9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:37 am,

TV EPISODES/SPECIALS

The Simpsons, Episode #64: “Treehouse of Horror III”

Homor Simpson in Treehouse of Horror III 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

Few things are more difficult than choosing your favorite episode of The Simpsons, at least in my opinion. Alas, one of those things is choosing your favorite Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons. While I adore Treehouse of Horror II (“Lisa’s Nightmare,” “Bart’s Nightmare,” and “Homer’s Nightmare”), Treehouse of Horror IV (“The Devil and Homer Simpson,” “Terror at 5 1/2 Feet,” and “Bart Simpson’s Dracula”), as well as Treehouse of Horror V (“The Shinning,” “Time and Punishment,” and “Nightmare Cafeteria”), I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Treehouse of Horror III.

Each story in this anthology is told by one of the Simpsons at Bart and Lisa’s Halloween party. “Clown Without Pity,” as told by Grandpa Simpson, is about a Krusty the Klown doll that relentlessly tries to kill Homer, a la Chucky. “King Homer,” as told by Marge Simpson, is basically King Kong if all the characters were replaced by Simpsons characters (You can probably guess who Homer plays). Last, “Dial ‘Z’ for Zombies,” as told by Bart Simpson (in an Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange costume), is about Bart and Lisa accidentally raising the dead and having to deal with the undead consequences.

Of those three, my favorite is “Zombies,” and here’s one of a million reasons why:

Frankly, if that clip doesn’t warm the cockles of your heart with all sorts of Halloween spirit, I don’t know what will.

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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Linus in Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

I’m pretty sure it’s illegal in 40 of the 48 Continental United States to leave It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! off of any “Best” list pertaining to Halloween episodes or specials – so here it is! Front and center!

Needless to say, The Great Pumpkin is a classic for a reason — one that has been beloved for decades and will likely go on being beloved for many to come. Like its Christmas counterpart, no Halloween is truly complete without at least a single viewing.

The bulk of the story sees the typically wise Linus van Pelt faithfully awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin — basically the Halloween equivalent of Santa Claus — at the town pumpkin patch the night of Halloween. None of Linus’ friends believe him and they tend to mock his insistence that the Great Pumpkin exists. Hence Linus utters the famous line: “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”

I remember watching this as a kid and always wishing there were a Halloween equivalent of Santa. But maybe, instead of just bringing toys like Santa does, he’d scare the crap out of you in really strange and disturbing ways – like a sanctioned version of Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Check out a clip below of Charlie Brown getting nothing but rocks whilst trick-or-treating:

Apparently, seeing Charlie Brown receive rock after rock after rock instead of candy affected viewers so much that they actually sent bags and boxes of candy to Charles Schulz “just for Charlie Brown.” Which is kind of ironic, considering Charlie Brown, sort of like the Great Pumpkin, is a fictional being.

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Boo to You, Too! Winnie the Pooh

Boo to You Winnie the Pooh 9 Videogames, TV Shows & Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit

I’m sure many of you are wondering why Boo to You, Too! Winnie the Pooh – the Pooh Halloween special that aired on CBS in 1996 - is on this list of TV episodes/specials to get you in the mood for Halloween. Well, if that is indeed the case, I submit that you, sir or madam, have never actually seen Boo to You, Too! Winnie the Pooh. Because if you had, you’d know that Boo to You is positively dripping with enjoyably spooky atmosphere, creativity, and a childlike whimsy found in few fictional tales involving October 31st. Isn’t that what Halloween is all about?

Here’s the opening voiceover, narrated by David Ogden Stiers, to give you an idea of the tone:

“Once each year, as October breezes bluster, there comes a most particular and most peculiar night. An anxious sort of night, when the dark grows a little more so. A jittery sort of night, where nothing is quite as it was. A night called — Halloween.”

Also, check out one of the musical clips below:

Briefly, the plot of Boo to You follows the various Pooh characters as they try to help Piglet overcome his overwhelming fear of Halloween. Boo to You, Too! Winnie the Pooh is to Halloween what Mickey’s Christmas Carol is to Christmas, in my opinion. Yeah, it’s that good.

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Honorable Mentions:

  • Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  • Supernatural: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester”
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “Halloween”
  • The Cosby Show: “Halloween”
  • Roseanne: “BOO!”
  • The Adventures of Pete and Pete: “Halloweenie”
  • My So-Called Life: “Halloween”
  • South Park: “Pink-Eye”
  • DuckTales: “Ducky Horror Picture Show”
  • Community: “Introduction to Statistics,” “Epidemiology”

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Continue reading for our movie choices to put you in the Halloween spirit…

 

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TAGS: silent hill 2, the monster squad, the simpsons, winnie the pooh

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  1. Halloween… Love that movie so much!

  2. I fully agree with you on the Silent Hill franchise. Even with its pixelated PS1 graphics, the first Silent Hill is and will forever be my favorite one.

    But, for people who didn’t play the first one, SH2 is a very good game, and it has the updated PS2 graphics.

    After that intensely sad and extremely gripping scene with Mary, I had to pause the game and reflect. I never felt such sadness while playing a game… and I don’t think I will again. It felt like much more than a game at that point.

    Walking out of the building, alone, only magnified how powerful and sad that scene was.

    • Correction: I meant Maria.

  3. My Halloween can’t start without a little Nightmare Before Christmas and Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  4. Great write-up and awesome ideas for the rest of the month.

  5. Trick R Treat is a great Halloween movie, I always pop in House of 1,000 Corpses and Dead Set as well.

  6. My favorite Halloween episode for a TV series is and always will be the ‘Boy Meets World’ episode!

  7. No Walking Dead? Kind of surprised.

    • What would the Halloween episode be? All of them?

  8. Nightmare before christmas doesn’t even get an honorable mention WTF?!?!?

    • It’s a Christmas movie…

    • It’s difficult because Halloween ends in the beginning, and the rest builds up to Christmas…

      • That’s a pretty valid point. But I think it should of atleast gotten an honorable mention since the atmosphere is mainly Halloween

  9. No Dead Space on the video game list? Are you kidding?!?!?!???

    • I like it, but sci-fi horror akin to Event Horizon doesn’t really scream “Halloween” to me. But then, that’s just me.

  10. No “The Fog”!!!!!! It was all Irish tv would show on Halloween besides ‘Halloween’ for a good portion of my childhood!

  11. For television right now the Walking Dead and American Horror Story work pretty well. As for movies I always remember the original Night of the Living Dead playing somewhere on TV every Halloween. The Exorcist or Poltergeist are also great classics that can get you in the spirit of Halloween, no pun intended….

  12. I’m a huge Halloween enthusiast and love all the TV specials. In fact, my wife and I were married on Oct. 30 (mainly because the 31st would have been on Sunday). I didn’t even have to watch the Simpson’s clip to know what it was. That is a sign of a great Halloween TV special. I agree with your Treehouse of Horror choice and the Great Pumpkin. I enjoy a good horror movie, but I like comedy more. Therefore, Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, and Evil Dead 2 would have topped my movie list. The only horror themed video games that I can think of are Castlevania on Ninetendo, Resident Evil on Playstation, and Left 4 Dead on Xbox360. Each of those is from a different decade of my life.

  13. Simpsons halloween episodes are the best!!

  14. I loved this article…great idea! As far as movies go i always will watch halloween when one of the networks eventually put it on but more recently ive found myself watching the first paranormal activity around the day…but its not halloween without a costume party with friends and a simpsons treehouse of horror, which were almost always my favorite episodes of there respective seasons growing up….even now when i dont watch the show as often as i used to, i still ALWAYS dvr the treehouse of horror episode.

    • Thanks, Kyak!

  15. Im glad zombies ate my neighbors made the list. Stil have it for SNES

  16. I used to love when Halloween fell on a weekend. Especially Saturdays. We would spend then day watching Halloween, Friday the 13th and Elm Street then go trick or treating and come home and watch the various sequels. And I love how you talk about the atmosphere of Halloween in the article. The falling and changing leaves, a fire burning off in the distance and the crisp air always get me in the spirit. It’s a big reason why I love living in New England this time of year.

    • Totally agreed. It’s actually kind of depressing when Halloween falls on, say, a Monday, like this year.

  17. I’m pretty sure silent hill 2 will forever be on these types of list, and for good reason. i don’t think I’ve ever played a game that does such a disturbingly good job and not only screwing with your mind, but your heart as well.

  18. No Amnesia: The Dark Descent for the video game list?

    • I’ve heard it’s good, but haven’t played it. Keep in mind — this is a list of 9 videogames, movies, tv shows to get you in the mood for Halloween. That doesn’t mean they’re the ONLY videogames, movies, shows, and that doesn’t mean there aren’t equally good videogames, movies, shows out there as well. This is NOT a best list.

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    it seems ass though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw aweay yoour intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving
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