TV shows used to treat the holiday of Halloween as just that: a holiday. They'd make one Halloween special in their first season and then repeat it every year after that. Not so with the Simpsons. They've been making their Treehouse of Horror specials for 27 years now, an annual trilogy of tales that satire horror movies, surreal TV, and even classic literature. Here are some of the best:
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Night of the Dolphins
Lisa, ever the environmentalist, tries to do nature a good turn and releases a dolphin from captivity. But guess what? Dolphins are pretty smart, and they're tired of us polluting the oceans, so they're going to unite and do something about it. Uh-oh.
The Monkey's Paw
Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores
The people of Springfield love their commercialised little city, with its fancy billboards and advertising mascots - that is until they come to life and wreak havoc, destroying the town. What will the people do?
Send in the Clones
You Gotta Know When To Golem
The Genesis Tub
Another parody of the Twilight Zone. This time, Lisa is working on a science fair project, seeing if cola will dissolve a tooth. After a static shock from Bart, she finds that she's created microscopic life on the tooth, with a society that evolves fast enough to build a shrink ray that can bring in their creator.
The Island of Dr Hibbert
I've Grown a Costume on your Face
One of the best parts of Halloween is getting to see everyone's costumes. But when a witch isn't happy about how she's treated, she places a curse on the Halloween partiers and turns everyone into the thing they're dressed as. Good news for some, but not for everyone...
Another one that you'll probably read in at least one English class, Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. This time, rather than put their own spin on it, they present a word for word reading of the entire poem, with none other than James Earl Jones (Darth Vader himself) providing the spooky voice for it.
Is there anyone reading this who hasn't read the Twilight books or seen the movies? Well here Lisa gets the Bella treatment and Milhouse gets the weak corner of the love triangle.