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The Simpsons gather for a Halloween party and exchange ghost stories: Lisa tells the story of a Krusty the Clown doll bent on killing Homer in "Clown Without Pity", Grampa retells the story of King Kong in "King Homer", and Bart tells the story of a zombie invasion in "Dial Z for Zombie".
Homer: I've been asked to tell you that the following show is very scary, with stuff that might give your kids nightmares. You see, there are some "crybabies" out there, religious types mostly, who might be offended. If you are one of them, I advise you to turn off your set now. Come on I dare you. Chicken!
Marge: Homer, did you just call everyone chicken?
Homer: No. I swear on this Bible!
Marge: That's not a Bible; that's a book of carpet samples!
Homer: Ooooh... Fuzzy.
Homer: Do you sell toys?
Shopkeeper: We sell forbidden objects from places men dare to trade... We also sell frozen yogurt, which I call "frogurt".
Homer: Yeah, well I need something for my son's birthday.
Shopkeeper: Ah... Perhaps this will please the gentleman...
(The shopkeeper reaches the shelf and takes the Krusty doll.)
Shopkeeper: Take this object... But beware, it carries a terrible curse.
Homer: Ooo, that's bad...
Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!
Homer: That's good!
Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.
Homer: That's bad...
Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of topping!
Homer: That's good!
Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.
(Homer stares at the shopkeeper.)
Shopkeeper: That's bad.
Homer: Can I go now?
Homer: So then his wife comes through the door…!
Homer: Did I mention that she was dead?
Homer: Well, she was! And then, she hit him in the head with a golf-club…!
Homer: Don't you remember? He went golfing all the time, and it really bugged her.
Lisa: You said he went bowling!
Grampa: Homer! I've coughed up scarier stuff than that!
Bart: Hey, Grampa. Why don't you tell us a story? You've led an interesting life…
Grampa: That's a lie, and you know it! But I did see a lot of movies…
Zombie Flanders: Hey Simpson! I'm feeling a mite peckish. (Evilly) Mind if I chew your ear?
(Homer shoots Ned and the others gasp.)
Bart: Dad, you killed the Zombie Flanders!
Homer: (Surprised) He was a zombie!?
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
The intro of Homer's silhouette is a direct reference to the show Alfred Hitchcock Presents that ran from October 2, 1955 to May 10, 1965.
Alfred would fill in his own silhouette during the intros.
The Twilight Zone
The Clown Without Pity segment is based on the 1963 Twilight Zone episode, Living Doll
that featured Talky Tina.
Talky Tiny would threaten the father in the same manner Krusty threatened Homer, plus Homer placing Krusty in a garbage bin is the same thing done to Tina.
The manner in which the Krusty doll gets home, tying himself to the underneath of the car, is the method used in the 1962 original film and the 1991 remake, Cape Fear
Dial M for Murder
The second segment title, Dial 'Z' for Zombies is a take off of the 1954 American crime thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
If you missed it, the top classified ad are the lyrics for the Jimmy Buffett song, If You Like Pina Coladas
Former talk show host & TV personality Dick Cavett (1936-)
is mentioned as being born on November 19th 1936.
A Clockwork Orange
Bart is dressed as the main character, Alex DeLarge, from A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film directed by Stanley Kubrick.