Halloween Playlists

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“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”:

Playlist 1
Treehouse of Horror
Bart Sells His Soul
Treehouse of Horror II
Cape Feare
Treehouse of Horror VII
Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 1
Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 2
Treehouse of Horror VI

Playlist 2
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!

14 Responses to “Halloween Playlists”

  1. 1 Mr. Incognito
    31 October 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t forget: “Night of the Dolphin” also gave us “We’ve wiped out entire species before; we can do it again!”

    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      31 October 2012 at 10:04 pm

      And “Bottle-nose bruises, blowhole burns, flipper prints, this looks like the work of rowdy teens. Lou, cancel the prom.”

  2. 3 Stan
    31 October 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Just for the sake of a change, “Treehouse of Horror XVI” from the Zombie era isn’t that painful to watch, for once.

    But my top 3 pick has always been:
    1) “Time and Punishment”
    2) “Bart Simpson’s Dracula”
    3) “King Homer”

    • 4 Izzy
      31 October 2012 at 7:57 pm

      “Time and Punishment” is so great. They jam in so many jokes in eight and half minutes.

    • 5 Bartist
      31 October 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Nah, XVI had the deplorable costume/Dennis Rodman segment, and the robot taking over the family one. One of the very worst.

      Those are good classic era picks though.

      • 6 Stan
        31 October 2012 at 11:40 pm

        IMO whatever specials precede it and whatever succeed it are even worse. Like I said, XVI is one of those specials I “could” watch again sometime. Unlike the one they showed three weeks ago.

  3. 1 November 2012 at 7:36 am

    Another excellent article! Thanks for posting this Charlie Sweatpants and
    those playlists are gold I tell ya, gold! Anyway I live near Chicago and for
    the record, as a type 1 diabetic, insulin shock is from taking too much insulin
    actually! Keep up the good work btw.

  4. 8 Bren
    1 November 2012 at 2:44 pm

    My favourite gag in Starship Poopers is Marge’s non-answer to Homer’s “Was he better than me?”, which is twice as funny if you remember it when you see Kang blast her for less than a second with his insemination ray.

  5. 9 Mr snrub
    1 November 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I feel stupid asking this, but how exactly is that an abortion joke?

    • 10 Stan
      1 November 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Ever heard of dumpster babies?

    • 11 Charlie Sweatpants
      1 November 2012 at 7:46 pm

      It’s one of those things that I’m not 100% sure is a joke, except that if it isn’t a joke it makes no sense. Though most illegal abortions didn’t/don’t take place in alleys, the traditional phrasing for one has always been “back alley abortion”, combine that with Marge saying she has “no choice”, and voila, abortion joke. A woman saying that she has no choice but the alley is about as obvious as you can get.

      • 12 Mourning Glory
        2 November 2012 at 2:31 am

        I never thought of this until you mentioned it. If true, it’s very sneaky and subtle. Something Zombie Simpsons could never accomplish.

  6. 13 Richie
    2 November 2012 at 10:51 am

    I think Bart Sells His Soul, while having spooky elements, is ultimately too emotional for Halloween viewing. El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Homer, that is more psychedelic than truly scary, and even then only for one act; if it had more moments like Homer running around a faceless Marge, it would be a better contender.

    Surprised ye mentioned a Season 12 episode. It’s a fun little segment tho so you’re justified.

    The rest of the list I can agree with. Say, did anyone attend the event, and found out what they ended up showing?

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