List of Halloween television specials

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Children and family[edit]

Cartoon Network[edit]


Winnie the Pooh[edit]


Nickelodeon/Nick Jr.[edit]


  • Candy Bar Creep Show / Monster in the Garage (1992)
  • Ghost Story (1999)
  • Curse of the Werewuff (2002)

SpongeBob SquarePants[edit]

  • Scaredy Pants / I Was a Teenage Gary (1999)
  • Ghoul Fools (2011)
  • Don't Look Now / Seance Shmeance (2013)
  • The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom (2017)

The Wild Thornberrys[edit]

  • Blood Sisters (1998)
  • Spirited Away (2000)

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy![edit]

  • Monster Madness / The Last Leaf (2006)
  • The Ghost of Wuzzleburg / March of the Pumpkins (2008)


American drama[edit]

Desperate Housewives[edit]

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman[edit]


  • ER: "Ghosts" (1996)
  • ER: "Masquerade" (1998)
  • ER: "A Hopeless Wound" (2002)
  • ER: "Haunted" (2008)

Grey's Anatomy[edit]

Hart of Dixie[edit]


  • Lassie: "Trapped" (1958)
  • Lassie: "Wings of the Ghost" (1971)

Little House on the Prairie[edit]

Our House[edit]

St. Elsewhere[edit]



  • Chuck: "Chuck Versus the Sandworm" (2007) - Season 1, Episode 6
  • Chuck: "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror" (2010) - Season 4, Episode 6

The Dukes of Hazzard[edit]

The Fall Guy[edit]


Crime and mystery[edit]



  • CHiPs: "Trick or Trick" (1978)
  • CHiPs: "Rock Devil Rock" (1982)

The Commish[edit]

Criminal Minds[edit]

CSI (franchise)[edit]

Hawaii Five-0[edit]

Law & Order (franchise)[edit]

Murder, She Wrote[edit]

NCIS (franchise)[edit]

  • NCIS: "Witch Hunt" (2006)
  • NCIS: "Chimera" (2007)
  • NCIS: "Murder 2.0" (2008)
  • NCIS: "Code of Conduct" (2009)
  • NCIS: "Cracked" (2010)
  • NCIS: "Oil & Water" (2013)
  • NCIS: "Parental Guidance Suggested" (2014)
  • NCIS: New Orleans: "Master of Horror" (2014)
  • NCIS: "Viral" (2015)
  • NCIS: "Shell Game" (2016)

The Wild Wild West[edit]

Supernatural, fantasy and sci-fi[edit]

Amazing Stories[edit]

American Horror Story[edit]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[edit]

Ghost Hunters[edit]

Ghost Whisperer[edit]

The Greatest American Hero[edit]

Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories[edit]

Highway to Heaven[edit]

Knight Rider[edit]

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman[edit]

Night Man[edit]

Quantum Leap[edit]



  • Superboy: "Young Dracula" (1989) - Season 2, Episode 4
  • Superboy: "Run, Dracula, Run" (1990) - Season 2, Episode 16
  • Superboy: "The Haunting of Andy McAlister" (1990) - Season 2, Episode 22
  • Superboy: "Werewolf" (1991) - Season 3, Episode 19
  • Superboy: "Hell Breaks Loose" (1991) - Season 4, Episode 9

Tales from the Darkside[edit]

Touched by an Angel[edit]

Unsolved Mysteries[edit]

The Vampire Diaries[edit]

Wonder Woman[edit]

Teen drama[edit]


The TV channel Freeform (formerly ABC Family) annually presents their special "13 Nights of Halloween" with specialized Halloween episodes of regularly scheduled programs, as well as specified Halloween specials and movies to play for the 13 nights leading up to October 31.[2]

Beverly Hills, 90210[edit]

Dawson's Creek[edit]

Degrassi: The Next Generation[edit]

Gossip Girl[edit]

One Tree Hill[edit]

Pretty Little Liars[edit]


Teen and adult sitcoms[edit]

8 Simple Rules[edit]

According to Jim[edit]

The Addams Family[edit]


  • Alice: "Alice's Halloween Surprise" (1981)
  • Alice: "Space Sharples" (1984)

American Dad![edit]

American Housewife[edit]

Austin & Ally[edit]

The Beverly Hillbillies[edit]


The Big Bang Theory[edit]


Bob's Burgers[edit]

Boy Meets World[edit]

Brooklyn Nine-Nine[edit]


  • Cheers: "Fairy Tales Can Come True" (1984)
  • Cheers: "Diane's Nightmare" (1985)
  • Cheers: "House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick" (1986)
  • Cheers: "Bar Wars V: the Final Judgement" (1991)

The Cleveland Show[edit]


  • Clueless: "Making Up Is Hard to Do" (1996)
  • Clueless: "Trick or Treat" (1997)
  • Clueless: "Scream, Murray, Scream!"/"Scream Again, Murray, Scream Again!" (1998)


The Cosby Show[edit]

Dave's World[edit]

Dharma & Greg[edit]

Dr. Ken[edit]

  • Dr. Ken: "Halloween-Aversary" (2015)
  • Dr. Ken: "D.K.'s Korean Ghost Story" (2016)

The Drew Carey Show[edit]


  • Ellen: "Trick or Treat - Who Cares?" (1995)
  • Ellen: "The Bubble Gum Incident" (1996)

Family Guy[edit]

Family Matters[edit]


  • Frasier: "Halloween" (1997) - Season 5, Episode 3
  • Frasier: "Room Full of Heroes" (2001) - Season 9, Episode 6
  • Frasier: "Tales from the Crypt" (2002) - Season 10, Episode 5

Fresh Off the Boat[edit]

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air[edit]

Full House[edit]

George Lopez[edit]

Gilligan's Island[edit]

Girl Meets World[edit]


The Goldbergs[edit]

Growing Pains[edit]

Happy Days[edit]

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper[edit]

Home Improvement[edit]

The Honeymooners[edit]

Hope & Faith[edit]

How I Met Your Mother[edit]

The Hughleys[edit]

I Didn't Do It[edit]

In the House[edit]

The Jamie Foxx Show[edit]

Last Man Standing[edit]

Life with Bonnie[edit]

Living Single[edit]

Liv and Maddie[edit]

Malcolm in the Middle[edit]


  • Martin: "The Night He Came Home" (1992)
  • Martin: "Boo's in the House" (1996)

Melissa & Joey[edit]

The Middle[edit]

  • The Middle: "Halloween" (2010) - Season 2, Episode 6
  • The Middle: "Halloween II" (2011) - Season 3, Episode 6
  • The Middle: "Halloween III: The Driving" (2012) - Season 4, Episode 6
  • The Middle: "Halloween IV: The Ghost Story" (2013) - Season 5, Episode 5
  • The Middle: "Halloween V" (2014) - Season 6, Episode 5
  • The Middle: "Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death" (2015) - Season 7, Episode 6
  • The Middle: "Halloween VII: The Heckoning" (2016) - Season 8, Episode 3
  • The Middle: "Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery" (2017) – Season 9, Episode 4


  • Moesha: "Halloween: Part 1: Kim's Revenge" (1997)
  • Moesha: "The Nutty Moesha" (2000)

Modern Family[edit]

The Neighbors[edit]

New Girl[edit]

Night Court[edit]

The Office (US)[edit]

One on One[edit]

Parks and Recreation[edit]

Perfect Strangers[edit]

Power Rangers[edit]

Punky Brewster[edit]

Raising Hope[edit]

  • Raising Hope: "Happy Halloween" (2010) - Season 1, Episode 5
  • Raising Hope: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Me What to Do" (2012) - Season 3, Episode 5


  • Reba: "The Ghost and Mrs. H" (2003)
  • Reba: "Best Lil' Haunted House in Texas" (2005)


  • Rodney: "Halloween" (2004)
  • Rodney: "Halloween and Javier" (2005)


Sabrina the Teenage Witch[edit]

The Simpsons[edit]

South Park[edit]


Step by Step[edit]


That '70s Show[edit]

  • That '70s Show: "Halloween" (1999) - Season 2, Episode 5
  • That '70s Show: "Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die" (2000) - Season 3, Episode 4

Two Guys and a Girl[edit]

What I Like About You[edit]

Will & Grace[edit]

  • Will & Grace: "Boo! Humbug" (1998) - Season 1, Episode 5
  • Will & Grace: "It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (2002) - Season 5, Episode 5

Sketch and variety shows[edit]

British Halloween-themed TV[edit]

In the UK, Halloween has to compete with Bonfire Night, hence it is not as big as an occasion as in the United States. British Halloween-themed television programmes are few and far between.






Teen and adult sitcoms[edit]


All Saints (Australian medical drama)[edit]

America's Funniest Home Videos[edit]

The Canterville Ghost[edit]

The Canterville Ghost, based on the novel The Canterville Ghost, is a 1986 made-for-television film starring John Gielgud and Alyssa Milano.

The Halloween Tree[edit]

In 1993, Hanna-Barbera produced a made-for-television animated adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic novel of the same name. Featuring narration by the author himself, the movie explains some of the history of the holiday as experienced via an across-time adventure with a group of trick-or-treating kids. The hand-painted backgrounds, haunting music of John Debney, and Bradbury's narration elevate this to much more than a children's Halloween special.

The Midnight Hour[edit]

The Midnight Hour (also known as In the Midnight Hour) is a 1985 comedy/horror television movie which aired on ABC on Friday, November 1, 1985 at 9:00-11:00 PM EST and stars Shari Belafonte-Harper, LeVar Burton, Peter DeLuise, and Dedee Pfeiffer.


  • Neighbours vs Zombies (2014) was an online special split into five parts featuring some of Ramsay Street's well known faces returning from the dead as zombies.

Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979)[edit]

This 1979 television anthology Halloween special was hosted by Vincent Price. It featured the stories "The Ghost Belonged To Me," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and "The House With a Clock In Its Walls."

The Price Is Right[edit]

Starting in Season 36 (2007), when Drew Carey began hosting the show, each season of the popular US game show has featured a full Halloween episode, with the host, announcer, models, set, and Showcases decorated for this holiday.

The Season 36 and 37 episodes featured models in costume during all One Bids and prize presentations (in 2008, models presented cars as police officers and carhops), and monster-themed Showcases. Drew Carey has appeared with fake fangs (2007) and a hatchet (2008), and Rich Fields appeared as Zorro in 2008.

The Season 38 episode featured contestants and the show's host, announcer, and models in costume (traditionally prohibited), and debuted the annual Halloween theme, with the show's game props being the theme. The entire set was decorated for the holiday, with many of the set's changes in 2009 playing key roles. A "haunting" arrangement of the show's theme was played during the introductions, Carey introduced by his costume, and Halloween-themed decorations around the set, including appropriate colors replacing the show's usual colors. The new Showcase podiums were covered with tombstones featuring a door that opened to unveil the price (without the prize description screen), with different fonts used for both Grocery Game price cards and the Showcase video screen. Also, the traditional buzzer and losing horns (except in Plinko) were replaced with screams.

The following was how the show's major figures were dressed:[3]

  • Drew Carey: Cliff Hangers mountain climber
  • Rich Fields: Showcase Showdown wheel
  • Lanisha Cole: Grocery Game cash register
  • Amber Lancaster: Range Game range finder
  • Rachel Reynolds: Plinko chip

Season 39's Halloween theme was "The Wizard of Oz". The studio was decorated as The Yellow Brick Road (renamed "Golden Brick Road") and The Emerald City.

The following was how this show's major figures were dressed:

Season 40's Halloween theme was a "1970s Dance Party," in celebration of the show's 40th anniversary. A disco theme was announced, with the staff in costume of the era, disco balls on the set, and disco-style remixes of the show's cues are used.[4]

Season 41's Halloween theme is "Carnival," with the following figures:[5]

  • Drew Carey: Carnival ringleader
  • George Gray: Contortionist
  • Amber Lancaster: Bearded Lady (her beard was "growing" through the show)
  • Rachel Reynolds: Strongwoman
  • Manuela Arbeláez: Snake Charmer (with real snakes)

Season 42 featured a generic Halloween haunted house theme, with the curtains replaced for the episode, and the One Bid podiums featuring a haunted house theme:

Three pricing games (Lucky $even, Rat Race, Switch?) had their names changed for the occasion (Yucky $even, Bat Race, Witch), and in Cliff Hangers, the mountain climber was the Grim Reaper.[6] Geoff Peterson from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson also appeared on the show.

No episode was done in Season 43 because of extenuating circumstances; taping assignments were cancelled when host Carey was not cleared following surgery to repair a herniated disc.

Season 44 featured all the models and George Gray all dressed up as Drew.

There was no specific theme for Halloween in season 45 as everyone dressed up in various costumes.

In Season 46, a Justice League parody was the theme of the Halloween episode, known as "The Prize League". Their main enemy was "Dr. Trombones", an animated evil trombone who hates winning; possibly inspired by the losing horns that would sound for each pricing game loss. Each time a contestant lost a pricing game, he would appear on the screen and laugh evilly.

  • Drew Carey: Captain Giveaway
  • George Gray: The Plinkster
  • Rachael Reynolds: Yodely Gal
  • Manuela Arbeláez: Manuela Transmission
  • James O'Halloran: Ab Man
  • Amber Lancaster: The Purrtector

The Wickedest Witch (1989)[edit]

This made-for-television film aired on NBC on October 30, 1989.

AMC Halloween movie specials[edit]

AMC broadcasts many Halloween classics, including the Halloween series, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and An American Werewolf in London, during the month of October.

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