The Top Halloween Episodes in America

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From Criminal Minds to Friends, Americans love tuning into their favorite show’s Halloween episodes to get in the spirit (and find some costume inspiration, too).

In honor of this lighthearted Halloween content, the TV lovers at USDISH set out to find which shows Americans sink their teeth into based on search volume, viewership, and ratings. Move over Jason and Freddy, there are new Halloween icons in town from these episodes!


Dig into the Data

  • Although The Simpsons had 10 out of 15 Halloween episodes on our list, Friends was still the most googled show in the most states during October. 
  • Like Friends, Stranger Things only had one Halloween episode, but it was the second most searched show in October.
  • The premiere of the “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons, which first aired 31 years ago, had the most views at 27.4 million. Friends’ “The One with the Halloween Party” episode was the runner-up with just under 27 million views.
  • The Big Bang Theory’s “The Good Guy Fluctuation” premiere was the last on our list for total views at 14.5 million.


The team at USDISH looked at the top 15 episodes on IMDb that were tagged “Halloween,” produced between 1990 and 2020, had over 1,500 votes, and had a rating of 7.5 or higher. From there, we found the episode premiere’s viewership in the TV by the Numbers archive and ranked the shows from most to least popular based on viewership. 

To find out each state’s most popular TV show during Halloween, we looked at Google Trends data from October 1–October 30, 2020 to find which show had the greatest search volume in each state.

StateTV Series
HawaiiCriminal Minds
IndianaCriminal Minds
North DakotaCriminal Minds
PennsylvaniaCriminal Minds
WisconsinCriminal Minds
WyomingCriminal Minds
New HampshireFriends
New JerseyFriends
New MexicoFriends
New YorkFriends
AlaskaStranger Things
District of ColumbiaStranger Things
FloridaStranger Things
GeorgiaStranger Things
IdahoStranger Things
MichiganStranger Things
MontanaStranger Things
North CarolinaStranger Things
OhioStranger Things
South CarolinaStranger Things
UtahStranger Things
VirginiaStranger Things
WashingtonStranger Things
ArkansasThe Big Bang Theory
DelawareThe Big Bang Theory
KansasThe Big Bang Theory
KentuckyThe Big Bang Theory
MaineThe Big Bang Theory
MississippiThe Big Bang Theory
South DakotaThe Big Bang Theory
West VirginiaThe Big Bang Theory
ArizonaThe Simpsons
CaliforniaThe Simpsons
ConnecticutThe Simpsons
MarylandThe Simpsons
MinnesotaThe Simpsons
NebraskaThe Simpsons
NevadaThe Simpsons
OklahomaThe Simpsons
OregonThe Simpsons
Rhode IslandThe Simpsons

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