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13 SNL Halloween Sketches That Will Have You Howling With Laughter
The Saturday Night Live holiday sketches and episodes are always incredible—especially the Halloween ones.
From parodies of classic horror films to sketches about All Hallows Eve festivities, you never know what joke lurks around the corner while enjoying Halloween episodes of SNL. With 48 critically-acclaimed seasons under its belt, the Halloween episodes of SNL have cultivated hundreds of hilariously spooky sketches. Here are 13 shining examples.
"Haunted Elevator (ft. David S. Pumpkins)"
SNL Host Tom Hanks was immortalized in one of the most hilariously iconic Halloween sketches ever when he played David S. Pumpkins on a haunted elevator attraction. Beck Bennett and Kate McKinnon can't seem to understand why David S. Pumpkins is supposed to be so scary, and despite their many questions, none are answered.
"A Girl's Halloween"
"A Girl's Halloween" pokes fun at the many times we try to have a chill night only to have that night become a nightmarish ordeal. Let's just say Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, and Vanessa Bayer's choice to have a quiet night out doesn't go as planned, but the fallout is hilarious.
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Back when Stranger Things was initially taking the world by storm, SNL parodied the hit Netflix series by asking the pressing question: Where were Lucas' parents the whole time? Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson step in as parents to answer that question in one of the most hilarious Halloween parodies yet.
"Chad Horror Movie"
Pete Davidson was the face behind numerous recurring SNL bits, but his "Chad" sketches are unparalleled. In his "Chad Horror Movie" sketch, spoofing Scream, Host John Mulaney attempts to challenge Chad to an insidious game, but Chad just doesn't seem as invested.
Chance the Rapper shined in his Halloween SNL appearance and tricked the entire audience when, during the "Spooky Song" sketch, he chose to forego his verse. The surrounding ghosts in the graveyard are thrown for a loop as they wait for Chance to sing how he died, but apparently, Chance was simply there as support.
"A Frightening Tale"
Everyone has a horror story about getting stuck in a conversation they don't want to be in for too long. A group of friends (Seth Meyers, Melissa Villaseñor, Heidi Gardner, Alex Moffat, and Beck Bennett) sit around the campfire to listen to Meyers' horrific ordeal in this SNL digital short.
"The Walking Dead: Black or Zombie?"
SNL pulled off a spot-on parody of The Walking Dead with 2013 Host Kevin Hart.
"Office Halloween Party"
"Office Halloween Party" makes fun of the monotony of office Halloween parties, with Host Kumail Nanjiani and the gang all celebrating until they get a harrowing call from their boss, Beck Bennett. He has horrible news: No one should eat the cake he made them, or else. And even worse, everyone has already had a slice. Dun dun dun!
In this spot-on parody of the many ghost-tracking shows out there, a group of paranormal researchers visits a haunted mansion. Resident skeptic Leslie Jones has quite a few concerns, and the resulting pandemonium is hilarious. As far as SNL digital shorts go, this haunted house sketch will have you howling.
"Long Island Medium"
Everyone knows Theresa Caputo, star of Long Island Medium, can talk to the dead, but sometimes her paranormal communications can get in the way of her daily life. Whether Theresa is at the deli or simply going to the bathroom, she brings people to tears as soon as she inexplicably explains how their loved ones passed.
In this iconic spoof of Twilight, 2009 Host Taylor Swift plays a teenage girl who falls in love with Phillip Frank (Bill Hader), a mysterious new student with ghastly green skin and bolts in his neck who tends to flip out anytime he is around a fire. If you ever thought Twilight needed a few more Frankenstein monsters, this sketch is for you!
In this political sketch poking fun at the horror film It, Anderson Cooper (Alex Moffat) unexpectedly runs into Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) in a sewer grate. But nightmares are on the way because Conway has become Kellywise the Clown, and she is here to give Cooper a quote!
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