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Arnold's Halloween
Arnold's Halloween
Season 2, Episode 40
Written by: Craig Bartlett, Joseph Purdy, & Antoinette Stella
Story by: Craig Bartlett, Joseph Purdy, & Steve Viksten
Air date: October 27, 1997
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Arnold's Halloween is a special half-hour episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


Arnold and Gerald play a Halloween prank on Grandpa by making him think aliens have landed in the city. However, the broadcast gets leaked and scares everybody in the city.



  • This episode is based on Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast The War of the Worlds, which also sent many people into a panic.
  • A "Welles Ridge" is mentioned in the episode. Obviously, it is a reference to Orson Welles, who's 1938 radio broadcast is parodied in this episode.
  • This is the second episode where Helga yells out "ARRRNOOOOLLD!", the first time was in "Downtown as Fruits."
  • Maurice LaMarche, who voices Big Bob and Douglas Cain, voiced Orson Welles in The Critic episodes "Eyes on the Prize" and "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost."

Talosians from Star Trek

  • The costume and makeup selected by the kids for their hoax are that of the Talosians from Star Trek: The Cage (#1.0) (1966).
  • The wheel on the show Big Bob was watching had spaces marked OOPS!, Bye-Bye, No Cigar, New Car, See Ya, Winner, Whole Enchilada, Sucker, Loser, Spin Again, and S.O.L. (the latter of which is an acronym for the phrase "sorta outta luck").
  • Big Bob, when perusing the sports section of his newspaper, mentions "Green Bay".  This is probably a reference to the Green Bay Packers football team.
  • All of the credits (except in the show's opening) are orange instead of the usual yellow.
  • This episode aired 4 days before the actual day of Halloween on October 31st.
  • This is the only special half-hour episode of Season 2.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Helga shows no indication of her love for Arnold.
  • In the Shout Factory DVD release of Season 2, the episode is listed as "Operation: Arnold's Halloween", as well as in the Hey Arnold! The Complete Series DVD set.

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