Hey Arnold!

Season 2 Episode 11

Arnold's Halloween

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Aired Daily 6:30 PM Oct 27, 1997 on Nickelodeon
9.0
out of 10
User Rating
29 votes
4

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Episode Summary

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Arnold and Gerald send the neighborhood alien crazy as they broadcast a mock Halloween radio show.

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  • Halloween Review #8

    10
    Arnold and Gerald send the neighborhood alien crazy as they broadcast a mock Halloween radio show. I wanted to review this episode as part of my weekend long Halloween reviews so I watched this Halloween special on Netflix. I do remember loving this Halloween special as a little kid and I still love this Halloween special. The storyline is very original and the whole alien is very good. There was a lot of awesome humor in this Halloween special that really made me laugh. The writers really went all out to make an awesome and Halloween special and it worked. I love how Helga and the others dressed up as aliens. Arnold and Gerald trying to get the truth out when everyone is getting after the aliens. Just loved every moment of this Halloween special that any fan will definitely enjoy. Overall, a funny, creative, and original Halloween special of "Hey Arnold". 10/10moreless
  • perfect

    10
    Arnold and Gerald send everyone in an alien panic when they broadcast a fake report. They even have Helga and the rest of the 4th grade class dress up as aliens. But things go too far when a reporter who does specials on aliens hears of their broadcast. Now everyone is after the 'aliens' and Arnold and Gerald have to save their friends and get the truth out.



    This has always been one of my favorite Halloween specials of show's I have watched, and it saddens me it is not on anymore when it is Halloween time. I love the whole 'alien' theories on TV shows and I thought this was a great, funny, and scary episode (or, scary if you are a kid). Overall well done, A+ specialmoreless
  • Creative!

    9.5
    So it's Halloween, and the boarders are celebrating their Halloween party. Grandpa and the others think Halloween is scaring people till they scream for mercy, and it's just an adult thing. So Arnold and Gerald, with the help of the neighborhood kids try to scare the boarders with a fake radio transmission about the aliens.

    However, the radio prank makes the boarders believe they exist, and that the kids are actual aliens invading the neighborhood. And then, it's transmission goes across the neighborhood, scaring everyone. And Then, the footage of the kids gets shown on live TV by a TV host who has been searching for years for close encounters. And THen, Big Bob tries to stop the aliens, because he "saw" one in North Dakota. And THEn, it's found that Stinky put lights on the water tower, that puts in so much power, it takes out all the lights in the city. And THEN, Arnold, Gerald, and Grandpa try to give peace, but soon the TV host and Big Bob try to follow the kids to destroy them, which shocked the cat, that ate the mouse, who lived in the house, that Jack built! There's a lot of problems in this episode.

    Now, this was actually a really cool idea. Just the parody of War of the Worlds, one of the greatest novels of all time is good enough, the TV host is the same voice actor for The Brain in The Pinky and the Brain cartoon, which was really cool. And the determination and fear of the civilians was top-notch. This boarders, Stinky, and Harold were just as hilarious as ever. Overall, awesome Halloween special. 9.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Arnold's Halloween - Another great episode of Hey Arnold.

    10
    Arnold and his friends decide to fake an alien attack to scare Arnold's grandfather and the other boarders. But when a radio station picks up on the broadcast, they believe that aliens are really coming to Earth and this causes widespread panic across the town. The townspeople and Helga's father go after the kids, who are still dressed up in their alien costumes because Harold bought permanent paint. In the end, the water tower breaks, the make-up comes off and everyone realizes that it was a hoax.



    This episode of Hey Arnold was excellent! It was a perfect kids episode for Halloween. It had the right theme and was comic. It had the perfect twist: a prank gone bad. It was an excellent idea for an episode, seeing as how kids pull pranks everyday, but had enough in it to make it appear unrealistic. An excellent episode of Hey Arnold!moreless
Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Mr. Simmons/Lila's Dad (1997+)

Francesca Smith

Francesca Smith

Helga G. Pataki/Camp Fire Lass/Gloria/Sheena

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Arnold's Grandma/Miss Slovak/Arnold's Mother

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

Ernie

Christopher Castile

Christopher Castile

Eugene (First episodes)

Sam Gifaldi

Sam Gifaldi

Sid/Robert/Billy

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Douglas Cain

Guest Star

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Arnold's Grandpa (Phil)/Sheena's Uncle Earl/The Jolly Olly Ice Cream Man/Dr. Murray Steiglitz/Nick Vermicelli

Recurring Role

John Mariano

John Mariano

Vic/Morrie

Recurring Role

Steve Viksten

Steve Viksten

Smitty

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The wheel on the show Big Bob was watching had spaces marked OOPS!, Bye-Bye, No Cigar, New Car, See Ya, Winner, Whole Enchilada, Sucker, Loser, Spin Again, and S.O.L.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Grandpa: It's time for our meeting about the annual boardinghouse Halloween party.
      Arnold: Hey, Grandpa. Can Gerald and I help out this year?
      Grandpa: Oh, no, Arnold. Halloween is a serious business and it's not for kids. Now, now, now, Arnold. The purpose of Halloween is to scare the living daylights out of everyone until they scream bloody murder and beg for mercy.

    • Curly: I wanted to go as pirates.
      Harold: No, vikings.
      Phoebe: How about clowns?
      Helga: We're all going as aliens because the whole purpose of Halloween is to scare people and make them give you candy.

    • Grandpa: (explaining about the kids in alien costumes) The news is all over town. The city's in panic.
      Gerald: Uh oh.
      Arnold: The TV station must have picked up our radio show. Grandpa, what happened to Helga and the kids after you saw them?
      (the kids are being chased by an angry mob)

    • Helga: Arn-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ld!!!!!
      Arnold: (Halfway across town) Did you hear something just now?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Douglas Cain has a voice similar to Orson Welles, the man who performed the original broadcast of "War of the Worlds" in 1939. Maurice LaMarche uses the same Orson Welles voice for this character that he uses for the Brain of Pinky and the Brain.

    • Helga says "dickhead" in this episode, but it was edited.

    • This episode is yet another one where Helga screams Arnold's name in the air, then Arnold hears it and says to Gerald, "Did you hear something just now?" Then he says no.

    • Big Bob reveals that he had a close encounter with an alien spacecraft.

    • Arnold and his friends fake an alien invasion, the name of the place where the "U.F.O." (actually the water tower with Christmas lights) landed is Well's Ridge. This is a reference to Orson Welles, who did a fake radio broadcast in which aliens landed on Earth. Like the after effects of Welles' broadcast, there was mass hysteria.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Gerald: Aliens are coming to destroy the Earth!
      The broadcast was based on Orson Welles' radioplay "War of the Worlds," in which aliens landed on the Earth and threatened to destroy Earth. "War of the Worlds" was thought to be true and caused panic.

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