9 Haunting Halloween Episodes Happening in October 2015 (PHOTOS)

TV Insider Staff
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Expect some tricks with your treats later this month when some of your favorite shows air Halloween-themed episodes. Get a sneak peek of some supernatural and spine-tingling scenes.


It’s a dead man’s party, who could ask for more? iZombie’s pale protagonist Liv (Rose McIver) cuts loose while on a case during the quirky drama’s first Halloween-themed episode. “Liv and Clive [Malcolm Goodwin] are investigating the murder of a hard-partying frat bro,” says executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright. “And his memorial service ends up having kind of a strange dress code.” After Liv consumes the brain of the deceased for clues to the identity of his killer, she discovers a love of beer pong that begins to overshadow her detective skills. Party on!
—Rob Moynihan

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 9/8c, The CW

The Simpsons

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The Simpsons

It’s a Springfield freak-out! When a trip to the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night leaves Lisa petrified in the October 18 installment, Homer is forced to take down all his spooky decorations. “For 26 seasons, we’ve used Lisa as our voice of maturity and common sense,” notes exec producer Al Jean. “This is a reminder that she’s really just a little kid.” And the frights aren’t over: The annual Treehouse of Horror episode (October 25) has Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) killing Bart and reanimating him, plus a riff on Godzilla in which Homer terrorizes Japan as he frantically searches for—you guessed it—doughnuts.
Michael Logan

First Look: Treehouse of Horror XXVI Gets an Old-Timey Look

Sunday, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25, 8/7c, Fox

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Expect plenty of tricks and treats on Brooklyn Nine-Nine when Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and Capt. Ray Holt (Andre Braugher) face off against each other in the final installment of the Fox comedy’s Halloween heist trilogy. “The whole idea is to hide a singular object in a locked room; whoever has possession of that object at midnight is the winner of the contest,” says Braugher. “The squad has spent a couple of years now trying to outwit each other, and this is intended to be their ultimate game.”
Rob Moynihan

Plus: Will Captain Holt Come Between Amy and Jake?

Sunday, Oct. 25, 8:30/7:30c, Fox

Fresh Off the Boat

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Fresh Off the Boat, "Nightmare on Dead Street"

Season 2, Episode 5

Think the Huangs are gonna keep a low profile for their first Halloween in the burbs? Shut up, fool! Dad Louis (Randall Park) channels the A-Team for his mission to help their cul-de-sac shake its rep as a lame trick-or-treating zone. He’s not the only one committing: sons Emery (Forrest Wheeler) and Evan (Ian Chen) go for a Silence of the Lambs theme. But don’t expect matriarch Jessica (Constance Wu) to break out the face paint, says writer Eric Ziobrowski: “To quote her, ‘Begging for candy in a disguise to hide your shame? No, thank you.’”


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For its second Halloween offering, black-ish will be featuring a ghost—from the past, that is—when Johnson family patriarch Dre (Anthony Anderson) gets an unexpected visit from relatives. “Growing up, everyone knew that the ritzier, whiter neighborhoods had the best candy,” says creator Kenya Barris. “So Dre’s cousins travel from the inner city to the Johnsons’ block.” They’ll bring more tricks than treats—especially in the form of guest star Michael Strahan. “He picked on Dre when they were kids, and still does,” says Barris. As for whether Dre’s costume—he and wife Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) dress up as the Obamas—will lend him the power to break the cycle…ah, the audacity of hope!
—Ingela Ratledge

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 9:30/8:30c, ABC

You're the Worst

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You're the Worst

Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are still learning to navigate their new coupledom, but it’s Gretchen’s recently revealed depression that takes center stage on Halloween. “Jimmy attempts to distract her,” says creator Stephen Falk. The result? The duo and BFFs Edgar (Desmin Borges) and Lindsay (Kether Donohue) add costumes to their usual Sunday Funday activities: Gretchen goes as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen, Jimmy as the lead character from a fake British comedy called Buckle Your Shoes, Edgar as Jersey Shore’s The Situation and Lindsay as a sexy sailor. Ahoy, mateys!
—Oriana Schwindt

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10:30/9:30c, FXX




It’s All Hallows’ Eve, and Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) are taking fright night literally. Brennan sets out to punk her husband, but it doesn’t take long for Booth to retaliate. Naturally, says executive producer Michael Peterson, the two have very different pranking styles. “For Brennan, the joke is more labor-intensive, anatomy-based and playful.” Booth, meanwhile, goes for the jugular. Adds Peterson, “He’s an ex-sniper, so you’re never going to see his pranks coming.”
—Oriana Schwindt

Thursday, Oct. 29 8/7c, Fox

The Vampire Diaries

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The Vampire Diaries

They may be powerful and über-creepy, but Mystic Falls’ latest baddies—the witch/vampires known as the Heretics—should not even try to get between fun-loving bloodsucker Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) and a good time. “Caroline is thinking, ‘Why can’t Stefan [Paul Wesley] and I just enjoy this heaven-and-hell costume party without having to babysit those wretched Heretics?” Accola says with a laugh. “But all I kept thinking was, ‘How did Paul get out of wearing a costume and I’m wearing this?’”
—Ileane Rudolph

Thursday, Oct. 29, 8/7c, The CW

Dr. Ken

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Dr. Ken

The freshman comedy’s first holiday episode reveals that Dr. Ken Park (Ken Jeong) proposed to his wife, Allison (Suzy Nakamura), on Halloween 20 years ago—and things went scarily bad. This year, he plans to pop the question again, but it won’t be easy to pull off the surprise. Still, that can’t possibly be as big a train wreck as the Halloween festivities at work, where hospital head Pat (Dave Foley) eats a fentanyl lollipop. “It’s a strong narcotic,” says exec producer Mike Sikowitz. “So he goes from being the grumpy boss everyone hates to being a really fun boss!”
Gregory E. Miller

Friday, Oct. 30, 8:30/7:30c, ABC

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