Modern Family Review: A Toned Down Halloween

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Not every holiday and not every Modern Family can be a slam dunk. "Open House of Horrors" wasn't the best Dunphy/Pritchett holiday, but it still managed to get in a few laughs.

Besides, anytime you prevent Claire Dunphy with a challenge, you're going to find yourself entertained.

Gloria Dons Her Costume

Check out that picture. Is Gloria not the hottest pregnant alien you've ever seen?

I'm sure in real life her temper would be somewhat frightening and irritating, but I thought she was great scaring away those obnoxious teenagers who called her old. You do NOT call a woman old! Ever! They deserved to get their candy jacked. Little does she know that she ended up egging her own son later on, but, hey that's what you get for hanging out with the cool troublemakers.

I loved when Manny was debating what to do with Luke as a devil on one shoulder and his friend dressed as a baseball player for the Angels on the other. It just might inspire my own costume this year...

Manny can hang with the cool kids or the dorky kids, but no matter what he is really one of a kind. I doubt who he hangs with is going to influence his personality in any way. Luke was also right when the Angel friend said that "it wasn't even the girls they liked." To a middle schooler with raging hormones, they're all the right girls.

Speaking of standard adolescent behavior, Lily's princess obsession is not that unusual for a toddler. I know she was particularly obsessed because of the lie that Mitchell told her, but I feel like most people wouldn't pick up on it. My three-year-old nephew wears rotating Superman outfits. Kids are just kids. I'm still glad that Cam and Mitchell told her the truth. It also gave Cam a chance to stop flashing his guests.

In a move that was completely unsurprising, Claire got a petition claiming she had to tone down her Halloween decorations because they were too scary. Was anyone surprised? This is Claire Dunphy, she goes full throttle on all projects. The second Phil told her she wasn't scary you knew what was coming. It still panned out well in my opinion. Seeing Claire in that house would've scared the crap out of me. My favorite part was when Phil got the phone call.

Wait, so you're telling me that the call isn't coming from inside the house? | permalink

Nothing like a good scary movie reference! What did you think of the Modern Family Halloween? Is having your mom carry your Quidditch stick really more of a Hufflepuff thing to do? Has Jay totally lost his edge?


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (78 Votes)

Gloria was sooo funny in this! Especially her moment with the trick or treaters - I laughed so hard


OMG, Claire and Gloria begins to have something in common, beside Jay, and Luke, i knew it he was the Dark side of the Force. The Lilys storyline, tell the children the truth or the continue the human tradition of lying ( im looking at you, politicians of all over the world)

Sarah silva

This was a pretty funny episode. The best part was Manny, Luke and their friend trick or treating and the whole Angel and Devil thing was very witty and clever!
I miss Haley!!!!


Was anybody else a little freaked out when they showed clair smiling in the shower? gloria had me dying and phils line about clair being scary enough, i was waiting for a "do over"

Drea xoxo

i found this hilar!!! i couldnt stop laughing! phil hd best line about his wife overdoing scary because she already is! ROFL moment!! the next moment was when clare and the kids tricked phil, i couldn't believe clare and i admit too i was scared but in a funny please don't be real haha way. overall episode 5/5 for the gags. everyone was on point as usual and this is going in the classic archive and will be rewatched.


When the review led off saying this wasn't the best episode, I kind of agreed ... but then running down all the funny things from the episode had me laughing as I was reading. So Ok, maybe not one of the best, but it ran right along and was pretty funny!


claire was the star of this episode in my opinion.. i thought her costume from last year was pretty scary. i lol'd when she gave the man a heart attack.


Thought this episode was brilliant, so many good one liners from Phil and Manny and I was genuinely scared like Phil near the end.

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