids trick or treating. But amid the good-time they’re trying to have, they run into some bad guys in the street which leads to Louie having to protect his children on the night that they were supposed to just have fun together.