We’re celebrating Halloween every day in October but highlighting some of our favorite Halloween episodes from a variety of TV shows. Today we’re looking at “Full Bars” from Bob’s Burgers.
Directed by: Boohwan Lim and Kyounghee Lim
Written by: Steven Davis and Kelvin Yu
Episode Number: Season 3, Episode 2
Where to Watch It: Netflix
Why It’s Great
“We’re born alone, we die alone and in between we trick-or-treat alone” – Gene Belcher
This is really a story about growing up all the triumphs and disappointments that come with it. The kids tell Bob Belcher they’re ready to trick-or-treat alone. He’s disappointed but tries to accept it and goes to an adult Halloween party, where he’s the only one who’s not dressed up.
Meanwhile, the kids’ have the best trick-or-treat haul of their lives thanks to deviating from Bob’s usual route, but discover the terrible cost when they’re chased by teens determined to use Halloween as an excuse to be huge jerks.
Why It’s Full of Halloween Spirit
The kids taking a trip to the rich neighborhood in order to get better candy and their sheer amazement at getting full-sized candy bars are the kind of realistic details that make this show hit so close to home, despite how exaggerated and wacky it gets. This episode accomplishes exactly what Halloween episodes should: it captures the mundane details of Halloween, while also embellishing with horror movie-like style. Bob’s boring party turns into a murder mystery and the kids are chased by menacing masked teens.
Linda Belcher as a mermaid
Tina Belcher as a mommy mummy
Louise Belcher as Edward Scissorhands
Gene Belcher as Queen Latifah
Teddy as a tiger
Mike the Mailman as a bunny
Bob as a sumo wrestler
Milo as a baseball player
Ned as a dinosaur
Mort as Sherlock Holmes
Dennis as a pirate
Bryce as a goat
Gretchen as a cheerleader