The episode was inspired by 1950s horror comics, and begins with a disclaimer that it may be too scary for children. It is the first of a series of Halloween themed episodes. These episodes do not obey the rest of the shows' rules of realism, and are not treated as canon. The opening disclaimer and a panning shot through a cemetery with humorous tombstones were features that were used sporadically in the Treehouse of Horror series and eventually dropped. 
 
The plot revolves around three scary stories told by the Simpson children in the family's treehouse. The first segment involves a haunted house that is based on various theatrical haunted houses. In the second segment, Kang and Kodos are introduced when the Simpsons are abducted by aliens. In the third, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is adapted. James Earl Jones guest starred in all three segments.

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The Simpsons Season 2

# Title Air Date
The Simpsons
2:1 Bart Gets an F Oct 11, 1990
2:2 Simpson and Delilah Oct 18, 1990
2:3 Treehouse of Horror Oct 25, 1990
2:4 Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish Nov 1, 1990
2:5 Dancin' Homer Nov 6, 1990
2:6 Dead Putting Society Nov 15, 1990
2:7 Bart vs. Thanksgiving Nov 22, 1990
2:8 Bart the Daredevil Dec 6, 1990
2:9 Itchy & Scratchy & Marge Dec 20, 1990
2:10 Bart Gets Hit by a Car Jan 10, 1991
2:11 One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish Jan 24, 1991
2:12 The Way We Was Jan 31, 1991
2:13 Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment Feb 7, 1991
2:14 Principal Charming Feb 14, 1991
2:15 Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Feb 21, 1991
2:16 Bart's Dog Gets an F Mar 7, 1991
2:17 Old Money Mar 28, 1991
2:18 Brush with Greatness Apr 11, 1991
2:19 Lisa's Substitute Apr 25, 1991
2:20 The War of the Simpsons May 2, 1991
2:21 Three Men and a Comic Book May 9, 1991
2:22 Blood Feud Jul 11, 1991

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