Here’s A Complete Visual Guide To ‘Treehouse Of Horror’ References From ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons will air its annual “Treehouse of Horror” special on Sunday, one of two Halloween-themed episodes this year. “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” will have Sideshow Bob finally killing Bart and Frank Grimes returning as a zombie, as well as segments about Lisa, Bart, and Milhouse gaining the power of telepathy and “Homerzilla.” It’s a sort-of sequel “King Homer” from “Treehouse of Horror III,” and the episode’s most obvious pop-culture parody.

The pop-culture spoof is a time-honored “Treehouse” tradition, dating all the way back to season two’s “Bad Dream House.” Below, you’ll find the complete collection of every TV show, movie, and book that The Simpsons has paid direct late-October homage to (I say direct, because, for instance, “The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms” claims to parody The Terminator, but the only real connection is time travel; that doesn’t count). I only included the segments themselves, not individual jokes in them, otherwise this post would reference The Twilight Zone 4,248 times. You’ll have to settle for 1,824 times.

Treehouse of Horror

The Amityville Horror

-“To Serve Man” from The Twilight Zone

The Raven

Treehouse of Horror II

The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs

-“It’s a Good Life” from The Twilight Zone


Treehouse of Horror III

-“Living Doll” from The Twilight Zone

King Kong

Night of the Living Dead

Treehouse of Horror IV

The Devil and Daniel Webster

-“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from The Twilight Zone

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Treehouse of Horror V

The Shining

-“A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury

Soylent Green

Treehouse of Horror VI

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

A Nightmare on Elm Street

-“Little Girl Lost” from The Twilight Zone

Treehouse of Horror VII

Basket Case

-“The Little People” from The Twilight Zone

Treehouse of Horror VIII

The Ωmega Man

The Fly

The Crucible

Treehouse of Horror IX

-“Hell Toupee” from Amazing Stories

Treehouse of Horror X

I Know What You Did Last Summer

When Worlds Collide

Treehouse of Horror XI

The Munsters

Ghost Dad

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

The Day of the Dolphin

Treehouse of Horror XII


2001: A Space Odyssey and Demon Seed

Harry Potter

Treehouse of Horror XIII


The Island of Dr. Moreau

Treehouse of Horror XIV


-“A Kind of a Stopwatch” from The Twilight Zone

Treehouse of Horror XV

The Dead Zone

Fantastic Voyage

Treehouse of Horror XVI

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

The Most Dangerous Game

-“The Masks” from The Twilight Zone

Treehouse of Horror XVII

The Blob

The Golem

The War of the Worlds

Treehouse of Horror XVIII

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Treehouse of Horror XIX


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Treehouse of Horror XX

Strangers on a Train

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Treehouse of Horror XXI


Dead Calm


Treehouse of Horror XXII

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Spider-Man



Treehouse of Horror XXIII

Paranormal Activity

Back to the Future

Treehouse of Horror XXIV

The Cat In the Hat

The Thing with Two Heads


Treehouse of Horror XXV

A Clockwork Orange

The Others