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The Best Halloween Episodes In Sitcoms

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Did you feel that slight, cool breeze in the air? That means it's time to throw away our sunglasses and break out the flannel button-up because fall is coming and Halloween is right around the corner. And since we all know that Halloween isn't just a holiday, but rather a lifestyle, what better time than now to start binging our favorite Halloween episodes until pumpkin spice pumps through our veins. From wacky trick-or-treat mishaps to genuinely scary horror homages, there's nothing quite like a classic sitcom tackling Halloween in all its spooktacular glory.

This list of sitcom Halloween episodes will have your spine tingling because we're ranking the best Halloween TV episodes in order to determine once and for all who does the most important Holiday on the calendar best. So put the Jack o'lantern knife down, flip through the TV searching for reruns, and rank the most ghoulish Halloween episodes of the most devilishly spooky sitcoms.

  • The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror IV
    Photo: Fox

    In a series of shorts: Homer sells his soul for a doughnut, but seems happy with the deal; Bart sees a gremlin in classic Twilight Zone-style; Mr. Burns is a vampire and Bart falls victim to his bite.

    Memorable Quotes:

    Mr. Burns: Hmm... who's that goat-legged fellow? I like the cut of his jib.
    Smithers: Er, Prince of Darkness, sir. He's your eleven o'clock.

    Lionel Hutz: Mr. Simpson, don't you worry. I watched Matlock in a bar last night. The sound wassn't on, but I think I got the gist of it.

    Marge: Homer, we gotta do something. Today he's drinking people's blood, tomorrow he could be smoking!

    • Original Airing: Oct 28 1993
    • Season: The Simpsons -Season 5
    • Episode Number: 5
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  • Brooklynn Nine-Nine - Halloween III
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    The third installment of Captain Holt and Jake's Halloween heist, tied at one win apiece, enters a tie-breaking competition to claim the title of "amazing detective/genius." This year, Jake and Holt split the squad into two teams to help them win, both of them excluding Amy. Amy proves who the most "amazing detective/genius" really is, by winning the heist.

    Memorable Quotes:

    Terry Jeffords: You drank a soda? Not sure that's the worst thing in the world.
    Captain Ray Holt: It was the worst thing in the world. Worse than a fruit-forward Riesling. No, I'm not exaggerating.

    Charles: Well, I have exciting news. I found the perfect guy to set you up with.
    Gina: After zero consideration, I'm happy to say, "hard pass."

    Sergeant Jeffords: Is this meeting about something?
    Jake: It's about everything.

    • Original Airing: October 25, 2015
    • Season: Brooklynn Nine-Nine - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 5
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  • Greendale students, including Pierce, ingest a biohazardous substance at a Halloween party that turns them into zombies; some must save themselves and the school when they are locked in with infected students.

    Memorable Quotes:

    Annie: Guys? Shirley's costume is once again unintentionally ambiguous. I don't know who she's supposed to be, but she's definitely not Miss Piggy. Repeat: not Miss Piggy. You're on your own.

    Abed: Where's your costume?
    [We see Troy with his shirt off, wearing a toilet seat cover around his neck with "Dracula" written on it]
    Troy: Trying something new.
    Abed: But our costumes go together. If you're not who you are, then I'm just some guy in a spandex suit and a bike helmet.
    Troy: Well, I'm a sexy Dracula.
    Abed: You mean vampire.
    Troy: I don't need to know which Dracula to know I'm a Dracula. Nerd.

    • Original Airing: Oct 28 2010
    • Season: Community - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 6
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  • The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror X
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    In a series of shorts: Homer causes catastrophe at the nuclear plant; Bart and Lisa X-ray the Halloween candy; the family finishes Ned Flanders.

    Memorable Quotes:

    Comic Book Guy: Stop right there! I have the only working phaser ever built. It was fired only once to keep William Shatner from making another album.

    Homer: Lisa, I want you to remember me just as I am right now, filled with murderous rage.

    Lucy Lawless: I'll take you home.
    [Lucy flies, carrying Bart and Lisa]
    Lisa: Hey, Xena can't fly.
    Lucy Lawless: I told you, I'm not Xena. I'm Lucy Lawless.

    • Original Airing: Oct 31 1999
    • Season: The Simpsons -Season 11
    • Episode Number: 4
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