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The Definitive Ranking Of The Best TV Halloween Episodes

Halloween? More like HallowTVeen.....get it?

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11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer — "Halloween"

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(Season 2, Episode 6)

Spike and his nefarious vampire crew cast a spell that turns everyone into their Halloween costumes. Xander becomes a real soldier, Willow becomes an actual ghost, and Buffy turns into a helpless damsel in distress, which makes reversing the spell a lot more difficult.

10. Hey Arnold! — "Arnold's Halloween"

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(Season 2, Episode 11)

In an obvious homage to Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, Arnold and the gang play a prank on Grandpa by creating a fake radio broadcast announcing that aliens have invaded the city, but the other townspeople hear the broadcast and freak out. Hey, Arnold! Stop trolling people, will ya?

9. American Horror Story — "Halloween Part 1 and Part 2"

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(Season 1, Episodes 4/5)

Young teen lovers Tate and Violet are harassed by school kids in gory costumes. Later, Violet discovers that the kids are actually the ghosts of teens who died in a school shooting perpetrated by Tate, who has actually been a ghost all along!

8. Bob's Burgers — "Fort Night"

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(Season 4, Episode 2)

The Belcher kids, along with some friends from school, build an elaborate cardboard fort. But when a truck blocks the fort's entrance, they become trapped inside! Their only hope of rescue is Millie, a psychotic classmate who mercilessly torments her captives for the entire night.

7. My So-Called Life — "Halloween"

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(Season 1, Episode 9)

While being angsty and depressed on Halloween, Angela and her friends try to summon the ghost of a legendary dead student at their high school. Angela gets separated from the group and has a ghostly encounter of her own when she wanders into a supernatural prom from 1963! WHUUUUUT?!

6. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia — "Who Got Dee Pregnant?"

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(Season 6, Episode 7)

The gang delivers a flawless homage to Rashomon by piecing together the events of their raucous Halloween party to figure out which one of them impregnated Dee. Throughout the episode, each recollection of the night's events changes slightly, and Dee slowly becomes more bird-like with each retelling, playing perfectly into one of the many long-running jokes of the show.

5. Modern Family — "Halloween"

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(Season 2, Episode 6)

We've always known that Claire Dunphy is a little bit crazy, but this episode puts her insanity on display for the entire neighborhood to see. Claire spends all day frantically building an elaborate haunted house, while Mitchell excitedly wears a full Spider-Man costume to work only to realize that nobody else at his prestigious law firm has dressed up for Halloween.

4. Parks & Recreation — "Greg Pikitis"

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(Season 2, Episode 7)

Leslie has a mortal enemy, and his name is Greg Pikitis. Greg is an adolescent Pawnee prankster who's been ruining Leslie's Halloween for years. But this year, she's had enough. She may not be the Halloween hero Pawnee wants, but she's the Halloween hero that Pawnee deserves!

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer — "Fear, Itself"

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(Season 4, Episode 4)

The gang (now in college) attends a Halloween party at a local frat house. The frat boys have fun casting a silly magical spell that turns out to be real, and the frat house becomes possessed by a demonic spirit that causes people's biggest fears to become fully realized. Can the gang conquer their fears and defeat the demon frat house? There are more Buffy episodes after this one, so the answer is obviously "yes."

2. Community — "Epidemiology"

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(Season 2, Episode 6)

When their fellow students fall ill to a zombie virus on Halloween, it's up to the study group to save Greendale! Zombies and zombie jokes abound, and while it's very easy for a show to do zombies the wrong way, Community handles the over-saturated, über-zeitgeisty monsters perfectly.

1. The Simpsons — "Treehouse of Horror V"

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(Season 6, Episode 6)

Every Simpsons Halloween episode is incredible, but "Treehouse of Horror V" takes the top prize, thanks to legendary segments like "The Shinning" (a play on Stephen King's The Shining) and "Time and Punishment," in which Homer is electrocuted by a toaster that causes him to travel back and forth in time again and again. No Halloween special can compare to "Treehouse of Horror V."

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