The Horror Honeys: 10 Best Treehouse of Horror Episodes!

10 Best Treehouse of Horror Episodes!

When I was but a wee thing, The Simpsons were brand new...and my mother hated them... ok LOATHED is a better term. We weren't allowed to watch Homer mistreat and take his family for granted until my mother decided we were smart enough to realize that this wasn't real life... it was a cartoon... thankfully she cottoned on quickly that we weren't going to take it to heart or start saying "eat my shorts" at any occasion possible. Once she relented, I discovered the wonderful world of the Treehouse of Horror, easily the best aspect of the show (at least for me). I developed a tradition of desperately needing to rent the Treehouse series in any form I could find it in as often as possible, especially at Halloween (like 95% of my generation I really miss the VHS rental store days, the other 5% can eat my shorts).

Now, EW did this amazing thing where they ranked the best episodes of The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes... but I thought I would mine ten of my own favorites from their incredibly exhaustive list.

''Bart Simpson's Dracula''
Treehouse of Horror IV, 1993
A fabulous twist on the 90s era lady-favorite Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mr. Burns makes a similarly perfectly coiffed and excellent Dracula, Lisa as the relentlessly frustrating Van Helsing, and the final twist — Marge as the head vampire (''I do have a life outside this house, you know'') — what's not to love?!?

Best Line: Kent Brockman: ''Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his throat. This black cape was found on the scene.'' (The cape reads ''Dracula.'') ''Police are baffled.'' Chief Wiggum: ''We think we're dealing with a supernatural being, most likely a mummy. As a precaution I've ordered the Egyptian wing of the Springfield museum destroyed.''

''The Genesis Tub''
Treehouse of Horror VII, 1996
Inspired by a Twilight Zone episode (''The Little People''), a shock of static electricity accidentally transforms Lisa's science project into a bustling mini-metropolis. Oh yeah... it's on a tooth, which is awesome. But seriously, what could go wrong?

Best Line: Lisa, after coming to visit her creations: ''I can take care of everything. All you have to do is unshrink me.'' 
Mini Professor Frink: ''Unshrink you? Well, that would require some sort of a re-bigulator, which is a concept so ridiculous it makes me want to laugh out loud and chortle, and… uh… but not at you, oh holiest of gods, with the wrathfulness and the vengeance and the blood rain and the hey-hey-hey it hurts me…'' Frink is amazing.

''Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace''
Treehouse of Horror VI, 1995
An obvious tribute to Nightmare on Elm Street,  this animated version is one of my favorite in the Treehouse series. Casting Groundskeeper Willie in the Freddy Krueger role is a super bonus. The tertiary series characters really get to shine in the Treehouse series shorts, and Willie is a longtime favorite of mine, it must be the rippling... accent.

Best Line: Marge: ''It all started on the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month. We were there to discuss the misprinted calendars the school had purchased.'' 
Homer: ''Lousy Smarch weather.''

''Hungry are the Damned''
Treehouse of Horror I, 1990
There's nothing NOT to love about Twilight Zone homage shorts, especially when the best twin aliens around are featured (I freaking LOVE Kang and Kodos). A spin on ''To Serve Man,'' one of the LOL moments features a suspicious cookbook apparently called How to Cook Humans; blowing dust off its cover incrementally reveals its true title to be How to Cook for HumansHow to Cook Forty Humans, and finally How to Cook for Forty Humans accompanied by incremental Marge gasps.

Best Line: Kodos, despondent: ''I slaved in the kitchen for days for you people!'' 
Kang: ''Well, if you wanted to make Serak the Preparer cry, mission accomplished.''

''Clown Without Pity''
Treehouse of Horror III, 1992
Another Twilight Zone episode throwback, this one turns ''Living Doll'"s Talky Tina into a murderous miniature Krusty doll! Learning from The Simpson's: If you're going to buy your child a talking doll, make sure the "Evil" switch is set to OFF.

Best Line: It's not a line so much as an exchange: 
Store owner: ''Take this object, but beware — it carries a terrible curse!'' 
Homer: ''Ooooh, that's bad.'' 
Owner: ''But it comes with a free Frogurt!'' 
Homer: ''That's good! 
Owner: ''The Frogurt is also cursed.'' 
Homer: ''That's bad.'' 
Owner: ''But you get your choice of topping!'' 
Homer: ''That's good!''
Owner: ''The toppings contains Potassium Benzoate.''
(Homer stares)
Owner: ''That's bad.''

''Citizen Kang''
Treehouse of Horror VII, 1996
President Bill Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole are replaced by a pair of power-hungry aliens... and absolutely nobody notices until it's too late. Hello, not even thinly veiled political commentary. As an open observation of the emptiness of electoral politics (''Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!'') and the American political system in general, Canadian me cackles with glee when this episode comes on.

Best Line: "It makes no difference which one of us you vote for. Either way, your planet is doomed!''

''The Shinning''
Treehouse of Horror V, 1994
A lovingly hilarious parody of a horror film that some fans adore, and some roll their eyes at... The Shinning is arguably one of the BEST Treehouse of Horror episodes everrr...

Best Line: Homer: ''So what do you think, Marge? All I need is a title. I was thinking something along the lines of No TV and No Beer Make Homer...something something.'' 
Marge: ''Go crazy?'' 
Homer: ''DON'T MIND IF I DO!''

“The Island of Dr. Hibbert”
“Treehouse of Horror XIII,” 2002
Raise your hand if you're awkwardly attracted to Marge-cat... A parody of The Island of Dr. Moreau, I much prefer this one to the South Park version with a bunch of multiple assed animals. While I seriously can't think of a standout line or joke, the visuals are wonderful. I mean... hello... Marge-cat.

38. “Hell ToupĂ©e”
“Treehouse of Horror IX,” 1998
About as close to a direct rip-off as you can get while still calling it an homage, "Hell Toupee" is a direct reference to a Spielberg short about a hairpiece that causes its owner to take on characteristics of the previous owner. Unfortunately for Homer, the hair once belonged to local badass law breaker, Snake! Sure, Homer looks awesome with all of that hair... but once the killing starts, the hair has to go. 

“The Raven”
“Treehouse of Horror I,” 1990
It's never high on anyone's list, but this episode is one of my favorites because at 9 years old I was able to see one of my favorite cartoons reenacting a poem that I'd been in love with since I heard Vincent Price recite it on a record... It's not a rip-roaringly funny episode, but it's moody and lovely, and deserves a little more love.