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The Adventures Of Pete & Pete Halloweenie Halloween Episode!
by: -RoG-

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The sun hadn't even set, yet Crossing Guard Frank Gulcher was already far too jumpy... a clear indication that he wouldn't be able to thwart the hellacious Halloween hooliganism spread by the Pumpkin Eaters on this night. Pete & Pete were on their own.

 

Big Pete didn't have a lot of time to worry, however, because Little Pete had the entire night planned out so that they could visit the most homes in the least amount of time. We're treated to a dizzying array of open candy sacks (which appear to be huge military duffel bags as opposed to the more traditional pillowcases) with treats pouring into them and ringing doorbells gallore. By 8pm, just 1 hour into their trick-or-treating, they had already covered 115 houses. That's just under two houses per minute! Even a seasoned trick-or-treating veteran like yours truly has to bow to impressive numbers like that.

Big Pete also confessed that the exhiliration of potentially becoming a Halloween hero brought his spirits back into full effect. Yes, his love for Halloween had finally returned.

Unfortunately, while they were whizzing around town attempting to beat "The Record", Sector 17 and Crossing Guard Frank Gulcher were under heavy attack by the Pumpkin Eaters. Armed with eggs, toilet paper, and shaving cream... the Pumpkin Eaters were turning the neighborhood into a virtual warzone.

Fortunately, Little Pete knew plenty of shortcuts around town so the two of them could continue to trick-or-treat while avoiding the threat of the Pumpkin Eaters. And while people were turning their home lights off due to their fears of being hit hard by the gang, they still found ways to give out candies to Pete & Pete. As you can see, they even sent candies incognito down a gutter drainage pipe, just to help show their support for Halloween. The citizens of Wellsville refused to surrender to fear.

As they closed in on the Halloween record, they had no idea that they were about to walk up to the house of the one and only Ned Richmond. Yes, the kid who was branded a Halloweenie was at home giving out treats, and he recognized Big Pete immediately. Ned then gives Pete a wink and says that maybe the two of them can go out for Halloween next year.

And yes, for those of you who are fans of Strangers With Candy (one of the greatest shows of all-time), that is indeed Larc Spies who played Jerri's older brother who never came out of the closet, Derrick.

Big Pete is so shaken up by his run-in with Richmond that he actually quits on Little Pete and Halloween, convinced that if they continue with their quest for trick-or-treating glory, the Pumpkin Eaters will catch them. Despite all odds being against him, Little Pete goes on without his big brother, termined to break the record once and for all.

It looks like Big Pete spoke too soon, because shortly after he abandoned his little brother, he was spotted by the Pumpkin Eaters and with the screams of "Halloweenie!!!" the chase was on. He ran through woods, neighbor's yards, and over fences... but the Pumpkin Eaters would not give up the chase. Though he did manage to make one of them fall into a pool as a temporary distraction.

We then see Little Pete struggling to drag his giant duffel bags through the streets while shouting into his headset at his big brother about how he's a blowhole. Harsh words from a kid with a tattoo named Petunia... harsh words indeed.

Meanwhile, Big Pete has decided to take refuge from the Pumpkin Eaters in the Wellsville Haunted House. Obviously, this isn't the best place for somebody to hide, and not even Crossing Guard Frank Gulcher's keen crime detection senses could pick up on any wrongdoings going inside there.

 

Pete soon finds himself cornered by the Pumpkin Eaters who are telling him they want his soul. Not exactly sure how they could collect on that, but either way, Little Pete hears what's going on through his headset and he's more than concerned. His Big Brother may have wussed out on the Halloween quest, but he's still family.

Little Pete curses the heavens for making him stop on his quest for Halloween glory just one house shy of the record, but he has to go help his little brother. "Bite my scab! Why!? Why now!?"

The head Pumpkin Eater informs Pete that he has two options tonight - 1) He can join them by smashing a ceremonial pumpkin and then helping them destroy Halloween forever or 2) He'll become the next Halloweenie, just like Ned Richmond.

 

For people like you and me, this would be a no-brainer, but Big Pete actually considers their offer for a bit. After all, this is the same guy who smashed a pumpkin the previous day and proclaimed his hatred for all things Halloween, so would the end of the holiday really matter to him? He had the power to crush the spirit of Halloween forever or to save it.

Pete decides to smash the pumpkin alright, but he smashes it right onto the noggin of the lead Pumpkin Eater, shattering his oversized pumpkin mask disguise in the process. We then discover that it's "Endless" Mike Hellstrom, Big Pete's arch nemesis who got his nickname from repeating the same year in high school over and over again! The entire gang charges Pete as Mike tells them to "fry this weenie!", but Little Pete shows up with Crossing Guard Frank Gulcher just in the nick of time.

 

Upon seeing these twoheroic Halloween freedom fighters, all the members of the Pumpkin Eaters make a run for it. All the members except Mike. Mike sticks around and fights Little Pete who head-butted him, accidentally knocking himself unconscious. And just before he makes that little spaceman Pete scream, Big Pete slams yet another pumpkin onto Mike's head, finishing him off for good and saving Halloween!

So it turns out that this Halloween was a night for heroes, and just because Pete & Pete didn't break the trick-or-treating record, they did something far more important - they saved Halloween for everybody. Plus, the Pumpkin Eaters were forced to clean up the messes they made and Mike apparently got the worst of it, for Iggy Pop was making him clean up the sidewalk with a Q-tip. Even Nona got some sweet revenge by playing a prank with the garden hose one of 'em. Hell, she should've been given the opportunity to beat him within an inch of his life for making her miss out one of her childhood Halloweens... you only get but so many of those. With Halloween saved, Pete & Pete head off into the moonlight with their heads held high, for they can always try to break "The Record" next year, because these two brothers will now always believe in the greatest holiday of them all - Halloween.

As you can see, "Halloweenie" is a fantastic episode of the Adventures of Pete & Pete which truly does justice to Halloween. Even without an appearance by my favorite character, Artie, the Strongest Man in the World, it still manages to be one of the all-time greats. If you've never seen it, I highly recommend picking up the Season 2 DVD set and checking it out, because for me, no Halloween season is complete without an annual viewing of Halloweenie!

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Reader Comments

 

OLD COMMENTS:

Member
Oct 21st, 2009, 06:42 AM
Still, being one house shy of the record is nothing to sneeze at either. (Though I always measured Hallowe'en success by weight. Personal best: 14 pounds.)

I've never seen this show, but I will probably read the Wikipedia page on it now.
Forum Virgin
Oct 21st, 2009, 10:39 AM
Aw, I frickin' loved Pete and Pete, it totally cemented my love of Michelle Trachtenberg (though she's so far removed from Nona now that its scary, but I can still hope she'll go back to her weird roots).

I loved this episode too, seeing this really makes me wish I could go back in time and watch all the Nick halloween specials from this time period...oh well.

Are Pete and Pete episodes on DVD yet?
Member
Oct 21st, 2009, 10:44 AM
The Adventures of Pete & Pete was the greatest show airing in Nickelodeon at its time. Hands down. I remember watching those episodes and I could experience a wide array of emotions from anxiety to an overdose of hilarity. These days, however, everytime I watch those episodes I find myself extremely nostalgic, as they manage to have some meaning even now.
Forum Virgin
Oct 21st, 2009, 11:20 AM
Oh god i miss this show. One of the greats. Hopefully they show it on Nick on Halloween.
Forum Virgin
Oct 21st, 2009, 12:45 PM
Endless Mike, Open Face, Pit Stain...

Why didn't the bullies at my school have sweet names?
Retardedly Handsome
Oct 21st, 2009, 01:05 PM
I got it on my "online move" que(no free advertising from me) and just bumped it up a few notches. I remember when they stopped running the show but the kept airing the short with big Pete cutting the grass on the highway all the time. Used to make me so mad.
Unfunny Python Reference
Oct 21st, 2009, 01:55 PM
I wasn't allowed to watch in Living Color, but Pete & Pete is is my top 3 greatest shows of ALL TIME! This is by far favorite episode after "Nightcrawlers". I'm happy that you took one of my suggestions for your site. Thanks again!
Admiral of the Undead
Oct 21st, 2009, 07:33 PM
Pete and Pete shines as perhaps one of the finest programs ever produced for television. The episodes were often times simple, but that was probably their greatest appeal. No matter which episode you watch, you're bound to walk away with a notion of something eternal and thought-provoking.

Gosh I miss it.
Member OfThe Pigmask Army
Oct 21st, 2009, 07:56 PM
Wow, Endless Mike sounds like an asshole. The only thing that would make this funnier is if Nick Castle was in it. Maybe give the Pete Bros. candy while in the kitchen, chopping a carrot with a butcher knife.
Is a RoboCop.
Oct 21st, 2009, 09:11 PM
This was probably my favorite episode. I still need to get the DVDs, though. :C
Forum Virgin
Oct 21st, 2009, 10:56 PM
I have the first two seasons on DVD, but never released the third, which upsets me. The final season had the episode "Saturday" which I loved and haven't seen in years. There are a lot of Nickelodeon shows that I wish they would put out on DVD (SALUTE YOUR SHORTS, where are you???) but they do not seem to hear my pleas. Anyway, "Halloweenies" was a great episode, and I'm glad to see it made it here on the site.
Movie Enthusiast
Oct 21st, 2009, 11:11 PM
Rog, Rog, Rog... First, Little Pete's tattoo is clearly on his right forearm, in the picture you posted yourself! Second, he and Nona have not "always been best friends"! He only met her in Season 2, after Artie left the show. /nitpick. That said, great write-up and I'm glad to see Pete & Pete getting its due. I only wish you'd do more horror movie moments! You used to churn them out several times a week during this time of year! What gives? (Been reading the site for about 6 years now.)
Last of the Time Lords
Oct 21st, 2009, 11:31 PM
Pete and Pete is quite simply the greatest thing Nickelodeon has ever produced. It even tops Invader Zim, and I would never make that claim lightly.
Member
Oct 21st, 2009, 11:31 PM
nirvana_infinity: Yep. Saturday is indeed one of the greatest episodes and, if memory serves me right, that's supposed to be the last one of the entire series. J.K. Simmons appearance as the stoic barber Dan is awesome. I have that episode recorded on VHS along with Pinned! (the one where older Pete enrolls in the wrestling team of his school in order the get the mighty W on his jacket). Hell knows where I have that videotape.

By the way, now that we are talking about Saturday, if someone can tell me which is the name of the song that plays during the ending credits I will really appreciate it, since that song is not one of the twelve that are in the Polaris album.
An Arizona Horror Company
Oct 21st, 2009, 11:43 PM
Nicely done!
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 22nd, 2009, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the comments all... glad to see you guys love the show and miss it just as much as I do. It really was unique and absolutely brilliant.

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Originally Posted by goblyn View Post
Are Pete and Pete episodes on DVD yet?
Yep, as stated at the end of the article, the first two seasons of the show are on DVD. Still hope season 3 comes out sometime, just not counting on it.

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Originally Posted by Ex Leper View Post
I wasn't allowed to watch in Living Color, but Pete & Pete is is my top 3 greatest shows of ALL TIME! This is by far favorite episode after "Nightcrawlers". I'm happy that you took one of my suggestions for your site. Thanks again!
Absolutely, I love the show and had it on DVD and was meaning to cover this episode for years, so I'm glad I finally had time to do so! I also always liked the episodes "Field of Pete" (what with the Orange Lazarus) and, of course, "When Petes Collide" (Artie vs. Bowling Ball is something I never forgot).

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Originally Posted by MrWarranty View Post
That said, great write-up and I'm glad to see Pete & Pete getting its due. I only wish you'd do more horror movie moments! You used to churn them out several times a week during this time of year! What gives? (Been reading the site for about 6 years now.)
Glad you enjoyed the write-up and thanks for sticking with the site for six years or so. As for horror movie moments, while this isn't really the place to be asking about them, the simple fact is that I'm way busier these days and there's less help at the moment. First off, I wasn't the only one "churning them out several times a week" as you said, the other writers did them too when I was working on larger pieces. Max Burbank has been absent the past two months, and Protoclown has been all but gone as well. That leaves just me and Dr. Boogie to write most of the articles on the site this season, so I've been busy working on larger pieces like this rather than the smaller Greatest Horror Moments articles to give everybody the most bang for their Halloween buck. I also have a new show, Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum, that airs live every Friday night and we've been doing Halloween episodes all month long, so that eats up plenty of my time each week as well.
Member
Oct 22nd, 2009, 05:57 AM
Let's not kid ourselves here Pete & Pete is the ONLY good live action show nick ever produced. Don't believe me? Go back and watch ANY of the others now that you are an adult and see if you can enjoy them. Before you metion You Can't Do That on Television, understand that it unfortunately doesn't hold up either and regardless was a canadian program that nick simply aired.

That being said Pete & Pete is possibly the greatest television show ever produced. The actors were simply left to their own devices, allowed to create their own characters... something that is noticably absent with current children's television. More importantly the writers seemed to inheriantly know what things are awesome to kids, and even more impressively which things are still considered awesome by those kids when they become adults. That is probably the reason we all love it as this site is dedicated to childish things we find so awesome that we won't give them up due to age.

I particularly liked the halloween episode myself. I remember nodding in agreement to their "lectures" in that one as I still do to this day. At the time I was one of those kids getting a little to old to trick or treat, but this episode convinced me to go and I continued to go well into adulthood until my halloween prop building replaced my urge to trick or treat.

My favorite episode was the summer one about Mr. Tastie though.
You'll thank me later...
Oct 22nd, 2009, 08:36 AM
I am not here to argue the merits or faults of old Nick programming...we're not going to get into that...


What I will do however, is say thanks for giving Pete & Pete it's due proper.
I'm going to have to re-watch seasons 1 and 2 now.
Member
Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:35 PM
Now that you, guys, are talking about which show was the best and all, I have to say that I also liked A LOT Legends of the Hidden Temple. There was something about that giant rock Olmec and, to date, I want to get a Blue Barracudas shirt so bad that I think I'll buy one of those replicas they sell on some websites.
Ninja Meatloaf Fox
Oct 22nd, 2009, 06:15 PM
I have to pick that DVD up, Pete&pete (my personal favorite episode being the episode where they kill the squid)never got old.
Movie Enthusiast
Oct 23rd, 2009, 03:55 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mockery
Glad you enjoyed the write-up and thanks for sticking with the site for six years or so. As for horror movie moments, while this isn't really the place to be asking about them, the simple fact is that I'm way busier these days and there's less help at the moment. First off, I wasn't the only one "churning them out several times a week" as you said, the other writers did them too when I was working on larger pieces. Max Burbank has been absent the past two months, and Protoclown has been all but gone as well. That leaves just me and Dr. Boogie to write most of the articles on the site this season, so I've been busy working on larger pieces like this rather than the smaller Greatest Horror Moments articles to give everybody the most bang for their Halloween buck. I also have a new show, Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum, that airs live every Friday night and we've been doing Halloween episodes all month long, so that eats up plenty of my time each week as well.
Your ridiculous amounts of success and fame will be the death of us all! I'm happy for you, but I do miss the old days a little bit. (-: You with your online tv show...
pickled
Oct 24th, 2009, 08:59 PM
HEY SANDY!

I loved watching this show when I was young. It's the best.
drifting in the void
Oct 27th, 2009, 05:03 AM
I really loved Pete & Pete. I never saw all episodes I guess, not even sure they all aired in germany, but it was a great show nonetheless
Forum Virgin
Nov 4th, 2009, 01:58 PM
Man, forget all this sugary crap teen shows that infests Nickelodeon today (Zoey 101), Nick of the 90s was the best time for the channel, and Pete & Pete were responsible for it. Now if they would just release the last DVD set to have a complete set.

And while they're at it, how about a Rocko's Modern Life Complete Series DVD? Quit spending $60 million on Ninja Turtles, Nick, and get us some wallaby action!
Forum Virgin
Nov 18th, 2009, 07:37 AM

The Adventures Of Pete Pete Halloweenie Halloween Episode

After seeing the screen shoots, some interesting notes:

-It appears there is now a special background for each brother, very well done if I might add.
-Apparently the new areas that where added where addits in each sister chamber
EDIT -What the hell did you guys did to Mongolfier?

Overall I think 75 is good. What do you guys at IPL think?
Forum Virgin
Sep 6th, 2012, 05:49 PM
Iggy!! haha awesome episode. Salute your shorts, Are you afraid of the dark and Doug. Yep, that was my life.

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