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TV Best Halloween Episodes

Halloween Binge Guide: 10 TV Classics From Buffy, The Office, Friends and More — Plus, Where to Stream Them

Horror movies may be all the rage on Halloween, but what about all those gems hiding out on the small screen?

Countless new Halloween-themed TV episodes are cranked out every year, and thanks to the magic of streaming services, we can revisit our favorites from days gone by — because we all know that nothing pairs better with candy corn than a side of nostalgia.

To that end, Team TVLine rounded up 10 classic Halloween episodes that we find ourselves replaying year after year. And not to pat ourselves on the back (too hard), but we went pretty far back into the vault for some of these, including one from (gasp!) 1974.

Whether you prefer dramatic tricks or comedic treats, we think we’ve curated a pretty mixed bag for you, ranging from The Office‘s holiday party gone wrong to Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s costume party gone… well, also wrong. (Look, a lot of things can go wrong on Halloween, OK?)

Click through our gallery of Halloween TV classics, then drop a comment with your own: Which episodes would you add to the list?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. SJ says:

    Actually, Ross dressed up as Holiday Armadillo in season 7, a year *after* “Spudnik”.

  2. Steven says:

    As for Buffy I prefer Season 4’s Fear Itself. If only for Anya’s bunny costume!

  3. Cas says:

    Good choice for Buffy!!

  4. Linda says:

    I assume you didn’t include any of Roseanne’s because they aren’t streaming anywhere??! Nice notable mentions to Charmed and Supernatural

  5. Stacy says:

    You couldn’t have more perfect timing! My sister just informed me we need to do something “Halloween-y” this year and she wants to watch Halloween episodes of Sabrina. Guess I’m signing up for Hulu.

  6. angelsteph says:

    That’s a tiny Emily Osment in the Friends episode! :-)

  7. misery chick says:


  8. JC says:

    It is probably too current and not highly watched, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine (fantastic show btw :P) with their Halloween Heist episodes each year have been so so funny, entertaining and crazy!

  9. Writerpatrick says:

    I’m more interested in the stand-alone specials. Many of the shows I didn’t watch and have no interest in.

  10. Jim M. says:

    Woefully neglectful is this article about classic Halloween television, having forgotten episodes of The Addams Family, The Adventure of Ozzie and Harriet, Bewitched, Dennis the Menace, Lassie, Leave it to Beaver, and The Munsters, as well trick-or-treat episodes from more recent episodic TV such as Everybody Love Raymond, Frasier, Home Improvement, Last Man Standing, The Middle, The Nanny, and Roseanne.

    You should be aware Halloween-themed episodes from television series’ go further back than a few years.

  11. jimmo531 says:

    There was also a great Halloween episode (from October 1962; Season Three Episode Six) of the classic road drama series “Route 66” titled “Lizard’s Leg and Owlet’s Wing ” with guest stars Lon Chaney, Jr., Boris Karloff, and Peter Lore.

    And not to forget also an October 30, 1965 Halloween episode of “Shindig!” with Boris Karloff singing Bobby “Boris’ Pickett’s imitation of Karloff in “Monster Mash,” as well special guest star Ted “Lurch” Cassidy from the then-popular ABC horror satire sitcom “The Addams Family.”