Here at Pop Culture Spin we refuse to accept that Halloween is only one day. We’re going to be celebrating Halloween all month, by highlighting one of our favorite Halloween episodes every day. Today’s we’re looking at the Gravity Falls episode “Summerween.”
Directed by: John Aoshima
Written by: Zach Paez, Alex Hirsch and Michael Rianda
Episode Number: Season 1, Episode 12
Where to Watch It: the Disney XD website
Why It’s Great
Mabel and Dipper are excited when Stan tells them that the people of Gravity Falls are so into Halloween, they celebrate it twice a year, once in late June. (“Do you always carry that calendar in your pocket?”)
They’re all set to trick-or-treat, until Dipper talks to Wendy and Robbie. They make him realize that he’s getting older and it’s not cool to trick-or-treat anymore. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a choice when a monster called The Trickster insists that they get 500 treats for him in one night. He tells them, “You must trick-or-treat or die.” In order to appease the Trickster, Dipper has to embrace Halloween and use the fact that people can’t resist twins in costumes.
Despite how scary the Trickster is, it ends up being a positive for Mabel because she gets to spend one last Halloween doing kid stuff with her brother.
Why It’s Full of Halloween Spirit
This episode captures Halloween perfectly. It gets the big stuff, like the awkward transition between childhood and being too old to trick-or-treat. But, it’s also full of great little details, like the fact that the monster turns out to be made of the rejected Halloween candy like black licorice.
Soos is a Mexican wrestler
Mabel is jelly
Dipper is peanutbutter
Candy is a peppermint
Grenda is a witch
Waddles is a businessman
Stan is Dracula