The Simpsons

Treehouse of Horror

Season 2, Ep 3, Aired 10/25/90
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  • Episode Description
  • In the backyard treehouse on Halloween, Bart and Lisa try to frighten each other by telling three scary stories. Bad Dream House The family moves into a new house and eerie things begin to happen. Hungry Are The Damned The Simpsons are abducted by aliens, Kang and Kodos, who seem to have plans on eating the family. The Raven Lisa reads the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Silverman

  • Rich Moore

  • Wesley Archer

  • Sam Simon

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Fan Reviews (30)
  • The First Treehouse of Horror

    By Tvteen, Jan 15, 2013

  • The Simpsons begins its annual Halloween tradition with the first installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    By meathead704, Nov 05, 2007

  • First of the perfect horror episodes.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • the simpsons first tree house of horror

    By cube2k8, May 04, 2010

  • only treehouse of horror IN a treehouse!

    By futuramarama, Apr 05, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Marge: I'm not going to live in a house of evil just to save a few dollars!

    • Evil Spirit: Get out. Marge: What on earth was that? Homer: Probably just the house settling.

    • (Lisa finishes reading The Raven.) Bart: Lisa, that wasn't scary, not even for a poem. Lisa: Well, it was written in 1845. Maybe people were easier to scare back then. Bart: Oh, yeah. Like when you look at Friday the 13th, part one. It's pretty tame by today's standards.

    • (Kang shows off his TV to the Simpsons.) Kang: On this cable system, we receive over one million channels from the furthest reaches of the galaxy. Bart: You get HBO? Kang: No. That would cost extra.

    • (In the evil house, Marge catches the rest of the family trying to kill each other with knives.) Marge: That does it. Children, get dressed. We're leaving. Homer: Come on, Marge. You said you'd sleep on it. Marge: I don't care what I said. This family has had its differences and we've squabbled, but we've never had knife fights before, and I blame this house.

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    Notes (7)

    • This is the first episode of The Simpsons to be scored by Alf Clausen, whom will then go on to compose the music for all episodes afterward (and win two Emmys and receive several nominations doing so.)

    • In Spanish, all the Treehouse of Horror episodes are known as "Especial de Noche de Brujas de los Simpsons." (Simpsons Halloween Special)

    • In the Season Two DVD Commentary track, we learn Matt Groening wanted to take the cookbook joke one step further and have it read "How To Cook For Forty Humans & Then Eat Them."

    • Opening Credit Tombstones: Ishmael Simpson, Ezekiel Simpson, Cornelius V. Simpson, Garfield, The Grateful Dead, Casper The Friendly Boy, Elvis, Your Name Here, Paul McCartney, and Disco.

    • First Appearance: Kang and Kodos

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    Trivia (9)

    • The hands of the wisps of smoke that cradle Homer's head have just three fingers and a thumb, like the Simpsons.

    • The TV on the spaceship airs "The Itchy & Scratchy Show".

    • In "Bad Dream House," tombstones from an Indian burial ground can be seen in the basement, they read as follows: Hiawatha, Cochise, Sitting Bull, Pocahontas, Crazy Horse, Not So Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Sacajawea, Mahatma Gandhi, and Tonto.

    • Goof: In "Hungry Are the Damned", when the family is looking up at the UFO and Homer says that the burgers are getting cold, the burger he is eating has a bite out of it. However, in a close-up shot, it is a whole burger again.

    • According to this episode, Kang and Kodos are from the planet Rigel Four.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Friday the 13th
      The classic horror movie Bart mentions towards the end of the episode was released in 1980 by Paramount Pictures. The movie then became a popular franchize.

    • Pallas
      Pallas, also known as Pallas Athena is the Greek god of wisdom and war, son of Zeus and Metis, one of the most famous gods of this mythology.

    • Poltergeist The house in the "Bad Dream House" segment implodes in a fashion similar to the house from the 1982 movie Poltergeist.

    • Hungry Are the Damned
      This is a parody of Damon Knight's classic short story To Serve Man, off of which a Twilight Zone episode of the same name is based.

    • Tombstone: Casper The Friendly Boy A quick and funny reference to the previous life of Casper The Friendly Ghost and his show, The New Casper Cartoon Show.

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