Halloween episodes – you gotta love ‘em.
I’m not a fan of You’re a Good, Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown or whatever that Peanuts special is called. But I’m not a Charlie Brown fan in general because…YAWN. So all my picks come straight from TV shows.
#3: “Slutty Pumpkin” – How I Met Your Mother
It was 2005. HIMYM was just beginning (seriously, has HIMYM really been on for 7 years? Who the hell is his wife already??). It was a great episode all the way around. Ted’s at a Halloween party looking for a woman he met years ago – a woman (Katie Holmes!) in a Jack-o-lantern costume with the holes at… inappropriate places. Thus: Slutty Pumpkin. The story is pretty cute, but what is brilliant is Barney’s realization that if he strikes out with a woman, he can just change costumes and try again. Dawned a whole new era of Halloween pick-up strategies.
#2: “Halloween” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I loved this 1997 episode mostly because I thought it was fabulous that in the Whedon-verse Vampires were relatively quiet on Halloween. You know, because there were too many freaks out on that night. So true. A1 already spoke about this ep briefly, and I agree that its follow-up a couple seasons later (“Fear, Itself”) is every bit as good.
But I also loved this episode because it dealt with Buffy’s insecurities about herself: balancing being strong/independent/capable with being a desirable woman. And coming to the understanding that strong is sexy to right man. A lesson every 18-year-old girl needs to learn.
And can I say I am the biggest Buffy/Angel shipper *ever*?? Gawd, I miss them.
#1 “The One With the Halloween Party” – Friends
Because Chandler came to the party in a pink bunny suit and Joey came as Chandler. Because Monica gave out money to trick-or-treaters when the candy ran out. But mostly because Ross came as Sputnik, but we all know what he really looked like…