Invader ZIM

Season 1 Episode 22

Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom

Aired Unknown Oct 26, 2001 on Nickelodeon
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Halloween Spectacular of Spooky Doom
It’s Halloween and the entire town is getting into the Halloween spirit; much to Zim’s dismay because he considers the entire concept to be insane and he doesn’t want filthy Earth children coming to his house. Meanwhile, Ms. Bitters sends Dib to an insane asylum because he has been acting crazier than normal, in which in truth he has been getting sucked into a nightmare world that was created due to his meddling with one of his father’s inventions. After finally getting out of the nightmare world and out of the insane asylum, Dib sees Zim’s house and decides to force Zim to come with him into the Nightmare world because he believes Zim will have the capability to put an end to all the madness, but will they manage to work together despite the fact that they’re enemies and that Zim didn’t want to help him in the first place?moreless

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  • Decent for Halloween ep (dancing skeletons!)

    If nothing else, the dancing skeletons provided the perfect touch to this Halloween episode. It was just random and crazy and that made it funny. GIR was cute in the beginning but did not have a big role. Nightmare Gaz and Membrane were stupid and they did not play a role in the normal world. Dib and ZIM screwing each other over when they were supposed to be working together was funny. "Oh you wretched!" "Good question! But I don't care!"moreless
  • Perfect thing to watch at Halloween time!

    Not only does this episode have some of the best quotes in all of Zim (\\\"Horrible nightmare visions...!\\\" \\\"It\\\'s called life, Dib. Now take a seat.\\\"), there\\\'s a cameo of Jhonen\\\'s character Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Jhonen always said no characters from his comics would be in Zim, yet there\\\'s Miss Bitters (Miss Bitters, though she was never named, was Squee\\\'s teacher in Jhonen\\\'s comic, Squee!). Maybe the cameo wasn\\\'t intentional, but Jhonen drew him there just the same. You can see him when there is a pan around of all the monsters -- Nny is in the back, completely shadowed but with glowing purple eyes.moreless
  • Dark, creepy, twisted...and it puts you in the holiday spirit!

    If there ever was a cartoon special absoultely perfect for the holiday season, this is it.

    This episode basically chronicles Dib's attempts to break into another dimension, thene nds up entering his own imagination, filled with vicious demons and bizarre renditions of people from his world. It actually reminds me of American McGee's Alice a bit, but I guess that's a good thing really.

    The mental world is brilliant, a cross between Hellraiser, Nightmare Before Christmas and Alien, and the demons have some imaginative designs.

    If you're looking for something to get you in the Halloween spirit, look no further.moreless
Andy Berman

Andy Berman

Nightmare Dib

Guest Star

Rosearik Rikki Simons

Rosearik Rikki Simons

Monster #3 / Whitecoat #2

Guest Star

Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez

Brian / Monster #2

Guest Star

Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez


Recurring Role

Rodger Bumpass

Rodger Bumpass

Professor Membrane / Nightmare Membrane / Nightmare Bitters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • One of the monsters in the nightmare world bears a resemblence to Johnny the Homicidal Maniac as he appeared in Issue #7 (with two antenna-like stalks of hair).

    • Goof: When future Dib tells Dib that he has to go through his big head, he has four teeth, but when he's done, future Dib only has three.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Gir: (freaking about his taquitos) Ah!Ah! My taquitos! Ah! My Taquitos! (jumps up and runs into the kitchen screaming) Taquitoooooos!!

    • Dib: Don't I get any say in this?
      (The monsters begin to stare at him)
      Nightmare Bitters: Let the head thingy start! Oh, that was so stupid, I should've written a speech. Head thingy, doh!
      Spooky: No, no, you did good. You were great!

    • Monster: Um, I did what you said.
      Nightmare Bitters: And?
      Monster: He said we can destroy his friend, then he threw a can at my head; it hurt.
      Zim: Oh, that little worm-pig-weasel-pig!

    • Zim: Hey, let go of me before something horrible happens to me, or else!

    • Monster: We have your little friend! We will destroy him if you don't surrender your head to us!
      Dib: Zim's not my friend, you can keep him!
      (Dib throws a can at the monster)

    • Zim: Get away from my blood!
      Dib: Zim, I know how weird this is gonna...
      Zim: Gir, stop him! Defensive mode!
      (Gir jumps out the window)
      Dib: I don't have time for this, the next jump might be the last one. They're gonna do something evil to my head, something evil...
      Random Child: Trick or treat!
      Dib: My head's not big!
      Zim: I didn't say anything about your head.

    • Zita: Ms. Bitters?
      Ms. Bitters: (waking up) Yes Zita?
      Zita: I think Dib's even crazier than normal today. Can we use one of our crazy cards and send him to the Crazy House for Boys?
      Ms. Bitters: Each class only gets three crazy cards a month. Are you sure you want to use one?
      (Dib continues twitching and babbling until he falls over)
      Zita: Yeah.

    • Girl: And I think that unicorns and dragons are pretty, and that's why I'm a Fairy Princess for Halloween!
      Ms. Bitters: I was a Fairy Princess once too...
      (The scene cuts to a happy forest with Fairy Bitters, wearing a tutu, smiling)
      Ms. Bitters: Everything was so nice and peaceful, until one day it went horribly wrong!
      (The Fairy Bitters runs into a bug zapper twice and the scene goes back to reality)

    • Bunnychild: I dunno, Zim's being kinda whack, yo.
      (Dib twitches)
      Alien Girl: But Dib has a history of crazy, for all we know, Zim's just weird.

    • Dib: Sorry I'm late, horrible nightmare visions!
      Ms. Bitters: It's called life, Dib. Sit down!

    • Nightmare Whitecoat: Shh, we talking all spooky!

    • Nightmare Bitters: Fools, you got the wrong one! You will be condemned to the Realm of Eternal Screaming and, uh, Relentlessness!
      Hummelflesh: But I don't really wanna go there.
      Nightmare Bitters: You'll just have to accept it.
      Hummelflesh: Well, see ya, guys.
      Nightmare Creatures: Bye, gubye...
      Nightmare Bitters: As for this one, he could prove useful. Man, I'm spooky!

    • Zim: The Dib! They've taken him and drained him of his sweet, sweet, blood candies!

    • Zim: As soon as my skeleton stops being broken, I'm going to destroy you, Dib!

    • Dib: Hey! The only way back home is through my head! Anything happens to me and you're stuck here, forever!
      Zim grunts.
      Zim: Curse you!
      Zim's mechanical spider legs retract and Zim falls to the ground.
      Zim: Wait- I can still do stuff to your legs, right?
      Dib: I guess but- Wait! No!
      Zim:Gah! Curse you!

    • Zim: I have had enough of your nonsense, from your smelly mouth filled with corn!
      Dib: I haven't been eating corn.
      Zim: Liar!

    • Dib: (thinking to himself) Maybe my head is big.

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