8 Simple Rules

Season 1 Episode 7

Trick or Treehouse

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2002 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Trick or Treehouse
Paul seems to be the only one looking forward to a family Halloween, as Bridget, Kerry and Rory make plans to spend the spooky evening away from home and with their friends. But Paul's wish to relive the past by having the family get together for one last Halloween campout in the old treehouse may turn out to be the biggest nightmare of the evening.moreless

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  • classic example of the shows overall stories. bridget, kerry and rory growing up and paul attemtping to stop it!

    i never really write about kate. i see myself just skipping over her in every reviews and to be honest even though her character is important. she never does anything that exciting that can be considered for writing in a review.

    i found in this episode was the same. she gives so many one liners and helps out the others alot but yet doesn't get much credit.

    nice episode. classic example of paul looking forward to a family halloween where as everyone else wants time with friends.

    nice bit at the end with kyle. i think it hits paul then that whatever he does it always seems to fail (when it comes to stopping the girls grow up)moreless
  • Good Episode. It was a pretty fnny Halloween in the Hennessey House.

    First off this was the first ever episode of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter with John Ritter in it that I have seen. I caught like 5 episodes at the end of the show when they were aired on ABC Family and now it is back at the beginning. Well John was pretty funny in this episode how he stuggles to get his kids to spend time with him. Bridget looked older here than she did in the last season in my opinion. Kerry and Rory were pretty funny in this episode as well. After watching the last season and how the mother was a main character in alot of the episode I saw she wasn't in too many of this episode.moreless
  • A great halloween special!

    This episode was a very good halloween special! I loved how Paul and the kids had different ideas in their heads for what they wanted to do on halloween.


    1) It was very funny, as always!

    2) I loved how Paul and the kids disagreed on what to do for halloween. Paul wanted to stick to an old family tradition of sleeping in the treehouse in the back and the kids just wanted to party.

    3) I liked the thing with Kyle showing up in the treehouse at the end of the episode looking for Bridget but then finding Paul instead and Paul starts like "Rule number one, when coming to see my daughter, only knock at the front door, you may get an answer you may not."


    1) The house could've been decorated a little more for the occasion i guess.

    Overall, a very enjoyable episode!moreless
  • this gurter deminstrates how the kids are just ttrying to gain independence from the house and their parrents in general. Very good episode but could have been more serious to make it even better. After all kyle did not really need to be in the episode.moreless

    this gurter deminstrates how the kids are just ttrying to gain independence from the house and their parrents in general. Very good episode but could have been more serious to make it even better. After all kyle did not really need to be in the episode. kyle's part in the end when he climbs up the treehouse was not even nessasary. sure its for comic relief but really this would have been a much better charecter development episode for all of the cast if some of the jokes were cut out. But still it was a very nice first holiday episode.moreless
  • Paul and the kids disagree on how to spend Halloween night.

    Paul wants the family to spend the night together in the tree house, however the kids all feel that they have out grown the family tradition.

    Bridgett wants to go to a party, Kerry wants to go to a friends, and Rory wants to go out trick or treating on his own so he can pull off some pranks.

    Paul grounds all the kids and they wind up spending the night at home.

    The family eventually all re groups in the parents bedroom during a late night storm.

    I think this is a real cute and funny Halloween episode.

    I like how throughout the episode Kyle (Bridget's boyfriend) keeps trying to find Bridget in the tree house and in the house. He is a such a clueless character.moreless
John Ritter

John Ritter

Paul Hennessy (2002-2003)

Katey Sagal

Katey Sagal

Cate Egan Hennessy

David Spade

David Spade

C.J. Barnes (Episodes 40-76; special guest before that, 2004-05)

Martin Spanjers

Martin Spanjers

Rory Joseph Hennessy

James Garner

James Garner

Grandpa Jim Egan (Episodes 40-76; special guest before that, 2004-05)

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco

Bridget Hennessy

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Bridget is not in the picture because when Kerry drew it she didn't add Bridget. Instead Kerry claimed she ran out of chalk so she couldn't add her.

    • When Kate and Paul are in the treehouse alone and they are looking at the memories on the wall, Paul mentions the picture on the wall was painted by Kerry { but it looks like it was made by chalk} but then when Kate asks " Where is Bridget?" Paul answers "Kerry said that she ran out of chalk.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Kerry: Parties are stupid.
      Bridget: You mean parties that you aren't invited too.
      Kerry: Like I really want to hang out... parties are stupid!

    • Kyle: Hey Bridget how'd you get your parents- (sees Cate and Paul in the treehouse) You scared me I thought you were Bridget!
      Paul: I'm tearing this place down tomorrow.

    • Rory: Mom! (Holds up pumpkin he just carved for her to see)
      Cate: Adorable!
      Rory: Thanks. That's what I was going for.

    • Cate: Paul, give it a rest. You can't make the kids play with you.
      Paul: Play with me? They live in my house and don't even like me. They're not kids. They're cats.

    • Paul: I have it on good authority that Paul Hennessy is not dead.

    • Paul: Cate, our kids are impossible.
      Cate: I'm going back to work.

    • Kyle: Hey Bridget, for Erin's party I think you should wear a bikini and go as hot.

    • Bridget: Dad, do we really have to spend the night in that stupid treehouse again? We do it every single year.
      Cate: Every single year.
      Paul: Come on. It's our last Halloween tradition. Don't grumble, Bridget. You and Kerry won't trick or treat with me anymore so now it's just Man With Ax In Head and Little Man With Ax In Head.

    • Paul: Girls, let's not fight. Especially at this time of year. It's Halloween.
      Cate: The day our savior was what Paul, scared.

    • Cate: I don't know why I spend good money on these [paper skeletons]. I could just borrow an X-ray from radiology.
      Paul: (looking at Cate) What?
      Cate: All the other nurses do it.

    • Rory: (about to throw pumpkin guts) Oh Kerry.
      Kerry: Don't even think about it.
      Rory: Why? You don't have a boyfriend to protect you.
      Paul: Yes, she does.
      Kerry: Ewww dad!

    • Kerry: Okay, we know it's a big family tradition, but we don't want to stay the night in the tree house.
      Cate: Hey, join the club.

    • (telephone rings)
      Bridget: Kyle!
      Paul: Hand it over.
      Bridget: I'M IN HELL!

    • Kerry: Dad, please can I stay the night at Christina's.
      Paul: No, you have to be home by 11, but have a good time, Care Bear.
      Kerry: Don't call me "Care Bear," Paul.
      Paul: Did she just call me "Paul?"
      (Bridget nods)
      Paul: Okay, don't call me "Paul," missy.
      Kerry: Did Paul call me "Missy?"
      (Bridget nods)
      Paul: You know, I'm sensing a little attitude here. Is this about the tree house?
      (Bridget nods)
      Paul: You know what why don't you girls try to be mature for just three seconds. you're gonna sleep in the tree.
      Kerry: I'm gonna go to Christina's.
      Paul: Be home by 11.
      Kerry: see you later Bridget, see ya, Pa--
      Paul: Don't call me Paul.
      Kerry: Pa--
      Paul: Don't--you'll be sorry
      Kerry: Pa--
      Paul: Don't!
      Kerry: Paul!
      Paul: Have a seat, you're grounded.
      Kerry: Dad!
      Paul: Please, call me Paul.

    • Paul: I'm punishing you for lying to me.
      Bridget: Where? What was the lie?
      Paul: You didn't tell me there weren't going to be any parents at Aaron's party.
      Bridget: OK, as I recall dad, I said "God, we know the rules," and then I rolled my eyes.
      Paul: It was a lie of omission. You can't go to parties where there aren't any parents. You're staying home tonight.
      Bridget: How is it supposed to encourage open and honest communication if I get punished every time I don't tell you something?
      Paul: How could you be possibly be failing three subjects?

    • Paul: Where's Rory?
      (he comes in through the back door.)
      Rory: It's no fun egging your own house.

    • Bridget: I hate Beth Doyle. She wears a scrunchie!

    • Little Girl: Trick or treat. I'm an angel.
      Paul: Yeah, you may be an angel now, but in a few years you'll be killing your father.
      Little Girl: Daddy!

    • Cate: Kids! (waves hand and Rory, Bridget and Kerry all silence)
      Paul: Seriously, you have got to show me how you do that.

  • NOTES (4)


    • "Theodore, Simon, Alvin!!!!!" - Calling his kids out to the treehouse, Paul Hennessy (John Ritter) quotes from an old 1950s cartoon about singing chipmunks called "Alvin and the Chipmunks."

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