This episode makes several reference to the original 1978 film Halloween:
Dr. Doomis is based on Dr. Loomis, the protagonist throughout almost all of the films in the series because of his obsession with stopping Michael Myers whom he believes is pure evil. His physical appearance is modelled heavily on Donald Pleasence's portrayal, complete with trenchcoat. Doomis's monologue to Huey and Granddad about when he first met Lamilton is nearly identical to the one Loomis gives about Michael Myers being "purely and simply evil". Doomis is also voiced by Tom Kane, who supplied a voice-over as Pleasence's character in Halloween: H20.
A few subtle pieces of music are of John Carpenter's score. Doomis's appearance is largely accompanied with a theme associated with Loomis and in one part of the taped interview, the main Halloween theme can be lightly heard.
There are also several moments that parody scenes in Halloween: Riley looking out the window in school to see Lamilton watching him, Doomis calling from a phone booth to warn the Freemans, Lamilton falling off the building and Granddad not seeing his body.