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13 Halloween Episodes of Popular TV Sitcoms

Updated on October 20, 2014

Around holidays a natural happiness starts to show up in people.With the additional nostalgia that comes with the traditions of celebration we hold onto the expectation that things will be the same as memory tells us it was. To help the process along television is always there to remind us of the joys of celebration. Around Halloween time TV shows and sitcoms are filled with ghosts, witches, pranks, and costumes all served with a side of goofy - and worth the watch!

The list here come spooked to the cauldron's brim with 13 (because, scary number, right?) of the most popular sitcoms from the last 50 years and their Halloween episodes. Enjoy the videos included for a fun way to spend the days leading up to that ever so spooky Halloween night!

I Love Lucy - Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her

Have you ever become so involved in a fictional narrative that everything in reality begins to seem suspicious and cause occasional moments of paranoia? Say you are binge watching the TV show Scandal and suddenly everyone you meet has an ulterior motive. Even your spouse of years can seem suspicious or dangerous. When Lucy begins reading a popular murder novel her imagination takes over and she suspects Ricky of plotting her murder, and like always Lucy gets herself into a big misunderstanding. With the help of Ethel, she reads Ricky's every move waiting for him to strike.

Season 1, Episode 4

NewsRadio - Halloween

Work parties are the best parties, and costume parties at Halloween time are even better! Okay, maybe I'm being a little facetious, but then you've never been to a Mr. James Halloween party. Every year Mr. James throws his annual Halloween company party and every year the WNYX crew does as little as possible to join in the fun and games of costuming, ruining it for the party-goers. But this year when he doesn't invite them, Dave tries his best to get the staff into the Halloween spirit by wearing "the most outrageous costume ever".

Season 3, Episode 5

Night Court - Death Takes a Halloween

How do you feel about spending an hour in a courtroom scattered with the general group of oddballs, eccentrics and rule-breakers of the night? Sure? What if it was Halloween and the next defendant is the Spirit of Death? The Night Court gang gets a primary view when the court is faced with a defendant claiming to be the Angel of Death who demands to be released, but when Harry holds him in contempt of court strange things begins to happen around the city. Is it all coincidence, or do they really have death in a cell?

Season 8, Episode 5

Laverne & Shirley - Haunted House

Do you ever think about the life your used belongings have lived? What if the meaningful items hold onto memories of the owners, or worse the owners hold onto the items... after death. Laverne and Shirley are about to find out! In their search for new couch the kooky roommates happen upon a used furniture sale nearby. But, according to Shirley the house is haunted and, by association, so is the furniture. With Lenny and Squiggy tagging along, the girls go to investigate the prospects and find Shirley might be right.

Season 2, Episode 21

3rd Rock from the Sun - Dial M for Dick

You know what is even more fun than reading a murder-mystery novel? Participating in a murder mystery weekend! An experience popular around Halloween time, playing out a live action version of the board game 'Clue' is an exciting way to spend a weekend for many amateur sleuths and history buffs. But if you happen to be an extra-terrestrial family who cannot get a grip for human socialization this might not be an ideal vacation. When the Solomon family unknowingly accepts an invitation to a murder-mystery weekend they mistakenly take the theatrics as real and try to find a real murderer in a house full of actors.

Season 5 Episode 4

Roseanne - Boo!

S2 Ep7 - Boo!

Family always has your back when it comes to good old fashioned scare tactics. They know your inner most fears and how to plan accordingly at Halloween to exploit them. For Roseanne and her family the will to out-do each other makes for a fun filled Halloween of pranks and horror. In between preparing the festivities for Halloween night and terrorizing their children with gory practical jokes, Roseanne and Dan trade try to create the ultimate scare on the other with back and forth tricks and treats, and the kids get ready for a teen-aged Halloween.

Season 2, Episode 7

Will & Grace - Boo! Humbug

You know the tale of "A Christmas Carol", right? The story of the grouchy miser Ebenezer Scrooge who takes no joy or spirit in Christmas. Well then, I'd like you to meet Will and Grace, two Halloween misers who don't believe in Halloween because, after all, it's kid's stuff. They prefer to hide away from all the nonsense and binge by the TV. Just as they are preparing to spend Halloween night perfecting the "Scrooge" method two costumed children are unexpectedly dropped into their laps and the duo are forced to play hosts and entertainers on Halloween night.

Season 1, Episode 5

The Drew Carey Show - It's Halloween, Dummy!

Have you ever tried so hard to make a great impression only to have it blow up in your face? What if that person was your new boss and held your future in his hands? Hint #1: It's best not to murder them in the process. When Drew and the crew get a new boss everyone tries to weasel their way onto his radar, but Drew instantly catches his eye. To impress the boss he throws the annual Halloween charity party to great success, but death lurks in the corner for one party-goer.

Season 7, Episode 7

Cheers - House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick

What is the oldest scary story in the history of scary stories? A ghost story! And where do ghosts reside? Haunted houses! When Carla buys a new house like most people she's excited about the new property, but when she discovers the land was previously a 17th century graveyard her excitement turn to fear. In her terror she opts to have Cliff spend the night with her, for as much protection as he can provide in a possibly haunted house. Will her first night there be her last, or is it all in her imagination?

Season 5, Episode 5

Friends - The One with the Halloween Party

A Fluffy pig, howdy doodie, two superheroes, and a Chandler plan a Halloween party and of course a friends-war breaks out. Because on Halloween it's all about who has the absolute best costume, right? And if you know your costume is silly you'll fight to the end to prove it's not! Or, at least that's what these cohabitants of Central Perk do. With Rachel handing out candy trick-or-treaters, Ross and Chandler competing for best of the worst costume, and Phoebe marking odds with her twin sister the quirks and disagreements of the friends come out like a family at Thanksgiving.

Season 8, Episode 6

**I realize the video has chipmunk voices, but it makes it a bit more interesting, right?

Family Matters - Stevil

What do your toys do when you're not around? It's a question that has long been contemplated and explored by film and television. Do they have lives of their own? What if they made their presence known to humans. These are questions answered in this part one Halloween episode of Family Matters. As an additional hobby Steve takes up ventriloquism to no appreciation from the Winslow family. When his twin dummy comes to life Steve comes face to face with the night of the living doll and the walking toy terrorizes the family.

Season 8, Episode 7

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Hex and the Single Guy

This is a story all about how bungee jumping accidents lead to a spooky séance and curses, on Halloween. Hilary can't move on after her fiancé falls to his death during an epic marriage proposal so, she plans to contact him with the help of a psychic and daddy's wallet. Even though the family thinks the whole thing is nonsense the play along to aid in her grieving. During the séance Will's goofiness and inability to be serious angers the psychic and in retaliation puts a curse on Will that causes terrible things to happen to the family.

Season 4, Episode 7

Home Improvement - I give you 7 episodes!

There were too many Halloween episodes from this perfect family sitcom to not include them all here. Out of their 8 seasons the Taylor family celebrated 7 Halloweens with viewers that included haunted houses, obsessive Tool Time fans, family pranks, Halloween parties, and horror films. All of the episodes satisfy the spooky need of the season, of course, there are plenty of family values and life lessons included in the Home Improvement seasonal horror.

Most of these are on Youtube for you to view.

Season 2 Episode 6 - Haunting of Taylor House

Season 3 Episode 6 - Crazy for You

Season 4 Episode 5 - Borland Ambition

Season 5 Episode 6 - Let them Eat Cake

Season 6 Episode 7 - I Was a Teenage Taylor

Season 7 Episode 5 - A Night to Dismember

Season 8 Episode 6 - Bewitched


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever angle for an article. I like your creativity here.