With a Night Gallery style opening, Bart introduces three tales.
The Devil and Homer Simpson
Homer falls asleep, while Carl and Lenny eat all the doughnuts. When he realizes that all the nearest doughnuts are gone, he sells his soul for a doughnut. The devil, disguised as Ned Flanders, comes up and signs a contract with him, causing more mischief than Homer thought. His family saves him from an eternity of damnation by a fair trial.
Terror at 5 1/2 Feet
Bart dreams about his death on the school bus, and later realizes, that his dream is starting to become real when he is the only one to see a gremlin taking down the bus piece by piece as the bus travels to school on a stormy morning. Nobody sees it except for him, so he tries to get it off, but it isn't easy, especially with Skinner on the bus as well.
Bart Simpson's Dracula
Mr. Burns is a vampire, and after inviting the family to dinner at his castle in Pennsylvania, Bart falls victim to his bite. Lisa is the only one who initially knows the truth and convinces the rest of the family they must go to his castle, kill Mr. Burns (as he is the head vampire) and put an end to the curse.
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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others
At the end of "Bart Simpson's Dracula", the family hums the Christmas carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, despite the fact that this is a Halloween-based show.
The book Lisa stumbles upon in the basement is "'Yes, I am a Vampire,' by C. Montgomery Burns. Foreword by Steve Allen."
Eddie the cop tosses the Mona Lisa into the fire at the museum.
In the last story, the painting of dogs playing poker (that was too scary to make a story about) appears above the couch.
Lionel Hutz combs his hair with a fork.
Bart's test, with an F+ grade, is attached to the fridge.
The creature that serves Homer the donut has an apron labelled "Hell's Kitchen."
Gravestones in the opening sequence read:
-Elvis - Accept It
- A Balanced Budget
- Subtle Political Satire
- TV Violence (which gets riddled by bullets and bleeds)
Lisa: Grampa's a vampire?
Bart: We're all vampires.
Lisa: But no. We killed Mr. Burns.
Homer: You have to kill the head vampire.
Lisa: You're the head vampire?
Marge: No, I'm the head vampire. (Lets out an evil laugh)
Marge: Well I do have a life outside this house, you know.
Lionel Hutz: First, some ground rules: Number one, we get bathroom breaks every half-hour. Devil Flanders: Agreed! Number two, the jury will be chosen by me! Lionel Hutz: Agreed. No, wait-- Devil Flanders: Silence! I give you the Jury of the Damned! Benedict Arnold, Lizzie Borden, Richard Nixon-- Nixon: But I'm not dead yet! In fact, I just wrote an article for Redbook. Devil Flanders: Hey, listen; I did a favor for you! Nixon: Yes, master. Devil Flanders: John Wilkes Booth, Blackbeard the Pirate, John Dillinger, and the starting line-up of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers! Simpsons: Ahh!
Homer: Kill my boss? Do I dare to live out the American dream?
Homer: Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: "Bart is a vampire, beer kills brain cells." Now let's go back to that...building...thingy...where our beds and TV...is.
Lisa: Ew! Dad, this is blood!
Homer: Correction--free blood.
Kent Brockman: Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his throat. This black cape was found on the scene. (It is labeled "Dracula.") Police are baffled.
Chief Wiggum: We think we're dealing with a supernatural being, most likely a mummy. As a precaution, I've ordered the Egyptian wing of the Springfield museum destroyed.
Bart: We come now to the final and most terrifying painting of the evening. To even gaze upon it is to go mad.
Homer: (Looking at the painting) Aah! They're dogs...and they're playing poker! Aah!
Bart: We had a story to go with this painting, but it was far too intense. So we just threw something together with vampires. Enjoy!
Principal Skinner: Hello, Simpson. I'm riding the bus today because Mother hid my car keys to punish me for talking to a woman on the phone. She was right to do it.
Lionel Hutz: That was a right-pretty speech, sir. But I ask you, what is a contract? Webster's defines it as "an agreement under the law which is unbreakable." Which is unbreakable!
Homer: Mmm...forbidden donut.
Homer: (reading note) "Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." Bastard! He's always one step ahead!
Mr. Burns: Who's that goat-legged fellow, Smithers? I like the cut of his jib.
Smithers: Prince of Darkness, sir. He's your 11 o'clock.
(Homer puts stake in Mr.Burns)
Homer: Take that!
(Homer hits stake with hammer multiple times)
Lisa: Uh Dad, that's his crotch.
Homer: Oh, Sorry.
(Homer puts stake where the heart and hits it)
Mr. Burns: AAAAAAGH!
(Mr. Burns disentergrates)
(Mr. Burns Comes Back Alive)
Mr. Burns: You're Fired!
(Mr. Burns Dies Again)
Devil Flanders: Now remember, the instant you finish it, I own your soul for--
(Homer has already scarfed the donut)
Homer: Hey, wait. If I don't finish this last bite, you don't get my soul, do you?
Devil Flanders: Well, technically no, but--
Homer: I'm smarter than the Devil. I'm smarter than the Dev--
(Flanders turns into a huge demon)
Devil Flanders: You are not smarter than me. I'll see you in Hell yet, Homer Simpson.
(Devil Flanders curses Homer by turning his head into a donut.)
Marge: Homer, don't pick at it!
Homer: But, Marge, I'm so sweet and tasty! Well, I guess I'll go to work.
Lisa: Uh, Dad, I wouldn't go out there if I were you.
Chief Wiggum: (Outside house, sipping coffee) Don't worry, boys. He's got to come out of there sometime.
Homer: Oh, I'd sell my soul for a donut.
(Flanders appears as the devil.)
Devil Flanders: Did I hear someone wanted to sell their soul?
Homer: Flanders?! You're the devil?!
Devil Flanders: It's always the one you least expect isn't it?
Marge: Lisa, it's not nice to call people vampires. Did everyone wash their necks like Mr. Burns asked?
Bart & Lisa: Yes.
Homer: (Holding out a pitch black towel) Sure did!
Bart: Otto! There's a gremlin on the side of the bus!
(Otto looks out his side window and sees Hans Moleman driving.)
Otto: Don't worry, Bart dude. I'll get rid of him.
(Otto slams into the car.)
Hans Moleman: Oh, I just made my last payment.
(Moleman's car almost crashes into a tree, but then explodes.)
Bart: I just had a vision of my own horrible fiery death.
Grampa: Quick! We have to kill the boy!
Marge: How did you know he's a vampire?
Grampa: He's a vampire? Ahhh!
(Homer squeezes bull horn in Bart's ear)
Homer: Hey Marge, I found all this stuff at the dock. It was just sitting in some guy's boat.
Homer: Bart! How many times have I told you not to bite your sis… Hey, wait a minute! You are a vampire!
Marge: Homer, today Bart's a vampire. Tomorrow he could be smoking!
Homer: It was so nice of Mr. Burns to invite us to his country home in...Pennsylvania!
(Homer is being sucked into Hell)
Marge: Homer, did you eat that donut?!
Blackbeard: (looking at Homer and Marge's wedding picture) Arrgh! This be some sort of treasure map!
Benedict Arnold: Give me that, you idiot! You can't read!
Vampire Burns: (On the intercom) Come in, come in. Ah, more victims for the vicious undead.
Smithers: Uh, you're supposed to let go of the button.
Vampire Burns: Well son of a bi--(lets go of the button)
Marge: I think there is something a little off about him.
Homer: Yeah, his hairdo is so queer.
Vampire Burns: I heard that!
Homer: It was the boy!
Vampire Grampa: This cape is giving me a rash.
Groundskeeper Willie: My mule wouldn't walk in the mud. So I had to put seventeen bullets in him.
Lionel Hutz: I was watching Matlock in a bar last night. The sound wasn't on but I got the gist of it.
Blackbeard: This chair be high, says I.
Homer: Lisa, vampires are make-believe, just like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos.
Principal Skinner: Pull, Willie, pull!
Groundskeeper Willie: I'm doin' all the pulling, you blouse-wearing poodle-walker!
Homer: Ahh! Super Fun Happy Slide!
Lisa: No Dad!
Homer: Ohh…I guess killing will be fun enough.
At the end of the original broadcast of this episode, the winner of the Who Laid a Finger on Bart's Butterfinger? contest was announced. The Springfield resident who stole the Butterfinger was Krusty the Clown who was wearing a rubber Homer Simpson mask as a disguise. The clue was that Krusty had forgotten to take off his large clown shoes. The winner was Nancy Fredholm of Hudson, New Hampshire who won $50,000 for solving the case.
List of the Halloween names used by the staff on this episode:
MATT "MR SPOOKY" GROENING
JAMES HELL BROOKS
MATT "COUNT CHOCULA" GROENING
SAM "SAYONARA" SIMON
DYSFUNCTIONAL DAN CASTELLANETA
NASTY NANCY CARTWRIGHT
SCABBY YEARDLEY SMITH
BOO! BOO! SCARE YA HANK AZARIA
FRIGHTICIOUS HARRY SHEARER
First Appearance: Üter Zörker
The end credits of this episode are similar to The Addams Family theme, but with the Simpsons notes in it. This is also the first "Treehouse of Horror" episode to use the Halloween Gracie Films logo, in which the "ssh" is replaced by the woman screaming sound from the "Treehouse of Horror" openings.
The clip of Homer saying "Pennsylvania!" and lightning flashing around the "Welcome to Pennsylvania" sign is used by some Pennsylvania stations in commercials for the show.
"The Devil and Mr. Simpson" is produced by Conan "12:30 NBC" O'Brien and also written by "Watch Conan O'Brien." Conan used these names in an attempt to promote his new "Late Night" show at the time.
The Inferno by Dante
Homer's punishment in Hell, being forced to eat all the donuts in the world, is a reference to the classic poem The Inferno by Dante. Dante saw one's punishment in Hell to be reflective of the sins that caused their souls to end up there.
One of the vampires in Burns' basement looks just like this silent film classic character.
The first time Flanders appears, he looks the same as the devil at the end of the 1940 Disney film Fantasia during the "Night on Bald Mountain" piece.
The Broad Street Bullies
The Devil Flanders adds the starting lineup of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers to Homer's jury. The 1976 Philadelphia Flyers were well known for their rough and tough style of play. They got into many fights and were often feared by other teams. They were famously nicknamed, "The Broad Street Bullies."
Segment Title: The Devil and Homer Simpson
The title for the first segment comes from Steven Vincent Benet's The Devil and Daniel Webster.
The scene where a Gremlin tears a bus piece by piece is an allusion to a scene in the 1988 movie Critters 2.
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Bart walking through a scary museum is a spin on the show Rod Serling's Night Gallery, in which Rod Serling would walk through an art museum and tell stories about the various hideous artwork.
At the end, after they say Happy Halloween, the Simpsons start singing, snow comes down, and you see Milhouse playing on a piano with Santa's Little Helper dancing on it. This is much like Schroeder and Snoopy from Peanuts.
The Lost Boys
Bart is floating on the outside of Lisa's window telling her how exciting it is to be a vampire, which is just like the 1987 thriller The Lost Boys.
In "Terror at 5 1/2," when Bart tries to tell everyone that there's something on the bus, nobody believes him, which is just like the episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" from the original TV series and its remake in the 1983 film, Twilight Zone: The Movie.
The title and general plot for the third segment are taken from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
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