List of Halloween television specials

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Children and family

Cartoon Network

Toon Disney, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD

Winnie the Pooh


Nickelodeon/Nick Jr.


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

SpongeBob SquarePants

The Wild Thornberrys

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

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

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


American drama

Desperate Housewives

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman


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

Grey's Anatomy

Hart of Dixie


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

Little House on the Prairie

Our House

St. Elsewhere



  • Chuck: "Chuck Versus the Sandworm" (2007)
  • Chuck: "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror" (2010)

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Fall Guy


Crime and mystery



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

The Commish

Criminal Minds

CSI (franchise)

Hawaii Five-0

Law & Order (franchise)

Murder, She Wrote

NCIS (franchise)

  • 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)

The Wild Wild West

Supernatural, fantasy and sci-fi

Amazing Stories

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Ghost Hunters

Ghost Whisperer

The Greatest American Hero

Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories

Highway to Heaven

Knight Rider

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Quantum Leap


Tales from the Darkside

Touched by an Angel

Unsolved Mysteries

The Vampire Diaries

Teen drama

ABC Family

The TV channel 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

Dawson's Creek

Degrassi: The Next Generation

Gossip Girl

One Tree Hill

Pretty Little Liars


Teen and adult sitcoms

8 Simple Rules

According to Jim

The Addams Family


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

American Dad!

America's Funniest Home Videos

Austin & Ally

The Beverly Hillbillies


The Big Bang Theory


Bob's Burgers

Boy Meets World

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


  • 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


  • 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

Dave's World

Dharma & Greg

  • Dharma & Greg: "A Closet Full of Hell" (1998) - Season 2, Episode 6
  • Dharma & Greg: "The Very Grateful Dead" (1999) - Season 3, Episode 6
  • Dharma & Greg: "Used Karma" (2001) - Season 5, Episode 7

The Drew Carey Show


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

Family Guy

Family Matters


  • 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

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

George Lopez

Gilligan's Island

Girl Meets World


The Goldbergs

Happy Days

Home Improvement

The Honeymooners

Hope & Faith

How I Met Your Mother

The Hughleys

I Didn't Do It

The Jeffersons

Last Man Standing

Life with Bonnie

Liv and Maddie

Malcolm in the Middle


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

Melissa & Joey

The Middle

  • 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

Modern Family

The Neighbors

New Girl

Night Court

The Office (US)

One on One

Parks and Recreation

Perfect Strangers

Power Rangers

Punky Brewster

Raising Hope

  • 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

The Simpsons

South Park

Step by Step


That '70s Show

  • 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

What I Like About You

Will and Grace

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

Sketch and variety shows

British Halloween-themed TV

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






Teen and adult sitcoms


All Saints (Australian medical drama)

The Canterville Ghost

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

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

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)

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

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.

The Wickedest Witch (1989)

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

AMC Halloween movie specials

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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