11 Best Halloween episodes to stream on Netflix and Hulu


Sure, it’s still September, but if you’re anything like us, it’s already time to prepare for a night of festive binge-watching.

The leaves are changing, the air is getting colder, and the Halloween candy is already being shelf-stocked in grocery stores everywhere! It’s time to welcome the Halloween season by watching our favorite movies and TV shows!

While most have their favorite films set aside for the perfect “fright night,” it can be a real nightmare surfing through Netflix and Hulu for the right sequence of bewitching television episodes. Luckily, we’ve made a list to make the process a little less blood, guts and gore.

Here are the best Halloween episodes to watch on Netflix and Hulu…

Friends: “The One With the Halloween Party”

(Season 8, Episode 6)

Not all Halloween parties include arm wrestling, Easter Bunny costumes and radioactive potatoes, but not all Halloween parties are hosted by Monica Geller.  While Chandler mocks Ross’ “Spudnick” outfit, pointing his pink bunny paws, Rachel attempts to get in touch with her maternal instincts by handing out candy (and checks) to trick-or-treaters.

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Watch it on: Netflix

How I Met Your Mother: “The Slutty Pumpkin” 

(Season 1, Episode 6)

True to Ted’s “pining” nature, Mr. Ballot spends all Halloween night on a mission to reconnect with a “slutty pumpkin” woman he fell for years prior on the same night, despite Barney’s please for Ted to accompany him to a Victoria’s Secret Halloween party. This episode was apparently so memorable that the show circles back around to the unconventional love story in “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns” (Season 7, Episode 8).

Watch it on: Hulu

New Girl: “Keaton”

(Season 3, Episode 6)

Jess, the ever-festive flat mate, decides to throw a Halloween party, but her best friend Cece refuses to attend if Schmidt will be there. Meanwhile Nick and Winston confine in Jess the years they spent posing as Schmidt’s childhood idol, Michael Keaton in order to save Schmidt from his own depression. The three begin writing to Schmidt as the Batman icon once again to get him back into the Halloween spirit, but things don’t exactly go as planned.

Watch it on: Hulu or Netflix

30 Rock: “Stone Mountain”

(Season 4, Episode 3)

While the studio writers are focused on throwing their annual Halloween party, Liz and Jack go to Stone Mountain, Georgia, to search for new talent in “middle America.” Meanwhile, Jenna is trying to suck up to the writers in order to secure her career among the new cast members, plus Tracey Jordan casually tries to kill Jimmy Fallon to complete the “rule of threes” in regards to news of celebrity deaths.

Watch it on: Hulu

That ’70s Show: “Too Old to Trick-or-Treat, Too Young to Die”

(Season 3, Episode 4)

Everyone’s favorite basement crew spoofs a variety of Hitchcock movies, including Psycho, Rear Window and The Birds. As a bonus, Fez wears black lingerie. Who would want to miss that?

Watch it on: Netflix

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Charmed: “All Halliwell’s Eve”

(Season 3, Episode 4)

This would hardly be a true Halloween list without paying tribute to Charmed. The WB series’ season three pays special tribute to “the wisdom and power of women,” with the three magical sisters being sent back in time on Halloween to save a baby from being born into the clutches of evil. And let’s not forget the boatloads of early 2000s body glitter.

Watch it on: Netflix

Will & Grace: “It’s the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

(Season 5, Episode 5)

NBCs two beloved beauty queens, Will and Grace, jokingly consider group pumpkin picking and taking a bike ride in the Catskills with Leo (guest star Harry Connick Jr). But the two friends are taken by surprise when Leo shows up, actually planning to go. Meanwhile, Jack councils Karen on her affair.

Watch it on: Hulu

The Office: “Halloween”

(Season 2, Episode 5)

A two-headed Michael is instructed by corporate to fire one of Dunder Mifflin’s employees, so naturally he designates the Accounting trio, Angela, Oscar and Kevin, to find an extra $50,000 in the budget. Meanwhile, an annoyed Jim and Pam post Dwight’s resume online, including in the description his ample skill in martial arts.

Watch it on: Netflix

Once Upon A Time: “The Doctor” 

(Season 2, Episode 5)

This is once of the Once Upon A Time episodes that dabbled in some classic horror. The Halloween-themed story gives audiences a deeper and darker look at the past life of Queen Regina, who in the present begins to see a ghost from her younger days. As flashbacks show her training with Rumplestiltskin, it’s also no surprise that the Evil Queen used to know the famous Doctor Frankenstein. In addition, Sebastian Stan makes a pre-Marvel Universe appearances as the Mad Hatter.

Watch it on: Netflix

Supernatural: “Monster Movie”

(Season 4, Episode 5)

The Winchester brothers find themselves at a local Oktoberfest celebration in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, investigating a series of suspicious murders, perpetrated by what locals describe as a vampire and werewolf.  While pretty much any episode from Supernatural could be considered a festively spooky tale, this black and white monster mash combines the best Halloween classics–Dracula, Wolfman and the Mummy–to create a modern-day masterpiece.

Watch it on: Netflix

Parks & Recreation’s “Halloween Surprise” 

(Season 5, Episode 5)

Leslie’s future with Ben is on hold after he gets a new job offer, Leslie and Ann give Jerry a heart attack (surprise, surprise), and Ron’s relationship with his new girlfriend is in jeopardy when her two little girls, dressed as princesses, begin sobbing over broken crowns. But, as the title suggests, the episode closes with a special “surprise,” and an emotional wallop.

Watch it on: Netflix

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