Boo to You: Authors' Favorite Halloween Episodes

If you couldn't tell all month by our Mega Monster Mash Giveaway, costume suggestions and more, we at RT are pretty big fans of Halloween. And we want you to have an awesome All Hallow's Eve. So if you're not into the bar scene, at some point tonight you'll be at home, looking to entertain yourself between trick or treaters. And we certainly don't want you to be boo-red. (We can't stop. We're too excited.) So we queried some of our favorite authors to find out their favorite Halloween TV episodes and movies — what they always watch at this time of year. We also, ahem, included video clips, if you feel the need to take a break at work today. (We don't judge!) Here's what they had to say:

Jennifer L. Armentrout: My favorite Halloween TV show isn't really a show, but a made-for-TV movie. Whenever Halloweentown comes on, I have to watch it. There's just something about Debbie Reynolds and a town where everyday is Halloween that just gets me. 

The broom scene from Halloweentown

Lauren Dane: I love scary movies and television! Halloween is a big holiday in my house because we’re all goofy and love being scared but because there’s a wide age range with my kids, we love Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  My absolute favorite Halloween television episode is, “Fear Itself.” The scary haunted house, the fear demon, the funny moments with Anya and Xander as well as the outcome really create a fantastic mix of scary and comedy. It’s one we watch every year (though for real scares, “The Gentlemen” is my all-time favorite scary episode of Buffy). 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode 4.4, "Fear, Itself"

Carly Phillips: I have two! One is a Halloween special — "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," because Charlie Brown's specials always signal holidays! And I love the characters. I also love the Modern Family, "Halloween" episode from season two, because in their dysfunction, they can be any of us and I always smile. I still don't get Claire's gruesome side though, LOL!  I'm not a scary Halloween girl!

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Dakota Cassidy: I loves me some gore! Michael Myers in Halloween (the '70s version and that music — eek! Also, Jaime Lee Curtis FOREVAR!), Candyman (sweet heaven and a hook) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre (it's hot in Texas, folks. If I had a chainsaw, I can't promise I wouldn't hack someone up, too), are just a few of my all time, old skool favorites!

The official trailer for Halloween, 1978

(We can't post any Candyman clips because we're too scared.)

What will you be watching tonight? We hope you have the happiest of Halloweens, and that you enjoyed our October spooktacular. We promise not to gear up for the holiday madness for a few weeks, at least. And if you're looking for a spooky read for tonight, be sure to visit our Everything Paranormal page.