Premiered October 29, 1974.
"Everyone knows about old Magnolia Simpson. Ever since she lost her head, anyone who goes in there gets THEIR head chopped off too!"
|The kids decorate Arnold's for Halloween|
|Ralph tells Richie & Potsie that his Halloween party will take place in a "haunted" house.|
|Arnold's carhop Marsha (Beatrice Colen) tells Bag she has no time for him & his gang, the Demons.|
|Richie & Joanie check out the Simpson house.|
|Howard & Richie get scared while watching a horror movie.|
|Fonzie bristles when he hears Richie mention the Simpson house.|
|Gloria & Richie nervously walk through the Simpson house.|
But it turns out to be a Halloween gag from Ralph!
Potsie and the rest of their friends emerge and the party begins. It appears that Richie's has conquered his fears...but the Simpson house has some more Halloween surprises for Richie and his friends...
|Potsie, Ralph & Richie encounter...Magnolia Simpson?!|
This episode is good, not great, but it's grown on me after multiple viewings.
|Fonzie draws glasses on a skull decoration.|
When I was a kid, every town I lived in had a "Simpson House", allegedly haunted by ghosts. Even hardcore skeptics like myself can get creeped out by such houses, so I can identify with Richie here. It seemed like every year, some kid would talk about breaking into the local "haunted" house on Halloween, but they always chickened out.
|Ralph shows off his "Alfred Hitchcock" costume!|
|Potsie bobs for apples; Ralph asks "Weren't you the main course at my last Hawaiian luau?"|
|Fonzie and Cloris dressed up as "Lone Ranger & Tonto".|
|Marsha runs through a gauntlet of water balloons & Halloween pranks.|
This was the last season that the series was shot with a single camera, with a laugh track. The first two seasons feel a lot like the film American Graffiti, one of the series' inspirations. The famous Happy Days catch phrases "Sit on it!", "I still got it!" and "AAYYYY!" are notably absent from "Haunted". These days, I find these earlier, quieter episodes more enjoyable.
Now we get to the not-so-good parts of "Haunted": The music. In the original edit, this episode opens with Fats Domino's classic "I'm Walkin'". Another scene prominently features "Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers. But currently, the only "official" release replaces these with generic music that sounds like it was recorded in the 80s or 90s. It's very distracting, it took me out of "the moment" and sucks the fun out of several scenes.
|Fonzie shows the gang how he "bobs" for apples.|
Two kids come to the Cunningham house to trick or treat, one dressed as a cowboy the other dressed as a princess.
They're played by Scott and Lori Marshall, the children of Happy Days creator, Garry Marshall.
And another of Marshall's kids, Kathleen Marshall, plays one of Joanie's friends, dressed as a witch:
Also, Linda Purl plays Richie's girlfriend Gloria here and in several other season 2 episodes. Purl would later join the cast (in season 10) as another character, Fonzie's live-in girlfriend Ashley Pfister.
"Haunted" is a generally fun episode, but the music replacements cost it a jack o'lantern or two. So for the 1st time in this blog's history, I'm giving a program two different ratings:
J.A. Morris' rating:
For the version that contains the original music:
3 jack o'lanterns.
For the version that contains the "new" music:
2 and a half jack o'lanterns
This is a okay episode of Happy Days, but not one of the best. The Halloween decorations and mild mayhem are enjoyable, but the episode feels a little bit flat to me.
|A coffin buffet|
Happy Days is always worth watching, but "Haunted" is not on my list of required annual holiday viewing.
2 jack o'lanterns