Season 4 Episode 6


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSI team goes to a haunted house to solve more than just the latest case. Before they can solve the crime Lindsay is told something will happen to her if she doesn't leave soon. Meanwhile, a man falls dead in the street during a zombie mob, and it appears that he may have crawled out of a grave after being prematurely buried.moreless

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  • Mac and Stella investigate the death of a "zombie" in Times Square. Elsewhere, in the infamous Long Island town of Amityville, Lindsay and Danny investigate what appears to be a murder suicide in the house that inspired The Amityville Horror.moreless

    This episode, while just a little farfetched, worked very well and was very entertaining. A great Halloween episode. From the opening scene until the very end, the viewer's attenetion is held and doesn't let up. The story in this episode is very well written. I especially liked how both stories reached a plausible and satisfying conclusion which made this episode all the more enjoyable. The viewer also gets a little insite into Mac's 333 calls which is also a high point. In terms of a Halloween themed episode, CSI: NY succeeded where CSI: Miami failed.moreless
  • CSINY Halloween Special!

    Danny and Lindsey investigate the murder of an entire family in a supposedly haunted house in amityville. Mac and Stella investigate the death of a man who rose from the dead.

    This episode isn't supposed to be anything but a bit of fun and thats what it is. The opening was very entertaining with the spooky graveyard scene and the man bursting out of the coffin. Another great scene was when the old woman jumped out at lindsey in the dark hallway. Generally just a bit of Horror themed fun this episode certainly kept me entertained from start to finish. Happy Halloween from CSINY!moreless
  • good and bad...

    I have mixed feelings about this episode. I liked one of the cases and hated the other. The case where the dead man "came back to life" and then died again was stupid. The only thing I liked about it was that Mac saw teh voo-doo lady and she had the 333 and 666 on her eye lids. The other case was that a whole family was murdered in a "haunted house." It just turned out that a young man killed them when they came home early. That was really creepy. Overall, this episode had one interesting case and one stupid case.moreless
  • Interesting

    It was great to shown a medical "zombie", also it showed that Mac's stocker is MIA; they should solve that issue regarding Mac's stocker........also, they must show anything regarding Lindsay and Danni relatonship. Also, they must show what is happening in Stella's personal life.......I think this is a very good show, it teach how NY city is. Mac should return to the UK to find his ex girlfriend....they made a good couple, also Lindsay and Danni, they should explode that relationship......I think fans will love it........Don is very friendly to the CSI team, and they should give Don a promotion to Captain or something, he is the "only one" detective that works on the NYPDmoreless
  • Weird episode

    This is definitely one of the weirdest episodes out season 4 that I've seen. Of course the highlight of this episode to all of the fans of the romance between Danny and Lindsay is where Danny calls Lindsay honey. This season they are trying to keep it on a low keep the relationship between Messer and Monroe. To me it's building up to something, but who knows. And alot of people are critizing on the address of the house in Amityville NY. You have to remember they only did a reference to movie since this was a halloween episode. Just because the address number in the movie was only 3 digits. This house isn't located in that state. This house is located in New York. So just the fact that the number was three digits, just points out that the idea came from the movie. Just like Lindsay stated like in the movie.....in the movie the boy killed his entire family. In this episode the father killed himself and the boy accidently killed his little sister, there are huge differences between this episode and the show Amityville Horror. God forbid they make an episode that makes a reference to a movie and not have it be word for word.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Kehli O'Byrne

Kehli O'Byrne

Amy Duncan

Guest Star

Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern


Guest Star

John Edward Lee

John Edward Lee


Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Danny and Lindsay enter the house in Amityville, Danny lays down a series of acrylic step plates presumably to preserve the crime scene. However, when they first arrive at the location, the sheriff walks out of the front door of the house, which indicates that the local law enforcement has already contaminated the crime scene.

      In a later scene, Lindsay is alone in the main hallway of the house and is attacked by the old woman. There are no step plates in the scene even though the bodies of the murdered family are still laying in the hall.

    • The blind woman tells Mac that he is cursed and lays out three Tarot cards: the Tower, the Hanged Man and the Devil. The Tower stands for death, chaos, ruin and also revelation of the hidden truth. The Devil stands for lack of faith. The Hanged Man symbolizes sacrifice. Josephine tells Mac that 333, the Devil's son, acts in response to the sins of our youth. Apparently, Mac keeps a secret that is connected to something that happened to him in his youth, some kind of sin from his past that is buried and struggling to come to light.

    • Guest star Seth Peterson co-starred with Melina Kanakaredes in the series Providence playing brother and sister. But they didn't appear together in this episode.

    • Goof: (?) Jurisdiction wise, the NYPD shouldn't investigate a case in Amityville in Long Island. Apparently, a plane crash keeps the local investigators busy; however can every investigator in the Suffolk County Police and the state police department be busy? The crime scene needs forensics experts, it is possinble the plane crash, a HUGE scene to cover, does require the forensic teams of all of Suffolk County (which while large, if an entire plane needs to be encompassed it could be possible). Also, Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year as many hooligans feel the need to vandalize things.

    • Just after the titles are shown, the camera pans across some buildings where the lighting pattern in the occupied offices makes a skeleton skull.

    • Tetrodotoxin comes from the Puffer fish.

    • Goof: Mac's statement that there is no reason to make a voodoo doll other than to wish harm on someone is incorrect. Voodoo is actually focused on healing and protection from evil spirits and there has never been any evidence of a so called 'voodoo doll' being used by followers of the religion. The myth was perpetuated by English merchants in the 18th century and is believed to be based on practices of European witchcraft at the time. The lurid tales of voodoo dolls, curses and zombies however proved popular with the masses and later with Hollywood, and the image of a voodoo priest sticking pins into a 'voodoo doll' stuck.

    • Goof: During the opening act, Lindsay states that the address of the crime scene is 1135 Ocean Ave. in Amityville.

      Even though Ocean Ave. is where the actual "Amityville Horror" house is located, the address is wrong. Addresses on that street are only 3 digits and the house was located at 110 Ocean Ave.

  • QUOTES (12)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Seth Peterson, who plays Henry Willens in this episode, co starred with Melina Kanakaredes in the show Providence, where he was cast as her brother. They don't have interaction in this episode though.

    • Joe Dante uses several classic horror movie lighting and camera tricks which prove effective without being distracting.

    • Spanish episode title: Trick or Treat? Funny how a title in English is used and it isn't the original title of the English version.

    • Bruce Dern & Robert Picardo are members of the Dante troupe. Together they acted in the 1989 Tom Hanks led comedy, The 'burbs. This episode also reunites Robert Picardo with the other Robert on he show, Robert Joy. Both men worked together on Picardo's own series, Star Trek:Voyager in the seventh season 2-part outing, Workforce.

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: January 23, 2008 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: Febuary 16, 2008 on Channel 5.
      Sweden: February 25, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Denmark: March 10, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Venezuela: March 20, 2008 on Sony Entertainment television.
      Turkey: April 7, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 8, 2008 on AXN Spain.
      The Netherlands: April 9, 2008 on RTL4.
      Australia: April 21, 2008 on Nine.
      Slovenia: October 2, 2008 on POP TV.
      Finland: April 22, 2009 on MTV3.
      Slovakia: July 21, 2009 on JOJ.

    • Music Featured:
      Paper Money by Soulsavers.

    • This is the first Halloween themed episode for CSI: NY. Following suit with the original C.S.I.'s season 3 episode. Abra-Cadaver (31 0ctober 2002) & CSI: Miami & their third season Hell Night (24 0ctober 2004).


    • One crime in this episode is set in a spooky old house in Amityville, New York, best known for The Amityville Horror.

      The real-life story, on which the films are based, claims the house was haunted because of an earlier killing spree, when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot six members of his family to death.

    • Use of a cricket bat to kill a zombie is a reference to the film Shaun of the Dead where it is the favoured zombie killing weapon of the title character.

    • Flack: Happy Halloweird.

      When Flack says to Mac, Happy Halloweird, this may be a deliberate reference to the original C.S.I. as Halloweird was the costume & prop shop run by C.S.I.'s first serial killer Paul Milander. Milander's father started the business.

    • Among the evidence being examined from the voodoo doll found in Dexter Nevins' coffin is a pack of Morley cigarettes.

      Morley is the brand of cigarettes used in lieu of product placement in The X Files. They were the brand favored by the Cigarette Smoking Man. The Morley Tobacco Company figured as a corporate villain in the episode Brand X.

      The design of the Morley package is obviously patterned on Marlboro.

      (The Morley brand is not just limited to X-Files; the brand has been used in Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, and even the William Shatner episode of The Twilight Zone).