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Donut Homer This episode is considered non-canon, and the events featured are not part of the timeline of the series' continuity.

This article refers to the first episode in the Treehouse of Horror sub-series. For an overview of the sub-series as a whole, see Treehouse of Horror series.
"Hello, everyone. You know, Halloween is a very strange holiday. Personally, I don't understand it. Kids worshiping ghosts, pretending to be devils. Oooh, things on TV that are completely not appropriate for younger viewers. Things like the following half-hour. Nothing seems to bother my kids. But tonight's show, which I totally wash my hands of, is really scary. So, if you have sensitive children, maybe you should tuck them into bed early tonight, instead of writing us angry letters tomorrow. Thanks for your attention."
Marge Simpson

"Treehouse of Horror" (also known as "The Simpsons Halloween Special") is the third episode of Season 2, the show's 16th episode overall, and the very first Halloween special. Kang and Kodos both make their first appearance in this episode.


The first of the annual Halloween spook-fest where Bart and Lisa tell scary stories in their treehouse while Homer eavesdrops. In "Bad Dream House", the Simpsons move into a haunted house whose spirits urge them to kill each other. In "Hungry Are the Damned", The Simpsons get abducted by aliens who may or may not be fattening them up for dinner. Finally, Lisa tells her spin on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", where the narrator (Homer) is haunted by a raven (Bart) while pining for his lost Lenore (Marge).

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Opening Sequence[]

Treehouse of horror

The Episode's logo

In a parody of the original Frankenstein film, Marge warns viewers that the following program (The Simpsons) may give their children nightmares, so she suggests the adults to "tuck your children into bed tonight instead of writing us angry letters tomorrow." The show then begins.


Treehouse of Horror

Bart, Lisa and Maggie at the Treehouse

When Homer comes back from trick-or-treating, he notices Bart and Lisa are telling ghost stories (while Maggie watches) in Bart's treehouse. He climbs up and eavesdrops while Bart comments on Lisa's first story. Bart begins telling his own story called: Bad Dream House.

Bad Dream House[]

Bad Dream House

Bad Dream House title card

In a parody of The Amityville Horror, the Simpson s move into a new home at a great price. Lisa and Marge are scared there is an evil presence lurking in the house, though Homer says there is nothing to worry about, despite there being a vortex in the kitchen. Homer throws an orange into the vortex, although the ones who live in the vortex throw it out with a note that asks them not to throw in stuff. Bart is then strangled by a lamp cord as the house threatens the family to leave, hurling Homer up to the ceiling.

When everyone tries to settle into sleep, the house takes possession of Homer and the children, and the four of them grab various weapons to kill each other, but Marge stops them. The family then finds out there is an ancient Indian burial ground in the cellar. Suddenly, the house threatens them that they will perish horribly. Marge becomes outraged and yells at the house to shut up and show them some manners, and after a few moments, hurt by Marge's words, it complies. After harassment by Bart and Lisa, Marge asks Homer if he knew the house was haunted, Homer says no but after calling the real estate agent, h had told told them multiple times the house was haunted. Marge explains that since they are living in the house, the house is going to have to accept this. The house asks them to leave for a moment as it chooses what to do. The estate determines that it would rather die than live with the Simpsons, and the house implodes into nothingness, which is a nod to Poltergeist (1982). Lisa implies that the house's self-destruction cannot help but cause her some guilt.

Hungry are the Damned[]

Hungry Are The Damned

Hungry Are The Damned title card

In a parody of the 1950 story by Damon Knight from Galaxy Science Fiction (and its 1962 Twilight Zone episode adaptation) titled To Serve Man, the Simpsons are having a outdoor barbecue in their backyard until an alien spaceship suddenly abducts them (and struggles to abduct Homer due to his immense weight). When they arrive on the ship, they meet Kang, Kodos, and Serak the Preparer, who treat the Simpsons extremely well by giving them countless amounts of food to hold them over until "the great feast at Rigel 4." These three aliens call themselves Rigellians.

After the family is weighed on a giant scale and the Rigellians constantly make references to food, Lisa becomes suspicious and questions the aliens' true motives. One night, she wanders around the spaceship and heads into the aliens' kitchen, when the chef Serak cooks something to "give the humans the perfect flavor"

After he leaves the room, Lisa grabs the book called "How to Cook Humans", runs to her family and accuses the Rigellians of feeding them all up to eat the humans. However, it is then revealed that Lisa did not see the whole title of the book, which is actually called "How to Cook for Forty Humans". The Rigellians feel sad, disappointed, and angry at the family, for suspecting them. As punishment, they return the family to Earth. Before leaving, Kang and Kodos state that the family could have lived in luxury, but now because of their inability to trust they will have to live the life "not gods, but normal human beings".

As the aliens leave, Lisa laments that, sadly, they were right. They, the Simpson family, were the true monsters after all. The rest of the family don't share this sentiment, since Lisa was the only one to inaccurately suspected that the aliens were up to no good. Marge, calls her daughter out on this, stating that sometimes she is just to smart for her own good. Bart and Homer end the segment sarcastically thanking Lisa for ruining their chance to live in prosperity.

The Raven[]


Bart as ”The Raven”

The Raven

The Raven Title Card

In a retelling of the Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem, "The Raven", The Raven Narrator (Homer) reads a book to forget the lost lover of his, Lenore (Marge). He hears a knock, but there is no one in front of the door. Knocking goes on and he finds out it is a raven (Bart) behind the window. As he opens it, the raven flies into the room, sits on the bust of Pallas above the door and says "Eat my shorts" (actually said by Bart, whom is interrupted by Lisa telling him that the raven says Nevermore and nothing else). But as the story continues, the raven keeps on repeating "Nevermore", driving the narrator crazy. He tries to catch the raven, destroying his room in the process. At the end, the mad narrator lies in the centre of the room, surrounded by books, gaping helplessly at the raven, who cruelly laughs.


Later, as the whole episode comes to a close, Bart complains to Lisa that "The Raven" was more depressing than scary. Lisa notes that "The Raven" was published back in 1845 and suggests that people may have been a lot easier to scare back then. The siblings go on to talk about the other stories weren't all that scary either and how, by current standards for stuff like horror movies, even a movie like Friday the 13th is fairly tame. Bart, Lisa and Maggie climb down from the treehouse and go to bed, unaware that their dad was listening in on all the stories and, unlike his kids, is genuinely freaked out by them. While the family is lying in bed, Homer's still freaked but Marge tries to assure her husband that they're just made-up stories and won't bring him any harm. As they're lying in bed, Homer notices a raven outside their bedroom window that's similar to the one from the poem--he declares that he "hates Halloween" and hides under the sheets as a wolf howls.


Behind the Laughter[]


The episode is considered to be non-canon and takes place outside the normal continuity of the show. Part of the series' attraction to the writers is that they are able to break the rules and include violence and kill off characters, which they would not usually be able in a regular episode.

This episode introduced the title to future Halloween episodes of the show, it was supposed to represent the Simpson children telling scary stories in their treehouse.


Since it first aired, the episode has received very optimistic reviews from television critics and is near always included in the lists of "best episodes" of the show. "The Raven" received singular praise, for James Earl Jones' performance, the atmosphere and take on the classic poem. It is often cited as one of the best Treehouse of Horror, and overall Simpsons segments.


Treehouse of Horror series
Season 1 Season 2 Episodes Season 3
Bart Gets an "F"Simpson and DelilahTreehouse of Horror (aka "The Simpsons Halloween Special") • Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every FishDancin' HomerDead Putting SocietyBart vs. ThanksgivingBart the DaredevilItchy & Scratchy & MargeBart Gets Hit by a CarOne Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue FishThe Way We WasHomer vs. Lisa and the 8th CommandmentPrincipal CharmingOh Brother, Where Art Thou?Bart's Dog Gets an FOld MoneyBrush with GreatnessLisa's SubstituteThe War of the SimpsonsThree Men and a Comic BookBlood Feud