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  • This is the only Treehouse of Horror episode to have the Treehouse motif, despite the word "Treehouse" in the title of all Halloween specials.
  • This is the first time that the Simpsons family have a barbecue.
  • The tombstones at the beginning read from first to last, and left to right, in all caps: Ezekiel Simpson, Ishmael Simpson, Cornelius V. Simpson, Garfield, The Grateful Dead, Casper, the friendly boy, Elvis, Your name here, Paul McCartney, disco, and Violence on TV.
  • McCartney's gravestone is a reference to the "Paul is dead" hoax of the 1960s.
  • Homer overuses lighter fluid for a barbecue again in Lisa the Vegetarian.
  • "Bad Dream House" parodies a number of haunted house films. The opening image of the house shows that one side resembles the house from "The Amityville Horror" house. Much of the plot follows the events of the film "Poltergeist," such as a scary tree right outside Lisa's bedroom, and the implosion of the house at the end a la The Fall of the House of Usher. The comparison to 2001: A Space Odyssey is also quite fair, although much more obvious references are made in later episodes.
  • Bart, as the Raven, knocks several of Edgar Allan Poe stories off the bookshelf, including "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Purloined Letter."
  • The book "To Serve Forty Humans" is a reference to The Twilight Zone episode where strange aliens greet humans with a book, which translated means "To Serve Man," and solved all the problems of Earth. Curious Earthlings accept invitations of the aliens to see their homeworld and travel on their spaceships. One man accepts such an invitation, but is stopped by his coworker, who has properly translated the book and shouts, right as he's getting on a spaceship, "It's a cookbook!"
  • Edgar Allan Poe is credited as a writer for this episode.
  • This is the only Halloween episode with the normal Gracie Films logo sequence; from Treehouse of Horror II it features a pipe organ playing its jingle, and Treehouse of Horror IV onwards, a horrific and loud scream replaces "Shh."
  • This is the first Treehouse of Horror in which Kang and Kodos don't try to conquer Earth.
  • This is the first Treehouse of Horror not to have the cast's names changed due to Halloween (e.g. "Bat Groening" instead of Matt Groening).
  • The Indian Burial Ground under the house in "Bad Dream House" contains graves of:
  • In "Hungry are the Damned," when the Rigellians are measuring the Simpsons' weight, along with Kang, Kodos, and Serak, there is a fourth unnamed Rigellian with them that does not appear for the rest of the episode.
  • This is the first appearance of Kang and Kodos and (the only appearance of) Serak the Preparer.
  • In "Bad Dream House" the house chants, "Die, die, everybody dies." This line and its cadence were later utilised in the 2008 direct-to-video horror film Trailer Park of Terror.
  • In "The Raven", Homer was reading Forgotten Lore, Vol. II. This is a reference to the second line of the poem, in which the narrator is pondering "Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore."
  • Marge's warning at the beginning was put in, just because the producers genuinely thought this episode was scary for younger viewers.
  • The plot of telling scary stories comes from the Tracy Ulman short Scary Stories, and would also reappear in Treehouse of Horror III.
  • All the segments had different people working on them, unlike the following episodes.

References Edit


Season 1 Season 2 References/Trivia Season 3
Bart Gets an "F"Simpson and DelilahTreehouse of Horror (aka "The Simpsons Halloween Special") • Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every FishDancin' HomerDead Putting SocietyBart vs. ThanksgivingBart the DaredevilItchy & Scratchy & MargeBart Gets Hit by a CarOne Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue FishThe Way We WasHomer vs. Lisa and the 8th CommandmentPrincipal CharmingOh Brother, Where Art Thou?Bart's Dog Gets an FOld MoneyBrush with GreatnessLisa's SubstituteThe War of the SimpsonsThree Men and a Comic BookBlood Feud

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