The opening titles is similar to
The Munsters. The title G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad is a reference to the 1990 fantasy comedy film .
Ghost Dad Lenny's death by the dolphins is similar to how Jaws killed Crissy.
The title Scary Tales Can Come True is a reference to the lyrics "Fairy tales can come true" from the song . The plot is a parody of Young at Heart Grimms' Fairy Tales which simplifies into "Rapunzel," "The 3 Billy Goats Gruff," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears.".
Night of the Dolphin is a parody of the 1973 science-fiction thriller film .
The Day of the Dolphin Grandpa being eaten by the dolphin is similar to the sequence in .
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors All the ways that Homer is almost killed is similar to deaths in the Final Destination series.
The way the dolphins watch the Springfieldians the same as .
The Birds In Orca it features about killer whales (cf. killer dolphins)
The scene in which Snorky jumps to freedom in slow motion is ripped off from .
Free Willy The witch casts a spell to Homer makes him grow donkey ears impersonating Pinocchio.
In Sesame Street, the handsome prince asks Rapunzel to let down her hair, and as she does. It all lands on the ground and the princess ends up bald, just like the scene with Homer.
In the Brady Bunch, Jan gets the last name of her imaginary boyfriend by looking at a glass, and adding "George" (cf. the witch and the cauldron).
In Sleepy Hollow, Groundskeeper Willie gets impaled by a dolphin flying through the window similar to the death of Baltus Van Tassal in the movie.
In the Omen Willie's death is an amalgam of several deaths.
In the Grifters someone gets beaten up with a sack of oranges.
In the Untouchables another possible inspiration for the baby carriage.
In Battleship Potemkin the baby carriage rolls down the stairs during a gun battle.
John Frink is credited.
Moe who is a troll looks similar into Treasure Troll Dolls.
When the Simpson family lives in a pumpkin shell it parodys the nursery rhyme of Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater.
When the Comic Book Guy is getting bashed in the head and neck with the car door, it's reminiscent of the scene with Joe Pesci from Raging Bull.
As Homer unwittingly mentions the title of this Sheena Easton hit when he eats through the literal sugar walls of the gingerbread house it references the song Sugar Walls.
From 2000 to 2008 and again in 2010, each annual Treehouse of Horror episode starting with this one would air in November.
In UK Channel 4 broadcasts, the TV at the end of the opening sequence has nothing on it.
The tune the dolphins squeak to is the tune Bart and his army sung to in " Bart the General".
This is the final Treehouse of Horror to have the cast's names changed because of Halloween e.g. Bat Groening. The first nine being Treehouse of Horror II, Treehouse of Horror III, Treehouse of Horror IV, Treehouse of Horror V, Treehouse of Horror VI, Treehouse of Horror VII, Treehouse of Horror VIII Treehouse of Horror IX and Treehouse of Horror X. The scary names are revived in 2003 with Treehouse of Horror XIV.
It is implied that Rapunzel's scalp is ripped by Homer with her hairs, because after her hair ripped by Homer, she is not shown.
A deleted scene features Kent Brockman talking of intelligent Italians on threat by the dolphins. This scene was left intact in FXX's "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon.
This is the only episode premiered on a Wednesday. Other episodes (apart from earlier seasons, where episodes premiered on Thursdays) premiere on Sundays.
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