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The simpsons has been a Halloween staple for over 30 years now, ever since the everlasting animated series served up its first anthology episode “Treehouse of Horror” in its second season in 1990. Since then, fans have revisited these extra-ordinary episodes. specials again and again. each October has passed, with another being added to the tradition each year. Indeed, 2022 sees the start of Treehouse of Horror XXXIIIplus an additional bonus episode.
But if you’ve already exhausted your “Treehouse of Horror” review before the big day, you might be looking for some spooky new anime content to watch. In that case, let’s climb outside this much-visited treehouse and shine a light on some of the other great Halloween episodes in animated TV history, which sadly don’t get as much love as they do. deserve it because of The simpsons‘ stranglehold on the subgenre. As an added treat (no trick), we’ll even tell you where you can stream them.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Apple TV Plus)
Let’s kick things off with the most definitive animated Halloween special outside of Treehouse of Horrors. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, with its charming story of Linus being the only one of his friends who believes in the titular Halloween mascot, has been an October fixture for generations, since its first inception in 1966. And, yes, The simpsons also parodied this one, with Milhouse as Linus and the twist that the Great Pumpkin makes of it is real.
marvel’s What if…?: “What if… zombies?” (Disney+)
Before night werewolf landed in October, the zombie-themed episode of What if…? was the closest thing the MCU had to a Halloween special. As based on Marvel Zombies comic book series, this installment of the anthology series is set in a universe where only a few of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes survive in a world dominated by the undead. Marvel wins the competition for most OP-ed zombies, thanks to appearances from Zombie Scarlet Witch, Zombie Doctor Strange, and more.
Bob’s Burgers: “Full bars” (Hulu)
In Season 3‘s “Full Bars,” Louise’s Night, Tina and Gene promise to be the best Halloween ever when they’re allowed to do unsupervised trickery for the first time at King’s. Head Island, an upscale neighborhood where locals hand out full-sized treats. But things take a turn when the trio find themselves in the middle of the legendary Hell Hunt, an annual custom where mean teens target younger ones. Can the Belcher siblings escape without being bombarded by urine-filled water balloons?
BoJack Rider: “Mr. Peanutbutter Boos” (Netflix)
As the title suggests, this season five episode focuses on BoJack’s rival and friend, Mr. Peanutbutter, as the golden Labrador attends BoJack’s final Halloween party with his new girlfriend and ends up reminisce about past holidays, from the 1990s to the present day. In typical BH style, the episode is full of great laughs but also poignant themes as Peanutbutter reflects on the same mistakes he continues to make in his relationships.
Spectacular Spider-Man: “The Uncertainty Principle” (Netflix)
There have been many Spidey animated series, but fans largely agree that the infamously short-lived Spectacular Spider-Man is the best. And this high-stakes Halloween episode is a great example of that. Peter Parker’s attempts to attend a street party with his friends are thwarted when he engages in a final battle with the Green Goblin, finally learning his nemesis’ true identity in the process – and that is. a revelation that will surprise even hardcore fans.
Toy Story of Terror (Disney+)
toy story isn’t the first franchise you think of when it comes to Halloween, but Disney gave us this fun special in 2013 nonetheless. Toy Story 3, Toy Story of Terror sees the gang forced to spend the night in a creepy motel. When the toys start disappearing, it’s up to Woody, Buzz and Jessie (yes, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack reprising their roles) to uncover the dark secret at work in the motel. While not exactly scary, this is an underrated entry into the toy story saga.
Gravity Falls: “Summerween” (Disney Plus)
With its brilliant mix of sitcom laughs and supernatural shenanigans, Gravity Falls essentially serves up a “Treehouse of Horror” each week, so naturally, its dedicated Halloween episode is a winner. While celebrating Summerween (the people of Gravity Falls love Halloween so much they have it twice a year), Dipper and Mabel run into the Summerween Trickster, easily one of the scariest creatures in the series, thanks to its strange smiling mask and his child. – food trends.
Sponge Bob SquarePants: “Scaredy Pants/I was a teenager Gary” (Paramount Plus)
Spongebob has served up so many great Halloween episodes over the years, but his best is probably his very first which offers two of the most memorable Spongebob segments of its history. ‘Scaredy Pants’ sees SpongeBob and his friends take on the ghost of the Flying Dutchman, in his first appearance, while ‘I Was a Teenage Gary’ apes the werewolf B-movies as he sees the sponge turn into a weresnail . A shoutout also has to go to Season 3’s iconic “Graveyard Shift.”
Avatar: The Last Airbender: “The Puppeteer” (Paramount Plus)
“The Puppetmaster” is a fan-favorite episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender thanks to the fact that it’s easily one of the darkest offerings in the beloved series, essentially serving as a horror mini-movie. An episode focused on Katara, it sees Aang and his friends stumble upon a creepy village that has been home to mysterious disappearances. In terms of show lore, “The Puppetmaster” is notable for introducing the concept of bloodbending, which would become more prominent in The Legend of Korra.
Over the garden wall: “Into the Unknown” (Hulu)
Over the garden wall is a long (I say long, the entire show is about 100 minutes long) Halloween special, but the penultimate episode of the miniseries truly takes place on the night of October 31st. Typically, most anime shows use their Halloween episodes as an excuse to get weirder. But seeing how OtGW is still extra-weird this one actually goes more grounded as we finally find out about Wirt and Greg’s stories. If you like Halloween-themed animation and haven’t seen Over the garden wall yet, you must rectify this now.