The spooking hour is upon us. Ghosts and goblins have hit the streets, and Halloween is finally here. That means it's time to put on your costume, grab some candy... and sit down on the couch and watch TV. Or at least, after you're done trick r' treating and have a belly full of sugary treats, it's time to treat yo'self to one (or more) of the best Halloween episodes ever made.

Check out our editors' picks below, and let us know what your favorite Halloween episode is in the comments!

"Personal Demons," Party of Five

Watch it: on Hulu

Most TV shows go for spooks, thrills and/or eye-catching costumes with Halloween episodes, but Party of Five stayed true to form and went for tragic heartbreak and ramped-up drama. The Season 3 episode "Personal Demons" marks the first time Bailey (Scott Wolf) officially cheated on Sarah (Jennifer Love Hewitt) with his seductive roommate Callie (Alexondra Lee). He later goes to Sarah's Halloween party out of guilt to try and make up for it (without actually coming clean about his infidelity), but gets in a fight with her there and continues to drown his sorrows in alcohol. Also, Claudia (Lacey Chabert) hires an exorcist to come to the house with the hopes of turning the family's luck around. But as every Party of Five fan knows, the Salingers are going to need a lot more than supernatural intervention to overcome their many, many troubles. — Liz Raftery

"This Is a Dark Ride," Pretty Little Liars

Watch it: on Netflix

"This Is a Dark Ride," or as I fondly refer to it, The Ghost Train episode, is not the greatest Halloween episode of all time; but it is damn sure the most bananas one. It has everything I could ever need, want or imagine: Adam Lambert dressed as a vampire; a teenage girl escaping a mental institution by leaving a poorly painted mannequin head in her place; another teenage girl getting trapped in a crate with a dead cop and almost being thrown from a moving train; a third teenage girl getting buried alive only to dig herself out of her own grave; and an actual legitimate ghost. So even though I've long since stopped caring who "A" is, I will always been down to take another ride on the Ghost Train. — Sadie Gennis

"Hauntening," Bob's Burgers


Watch it: on Hulu

Bob's Burgers is one of those happy place shows that can always put a smile on your face, whether it's because of Louise's (Kristen Schaal) hijinks, Gene's (Eugene Mirman) songs, Linda's (John Roberts) drinking or Tina's (Dan Mintz) love of butts. However, the Fox animated show's Season 6 Halloween episode went for the unexpected, and turned into a genuinely terrifying half hour of television. Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and Linda go all out to try and scare their unflappable youngest child, Louise, and in the process genuinely freak out their audience. If your worst nightmare is serial killers (like me), this episode is prone to scare you even more than whatever gore fest is on television this season. — Megan Vick

"Thriller," Michael Jackson

Watch it: on YouTube (or above!)

I was an overly sensitive, sheltered kid, so I vividly remember the first time I saw Michael Jackson transform into a werecat. It was Halloween night, I was 5 or 6, and it was the scariest thing I'd ever seen. I don't think I even knew who Michael Jackson was (which was probably for the best, since that would have been way too much for my delicate brain to handle). I suppose the most memorable part of the video for most people is the King of Pop's supernatural dance moves, but even now Jackson's yellow eyes are burned into my brain. Honestly, Rick Baker's makeup effects are still super spooky. — Liam Mathews

"Halloween," The Office

There isn't anything scarier than layoffs in the office, and that's exactly what's happening in this classic from the second season. In addition to the usual "What costumes are the characters wearing?" question — Jim (John Krasinski) as "Three Hole Punch Jim" and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) as a Sith Lord, for example — the episode is loaded with big tension from Michael's (Steve Carell) task to fire someone in the office... without spoiling the fun of the office party. That wouldn't be so bad, except it's the end of the month and Michael still hasn't figured out who he's going to fire. Oops!

Watch it: on Netflix

"Tricks and Treats," Freaks and Geeks

Watch it: on Netflix

Freaks and Geeks' "Tricks and Treats" is the epitome of meaningful Halloween episodes, because we've all been there. Sam (John Daley), Bill (Martin Starr) and Neal (Samm Levine) try to hang on to Halloween before realizing they're too old for trick or treating, while Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) ditches handing out candy to go be a street punk with the freaks. Yet both stories underline the idea that even though you may be too old to celebrate Halloween, it's important to celebrate it for those who feel they aren't. Like Sam and Lindsay's mom Jean (Becky Ann Baker). More than any other episode in the series, this one reminded us that childhood is fleeting. Plus: Bill as the Bionic Woman! — Tim Surette

"And Then There Was Shawn," Boy Meets World

Watch it: on Amazon

One of the best Halloween episodes of all time didn't even air in October. This Boy Meets World spook-fest aired Feb. 27, 1998, and parodied teen slasher flicks that were all the rage at the time. On the surface, it seems like just a fun ol' send-up — featuring all the trappings and beats of a whodunit?, and tons of shout-outs (South Park! Scooby-Doo! Jennifer Love Hewitt Fefferman!) — but the real twist is a reveal that none of us was ready for: Shawn (Rider Strong) is the killer in his own nightmare. The horror rampage manifestation was a result of his anger and denial about OTP Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga's (Danielle Fishel) breakup. When Boy Meets World wanted to go deep, it went deep. And this was one of its classic, heartfelt, sleight-of-hand life lessons that helped all of us deal with something we weren't ready or willing to accept yet. Plus, it gave us Kenny. #neverforget — Joyce Eng

"Jack Gets in the Game," 30 Rock

Watch it: on Hulu

Almost 10 years later, 30 Rock's "Jack Gets in the Game" episode remains an enduring Halloween treasure — and it's not even about Halloween! The episode does, however, feature "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah," the hit novelty record from lovable buffoon Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan). You have to see it to get it (or, not get it as it were): a fake music video for an appallingly low-budget and nonsensical "Thriller" ripoff showing "boys becoming men, men becoming wolves." Overnight, fans took to message boards to praise the ridiculous song; it spawned a full length release, remixes, fan art, and of course Halloween costumes — the very definition of a cult/hipster/goofball get-up that announces an affinity for great TV. Yours truly actually dressed up as Tracy Jordan-as-"Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" once. Although 80 percent of people had no idea what I was dressed as, the 20 percent that did were so overcome with delight, it made all the preparation worth it. — Malcolm Venable

"Fear, Itself," Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Watch it: on Hulu

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was consistently funny, frequently emotional and sometimes even terrifying, but it was at its best when it was all three at once. "Fear, Itself," one of the show's few true Halloween-themed episodes, hit all those beats and then some. As someone who dislikes being scared — the exquisite "Hush," though a personal favorite, remains nightmare fuel for me even 17 years on — "Fear, Itself" is my go-to episode this time of year. From Oz's (Seth Green) God costume and the introduction of Anya's (Emma Caulfield) fear of bunnies, to Giles' (Anthony Stewart Head) cheerful attitude and Gachnar's actual size, the hour dismantles our preconceived notions of what a Halloween episode should be — and in turn is everything a gal could ask for. — Kaitlin Thomas