“Now, children, you can have one piece of candy tonight and save the rest for-” – Marge Simpson
Ah, after weeks of waiting Halloween is finally here with costumes, candy and, of course, lots of “Treehouse of Horror”. In Chicago tonight there will be a Classic Simpsons Trivia night, but it will also include:
3 classic TREEHOUSE OF HORROR episodes on the big screen!
On Twitter, our old friend @dailysimpsons has been taking votes for which episodes will get shown, but it looks like you’ll have to show up to find out. Along similar lines, Kaplan Test Prep Daily had an article about good Halloween playlists:
After 23 years of Halloween themed-episodes — the most recent one aired earlier this month — Bart, Marge, Kang, Kodos and the rest of the “ghoulish” Groening gang have given us plenty of options from which to choose. Of course, the easiest thing to do is simply view the first five or six “Treehouse of Horrors” in a row since those are clearly the best ones. But I believe it’s possible to mix it up a bit more to come up with eight devilishly d’oh-y installments that make the perfect complement to a night of jack-o’ lantern carving or, if you’ve lost power courtesy of Sandy, to watch on a battery/generator-powered DVD player.
I’d forgo the crap from Season 20, which the article tactfully calls “a bit uneven”, but they don’t have a terrible list there (even if it does incomprehensibly not include “Treehouse of Horror II”).
Finally, the other day we got an e-mail from reader L who put together a couple of Halloween playlists that go beyond just “Treehouse of Horror”:
Treehouse of Horror
Bart Sells His Soul
Treehouse of Horror II
Treehouse of Horror VII
Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 1
Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 2
Treehouse of Horror VI
Treehouse of Horror V
Bart of Darkness
The Mysterious Voyage of Homer
Treehouse of Horror IV
Some Enchanted Evening
The Springfield Files
Treehouse of Horror III
There are some good additions in there, “Bart Sells His Soul”, “Cape Feare” and “The Springfield Files” especially have some creepy, Halloween-esque elements to them.
Personally, I tend to just watch the Treehouse of Horror episodes in order through “Treehouse of Horror VIII”. After that I’m usually bordering on insulin shock from all the deliciously processed sugar and cocoa, so I just skip ahead to:
- “Starship Poopers” from Season 10 which contains “I absolutely refuse to go along with this, but since I have no choice, I’ll take the alley”. I’ve always thought that was a very subtle abortion joke, and those are damn near impossible to sneak onto American television.
- “Desperately Xeeking Xena” from Season 11, which gave us “a wizard did it” and “best death ever”.
- And even “Night of the Dolphin” from Season 12, which has “alcohol and night swimming” as well as “we’re all frightened and horny”, and it uses “glory hole” on network television, another one of those things the censors are too square to possibly catch.
Feel free to leave your own Halloween favorites, episodes or segments, in the comments. And if you’re in or around Chicago, Classic Simpsons Trivia night sounds like a lot of fun:
Come dressed up … perhaps as popular cartoon characters!