Top 15 Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror Stories (XI-XXX)

A couple of years ago I wrote a piece detailing my ‘top 15 Treehouse of Horror parts‘ from the first 11 seasons of The Simpsons. I thought I would now take a look at the later and perhaps forgotten about seasons to see if the Treehouse Of Horror episodes still managed to be as entertaining as the original 90’s run were. This weekend also sees the show’s 31st Treehouse Of Horror, so there’s no better time to celebrate them.

Nothing said Halloween to me like Treehouse Of Horror and they have been a part of the show I’ve continued to enjoy after the golden era. What makes these episodes so exciting are multiple factors such as experimental animation, cartoon violence, parodies of popular films, much more outgoing wordplay and just a classic love for horror itself. So here are 15 parts (post-Treehouse Of Horror X) that I recommend checking out!

15. The Island Of Dr. Hibbert (XIII)

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The Simpson family take a vacation on the Island of Lost Souls in this Dr. Moreau spoof which is owned by Dr. Hibbert. Marge is instantly suspicious of the island and goes out searching the land only to be captured by Hibbert. She returns as a blue cat and gets intimate with Homer (because of course that was necessary to the story… is Homer a furry?) and afterwards Homer realises this isn’t Marge. Homer finds other Springfield residents who have been morphed into animals, including a scene where he has to milk part-cow Flanders… it’s a weird episode, but it’s bizarre nature is why it makes this list!

14. The Day The Earth Looked Stupid (XVII)

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This story parodies the War Of The Worlds radio broadcast from 1938 which was read by Orson Welles. The broadcast accidentally caused mass panic in parts of America, after people believed they were actually being invaded by aliens. The Simpsons give the show a vintage tint and present both scenes from Welles in the studio and the townsfolk of Springfield. Springfield comes up with the idea that if they pretend to be animals, then the aliens won’t attack them. The story ends up becoming a ‘boy who cried wolf’ scenario after the town face a real alien threat. The Simpsons take an already hilarious story and somehow make it better.

13. Coralisa (XXVIII)

I love when The Simpsons really take a spin on their animation like Homer(cubed) from Treehouse Of Horror VI, and in this Coraline parody we see the show in a clay animation style like the original movie. After the family don’t want to join in with Lisa’s plans she feels like she was been born into the wrong family. Snowball II finds a secret door in Lisa’s room to which she crawls through into the Coraline universe. She finds that her family in this world are more invested in her hobbies, even if they have button eyes. The other Simpson family members find the door and unlike Coraline, everyone ends up with button eyes. You’ve got to love the animation here.

12. The Fat In The Hat (XXIV)

In a true-to-Dr. Seuss style and parody of The Cat In The Hat, the Simpson children are at home with the mumps and can’t go out trick-or-treating. In a turn of events the ‘Fat in the Hat’ shows up at their door and cures their ailment with a promise of candy. However, things take a dark and rhyming turn as the Fat in the Hat causes havoc throughout the town which includes murdering Mr. Burns and robbing Apu. The art-style and classic Seuss imitation make this a very enjoyable story.

11. School Is Hell (XXV)

After Bart is once again put into detention, his boredom leads him to finding a desk with ancient scripture on it. Lisa’s tablet translates the text and once read aloud by Bart, the two are transported to the hell version of their school. Bart realises his classes on torture are his calling in life and asks his parents if he can move schools to Hell instead where he thrives. For his final exam, Bart has to torment a special victim who he was not expecting. Whenever The Simpsons explore hell in its show, it always makes for a great story.

10. BFF R.I.P. (XXVII)

Whenever Lisa gets a best friend, they automatically die in horrific ways which lead the police to believe it is Lisa who is killing those around her. Lisa reveals she’s never really had any real friends besides her imaginary friend, Rachel from when she was younger. It turns out Rachael is the one who has been mysteriously murdering those around Lisa and now has her sights set on Marge. A great episode for the creative deaths and concept.

9. Reaper Madness (XIV).

After the Grim Reaper shows up to kill Bart, he is stopped and killed by Homer and a bowling ball. The results of these actions create a world without death until Homer puts on Death’s cape and becomes the new Reaper. He takes his newfound killing ability to extremes by taking out many people in Springfield for his own gain. He is then faced with the ultimate deed to kill Marge and aims to cheat death. One of the great Homer moments from Treehouse Of Horror with a classic horror story concept.

8. The Ned Zone (XV)

In this parody of The Dead Zone, Ned befalls a head injury from Homer tossing a bowling ball and upon awakening, he finds out whenever he touches another person he can foresee their death. His vision results in the immediate deaths of characters such as Dr. Hibbert and Hans Moleman. Homer excitedly wants to find out his death which shows Ned shooting Homer. Ned believes he must move away to avoid shooting Homer, but foolishly Homer isn’t going to let him get away that easily. The events that take place might not be as Ned first thought. Ned’s desperate efforts to prevent the killing of Homer make this an exciting Treehouse story.

7. A Clockwork Yellow (XXV)

Here we have a parody of one of my favourite books/movies with The Simpsons take on A Clockwork Orange and Moe playing Alex DeLarge. There’s alternate looks at the Korova Milk Bar, A bit of the old In/Out and the infamous fast-speed bedroom scene. After Dumb (Homer) leaves the group, Moe gives up his roughhousing ways only to be attacked in his house by Springfield bullies Nelson, Jimbo, Dolph and Kerny. In revenge, Moe wants one last hurrah and gets his old gang back together in a series of events that include many Stanley Kubrick references. If you love the movie like myself, you’re going to love the gags and parodies going on here.

6. Scary Tales Can Come True (XI)

In this delightful Hansel and Gretel parody, Homer and Marge are poor serfs and need to think of a way to solve their money problems. Homer’s solution is to abandon Bart and Lisa in the woods (perhaps not the first time Homer has done this) who find themselves at a delicious gingerbread house which is owned by a witch. Homer is ordered by Marge to find the kids before they are turned into dinner. Who knew the story of Hansel and Gretel could be so hilarious?

5. There’s No Business Like Moe Business (XX)

A fourth-wall-breaking musical in a Treehouse Of Horror? Why yes! This play depicts the story of Moe, who is lonely and wishes for love. After he goes down to the cellar to fix a faulty beer tap pump, a sneaky Homer tries to take a free beer and unfortunately falls through the open hatch and is impaled on the brewing drum. Homer is still alive, but Moe takes this opportunity to try and woo Marge. Homer’s blood runs down into the beer which creates a loyal and comforting blend and is used to Moe’s advantage. Full of great humour and songs, this is definitely a story you must check out!

4. It’s The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse (XIX)

In this parody of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse who plays the role of Linus is excited for the coming of the ‘Grand Pumpkin’. Whilst everyone else enjoys a party inside Springfield Elementary, he and Lisa wait for their pumpkin visitor. After realising there is no Grand Pumpkin, Lisa ditches Milhouse for the party and in her absence, his tears actually create the Grand Pumpkin. Unfortunately, when informed what humans do with pumpkins on Halloween night such as carving, the Grand Pumpkin terrorizes Springfield for revenge. I love Peanuts and this visual adaption is brilliant, not to mention a storyline that should have happened in the original.

3. House Of Whacks (XII)

2001: A Space Odyssey parody sees the Simpson family upgrade their house to include a sentient monitoring system that happens to be voiced by Piers Brosnon. The house falls in love with Marge and in the style of 2001, takes over the house and attempts to kill Homer. If you like 2001, then I recommend this futuristic classic!

2. War And Pieces (XXI)

In this Jumanji parody, Marge is worried about Bart playing violent video games, so shows him and Milhouse the board games they have in the attic. One of the board games is called ‘Satan’s Path’ which ends up turning Springfield into a town of the most conceivable board games. The games are out of control and killing the townspeople and the only way to end this is to finish the game. A brilliant visionary episode that’s bright and colourful and cleverly conceptualises classic board games and how they’d be used in the real world.

Number 1: MMM… HOMER (XXVIII)

I think out of all of the Treehouse Of Horrors to come about after the original ten, XXVIII (or 28) has to be the best one for me and I almost included all three stories, but wanted a bit more variety. In what is quite possibly one of the weirdest and darkest stories of the history of Treehouse of Horror, sees Homer left alone in the house for two weeks engorging on all the food. An accident when barbecuing the last remaining hot dog sees Homer cut off his finger onto the grill. He decides to eat his finger and realises through his lack of exercise and gluttonous nature, he is the best tasting food he’s ever eaten.

Homer takes this new found delight out of control and starts cutting up his body for all types of meals. When his family return they see the nightmare he has become. Unfortunately, Homer is addicted to eating himself and decides to donate his deliciously tasting body for the whole of Springfield to enjoy. He is celebrated as a new taste sensation and I think the craziness of the subject matter makes for a great horror moment in the show.

So there’s my list, let me know in the comments some of your favourite Treehouse Of Horror stories!

2 Comments

  1. Some interesting picks, randomly, my other half who enjoys the Simpsons doesn’t enjoy watching the Treehouse episodes so we don’t tend to watch them and missed a lot of the recent seasons stuff. That said, Homer Cubed is a classic final act and was so revolutionary for its time bringing them into the 3D realm. Was the lego episode a Treehouse or just a full Lego show? felt Halloween ish.

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