10 Best Halloween Episodes of Great Cartoons

Many long-running cartoons include multiple holiday specials. The Halloween specials usually utilize dark and creepy visuals, often delivering a spooky story to get people in the spirit of the season. At the same time, all the cartoons stay true to their other episodes, keeping the lovable characters and humor that made their series so good in the first place.


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There is a lot for these cartoons to explore, such as specific monsters, how Halloween changes as kids get older, or they parody other famous Halloween works. They can often be relatable, delivering messages that have made them timeless. These episodes are perfect for watching during October.

10/10 The Fairly OddParents: Scary Godparents Makes Costumes Turn Into Real Monsters

After discovering that the kids with the best and scariest costumes were getting the most candy, Timmy Turner wishes for everyone’s costumes to be real and scary. This is a great concept, as it made the artists re-imagine a variety of different costumes, as even hero costumes were designed with a creepy factor to them.

Timmy combines a variety of different costume pieces, creating his own super-powered character in order to stop the villains. Many Halloween tropes are exaggerated here, making this a hilarious and memorable episode.

9/10 SpongeBob SquarePants: Graveyard Shift Is Hilarious And Spooky

Graveyard Shift comes from the second season of SpongeBob SquarePants. During their night shift, Squidward Tentacles makes up a spooky story to scare SpongeBob. He describes a former Krusty Krab fry cook, a vengeful ghost with a spatula for a hand.

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In a series of coincidences, all the signs of the Hash-Slinging Slasher start to appear. It’s a fun tale with a great build-up of suspense. The episode has the usual great humor of the series, which is why it is so memorable.

8/10 South Park: Pink Eye’s Comedy Relies On The Cast’s Underwhelming Reactions

When Kenny’s embalming fluid is contaminated by Worcestershire sauce, he is revived as a zombie. It slowly spreads through the entire town of South Park, although it is misdiagnosed as pink eye. What makes this episode so great is everyone’s inability to see that anything is wrong.

Kyle, Cartman, and Stan watch Kenny infect people while they are trick-or-treating; they only get mildly angry that Kenny is keeping them from getting any candy. Despite the zombie apocalypse, the trio of heroes can only think about candy, showing that, unlike Christmas, Halloween specials usually don’t focus on spreading messages of giving.

7/10 The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror V Has Three Memorable Shorts

Treehouse of Horror V is one of the most popular Halloween specials in The Simpsonsparticularly because of its parody of The Shining. The beginning of the short quickly sets the tone as being entirely comical, with the family forced to make a long drive back home multiple times because Homer forgot to lock the doors.

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When they finally arrive at the house they’re supposed to watch over, Homer quickly descends into madness with no TV or beer. The other two specials are great, too, depicting the consequences of time-traveling and a legitimately creepy story about the school staff cooking children.

6/10 What If…? Zombies: The Episode Has Zombified Superheroes

This animated series imagined the MCU’s heroes in an apocalyptic world full of zombies. This episode was so unique and well-executed that Marvel decided to create a spin-off series. The zombies are intelligent enough to use their different powers to their advantage, and some, such as Wanda Maximoff, seem capable of feeling emotions and attachments.

The stakes feel especially high since the world’s greatest defenders are the ones who became zombies first. The episode also has a creative spin on what wards off zombies and where the virus originated from.

5/10 The Wonderful World Of Mickey Mouse: Once Upon An Apple Gave The Evil Queen The Beauty She Wanted

Once Upon An Apple starts off with the Evil Queen, who created her poisoned apple for Snow White. Although she tries to get her apples to Snow White, she is foiled again and again by Mickey Mouse, who is just trying to be a good Samaritan. Filled with frustration and discovering that Mickey’s pure heart made him the most beautifulshe makes him her new target.

Her attempts to force him to eat her apples always end in hilarious slapstick and failure. Eventually, Mickey helps her find her happy ending. The dark humor and the sometimes grotesque visuals make this a Halloween staple, and a fun twist on the original tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

4/10 The Replacements: Halloween Spirits Has Some Great Twists

In The ReplacementsTodd and Riley Daring have the ability to call Fleemco, who can replace the adults in their lives who are giving them a hard time. In Halloween Spiritsin order to win a neighborhood house decorating competition, they ask to replace their neighbors with more festive people.

Upon seeing the spooky things around the new couple and being told by Fleemco that they never actually replaced their neighbors, Todd and Riley have the most frightening Halloween of their lives. A few great twists in the episode make it worth watching at least once.

3/10 Gravity Falls: Summerween Has A Relatable Message And A Great Monster

Summerween is like a second Halloween in Gravity Falls since the people there love the holiday so much. The episode shows Dipper Pines in the awkward stage between liking Halloween and the desire to feel like part of the older crowd. However, he soon realizes that kids can only enjoy trick-or-treating for a certain number of years, making Halloween seem all the more precious.

The monster in this episode is also one of the most creative modern-day Halloween monstersas it is a sentient mass of rejected Halloween candy that no one likes.

2/10 Kim Possible: October 31st Focused On How Damaging A Lie Can Be

At the start of October 31st, Kim Possible got the Centurion Project stuck on her wrist. A little later, she is invited to Monique’s party, leading to her lying to get out of trick-or-treating with Ron. She also lies to her mother, who has overheard her conversation with Ron. Unfortunately, the villains also overheard her lies, putting Ron and her family in danger.

This episode works so well because it shows how innocent and simple a lie can be, and how quickly it can get out of hand. Lying is so out of character for Kim that even the villains seem to feel betrayed that she’d do such a thing.

1/10 Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Broomstick Bunny

Witch Hazel was immensely proud of the fact that she was the ugliest witch, and was terrified of becoming beautiful. So when Bugs Bunny showed up on her doorstep with a witch mask on, she invited him in. She was eager to learn his secrets to true hideousness, and planned to slip him a potion to make him beautiful.

Upon discovering he was a rabbit, she did what most people would do in the classic looney tunes cartoons: she started chasing him, intending to eat him. Her fear eventually comes into play at the end of the episode in a great payoff.

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