The best holiday TV is Halloween TV. You might assume the best holiday TV is Christmas TV — you’ve been told this for years. But you’ve been told wrong. Halloween TV is about allowing the people who make TV to blow off steam, if only for a single episode.
It’s not hard to figure out why TV loves Halloween as a theme. It’s visual, it’s got great storylines and viewers love the escapism of it all. Halloween is great fun, which is exactly why it’s great TV. Halloween is big on TV. Scary big. It always has been. The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” turns 24 this year. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is 47. And each remains a stalwart of October viewing.