As Friends fans, asking us to choose between episodes is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child: we've got our ranking but we hate to admit it. As it's Halloween, however, we thought we'd celebrate the occasion by coming clean and ranking our top Halloween Friends episodes to watch during spooky season.
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Actually... How many Halloween episodes of Friends are there?
The truth is, not only is Friends one of the best sitcoms to ever grace TV but our favorite gang of six knew exactly how to mark a holiday, even if things never quite went to plan. The bad news? While we got endless Thanksgiving episodes (none of which we're complaining about, by the way), "The One With The Halloween Party" was the only real Halloween-focused episode we got throughout the ten seasons.
Plus, it came pretty late featuring in season eight. Luckily, it was well worth the wait giving us everything from Monica's cat woman outfit (we've definitely replicated that a few times over the years) to Phoebe's twin drama with Ursula. It's also one of the best episodes ever—yes, we said it. Though it certainly isn't the only scary one!
Over the years, we've seen some pretty spooky moments on Friends, all of which have been hilarious, of course. But more importantly, they've made up (kinda) for the lack of Halloween specials we've so desperately wanted. I mean, could you imagine a catalog of Phoebe's Halloween costumes alone? We can only dream.
From playing tricks on each other in season 4's "The One With All The Haste" to scaring the living daylight out of one another in season 6's "The One With Unagi" (yet another elite episode in the books as one of the greats), there have been some pretty Halloween-esque scenes on the show. Here are some of our favorites ranked from top to bottom...
The best Friends episodes to watch on Halloween
1. "The One With The Halloween Party"
Number one is of course the official Halloween episode, which came in season 8, episode 6. Monica and Chandler host a Halloween party at their apartment and there's a lot going on. Phoebe shows up in a supergirl outfit (a major highlight) but finds herself in a sticky situation with her twin sister Ursula, who is also at the party, when she develops a crush on her boyfriend, Eric. Meanwhile, Rachel is dressed as a pregnant woman “who spent a lot of money on a dress and she wants to wear it because soon she won’t be able to fit in it” and Joey is having the time of his life dressed a Chandler, who is wearing a pink bunny suit—you can probably tell why it's a great episode already!
Then there's Ross.. oh, Ross. He shows up as "Spudnik", his hybrid between a spud (a potato) and Sputnik, the Soviet Union’s first artificial earth satellite. As always, the pun made sense to Ross and Ross alone.
2. "The One With Unagi"
This episode is hilarious. In fact, it's one where Ross really shines, once again for his weird behavior. Cast your mind back to season 6, episode 7, where he was determined to scare Rachel and Phoebe in an attempt to get them to sign up for martial art classes. Not only was he jumping out at them at random moments throughout the day but he even hired a stranger to scare them (yes, really!) but they manage to their own back. It's all a little terrifying... and so is Monica, when she finds out that the anniversary Chandler got her is really one he received from an ex-girlfriend. Yikes!
3. "The One With All The Haste"
While the guys are no strangers to playing pranks on one another, this "trick" was definitely Halloween-worthy. In season 4, episode 19, Monica and Rachel are desperate to win back their apartment after losing it to Joey and Chandler. While the boys are at a Knicks game, the girls move all of their stuff back into their apartment and take Joey and Chandler's stuff back to their original home across the hall. Quite frankly, we're convinced some sort of wizardry was involved in the process because WHO can complete an entire apartment swap in a few hours? Sounds spooky to us.
4. "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel"
Anyone true Friends fan will agree when we say that the Joey and Rachel storyline was a truly horrifying sight to see. Why did they do it?! Honestly, the thought of this forced relationship alone is enough to send shivers down our spine. But there is yet another specific element of Halloween in this episode and no it's not just the same. At the end of season 8, episode 12 sees the two cuddled up on Joey's armchair (terrifying) watching 1983’s Cujo, which is about a rabid dog who kills a family. Overall, scary stuff!
5. "The One With the Fake Party"
Again, this technically isn't a Halloween episode but it does include a costume at a party which is close enough for us. In season 4, episode 18, Rachel tries to win over her work client, Jonathan, by throwing a fake leaving party for Emily, who Ross is dating at the time. Pulling out all the stops, she ends up dressing in her high school cheerleading outfit and performing cartwheels for everyone at the party. As you can imagine, it doesn't end well when busts her lip. Ah, the things we do for work, eh?
6. "The One With Two Parts"
Set right after Halloween, episode 17 in season 1 includes a spooky twin twist when Phoebe and Ursula go all Parent Trap on Joey. Joey starts dating Ursula but when Phoebe finds out that her sister plans on dumping Joey because she isn't that into him, she pretends to be her to let him down gently.
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