9. Oreimo – Episode 6
When Manami’s family decide to hold a Halloween fair and sell treats, Kyousuke gets pulled into taste-test duty. Cue the cute Halloween theme treats, awkward romantic tension and weird family hijinks. It’s certainly a Halloween Kyousuke would never forget!
8. Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door
While the Cowboy Bebop movie may not be particularly Halloween focused, a large part of its story happen on Halloween. A Halloween parade is turned deadly when it’s targeted by an insane ex-soldier. Naturally, there are plenty of pumpkins around, with the festivity contrasting the life-or-death mission Spike and his team must take on.
7. Soul Eater Not! – Episode 09
The world of Soul Eater is pretty Halloweeny, with pumpkins, ghouls, witches and a general Halloween style filling up each scene. However, Soul Eater Not! fully grabs on to that vibe and properly gets into the Halloween spirit in episode 9. Tsugumi, Meme and Anya have to grow pumpkins as Halloween draws near, and decide singing to them might help.
Halloween is also an important date for the story, as it is when Tsugumi must finally decide on which girl to pick as her partner!
6. Hetalia: The Beautiful World – Episode 12
America’s going to have a Halloween party and no one can stop him! America plans to scare the pants off England, but England has a (magical) scheme up his sleeve. Can Japan help America win the day? A mixture of American, British and Japanese horror collide for a Halloween spectacular.
5. One Piece Thriller Bark Arc – Episodes 337-381
One Piece ups the ante by having not just a Halloween episode but a whole arc that’s full of ghoulish fun. On the ship Thriller Bark (which may as well be an island) there live(?) plenty of zombies, mutants and general weird and wacky creatures. Heck, the zombies even do a whole song & dance number called “Zombie Night”, complete with a disco ball and Michael Jackson dance moves.
4. Ouran High School Host Club – Episode 21
It’s Halloween and Haruhi and the twins go on a test of a courage with their class. When they return Haruhi finds herself facing a real live urban legend(?)! And, of course, the Host Club naturally get in on the action, dressing up as beautiful vampires.
3. Blood: the Last Vampire
A perfect movie for Halloween! Not only is a blood filled horror movie, but its set around Halloween. An action packed, gothic treat that follows the trend of “bad stuff happens on Halloween”.
2. The Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan – ep 13
Haruhi wants to celebrate Halloween, but no one in the SOS club really knows anything about the holiday. Deciding simply to wing it, they end up with a costumed anatomy model that’s probably more terrifying than any Halloween movie one could watch.
1. Bleach – Episode 304
In a bizarre series of events Rukia – dressed as a tiny succubus – drags Ichigo to a castle. There he finds his friends all in Halloween costume (For example, Hitsugaya as a wolf, Orihime as a pumpkin… ghost). What follows is a strange mixture of action, comedy and weirdness with a surprising end. It’s hard to properly explain what happens in this episode, but the costumes are worth seeing!
Have a good Halloween this year, everyone, and remember, it’s the one night you can go cosplaying to your heart’s desire without getting weird stares!