Ah, it’s that time when TV shows air Halloween episodes where your favorite characters put together way better costumes than you will ever do in your life and you’ll question if ghosts really exist. So in honor the holiday, we’re counting down the top 5 Halloween episodes from our youth.
5. Lizzie McGuire: “Night of the Day of the Dead”
Before every Disney and Nick show revolved around kids who are weirdly famous and had a family band or a dog who can write or whatever, there was “Lizzie McGuire.” She was the most relatable middle schooler ever, especially in the Halloween episode when her nemesis, Kate, gets to run the school’s scary Halloween party and Lizzie gets stuck being the clown. Of course, Lizzie fights back. Lizzie and Miranda get revenge by pretending Kate set off an ancestral curse by insulting Miranda’s Mexican traditions. The weirdest part of this episode is probably that the school picks a 7th grader to be “Vampira, a dungeon mistress.”
4. Hey Arnold: “Haunted Train”
Remember when Arnold, Gerald and Helga boarded a train to hell? Arnold and the gang decide to investigate after Grandpa told them the legend of Engine 25, a train that disappeared when a crazy engineer drove it right down to “the fiery underworld.” They go to the old train station, board Engine 25, and are horrified when lights start flickering, ghostly music plays and they begin to smell rotten eggs. Of course, after being spooked out they just get a special train ride down to the steel mill, but at the end we see the ghostly engineer still riding on top of the train! With this episode and another with a stuck train (“wide open spaces, wide open spaces!”) “Hey Arnold” proves it knows how terrifying public transportation can be.
3. Doug: “Doug’s Halloween Adventure”
This one is great because its set in an amusement park ride, a haunted mansion called Blood Stone Manor. Doug, Skeeter and Roger decide to go into the haunted house even though the park’s closing, which is a bad idea, they get trapped inside. While stuck in the ride, Roger goes missing and they’re pursued by a scary hooded man. Doug is dressed as one of his weird daydream characters-Race Canyon, which while not as iconic as Quailman, could still make a pretty decent Halloween costume.
2. SpongeBob Squarepants: “Graveyard Shift”
“The Cash-ringing-the Flash-Singing- the Mash-Flinging-The Hash-Slinging Slasher!” Spongebob Squarepants is always on point with memorable quotes, like this one from the time Squidward and Spongebob have to work overnight in the Krusty Krab. Squidward is as much of a jerk as always, telling Spongebob about the Hash-Slinging Slasher, a ghost with a rusty spatula for a hand. Naturally, all the signs of the Hash-Slinging Slasher start appearing, from strange phone calls to flickering lights to a scary visitor. While Squidward is the worst, credit needs to be given for the genius name of “Hash-Slinging Slasher” for a killer fry cook.
1. Boy Meets World: “And Then There Was Shawn”
I would go as far as calling this the best episode of TV ever. The gang gets stuck in after school detention, and are quickly killed off one by one by a man in a Scream-style mask. This episode has some memorable jokes, like when a student gets stabbed through the head with a pencil and Corey wisely points to the pencil mark left on the wall-“We’ll always know he was this tall.” And in the end, the killer was one of the friends who, uh, was unhappy that his best friends were breaking up? This seemed like a bit of an overreaction, but it made Corey and Topanga stop fighting so, I guess it worked?