Halloween finds Laura and Albert dressin' up like Injuns. See, they want to win first prize at Nellie's costume contest...like they really think she'd let them win? So after Albert and Laura painfully get their costumes on, Caroline forces them to take a nap, so as to be rested up for their night, but I think it was just to get them out of her hair. So as they lay in the loft snoozin', Albert has himself a very peculiar dream... it starts with a group of Native Americans sitting around a fire where they "smokeum peace pipe". They're waiting for a strong, young brave named Son of Running Bull, who will aid them in their attack in which they will slay the white man. I guess they had nothing better to do; members of the tribe spot Laura and Albert on horseback, and bring them back to their chief, Chief Kilowatt (you read right) taking Albert to be Son of Running Bull. I think they just made heap big mistake; back at the little house, Charles and Caroline meet Commander Kaiser, who reports sightings of tribes in the area. Bloodthirsty Injuns looking to kill the white man. Naturally, the Ingalls were somewhat concerned with his news.
So after making Laura and Albert smokeum the peace pipe, Chief Kilowatt lays out their plan of attack: kill white man in one town, then move on to next, and next, until white man is no more, and they have war party...um, haven't they noticed Laura is white? As is Albert? Well, guess what? According to this episode, the Indians are freakin' idiots. Meanwhile, homes in the area were evacuated, forcing Charles and the family to be relocated, as per Kaiser's orders. All Charles could think about were his missing children, but Kaiser was less than sympathetic. Spotting his children amongst the tribes, Charles gets himself a horse and white flag and rides out. Being forced to play along, Albert exchanges Indian-speak with his Pa, but alas, the time to talk peace was over. The Indians were intent on slaying the whites regardless. But that night, Albert had a plan to help he and Laura escape. So after dressing like giggling maids, they made their way to Stoney Pass and were reunited with Charles, after scaring Kaiser half to death. So what now? Go BACK to the camp where they JUST escaped from, to try and make the chiefs believe the riflemen were captured and thus their battle could not be carried out...only to discover that not only do the Indians have the rifles, but the REAL Son of Running Bull finally showed up. Good plan, Albert, you little idiot; and so, Albert and Laura are tied to crosses, set to be burned at the stake...and please do it quickly! But no, they somehow manage to escape, stealing the wagon full of rifles and hit the trail, with over 200 Injuns and a psyched-out Son of Running Bull giving chase. But it's okay, Laura tries to stop them with a loaded rifle...this is a family show, isn't it? A kid with a gun? So, the Stoney Pass cavalrymen are set and a huge battle ensues. The cavalry wins, they drive the Injuns away, and then Albert wakes up so he and Laura can go to that damn party. And boy are they in for a surprise when they get there!
I'd say Michael Landon was taking a few hits off the peace pipe when he wrote this heap big mess! It's awful, it's stupid and it's BORING! So, so, BORING. My brain was going to sleep 10 minutes in. I remember once saying that "Divorce Walnut Grove Style" and "The Godsister" were this show's worst episodes. But with DWGS, at least they TRIED. It sucked, but they tried; "Godsister" has one redeeming quality: the Charles and Jonathan telephone pole subplot, the rest was crap. But "Halloween Dream" has no redeeming qualities at all! None! UNLESS you're having trouble sleeping. This episode will put you out faster than Ambien or NyQuil any day; To think, Michael Landon wrote AND directed this pile. What was he thinking? There was no effort put into this AT ALL. THIS is the WORST episode of Little House on the Prairie. It should never have been made, it's offensive, it's ridiculous, it's over-the-top, it's just BAD. Avoid it! Yet ANOTHER attempt at a funny episode that fell flat on its ass! You want funny Little House episodes, watch "Fred", "Alden's Dilemma", or "The Older Brothers"; You know, this episode should have starred Willie and Nellie, it would have been funnier, or better yet, if they wanted Laura, it should have been made in Season 2. This is Season 6. Laura is a little old for story lines like these. After all, she just met Almanzo and she's trying to be a teacher. Did Landon not want his Half Pint to grow up just yet? Anyway, "Halloween Dream" is crap. Pure and simple.
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