While reading the classifieds to find a job for Homer, Lisa comes across a job that requires experience using an ultrasonic lithotripter. This is a real device, it is used to break up kidney stones.
The small print on the box of Krusty cereal says "Only sugar has more sugar".
When Kang and Kodos' ship crushes the Jebediah Springfield statue, its head noticeably falls off. This is a possible reference to episode 1-8, "The Telltale Head."
Some stores in downtown Springfield: The Horseradishery, Candy Most Dandy, Semi-Painless Denistry, and Rags for Less.
This was the first Halloween episode to use spooky credit names.
A ''Watch Your Step'' sign can be seen in Burns' secret passageway.
The sign on Dr. Marvin Monroe's office reads: ''Member of the Bonerland Medical Association.''
There is a dead rat on Mrs. Krabappel's desk.
Kang and Kodos: People of Earth! We come to you in the spirit of hostility and menace!
Kang and Kodos: Your superior intellect is no match for our puny weapons!
Kodos: It looks like the Earthlings won.
Kang: Did they? Right now they have a board with a nail in it. But they won't stop there. Soon they will make bigger boards with bigger nails until they make a board with a nail in it so big it will destroy them all!
Mr. Burns: Every bone shattered . . . organs leaking vital fluids . . . slight headache . . . loss of appetite . . . Smithers, I'm going to die.
Mr. Burns: Oh, Smithers, I was wrong to play God. Life is precious, not a thing to be toyed with. Now take out that brain and flush it down the toilet!
Smithers: Sir, his family might appreciate it if you returned the brain to his body.
Mr. Burns: Oh, come on, it's 11:45!
Mr. Burns: Behold, the greatest breakthrough in labor relations since the cat-o-nine-tails!
Mr. Burns: Little do they realize their days of suckling at my teat are numbered.
Smithers: Oh, in the meantime, sir, may I suggest a random firing? Just to throw the fear of God into them?
Mr. Burns: Damn it, Smithers! This isn't rocket science, it's brain surgery!
Moe: (answers phone) Moe's Tavern... Hold on, I'll check. (aloud) Uh, hey, everybody! I'm a stupid moron with an ugly face and big butt and my butt smells and... I like to kiss my own butt.
Mrs. Krabappel: Well, class the history of our country has been changed again, to correspond with Bart's answers on yesterday's test. America was now discovered in 1942 by... ''some guy.'' And our country isn't called America any more. It's Bonerland.
Otto: Hey, this is fun, isn't it! We're gonna die, aren't we!
Homer: He gets it from your side of the family, you know. No monsters on my side.
Homer: Come to think of it, the guy that sold me this thing did say the wishes would bring grave misfortune. I thought he was just being colorful.
Woman #1: If I hear one more thing about the Simpsons, I swear, I'm going to scream.
Woman #2: At first they were cute and funny, but now they are just annoying.
Vendor: Sir, I must strongly advise you: Do not purchase this. Behind every wish lurks grave misfortune. I, myself, was once president of Algeria.
Homer: Come on, pal, I don't want to hear your life story. Paw me!
Marge: If you eat too much, you'll have nightmares.
Bart: Oh yeah, everybody in the family is going to have bad nightmares tonight, ha!
Lisa: Oh yeah, three bad nightmares.
Homer: I'd like to see that! Heh heh heh!
Marge: Hello, everyone. Before last year's Halloween show, I warned you not to let your children watch. But you did anyway. Well, this year's episode is even worse. It's scarier, more violent, and I think they snuck in some bad language, too. So please, tuck in your children and-- (sighing) --well, if you didn't listen to me last time, you're not going to now. Enjoy the show.
Mr. Burns: Will you quit your complaining!
Smithers: Sir, You know what this means? He is alive.
Mr. Burns: Oh, you're right Smithers; I guess I owe you a Coke.
Marge: It's your father, he's missing.
Bart: Dad's missing? Get outta here!
Marge: He's been gone for two days!
Lisa: What do you know, she's right!
Smithers: It's the man in the bag sir; I think he's still alive!
(Mr. Burns beats the bag with a shovel.)
Mr. Burns: Bad corpse, bad corpse! Stop scaring Smithers! Satisfied?
Smithers: Thank you, sir.
Lisa/Bart: Mom, dad!
Marge: My goodness what's wrong?
Bart: We both had nightmares!
Lisa: Can we sleep with you?
Homer: Are you both toilet trained?
Homer: Oh okay then...
Krusty: (Laughs weakly) Well, we're still on... three hundred and forty- six consecutive hours, and all because of one little boy who--Who won't let me stop! (Delirious) Okay, now let's go and see if Sideshow Mel has any more of those legal over-the-counter wakeup drugs of his.
Lisa: Bart, Bart!
Bart: What's the matter?
Lisa: I had a bad dream; can I sleep in your bed?
Lisa: I'll give you a candy necklace.
(Bart puts the candy necklace in his mouth and chews it and pulls the elastic string out)
Bart: Climb aboard.
Homer: I'll make a wish that can't backfire! I wish for a turkey sandwich, on rye bread, with lettuce, and mustard, and... I don't want any zombie turkeys, I don't wanna turn into a turkey myself, and I don't want any more weird surprises, you got it! (Homer eats)... Mmm, not bad, nice hot mustard, good bread, turkeys a little dry... THE TURKEY'S A LITTLE DRY!!!
Lisa: I wish for world peace!
Homer: Lisa that was very selfish of you!
Bart: No more fooling around, paw, I wish for The Simpsons to be rich and famous!
Homer: Now you're talking!
Marge: My purse just exploded!
Homer: Come on everybody, we're going to the fanciest restaurant in town!
Homer: That Monkeys Paw is going to make our dreams come true!
Lisa: Oh no! Maggie made a wish! (the family hear a car horn)
Homer: Oooh! A luxury car! Good Maggie!
Marge: (someone's at the door, she opens it) Ooh, a new pacifier.
(The car drives off)
Homer: Hey, If you don't like it, go to Russia!
Smithers: (Over P.A.) Attention Homer Simpson. Attention Homer Simpson.
(Homer is still dozing at his post)
Smithers: Wake up, Homer! (Homer awakens)
Smithers: You're fired.
Homer: For what?
Smithers: For sleeping on the job.
Homer: How'd you know I was sleeping?
Smithers: We've been watching you on the surveillance camera.
Homer: Camera? (Spots the camera) D'oh!
Homer: (In Morocco) How could Princess Grace live in a dump like this?
Lisa: Dad, that was Monaco!
This is the first Simpsons episode to be animated overseas by Anivision (a subsidiary of Sunwoo Entertainment), whom will continue to provide Korean animation services for the show until Season 10 in 1998.
On the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt Groening says that the scenes in "The Monkey's Paw" in which the public grows weary of The Simpsons fame and fortune was an attempt to head off the real-life backlash the was brewing at the time over the over-exposure of The Simpsons both in the press and in their merchandise.
This episode was nominated for two 1992 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special and for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series.
This is the first Halloween Special to actually air on Halloween.
List of some of the Halloween names on the credits of this special:
Malevolent Matt Groening,
James Hell Brooks,
Mad Matt Groening,
Sort Of Frightening Sam Simon,
Demonic David Silverman,
Vicious Jack Vitti,
Diabolical Dan Castellaneta,
Ghoulie Julie Kavner,
Nefarious Nancy Cartwright,
Yowling Yeardley Smith,
Hellacious Hank Azaria
Opening Credit Tombstones: Bambi's Mom, Jim Morrison, Cajun Cooking, Walt Disney, Lose Weight Now Ask Me How.
1967 Anti-Smoking PSA
The montage in which Bart and Jack-in-the-Box Homer are spending time together is a reference to a 1967 anti-smoking ad.
The Thing With Two Heads
The finale involving Mr. Burns' head being grafted onto Homer's body is reminiscent of the 1972 horror comedy The Thing With Two Heads starring Rosie Grier as a man who wakes up with Ray Milland's head sewn onto his shoulder.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Jasper being turned into a dog is a parody of a similar occurrence in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
In the opening credits there are tombstones of famous people, including one for Walt Disney with ice and snow on it. This is a reference to the urban legend that Walt Disney had himself cryogenically frozen when he died in order to be re-animated in the future.
The robot vision of the donuts is taken from the 1987 film Robocop.
Kodos taking over the planet is very much like an episode of Star Trek entitled "The Conscience of the King." The name Kodos even comes from one of the characters, General Kodos.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
In the opening sequence, several children can be seen running by the Simpson's house. One of them is dressed up in a spotted sheet. This is an homage to the "Peanuts" film It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
The Wizard of Oz
The segment, "If I Only Had A Brain", is based on the song title of the same name from the musical The Wizard Of Oz. Mr. Burns actually hums a few bars of the song as he's scooping out Homer's brain. Also, Mr. Burns' line, "You clinking, clattering, cacophony of colligenous cogs and camshifts!" is from The Wizard of Oz.
The scene where Homer gets caught trying to smuggle souvenirs at the airport is similar to a scene from the 1978 film Midnight Express, where Billy Hayes tries to smuggle hashish out of Turkey.
The Monkey's Paw
Lisa's nightmare is based on the 1902 short story "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs from "The Lady of the Barge." The story is about a woman who wishes on a cursed monkey's paw for her dead son to return. The story was later remade in the 1972 film Tales From The Crypt.
It's A Good Life
The plot for "The Bart Zone" is a spoof of "It's A Good Life," an episode of The Twilight Zone that was also remade in the 1983 film which also featured Nancy Cartwright in the segment.
In the last segment of this episode, Mr. Burns and Smithers dig up dead bodies, which is similar to the 1930's classic film, Frankenstein.