By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor
Last week, I recommended a myriad of films to view for Halloween, but some people might be looking for something a little less time consuming. For a Halloween and one time special, I have decided to provide a list of the best Halloween television episodes available on Netflix.
The first episode on this list comes to us from “Parks and Recreation” season two. “Greg Pikitis,” episode seven of season two, is a great episode to get your Halloween hilarity fix. During this episode, Leslie Knope, of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department, faces off in a Halloween themed battle against her arch-nemesis, 16-year-old troublemaker, Greg Pikitis. Every year, Pikitis hatches a devious plan to vandalize the town statue of Mayor Percy. Leslie knows that he’s done it but has never been able to prove it.
Leslie plans to catch him in the act this year, with the help of Andy and Leslie’s new cop boyfriend, but Pikitis has something else up his sleeve to slip him right past the watchful eyes of Leslie and the others.
The next Halloween episode comes from “Freaks and Geeks” season one. In “Tricks and Treats,” episode three of season one, Linda ditches her usual Halloween custom of giving out candy with her mom to go out with the freak gang. The night ahead includes trashing mailboxes and throwing eggs. On the very same night, Sam forces Neil and Bill to go trick-or-treating with him one last time for old time’s sake, but his night is ruined when Sam is accidentally egged.
Our next episode comes to you from the classic paranormal television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Episode six from season two, titled “Halloween,” follows the story of one fateful Halloween night where Buffy and her friends find costumes at a mysterious costume shop. Little do they know, they are in for a bit of a surprise.
The costume shop where Buffy and her friends found their costumes is cursed. Throughout the night, people start to become more real versions of whatever their costume depicts. By the end of the night, it is Buffy to the rescue as per usual.
Our next Halloween special comes to us from a current fright night special, “American Horror Story.” In the first season of the television hit, “American Horror Story: Murder House,” the FX show premiered a two-part Halloween special.
In “Halloween: Part 1,” the spirits of the murder house have grown stronger, and the Harman family is visited by two previous house owners, interior designers Chad and Patrick, who give them advice on decorating for Halloween. In “Halloween: Part 2,” Tate is harassed by bloody teenagers while on a date.
The final episode in the list comes from my all-time favorite television series, “Supernatural.” The show features spooky paranormal encounters in every episode. The show about spooks of all kinds conquers the holiday dedicated to the things that go bump in the night.
Episode seven of season four, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester,” begins when the Winchester brothers encounter two angels who tell them they plan on wiping a town out of existence because of a witch who is hell bent on breaking a seal and releasing a demon who will wreak havoc on Halloween. To save the town, Sam and Dean must find the witch or risk the death of innocents.