Traditionally leading up to Halloween, TV sitcoms release episodes that are inspired by this spooky time of year. To help you find the best episodes to watch, we’ve compiled a list of five Halloween episodes from a variety of sitcoms. The following recommendations should bring you plenty of laughter and get you into the spirit of Halloween.
Superstore “Halloween Theft” (Season 2, Episode 7)
This Superstore episode will remind anyone who has worked retail during Halloween of the silliness that can happen during this time of year. The main plot is not directly related to Halloween, but watching various characters while in costumes try to solve a ridiculous problem is comical. The costumes the characters don vary from super creative to hysterically inappropriate. Superstore includes little snippets of what happens throughout Cloud 9 during an episode. While brief, the Halloween themed snippets shown during this episode are absolutely hilarious.
Superstore is available to stream on Hulu.
Modern Family “Halloween” (Season 2, Episode 6)
For anyone who loves Halloween and sometimes goes overboard in celebrating, this episode of Modern Family will feel familiar to you. This episode is dynamic in how it highlights both the real and imaginary fears of the characters through the backdrop of Halloween — from Mitch worrying about making a good impression at his new job to Phil fearing that his marriage is about to end. The physical comedy that comes from various character trying avoid their worst nightmares is the highlight of the episode. These scenes will keep you laughing long after the episode is over.
Modern Family is available to stream on Hulu.
Roseanne “BOO” (Season 2, Episode 7)
An enjoyable aspect of sitcoms getting into the Halloween spirit is how decorations are incorporated into sets. Roseanne‘s set is the perfect example of how sets should look if they want the perfect Halloween vibe. Included in this episode is the fantastic physical comedy displayed by John Goodman, creative costumes, and a great last minute twist. With all of these elements this Halloween episode of Roseanne still holds up years after originally airing.
Roseanne is available to stream on Peacock
The Middle “Tick Tock Death” (Season 7, Episode 6)
Halloween is the perfect time for a sitcom to do a Twilight Zone homage, and The Middle nails theirs. Each scene is introduced by Brick who is mimicking the voice of Rod Serling, which is comedic gold. Taking place on Halloween night, some characters discover that getting what you want does not always end happily. While watching Frankie get revenge on a long time antagonist is gratifying, it’s observing how The Twilight Zone theme quickly turns the plots upside down that makes this episode truly memorable.
The Middle is available to steam on HBO Max.
Frasier “Halloween” (Season 5, Episode 3)
Frasier is one of the few series that waited five years before having their first Halloween themed episode. This episode focuses around Niles having a literary themed Halloween party and a misunderstanding that gets blown out of portion. Watching Frasier, Daphne, and Niles banter back and forth while they fall deeper and deeper into the misunderstanding is absolutely hysterical. The dialogue is quick-witted, with plenty of clever comebacks and innuendo. The back-drop of the Halloween Party just adds more complication and hilarity to the episode.
Frasier is available to stream on Hulu.