The Best Halloween TV Show Specials & Episodes, Ranked

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It's that time of year again-- October means we're not afraid to get a little spooky! What better way to get in the groove of Halloween than with some TV Halloween specials?

There's nothing better than seeing your favorite TV characters dressed up for an entire episode. Shows will often release a single Halloween special they might play every year, or even have us feeling lucky with new episodes. Either way, there's not many things more exciting than an October full of Halloween specials.

Do you have any personal favorites? We actually have quite a few favorite Halloween TV specials we'd love to share with you. There's a good chance you already love them just as much! Go ahead and check out our list while ranking your favorites!

How I Met Your Mother - The Slutty Pumpkin

How I Met Your Mother via CBS

In this special episode, Ted heads to the same Halloween party every year in search of a girl he met there years ago. He knows her as "The Slutty Pumpkin" but that's really all he has to go by.

Parks and Recreation - Halloween Surprise

Parks and Recreation via NBC

In this episode of Parks and Recreation, halloween is translated into romance. Ron takes his girlfriend's kids trick-or-treating, while Ben proposes to Leslie in the cutest way possible.

Friends - The One With the Halloween Party

Friends via NBC

This classic episode of Friends serves as the series' only Halloween special. Phoebe's twin sister's fiancé shows up to make it interesting. Meanwhile, all of the characters are dressed up while getting into drama amongst themselves-- as usual!

The Office - Halloween

The Office via NBC

This episode of The Office is one to remember. The women of the Party Planning Committee are hard at work, everyone is in costume, and Michael deals with the pressures of firing someone without ruining the party.

Modern Family - Halloween

Modern Family via ABC

In this spooky Modern Family episode, Claire hopes the family will come together to celebrate. Meanwhile, Cam has an interesting adventure trick-or-treating while Gloria gets offended by criticism of her accent.

The Simpsons - Treehouse of Horror

The Simpsons via FOX

The "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween specials have aired every year since 1990. In these unique episodes, the characters take on different roles in order to create parodies of famous horror films.

Glee - The Rocky Horror Glee Show

Glee via FOX

After Will learns that Emma recently became a fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Glee Club works to incorporate the film into its annual school musical. The episode features seven selections in total from the film.

Gilmore Girls - Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number

Gilmore Girls via The CW

In this episode of Gilmore Girls, Rory is celebrating her 21st birthday in the midst of an estrangement with her mother. Her grandmother throws her a party, but decides not to attend it herself.

Cheers - House of Horrors With Formal Dining and Used Brick

Cheers via NBC

In this Halloween special, Carla learns that the house she just purchased was built on top of an old graveyard. Things really get interesting when Cliff decides to stay in the haunted house with her for the first night.

M*A*S*H - Trick or Treatment

M*A*S*H via CBS

This in this Halloween special episode, the surgeons dress up and trade ghost stories. Meanwhile, patients are flooding in, including one who is presumed dead.