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31 Days of Halloween Episodes: Meet ‘n’ Greet (Parks and Recreation)

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We’re celebrating Halloween through all of October by highlighting some of our favorite Halloween episodes. Today we’re looking back at “Meet ‘n’ Greet” from Parks and Recreation.

Why It’s Awesome

In this episode, Leslie Knope needs to win over businesses for her city council campaign. She gets Tom Haverford to help her throw a meet and greet. Instead of helping Leslie, Tom spends the whole event promoting his own business, Entertainment 720.

Leslie finds out that Tom did this because Entertainment 720 is on the verge of bankruptcy. She is remarkably forgiving. In turn, Tom actually does something right by getting her another meeting with one of Panwee’s business big wigs.

Why It’s Full of Halloween Spirit

In the subplot of the episode, Andy Dwyer and April Ludgate throw a Halloween party. The introduction where Andy boasts about how fun it will be while April brags about how scary it will be perfectly captures the dual nature of Halloween.

Many Halloween episodes try to be whimsical, but this one takes the opposite approach and really captures what Halloween is like as an adult: Ben tries to quietly get work done while being passive-aggressively angry about the party in his home. Ron Swanson and Ann Perkins end up spending the entire party fixing things up around the house. And Chris and Millicent do so, so much grinding up on each other.

Costume Count

April Ludgate as a sumo wrestler who’s lost the weight

Andy Dwyer as Chuck Liddell

Donna Meagle as a cop

Chris Traeger as Sherlock Holmes

Jerry Gergich as Mr. Potatohead

Ron Swanson a pirate

Ann Perkins as an eggplant

Millicent Gergich as a sexy pumpkin

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