Bob’s Burgers has consistently put out some of the funniest animated Halloweens specials, and here are 10 of our favorite episodes.
Bob’s Burgers has quickly become one of the all-time most successful cartoons. Introduced in 2011, the animated series has gone on to enjoy tremendous critical and commercial excellence. In 2013, the show was ranked among the Top 60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time by TV Guide. In 2014 and 2017, the series won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program.
But true fans of the show know there’s one time of year that outdoes the rest: Halloween! Indeed, some of the most memorable episodes of the series come by way of the festive holiday-themed creepiness. Move over, Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, we’ve got a new, much more irreverant Halloween special to look forward to each October! Check it out below as we rank every Halloween episode of Bob’s Burgers.
“Pig Trouble In Little Tina” (S10E4)
We begin with the most recent Halloween episode to date. Having just aired 1o days ago, “Pig Trouble in Little Tina” may need a little more time to move up the ranks of the best Bob’s Burger Halloween bashes.
In the episode, Tina faces freaky fears when her science class is assigned to dissect a pig fetus. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda square off with a large wad of ear-wax. As always, the puns are in full force with the seasonal inclusion of the Drag Me To Gel: Hair Supplies, Exor-Pest Pest Control, 28 Maize Later Burger, and the Corn-Juring Two Burger sight-gags.
“Tina And The Real Ghost” (S5E2)
Riffing on the offbeat Ryan Gosling comedy, Lars and the Real Girl, “Tina and the Real Ghost” revolves around Tina’s romantic exploits with a ghost dwelling in her basement. Notice how Louise is even dressed for Halloween as Gosling’s character from Drive!
After playing the Ouija board and attending the cemetery with the older crowd as a Halloween ritual, a ghost named Jeff is summoned from the Belcher’s basement. Tina begins to fall for the ghastly entity, which she keeps with her in a shoebox. As for the burger of the day, how does a Human Polenta-Pede Burger sound?
Man, oh man, what is it with Tina and Halloween?! In the third straight Tina-centric Halloween episode, the eldest Belcher daughter turns to wicked witchcraft when Tamy steals her costume. Can you blame her?
To win her school Halloween costume contest, Tina opts to dress up as a Sand Witch. Get it? When Mr. Ambrose the Librarian gives her a spellbook and tells her to become a witch for real, Tina has a difficult decision to make. Notice the fun sight-gags that include adjoining storefronts Sag Me To Hell: Bra Boutique and The Bugs Are Coming From Inside the House exterminators.
“The Wolf Of Wharf Street” (S8E3)
Despite the use of Goblin’s score for the classic tale of witchery, Suspiria, the season 8 Halloween episode of Bob’s Burgers remains hungry like the wolf. A werewolf that is!
When Linda tries to score cool points with her kids on Halloween night by hunting down a werewolf ravaging the neighborhood, things get hectic. Elsewhere, Bob injures himself and is put on medication, prompting him to believe that Teddy has turned into a werewolf. The next-door stores include Freddy Kugel: Halloween Noodles and Polter-Mice Pest Control.
“Fort Night” (S4E2)
No, this isn’t a pun on the online game that swept the world in 2017. Instead, the wacky wordplay in “Fort Night” is reserved for adjacent shops that include Forgetta Bat It Exterminators and Johnny Razor’s Totally Normal Candy Store. Naturally!
As for the story-line, the spookiness comes when the kids’ Chinese dragon costume comes unglued. When the eyes of the costume are found in the kids’ fort, a small gathering ensues. While everyone points to Louise as a culprit of evil, she knows the real threat lies with neighbor Millie (Molly Shannon).
“Nightmare On Ocean Avenue Street” (S9E4)
With obvious references to the infamous Freddy Krueger franchise, “Nightmare on Ocean Avenue Street” is easily one of the best Halloween episodes so far.
On All Hallows Eve, the Belcher kids investigate who in the neighborhood is stealing bags of candy. As this happens, Teddy overzealously festoons his restaurant with Halloween decorations so he can outdo a street vendor. The burger of the day includes a My Bloody Kale-entine Burger, while neighboring sight-gags include The Bug-a-Dook Pest Control and the Those Who Can, Dle Candles store.
“The Hauntening” (S6E3)
On the night before Halloween, Louise confesses she has never been scared before. As a result, the Belcher clan decides to rectify that by staying in a legitimate haunted house overnight. However, Louise is still unimpressed!
Aside from the plot-line that pays homage to the classic horror film, The Haunting, this episode is all about the hilarious in-jokes. Pay close attention to the Blood Bath and Beyond: Red Bathroom Products and Last Mouse on the Left Pest Control storefronts. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, there’s always the Breaking Radish Burger of the Day.
“Full Bars” (S3E2)
The first cut is the deepest, baby, you know! While the first Halloween episode of Bob’s Burgers didn’t arrive until Season 3, the inaugural holiday-themed episode is still the cream of the creepy crop… circle!
With candy rations low, the Belcher kids opt to go trick or treating in the glitzy Kingshead Island neighborhood where full-size candy bars are handed out. The only problem is the number of bullies in the area. The kids befriend Ned and Milo before being mortified during the Hell Hunt attraction. Food-wise, who could resist the Jack-O-Lentil Burger of the Day!