19 Ghoulishly Great Halloween Parties

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It's not just about ghouls and goblins, although some of these parties have actual demons on the guest list. Whether it's fearful or funny, Halloween may be the one holiday that every TV show eventually celebrates. 

From the nerdiest costumes to a couple's very first kiss, heartbreaking declarations to the return of lost love and playing epic pranks to the joy of finding full size candy bars in your trick-or-treat bag, these Halloween parties go from hilarious to heart warming. 

Don't be scared. The bunnies aren't really evil, at least we don't think so. Check out the 19 most memorable Halloween parties on TV. 

1. Castle - "Vampire Weekend"

Castle - "Vampire Weekend"
An investigation into a vampire fetish community eventually wrapped up with Rick Castle throwing an epic Halloween bash for all of his friends. Castle actually wore two costumes in Castle Season 2 Episode 6, “Vampire Weekend” The first was from Nathan Fillion’s cult favorite Firefly character Capt. Mal Reynolds but for the actual party he dressed as one of his favorite authors, Edgar Allen Poe. Our favorites were Lanie as Cat Woman and Martha as Cruella de Vil.

2. How I Met Your Mother - "The Slutty Pumpkin"

How I Met Your Mother - "The Slutty Pumpkin"
Marshall was Jack Sparrow and Lily the green parrot. Robin's boyfriend broke up with her when he showed up as Hansel but she skipped the Gretel costume. But it was Ted (as a Hanging Chad) waiting to find his Slutty Pumpkin, the girl whose number he lost when Lily threw away his Kit Kat that stole the show. Ten years later Ted finally found the girl (Katie Holmes) but realized that after ten years of searching, the chemistry was gone.

3. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Halloween II"

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - "Halloween II"
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of those shows that knows how to do Halloween right, using the holiday to provide the perfect backdrop for a hilarious and tense competition between two intelligent cops. Jake and Captain Holt spend each Halloween trying to get the best of each other. In Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 1 Episode 6, Jake proved his cunning and his worth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2 Episode 4 had Captain Holt completely dominate the competition. We hope this goes on for a long time!

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Fear, Itself"

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Fear, Itself"
Buffy and her friends dress up for a Halloween party at a frat house inhabitated by a demon that feeds on their individual fears. Who wouldn’t have fun with that? Buffy goes as Little Red Riding Hood, Giles is wearing a sombrero, Willow is Joan of Arc and Xander goes as James Bond but our favorite is Anya in a bunny costume because what could be more terrifying than bunnies?

5. Cougar Town - “You Don’t Know How it Feels”

Cougar Town -  “You Don’t Know How it Feels”
Cougar Town Season 2 Episode 6 had a lot of heart to go along with the laughs. Since her mother’s death, Jules was desperate to find a way to bond with her Dad but he seemed to be interested in anything but that at her Halloween party. On the strangely funny side we had Ellie and Laurie dressing as each other or Travis dressing as Andy. Now that’s something we’d only see on Cougar Town.

6. Bones - "Mummy in the Maze"

Bones - "Mummy in the Maze"
A mandatory Halloween party at the Jeffersonian meant mummified bodies, a hay maze, an amusement park funhouse and a shootout with a clown. What more could you want from Bones Season 3 Episode 5? How about the the most memorable moment of the entire episode? Temperance Brennan decked out in her Wonder Woman outfit!

7. black-ish - "The Prank King"

black-ish - "The Prank King"
Dre worries that all his holiday fun is about to be ruined when the kids aren't interested in the Johnson Family Halloween tradition of trying to pull off the best pranks. But it turns out that the pranks are turned upside down and sideways in black-ish Season 1 Episode 6. Bonus points for getting the party started with a The Jackson 5 family costume!

8. Modern Family - "Halloween"

Modern Family - "Halloween"
The Dunphy family hosts their Halloween House of Horrors where Claire and Phil dress up as the Corpse Bride and Groom and Jay is upset when he asks Gloria to get him a prince costume but she comes back with Shrek. The funniest moment occurs when Mitchell thinks his new office dresses up for the holiday but when he arrives as Spiderman he realizes only the lamest employees are in costume. Suddenly he finds himself trapped in a bathroom stall trying to decide what to do in Modern Family Season 2 Episode 6.

9. The Big Bang Theory "The Middle Earth Paradigm"

The Big Bang Theory "The Middle Earth Paradigm"
The gang is invited to Penny's Halloween party in The Big Bang Theory Season 1 Episode 6. Sheldon, Wolowitz and Koothrappali make a desperate attempt to put their mark on the social scene while Leonard ends up humiliated by Penny's hunky ex-boyfriend. What makes this party most memorable is that in the end, Penny and Leonard share their first kiss.

10. Angel - "Life of the Party"

Angel - "Life of the Party"
In Angel Season 5 Episode 5, Lorne's empathic abilities get turned upside down due to a severe lack of sleep. Suddenly he is able to make Fred and Wesley loosen up, Gunn, stake his territory and Angel and Eve...well, you'll have to watch to find out. During the party, Lorne pulls his own Jeckyl and Hyde before order, and sleep is restored.

11. Roseanne - "Boo!"

Roseanne - "Boo!"
In what became the show's Halloween tradition, Roseanne Season 2 Episode 7, was its first spooky installment. The entire Connor family created an extravagant haunted house, Roseanne explained what Hell is to Becky (there's no chocolate!) and Roseanne and Dan competed to see who could be the spookiest.

12. The Office - “Halloween”

The Office -  “Halloween”
The Office Season 5 Episode 2 was the show's first Halloween episode and someone had to be fired as Michael waited until the very last day of the month to choose which employee was going to get laid off. Meanwhile Jim and Pam tried to find Dwight a new job which was a debacle but did get them to each admit that the reason they remained at their job was for one another.

13. Parks and Recreation - "Meet 'n' Greet"

Parks and Recreation - "Meet 'n' Greet"
Andy & April are throwing a Halloween party, and someone is going to die...of fun! While the rest of the partygoers are dancing up on each other (looking at you, Sherlock Traeger,) Eggplant Ann and Pirate Ron take it upon themselves to fix things around the Dwyer household. And poor Potato Head Jerry spends the night watching his daughter getting dirty with her new boyfriend. Luckily, he can count on April to turn his potato smile around. Literally. No one throws a Halloween party like Parks & Rec!

14. Friends - "The One with the Halloween Party"

Friends - "The One with the Halloween Party"
When Monica and Chandler throw a halloween party in Friends Season 8 Episode 6, she makes Chandler wear a pink bunny costume. Needless to say, Chandler isn't thrilled, that is until he spies Ross as "Spud-nik". It's a combination of the Russian satellite Sputnik and a potato. Suddenly Chandler realizes he no longer has the silliest costume at the party.

15. Community - Epidemiology

Community - Epidemiology
In Community's heyday, it was one of the smartest, sharpest comedies ever written, and it's Halloween episodes were no exception. Community Season 2 Episode 6, Epidemiology, was a brilliant homage to - and parody of - zombie movies. It made fun of all the typical zombie movie tropes, but did so while exploring the characters' friendships and personalities. Community took Halloween and made comedy with a little bit of horror and a whole lot of heart.

16. Happy Endings - "Spooky Endings"

Happy Endings - "Spooky Endings"
Happy Endings Season 2 Episode 5 was a raucously funny Halloween outing with Dave as Austin Powers and everyone believing Alex was a drag queen in that Marilyn Monroe outfit. Not to mention Max and Penny in their almost creepy Mom and Baby Bjorn costume. Then there was Brad and Jane’s (gotta love the bacon outfit) nightmarish experience with the big kid trick-or-treaters in the ‘burbs and this installment was a Happy Endings’ classic.

17. New Girl - "Halloween"

New Girl - "Halloween"
New Girl Season 2 Episode 6 gave us one of TV's most heart breaking installments as Nick's college crush goes all wrong, Jess works at a haunted house where she tells Sam how she really feels, only to find out he doesn't feel the same and Schmidt must go with his Halloween Plan B which is "Magic Mike"

18. Bob's Burgers - "Full Bars"

Bob's Burgers - "Full Bars"
Bob and Linda attend a Halloween party where someone kills Teddy's guinea pig in Bob's Burgers Season 3 Episode 2 but the truly memorable part of this installment is when the kids get full size candy bars while trick or treating. "How does this not topple your economy!?" We're not sure but we want some too.

19. Frasier - "Halloween"

Frasier - "Halloween"
Frasier Season 5 Episode 3 has one of the most highbrow Halloween parties on TV when Niles hosts the party for the Library Association and everyone must come as their favorite literary character. But don't think things are entirely sober and serious. Roz tells Frasier she might be pregnant but when Niles overhears, he misunderstands and thinks Daphne is having Frasier's baby!

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