With the best day of the year right around the corner, getting into the Halloween spirit is as important as ever. One of the easiest ways to do that is by watching the spooky specials of your favorite shows. VALLEY has your ultimate guide right here, so grab your favorite pumpkin-flavored drink and get streaming!
Stranger Things – “Trick or Treat, Freak” (2×02)
One of VALLEY’s favorite shows to watch in the fall, this episode provides all of the eerie vibes needed for the season. Determined to move on from his experience in the Upside Down, Will and the gang dress up as the Ghostbuster crew. As they trick-or-treat around the neighborhood, it quickly becomes apparent that Will’s connection with the Upside Down is still strong.
The Office – “Halloween” (2×05)
While the staff of Dunder Mifflin prepares for the holiday, Michael has to face the haunting task of firing someone after procrastinating Jan’s orders earlier in the month. Jim and Pam’s prank on Dwight nearly backfires, and the laid-off employee seeks revenge. With great costumes and classic one-liners, this episode is one of the best Halloween-themed in the series.
Bob’s Burgers – “Full Bars” (3×02)
The Belcher kids make their way to the “rich neighborhood” nearby to score some premium candy while trick-or-treating unsupervised for the first time. Their plan for making the most of Halloween soon takes a wrong turn as they encounter bothersome teens. Meanwhile, Bob is held hostage at a Halloween party turned murder mystery when one of the party-goers is found dead. While it is the first holiday-themed episode in the series, this gem doesn’t disappoint.
Friends – “The One with the Halloween Party” (8×06)
While airing later in the show, this episode certainly brings the best of Halloween to each character. From Ross’s “Spud-nik” costume to the appearance of Phoebe’s evil twin, this episode will surely get you in the Halloween spirit.
Criminal Minds – “About Face” (3×06)
Although this episode is on the less-graphic side for the show, they certainly deliver on the creepy side. This episode brings the BAU team to Dallas where women are being bombarded by “missing” flyers with their own faces on them. Halloween is seen throughout the episode, with Spencer in a Frankenstein mask and many external festivities while the team works the case.
Parks and Recreation – “Greg Pikitis” (2×07)
Determined to get in front of the annual vandalization, Leslie recruits Andy and her boyfriend, Dave to stop local menace Greg Pikitis from striking again. Meanwhile, Anne tries to throw a Halloween party and hits some bumps in the road. This is one of many Halloween-themed episodes in the series and is considered a fan-favorite for a reason!
Glee – “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” (2×05)
Showcasing their spins on the fan-favorite Rocky Horror Picture Show, this episode is one of Glee’s best. Stunning vocals, extravagant costumes, and melodies that get stuck in your head are packed into this episode. And who doesn’t love a cameo from John Stamos?
New Girl – “Halloween” (2×06)
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Brooklyn 99 – “Halloween” (1×06)
Brooklyn 99 has more than a few Halloween-centered episodes, but you can’t go wrong with the first of the series. As all fans know, this episode started the hilarious and iconic Halloween Heists. Jake recruits everyone to help him steal Holt’s beloved Medal of Valor from his office. This episode is a great starting point for more elaborate pranks every year.
Grey’s Anatomy – “Haunt You Every Day” (4×05)
Halloween plays a central role in the doctor’s lives in this spooky episode. Meredith is convinced her mother’s ashes are haunting her and brings them to the hospital for help. The patients are wrapped up in the Halloween spirit as well, with messy injuries from the annual pumpkin carving contest to a man convinced his foot isn’t his own. The episode even features a young Dylan Minnette, who later would star in 13 Reasons Why and the band Wallows.