But, all praise aside, this show was hit-and-miss. The first two seasons had some brilliant episodes and some not-so-brilliant ones, and the third season really only had one particularly great episode. And this Halloween episode, despite being from the show's "golden era," isn't one of my favorites. Some fans of the show think its the finest episode; maybe I just have my hopes too high from the inviting combination of Pete, Pete, and Halloween. That said, it's still better than the vast majority of Halloween episodes reviewed on this site, and should be considered essential. Certainly it's among the top "halloween episodes" of ongoing series, particularly "kids" shows.
In this episode, Big Pete has decided that he's too old for Halloween, while Little Pete is attempting to break the world record for trick or treating. This all leads to a big showdown with The Pumpkin Eaters, an anti-Halloween gang led by Big Pete's biggest rival, "Endless Mike" Helstrom, who are trying to recruit Big Pete to join their number and start smashing pumpkins. Brilliant, but maybe not as brilliant as episodes like "Yellow Fever" and "Sick Day."
The episode, however, was based on a 60 second short, in which The Petes, plus Artie (The Strongest Man... in the World), take on Hat-Head, a solitary pumpkin smasher whom Big Pete compares to Mussolini and Darth Vader. The short opens with a funeral for Little Pete's smashed pumpkin, after which, all of the non-evil kids in the neighborhood munch candy corn for energy and "track Hat Head's trail of destruction all the way to the state line" where they turn their arch-enemy into a jack-o-lantern. It's brilliant stuff. Sixty seconds of surrealism that's all heart.
Part 1 (the only part I could find online):