10 best TV episodes to watch on Netflix for Halloween 2019, including episodes from Stranger Things, The Office, Friends, Parks and Rec and more.
Picture this: It’s an October night. The windows are open to let in that crisp air. Pumpkin candles are lit and filling your room with warm autumn scents. You grab your favorite throw blanket, pour a glass of apple cider, and turn on Netflix. Now, it’s time to binge a few Halloween favorites as you settle in and get cozy for the night.
If you aren’t quite in the mood for Halloween movies but still want the spirit of the season while sticking to your comfort shows, you’ll need to know where to start with the Halloween specials.
If you’re a Friends or The Office fanatic, you might already know which seasons to jump into for some holiday fun.
Here’s 10 of the best Halloween episodes to watch on Netflix right now:
Friends – “The One with the Halloween Party”
Season 8, Episode 6
Most of you might recognize this episode as the one where Ross dressed as a satellite potato he calls Spud-nik while Chandler is in a pink bunny suit. The reason being that the entire episode takes place at Monica and Chandler’s Halloween Party where the plot centers around Phoebe who meets her twin sister’s fiancée who she immediately falls for. Meanwhile, Rachel deals with some difficult trick or treaters.
The Office – “Halloween”
Season 2, Episode 5
This episode is the first and arguably best Halloween episode of The Office. This is where you get the iconic Three Hole Punch Jim costume and Pam in her black cat outfit, which has inspired quite a few couples’ costumes.
In this episode, Michael is told he has to fire someone by the end of the day (something he’s had the entire month to do, but didn’t). Most of the episode is Michael attempting to fire someone while the employees go about their day in costume. The end is rather sweet, showing Michael passing out Halloween candy to a few kids after a rough day.
Parks and Rec – “Greg Pikitis”
Season 2, Episode 7
It’s Halloween in Pawnee, Indiana, and Leslie is trying to stop her teenage nemesis, Greg Pikitis – a local bully and prankster. Every Halloween, Greg vandalizes a statue, and Leslie tries to keep an eye on him all night in order to catch him.
Meanwhile, Ann attempts to throw a Halloween party, but it goes less than stellar leading her to ask for Tom’s help to salvage the night. In this episode, we also see the first appearance of Andy’s famous Burt Macklin persona as he interrogates Greg.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell – All Episodes
While this isn’t technically a Halloween special, The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell very much falls into the category of “comfort show”. There’s only one season up with six half hour episodes, making it an easy binge for a night in. The show is part arts and crafts, part baking, part quirky sitcom. Christine lives in a haunted house filled with lovable monsters she calls family who help her out as she shares recipes for cooking and other spooky creations.
Check out the trailer below!
Frasier – “Halloween”
Season 5, Episode 3
Going along with the theme of costume parties, Niles decides to throw his own Halloween get-together where the guests come dressed as characters from famous literature. The main plot centers on Roz who thinks she might be pregnant and is waiting on a call from her doctor during the event.
Meanwhile, there’s a chain of humorous miscommunications as characters eavesdrop and gossip throughout the party leading Niles to fear Frasier and his crush, Daphne, are more than just friends. I’m partial to this episode because I love the literary theme of the party and the costumes are absolutely fantastic. The aesthetic of this episode alone is enough to make me return to it every year.
Bojack Horseman – “Mr. Peanutbutter’s Boos”
Season 5, Episode 8
This episode gives you not one, but four Halloween parties with decade specific costumes to adore as you watch. Mr. Peanutbutter has had Bojack reluctantly host a costume party for the past 25 years and this episode picks out four particular years to focus on, one from the 1993, 2004, 2009, and 2018. Each shows Mr. Peanutbutter with a different love of his life – the girls noticeably get younger as Mr. Peanutbutter grows older. Each party begins with the couple being happy in love and ends with a fight representing Mr. Peanutbutter’s difficulty in maintaining relationships and understanding his partner.
That 70’s Show – “Halloween”
Season 2, Episode 5
You might also refer to this episode as the one where Fez dresses like Batman. In “Halloween,” the gang takes Fez out trick or treating since he’s never been and visit their old grammar school, which was burned down, which turns out to be much eerier than they expected. Meanwhile, Red and Kitty reminisce to Halloween of 1957 where they threw a small Halloween party and Kitty first found out she was pregnant.
Stranger Things – “Trick or Treat, Freak”
Season 2, Episode 2
While Stranger Things is already the perfect series for Fall, this episode brings an extra dose of that October aesthetic. The kids go out trick or treating dressed as Ghostbusters (which is perfect), and Will comes across something terrifying. Meanwhile, Mike misses Eleven and wonders if she’s still out there and Nancy struggles with the death of her friend, Barb.
New Girl – “Halloween”
Season 2, Episode 6
Instead of a Halloween party, this episode’s primary set is a Halloween Carnival that Jess is working. The plot centers on Jess developing genuine feelings for Sam who, up until this point, was just a fling while Nick runs into his ex-girlfriend from college and decides to face two of his biggest fears – relationships and haunted houses.
Gilmore Girls – “Pulp Friction”
Season 5, Episode 17
If you like costume parties with a theme then you might be interested in the backdrop of this episode, which is a nod to the Quentin Tarantino film. The plot centers around Rory wanting to make her love interest, Logan, jealous after she sees him out with another girl. She brings one of his friends to a Halloween party where drama ensues.