The 13 Best Halloween TV Episodes Of The ’90s

Yearning for a typical ’90s Halloween? Look no further.

1. The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror”

About: The first of many Halloween specials, including a recitation of Poe’s “The Raven,” Bad Dream House and Hungry Are the Damned.

Date Aired: 1990.

2. Saved by the Bell, “Mystery Weekend”

About: The gang visits a mansion for a Murder Mystery Weekend, and, well, you know the rest.

Date Aired: 1991.

3. Are You Afraid of the Dark, “The Tale of the Twisted Claw”

About: A twist of “The Monkey’s Paw,” two boys scare an old woman to death the night before Halloween, just has they find a hand that grants them wishes (with consequences).

Date Aired: 1991.

4. Roseanne, “Halloween IV”

About: Roseanne had some great Halloween episodes, but this one takes the cake. When she loses her holiday spirit, Roseanne is visited by the ghosts of Halloween past, present, and future.

Date Aired: 1992.

5. My So-Called Life, “Halloween”

About: Angela and her crew break into the high school to chase after the ghost of a hot, dead greaser. This episode has that angsty feel of the ’90s, but still encompasses those pure, holiday moments.

Date Aired: 1993.

6. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, “Hex and the Single Guy”

About: The family visits a psychic who is able to contact Hilary’s late fiancé, Trevor. Will thinks the entire thing is a scam, which inevitably brings upon a curse for the family. This episode also features Carlton’s portrayal of Macaulay Culkin.

Date Aired: 1992.

7. Home Improvement, “The Haunting of Taylor House”

About: The Taylor’s throw a spooky Halloween party, haunted house included. When Brad’s girlfriend comes to the party with someone else (Rider Strong, aka Shawn Hunter from Boy Meets World), things don’t go as planned.

Date Aired: 1992.

8. Family Matters, “Stevil”

About: The first of two “Stevil” episodes, an evil ventriloquist dummy haunts Urkel—and subsequently, haunts us in our dreams.

Date Aired: 1997.

9. Boy Meets World, “And Then There Was Shawn”

About: In this iconic episode, things get scary when the gang gets detention and is trapped inside John Adams High with the killer.

Date Aired: 1998.

10. Will & Grace, “Boo! Humbug”

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About: Will and Grace decide to keep their Halloween low-key, which means sitting at home AND watching Ingmar Bergman movies. For Jack and Karen, though, that means befriending drag queens at a downtown parade.

Date Aired: 1998.

11. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, “Good Will Haunting”

About: Sabrina’s Halloween party is terrorized by a talking doll from the Other Realm. This episode could be the impetus for all ’90s kids’ inexplicable fear of little dolls.

Date Aired: 1998.

12. Freaks & Geeks, “Tricks and Treats”

About: In this episode, we feel the uncomfortable awkwardness of being a teenager during Halloween. Too young to party, too old to trick-or-treat? Hey, you’re never too old.

Date Aired: 1999.

13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Fear, Itself”

About: The gang’s deepest fears are revealed. Oh, and there’s a demon.

Date Aired: 1999.

BONUS: Once you finish all of these, reward yourself with Halloweentown.

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