Pete & Pete & Halloween

A lot of TV shows have Halloween episodes. Many of them are quite memorable. However, you know what lacked in memorable Halloween episodes? Nickelodeon in the ‘90s. In fact, I don’t even recall Halloween episodes from most of the shows. Sure, Salute Your Shorts gets a pass. That’s about summer camp. The rest of the shows? Not so much. Of course, there is one Halloween episode from Nick that stands out to me as being one of the best Halloween episodes from a kids’ show. Naturally, I’m talking about Adventures of Pete & Pete again.

The episode comes from the second season and is called “Halloweenie.” Like so much of Pete & Pete, it’s funny and it nails certain experiences of growing up. You can appreciate it as an adult and relate as a kid, particularly a slightly-older kid, which was the show’s target audience.

Big Pete has gotten too old for trick-or-treating. In fact, he’s starting to find Halloween to be quite lame. Meanwhile, Little Pete is still in the throes of loving Halloween and the idea of free candy. He wants to break the record for the most houses visited in one night, but he needs help. Naturally, Little Pete turns to his brother, who wants to help out, but also doesn’t want to get involved in Halloween. Especially with the “Pumpkin Eaters” wreaking havoc. They are older kids who hate Halloween, and they particularly don’t take kindly to “Halloweenies,” which are kids they think are too old to be trick-or-treating.

The episode is about getting older, putting away childish thing, nostalgia, family, making sacrifices, and so much more. Also, some dumb teens wear Jack o’ Lanterns on their heads and say dumb stuff. As a kid, it felt legitimately tense to me. It was idiosyncratic and not hyper realistic, but still quite relatable. At some age most of us decide we are too old for trick-or-treating, and eventually we definitely are. Maybe we even get bitter about the holidays. However, you can’t go too far, though. You have to avoid becoming a Pumpkin Eater.

Adventures of Pete & Pete is a show that really nails a lot about being a kid, and they nailed Halloween. Weirdly, they never made Christmas work, but that’s a story for another day.

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