3. The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V, The Simpsons
Air Date: 10/30/94
We dedicated an entire list to the best Treehouse of Horror segments, but even in the general conversation surrounding Halloween specials, The Simpsons' annual horror series reigns over the best.
Our claim remains: Treehouse V is the best. Its highlights are "The Shinning," which might be the most successful parody of The Shining yet, and "Nightmare Cafeteria," excessively macabre entries that reflect then showrunner David Mirkin's dedication to making the special as gory and disturbing as possible, as a middle finger to recent complaints about the level of violence depicted in Simpsons. A segment about a school cafeteria serving the delinquent kids up for chow? We say, mission accomplished.