The new season of The Simpsons continues and this Sunday, October 18, 2015, Fox aired “Halloween of Horror”, the 4th episode of Season 27, and the 578th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Halloween of Horror
When Lisa becomes scared at the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night, Homer is forced to take down his Everscream Terrors decorations. Halloween pop-up employees seek vengeance on Homer for causing them to lose their jobs, and rob his house while Homer and Lisa hide out in the attic. Homer and Lisa light up their stored holiday decorations to attract attention and stand up to the intruders.
Episode Details: ‘Halloween of Horror’ is the 4th episode of Season 27 as well as the 578th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 18, 2015 and was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Mike B. Anderson with Matt Selman and Al Jean as show runners.
The day before Halloween, Homer completelly decorated his house, calling it “Everscream Terrors”, but Homer stored the plastic skeletons too close to the furnace, so he decided to take it’s remainings back to the Halloween pop-up store. On their way to the store, Lisa and Bart commented about how excited they are about the upcoming Krustyland Halloween Horror.
At the shop, Apu (who chose a halloween joke name: A-Boo) gets angry at three lazy pop-up employees who are sleeping on their job, telling them to go back to work. But one of them gave Homer a deal, where if he buy him one “Señor Skeleton”, a dancing mexican skeleton, he would give Homer three of them for free. Homer accepts it and talks about the deal to Apu, who promply fired the bad workers. They then promised revenge on Homer, saying he’ll be real sorry for getting them fired.
Later, Homer takes the kids to the Halloween Horror, but it ends up scaring Lisa, who asked her dad to go back home, but because the tickets were too expensive and he and Bart were enjoying the park, Homer decided she should only think that all of that isn’t real and stay on the park. This didn’t help at all, and Lisa ends up getting lost on the park and traumatized to a point where the employees had to shut down the park.
At school, Lisa‘s trauma made her scared even from the simplest halloween figures, such as paper zombies and bats. She then hides inside a locker, only to be rescued later by Marge. Back home, Marge realizes Lisa‘s problem and tells Homer they should shut down Everscream Terrors (as Lisa is scared to the point of getting help from Tailee, a plastic animal tail), making both Homer and Bart upset. In order to reconcile with Bart, Marge takes him and Maggie to the best Block Party in Springfield, leaving Lisa and Homer alone.
At home, Homer is visited by the three ex-pop-up employees. where they started playing mind games with him. Homer then realizes they’re being stalked by said employees while trying to keep Lisa calm during halloween. Meanwhile at the block party, Marge discovers that it is for residents only, as last year’s party was wrecked by visitors. Bart gets even more upset because he has “missed halloween”.
Back at 742 Evergreen Terrace, Homer tries to lock the house, not realizing that the three employees are already inside. He tries to take Lisa to the Flanders’ House, but she runs back inside to get Tailee, the only thing that kept her calm during halloween. Homer rushes to save her, only for them to get face to face with the home invaders. Homer and Lisa then rush to hide at the attic while the ex-employees are looking for them.
But things aren’t that great to Marge, Bart and Maggie‘s Halloween. As it is too late, all the kids are asleep, and it’s time for the grown-up Halloween, (which is when grown ups dress up in costumes to get drunk), so Marge decides to take the kids back home. At the Simpsons’ House, Homer calms down Lisa, and they decide to use the Everscream Terror decorations as a help signal, but they accidentally activate the Señor Skeletons, giving away their location to the invaders.
Homer climbs onto the roof to light up the remaining 4th of July fireworks, but the wind extinguishes the matches. Lisa then remembers that Tailee is made of polyester and will burn pretty easily, so Homer burns Tailee to light the fireworks to attract people’s attention, and use the lights to ask for help. The home invaders are then arrested almost immediately and Homer builds Everscream Terrace back so the whole town can enjoy it.
RECEPTION!: The episode was watched by 3.69 million viewers.
TIE-IN!: A tie-in for The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been released, with the Official Halloween HQ. Plus during the Treehouse of Horror 2015 event, the Scream-son House will be available as a skin for the Simpson House, the Halloween Balloons will be available as decorations and Holiday Homer (made from the decorations in the attic in the episode), Acorn Kirk and Squirrel Luann will be available as skins. Also the adult party was be part of the 2nd act of the event.
TITLE SCREEN!: Plain title screen.
- According to Al Jean, this was a canon Halloween episode making it the first of its kind and aired in addition to “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” but aired in a different week.
- The production code TABF22 is on the Groupon for a zip line adventure.
- This episode has yet to air in the UK however this might have been done due to it’s higher rating.
- Kids are dressed as:
- The three employees wear a Scream mask, a Carrie mask and a It mask.
- Adults are dressed as popular characters:
- Wiggum as Frankenstein,
- Moe as an Egyptian Pharaoh,
- Bumblebee Man as the Pope,
- Rainier Wolfcastle as Jessica Rabbit,
- Dr. Hibbert as the Devil,
- Krusty as Ancient Greek,
- Mrs. Muntz as Wonder Woman,
- Snake as Elvis Presley,
- Agnes Skinner as Amy Winehouse,
- Barney wearing the Borat lime green bikini,
- Willie as Rosie the Riveter,
- Judge Harm as Cruella de Vil,
- Stephanie Brockman as Wonder Woman,
- Lurleen Lumpkin as a southern belle,
- Ruth Powers as Daenerys Targaryen,
- Quimby as Hugh Hefner,
- Superintendent Chalmers as Zardoz,
- Ms. Pommelhorst as Harley Quinn,
- Otto and Sea Captain as Hobbits,
- Kent Brockman as David Bowie.
- Hans Moleman, Princess Kashmir, Stephanie Brockman, Miss Hoover, Professor Frink, Kumiko and Comic Book Guy are dressed in Steampunk outfits.
- Among the costumes Apu has for sale at Official Halloween Headquarters are Restaurant Meat Clown and Striped Hamburger Thief, references to McDonald’s‘ advertising mascots Ronald McDonald and Hamburglar, respectively.
- The song that the adults sings is a parody of the Time Warp song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- Homer references Psycho, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and the AI takeover scenario.
- The house on the hill in the background at Krustyland is the house from Psycho.
- There is a box in The Simpsons attic that says Festivus. It is both a parody and a secular holiday from the American sitcom Seinfeld.
- A boy dressed as E.T. appears.
- Homer whistles the theme song from the 1978 horror movie Halloween, refering to it as a “happy tune”.
- The song “Halloween is so bueno” is a parody of the Mexican song Cielito lindo.
- A person dressed as Cthulhu appears in Krustyland. (“Treehouse of Horror XXIV“)
- A Pumpkin House decoration appears. (“Treehouse of Horror XI“)
- Lenny and Carl are dressed as Kang and Kodos. (“Treehouse of Horror“)
- Ned asks Homer if they’re they’re heading up to the treehouse, to tell three horrifying tales? and Homer answers they’re doing it next week, referencing to the following week episode Treehouse of Horror XXVI. (“Treehouse of Horror series“)
- Homer saying they’re doing Psycho with Skinner and his mother, Skinner previously referenced Psycho saying “Oh… there’s mother now”. (“Brother from the Same Planet“)
- Reverend Lovejoy and Helen Lovejoy are dressed in the same costumes they wore when they disguised themselves at a casino for a card counting operation. (“Sky Police“)
- Agnes Skinner and Willie hook up again. (“My Fair Laddy“)
- As do Sea Captain and Lindsey Naegle. (“Ned ‘N’ Edna’s Blend“)
- During the “Adult Halloween” musical number, Sideshow Mel is drawn too tall in some shots.
- Professor Frink‘s glasses change throughout the “Adult Halloween” scene.
- When Homer sits on the couch to calm Lisa down, he puts a popcorn bowl beside her, but when the three employees ring the doorbell, the bowl disappears and Homer places a puzzle box on it’s place.
- The products at Apu‘s Official Halloween Headquarters change places between scenes.
- When Homer and Lisa are running upstairs from the invaders, Tailee disappears from Lisa’s hand and reappears when they are upstairs.
Previous Episode: Puffless
Next Episode: Treehouse of Horror XXVI
That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.
Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!