I'm not a big fan of Halloween, but I was when I was a child. When you're a kid and Halloween inches closer, you start planning your costume. You get excited when your parents hand you those plastic jack-o-lantern buckets and flashlights. You long for the night where you can dress up and roam your neighborhood, knowing which houses give the best candy (and knowing that the big houses gave out king-sized candy bars). When you're a kid living in Pennsylvania, you trot up and down hills and whine about how your mother making you wear a jacket -- because October is actually cold when the sun sets in the northeast -- thereby ruining the effect of your Princess Jasmine costume.
But you love Halloween as a kid because it feels like YOUR night. Kids roam the streets when it's dark with parents and there's a sort of exhilaration in that fact. This holiday is your own. When you're an adult, Halloween (in my experience) has been less fun. Don't get me wrong: I still enjoy the years in college when I visited Wal-Mart last minute with my suitemates and picked out a costume. I still remember driving around West Palm Beach with friends, dressed as hippies and cats, searching for houses that were still giving out candy. I enjoyed those years, I really did. But nothing compares to Halloween as a child, in my opinion.
Most television series run holiday specials. You'd be hard-pressed to find a series, either comedy or drama, that didn't acknowledge Christmas or Thanksgiving or Halloween. So in the spirit of the spooky holiday, I thought I would rank some of my favorite Halloween specials of all time. A lot of these fall under the category of "childhood nostalgia," which I think is why I love them so much. Ready? Grab some candy corn (but not too much because that stuff will make you sick), your favorite sweater, and let's count down my favorite Halloween specials!