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TV’s Best Halloween Episodes of the 80s and 90s

TV’s Best Halloween Episodes of the 80s and 90s

TV of the 80s and 90s is stacked with spooky Halloween episodes. Roseanne, Home Improvement, and The Simpsons had yearly editions. However, we’re going to take a look at other iconic sitcoms of that era that dropped wickedly funny seasonal episodes.


In season eight’s “The One with the Halloween Party“, Monica (Courtney Cox) spontaneously decides to host a party at the eleventh hour. Of course, the micro-manager still adamantly requests that all attendees arrive in costume. The costumes of our titular friends run the gamut. There are superheroes since Monica dresses up as Catwoman and Phoebe goes as Supergirl. Meanwhile, the boys opt for weirder fare. Chandler goes as a pink bunny, Ross as a punny potato (“Spud-nik”), and Joey dresses as Chandler. There are a lot of hijinks, including a never-ending arm wrestling match between noted wimps Ross and Chandler.


Despite wartime, the resilient 4077th embraces Halloween. In this season eleven episode, titled “Trick or Treatment”, they organize a festive celebration with creative makeshift costumes. However, their plans are interrupted as injured soldiers arrive at camp. There’s actually a thrill in the episode when Father Mulcahy (William Christopher) performs the last rites on a soldier, only to discover he’s still alive. Meanwhile, future Cheers star George Wendt guest stars as a soldier with a billiard ball stuck in his mouth.

‘Cheers’… Classic TV Halloween Gets Sweet

Norm’s bar mate Cliff finds himself stung by the love bug in this season three episode of Cheers, “Fairy Tales Can Come True”. Cliff (John Ratzenberger), dressed as conquistador Ponce de León and wearing a mask, instantly connects with a woman dressed as Tinker Bell. However, will the love continue to buzz after the masks come off? Tying it all together is that “Tinker Bell” is played by Bernadette Birkett, the wife of Norm actor George Wendt. This episode is decidedly short on scares but is very sweet.

‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’

Season four’s “Hex and the Single Guy” finds the Fresh Prince himself (Will Smith) battling supernatural forces. During a seance, Will’s skepticism upsets a spiritualist who places a hex on the family. Ashely breaks her ankle, Uncle Phil faces career-ending troubles, and Carlton accidentally bleaches his hair blonde. Even their butler Geoffery is threatened with deportation. Will races to catch up with the spiritualist and apologize, hoping to set things right. Things are wrapped up in a suitable horror movie fashion (spoiler: it was all a dream). Halloween fans will love seeing nostalgic TV characters like Will dressed as Dracula and Carlton dressed as Macaulay Culkin from Home Alone.

Halloween Gets Sophisticated… ‘Frasier’

This season five episode of Frasier tops the list for the perfect costumes. The Cranes and company dress as their favorite literary characters. Martin (John Mahoney) goes as Sherlock Holmes while Niles (David Hyde Pierce) is fittingly Cyrano de Bergerac. Other characters dig a little deeper for their literary costumes. Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) goes Geoffrey Chaucer and Daphne (Jane Leeves) dresses as the Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales. The kicker is Roz (Peri Gilpin), Frasier’s lovelorn radio show producer she leaves little to the imagination dressed as O from the French erotic novel Story of O. This being Frasier, miscommunication mixed with mistaken identities goes awry.