Moe Baby Blues
Treehouse of Horror XIV
My Mother the Carjacker
Treehouse of Horror XIII
Treehouse of Horror XIV
Treehouse of Horror XV


  • The Halloween names return to the closing credits, making it the first Treehouse of Horror episode since Treehouse of Horror XI to include Halloween names (this was pointed out in this episode's credits by "Al Jean", as "Al "Halloween Names Are Back" Jean").
  • Before hitting the Grim Reaper, Homer mentions Lisa's previous cat Snowball I and John F. Kennedy.
  • In this episode, we see one of many (probably failure) attempts of mafia to kill Frankie the Squealer.
  • Some of people who were killed by Homer at the stadium are Kirk Van Houten and Reverend Lovejoy.
  • This is the first episode to air after The Simpsons: Hit & Run.
  • This is the first Treehouse of Horror episode to have a character directly reference in one segment the events of another segment (Homer expresses regret that he gave up on his Death powers regarding Frinkenstein upon witnessing his actions).
  • The part of the intro where Kang and Kodos discuss the ridiculousness of airing a Halloween themed episode in November is a reference to the fact that many Treehouse of Horror episodes-despite their Halloween theme-tend to air after the holiday due to Fox's contract with Major League Baseball for the World Series.
  • This episode marks the second time Homer was cast to be a Marvel Comics character (which also was a beast-like character); the first time was in "I Am Furious (Yellow)", where he lost his temper and temporarily acted as The Incredible Hulk.
  • Referring to the remark about Homer talking about the previous episode, this also sort of happens in "Treehouse of Horror XII," where the Leprechaun from the first story, "Hex and the City", is seen on Bart's back in the "Wiz Kids" segment.
  • The scene where Professor Frink kicks his father in the crotch is similar to the second Scooby-Doo movie, where Velma kicks the Black Knight ghost in the crotch, saying it was his "weak spot". The film was released four months after the episode aired.
  • Parts of Frink's father include:
  • Skinner, Nelson and Homer all wear briefs in "Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off", not boxers.
  • When Lisa uses the stopwatch at the end of "Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off", the things that suddenly happen to the other members of the family are:
    • The upper portion of their bodies become rockets and zoom around.
    • They turn into bobbleheads.
    • They switch sexes. (Maggie resembles Baby Gerald.)
    • They turn into TV Guide covers.
    • They turn into the Fantastic Four.
    • They return to normal, but are playing with hula-hoops.
    • Strangely enough, when Lisa does all of this, Bart somehow changes back to his normal self.
  • This is the last episode of many things:
    • The last time Bart made someone appear to pick their nose occurred in "Bart the Lover".
    • The final episode to feature a partially eaten corpse was "King of the Hill".
    • The final Halloween special where a Simpson repeatedly alters the universe until stopping in a similar universe was "Treehouse of Horror V".
    • The final Halloween special to have a Halloween remixed ending theme of The Simpsons.
  • Every Halloween special from this point onward will all be written by one person. The only exception is "Treehouse of Horror XXIII", which had two writers.

Cultural References

  • In the intro, Bart wears a Charlie Brown costume and Lisa wears a Lucy van Pelt costume.
  • The first segment makes a reference to "The Santa Clause" the way Homer turns into the Grim Reaper.
  • Reaper Madness is based on the Family Guy season 2 episode "Death Is a Bitch".
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm: When Marge tells Homer to take the old Death to the curb for the trash pickup, Homer replies, "I'll curb him, but without enthusiasm!"
  • "Yakety Sax," the theme music from The Benny Hill Show, plays as the Bart and the family tries to elude Death, running in the same time-lapsey style as in Benny Hill.
  • When Frinkenstein walks down the street after reassembling himself from other people's body parts, the music playing over the scene is "Stayin' Alive" from Saturday Night Fever. This references the song being played in the opening scene of the original movie as Tony walks through the city.
  • Reaper Madness refers to the film Reefer Madness.
  • Frinkenstein is an obvious parody of the 1931 horror monster film Frankenstein with Jonathan Frink Sr. as Frankenstein's monster.
  • Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off is a parody of the Twilight Zone episode A Kind of a Stopwatch.
  • Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off refers to the musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off.
  • When the crowd runs after Bart and Milhouse, Comic Book Guy holds a lightsaber from the Star Wars movie series.
  • When Lisa pushes a second button on the stopwatch, the Simpsons change themselves. In one of their changes, they look like characters from the Fantastic Four: Homer as Ben Grimm (The Thing), Marge as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), Bart as Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) and Maggie as Susan Storm (The Invisible Woman).
  • The Beverly Hillbillies After Professor Frink showed Lisa a clip from The Beverly Hillbillies, he removed Elly May and Granny's clothes. After that Granny told Elly May that she had some bad news, Jethro had ate her monkey.
  • After first freezing Lisa, Bart says "Wow, she looks like a background character from a Hanna-Barbera cartoon". Referencing that background characters in cartoons are often still and motionless.
  • The scene where Death is chasing the Simpson family in the upstairs of their house is similar to the Scooby-Doo characters being chased through a set of rooms. Also from Benny Hill.
  • Jerry Lewis reprised his role from The Nutty Professor.
  • Jerry Lewis played Frinks father which makes sense since Frink is based on Jerry Lewis' character from The Nutty Professor which sort of makes him Professor Frinks Father.
  • Frink's father, as Frankenstein, harvesting organs, but from living people. First he bumps into jogging Ned Flanders asking him Who are you, the 700 Club. Is from the show of the same name.
  • The bobble head Simpson family are like the bobble head universe from the Futurama episode The Farnsworth Parabox, 4ACV15.
  • The scene where Professor Frink kicks his father in the crotch is similar to the second Scooby-Doo movie, where Velma kicks the Black Knight ghost in the crotch, saying it was his "weak spot".
  • Jerry Lewis voices a "he-man scientist" who bears a striking physical resemblance to Doc Savage from Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
  • One of the comics Bart pulls out is titled ‘Batman and Rhoda’. Julie Kavner played Rhoda’s sister, Brenda, on the show.



  • When Bart and Lisa begin fighting, the pile of candy disappears from the carpet.

Reaper Madness

  • When Homer is going down to get some better seats at the game, everyone he touches dies. However, a man blocks Homer from touching his forehead he survives.


  • Right before Professor Frink's father is kicked, Professor Frink is wearing the Nobel Prize. When his father is on the ground, his father is wearing the Nobel Prize.
  • At the beginning of the segment Professor Frink states that his father no longer has a penis. However later on in the segment Professor Frink kicks him in the "balls" (penis), it is never mentioned that Professor Frink's father had gotten a penis in some way, this however could be just a simple mistake. He stated he had no penis; it's possible the testicles, as useless as they'd be at this point, weren't removed.

Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off

  • When the Simpsons are hula-hooping, Bart moves from the floor to his bed.
  • When Lisa uses the stopwatch at the end, Bart changes back from his 25-year old self back to his 10-year old self without explanation.

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