11 spooky Halloween episodes of classic shows
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Everyone loves candy, but plastic pumpkins filled with Snickers bars are not the only reason to cherish the Halloween season. The holiday has also inspired hours of classic television specials.
October would not be complete without a viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Regular TV series often get into the Halloween spirit, too.
Costume departments love to dream up clever outfits for favorite characters. Often, the Halloween episodes rank as some of the best of a series. The joy of the holiday seems to bring out the best. Sitcoms especially enjoy the tricks and treats, but dramas get in the act as well.
1. The Andy Griffith Show "The Haunted House"
Original air date: October 7, 1963
2. The Beverly Hillbillies "Trick or Treat"
Origianl air date: October 31, 1963
3. The Brady Bunch "Fright Night"
Original air date: October 27, 1972
The boys decide to prank the girls and trick them into thinking there are ghosts in the attic. But the girls think it's time for a little payback. Meanwhile, Carol is sculpting a bust of Mike's head for an art class.
4. Cheers "Fairy Tales Can Come True"
Original air date: October 25, 1984
5. CHiPs "Trick or Trick"
Original air date: October 21, 1978
6. Gilligan's Island "Ghost a Go-Go"
Original air date: March 24, 1966
Look, it's Richard Kiel! The man who played James Bond baddie Jaws pops up on the island and scares the SS Minnow castaways. We also learn a bit about the Professor's skill set. "Fortunately, I happen to know something about the construction of mannequins," he says. That's not a standard part of the skill set of a botanist who teaches high school, but okay!
7. Happy Days "Haunted"
Original air date: October 29, 1974
8. Laverne & Shirley "Haunted House"
Original air date: March 22, 1977
Laverne and Shirley and Lenny and Squiggy head to a supposedly haunted Ramsdale Manor for a couch. Shirley warns, "Beware the legend of the Ramsdale Hairy Thing!"
9. M*A*S*H "Trick or Treatment"
Original air date: November 1, 1982
10. Perry Mason "The Case of the Dodging Domino"
Original air date: November 1, 1962
The wonderful Ellen Burstyn is in the horror hall of fame for her role in The Exorcist, a genuinely disturbing film. A young Burstyn plays a part in this Halloween mystery, too. Saying any more might give away whodunnit!
11. Star Trek "Catspaw"
Original air date: October 27, 1967
With a character named Bones, Star Trek seemed obligated to do a Halloween episode. Sure enough, as Dr. McCoy explains, this lighter entry into the canon features "Three witches... what appears to be a castle, and a black cat."