Halloween is just around the corner, which means everyone is digging around to find the perfect party playlist, both musically and visually. Rather than focus on movies, though, this time, we’re celebrating some of those great Halloween-centric television episodes from autumn’s past. Joining us on our little trick-or-treat romp down memory lane is none other than Deceased frontman King Fowley, whose knowledge of horror (and metal, and pop culture) rivals that of any given mainstream critic.
So sit down, grab some candy corn or your tooth-drilling snack of choice, and allow Uncle Kingy mesmerize you with some of his favorite Halloween television specials!
- “Happy Days” – ‘Haunted’ (1974) – Richie Cunningham is asked to see if the old Simpson place is a good spot for a Halloween party. The legend of the old lady gets to him and his mind plays tricks. Fonzie bobs for apples without getting his mask wet. Ralph Malph makes a great Alfred Hitchcock and the coffin full of food is spectacular. Great Halloween TV episode and really my all-time fave for many reasons. What a finale!!!
- “CHiPs” – ‘Rock Devil Rock’ (1982) – CHiPs pulls out all the Halloween gadgets in this one. Elvira pops up (and out) throughout, and of course Ponch tries like hell to put the schmooze on her. And a rock singer named Moloch played by Donny “Ralph Malph” Most in KISS-ish make-up is being tormented by his own heavy metal music. Or is he? 666 stupid mania!!! Super classic!!! Devil take me!!! Peter “Hollywood Squares” plays a shady manager too!! Excellent!
- “Happy Days” – ‘The Evil Eye’ (1978) – Al Delvecchio, owner of Arnold’s, has a curse on him. A creepy old lady from a family his family fought like the Hatfields and McCoys growing up has put it there, and he can’t shake it off. The gang decides to exorcise the curse from him, and all hell breaks loose in the house. Hilarious episode that even sneaks in the Fonzie doll so popular in the 70’s!
- “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” – ‘Halloween Special’ (1977) – Old Lady Blackwell is a mean old lady the gang is sure of it. They’re too scared to trick-or-treat on her spooky porch. But Fat Albert starts figuring out that this might be more in their minds than actual fact. It all turns out fine in the end, and she’s the sweetest old lady ever. “Hey, hey, hey! That lady’s okay,” Albert tells us. Another life-lesson learned, thanks to the gang. Excellent episode and Fat Albert even wears a super-hero cape!!! Classic!
- “King of Queens” – ‘Ticker Treat’ (2001) – Doug buys the pumpkin and candy for Halloween this year for a change. He takes it home, and Arthur, his father-in-law who lives in his basement, smashes it all to the ground, forbidding Halloween in the house. Well, it’s Doug’s house and he wants it to be known. He buys more stuff, including decorations, and hangs them around the house. He surprises Arthur with them, and Arthur responds to the hanging ghost on the ceiling with a cringing scream, going into a possible heart attack. Doug finds out that Arthur, as a child, was forced to trick-or-treat for hours for pennies and candy for his broke family. Hilarious dialogue in this one, some lemon ice, and a monkey with a moustache, too! A more modern Halloween TV classic than my other 4 picks, but indeed still kick f***ing ass.
What are your favorite Halloween television show episodes?
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