Bart and Lisa are in their treehouse, making scary stories up by scaring each other. Lisa tells a story of the Simpsons moving into a cursed mansion, Bart tells a story of the Simpsons being abducted by aliens who are desperate to eat them, and Lisa tells the story of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Written by
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In 2011, staff writer Al Jean
commented on the episode: "The idea of it to parody EC Comics was really original and kind of shocking for a cartoon on network television. [Executive producer] Jim Brooks said, 'We better have a disclaimer at the beginning of this Halloween show,' so Marge came out and warned people that they were going to see something scary. And the funny thing is it's now very tame by our Halloween standards and by network animation standards." According to M. Keith Booker, author of Drawn to Television, the warning only made the episode more attractive to children. The entire segment was a parody of the opening of Frankenstein
(1931). While similar "warnings" were used to open the second and third "Treehouse" episodes, these quickly became a burden to write and there was no warning for the fourth episode. Instead, it had Marge ask Bart to warn people how frightening the show was during his introduction paying homage to Night Gallery
(1969). The tradition was revived for The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V
(1994); after that, they were permanently dropped and the writers did not make any attempts at reviving them. See more
Quoth the raven...
Eat my shorts!
Unlike later Halloween specials, there are no "funny" names for the cast members - everyone is just credited normally. See more
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