Some of my favorite classic TV episodes revolve around a haunted house, which is ironic because, basically, I’m a big ol’ chicken weenie! This list of slightly spooky shows is perfect for the faint of heart this Halloween!
1. The Dick Van Dyke Show “The Ghost of A. Chantz”
Originally aired September 30, 1963
When there is a mix up in reservations, Rob, Laura, Sally, and Buddy must spend a night in a cabin that legend says is haunted.
2. The Andy Griffith Show “The Haunted House”
Originally aired October 7, 1963
Opie and his pal, Arnold, knock a baseball into “the old Rimshaw house,” which is rumored to be haunted. Barney, Gomer, and Andy go to retrieve the ball. This episode served as inspiration for my favorite spooky movie, “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,” starring Don Knotts.
3. Laverne and Shirley “The Haunted House”
Originally aired March 22, 1977
Their quest to buy a new couch leads Laverne and Shirley to a furniture sale in a house Shirley believes to be haunted.
4. Happy Days “Haunted”
Originally aired October 29, 1974
Richie laughs at Joanie’s fear of the haunted Simpson house, until Ralph Malph decides to host his annual Halloween party there. Richie discovers something which leads him to believe Joanie may be right.
5. The Munsters “Herman’s Sorority Caper”
Originally aired April 14, 1966
Grandpa puts Herman under a hypnotic spell to cure the hiccups. That same night, two sorority girls enter the Munsters’ home on a dare. Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver, guest stars in this episode.
6. I Dream of Jeannie “My Master, the Ghostbreaker”
Originally aired February 20, 1968
When Tony inherits a haunted English castle, he, Jeannie, and Roger pay it a visit.
7. Leave It to Beaver “The Haunted House”
Originally aired March 5, 1959
Beaver and Larry Mondello are certain the Cooper house is haunted by a witch. So, why did June just accept a job offer for the Beav to walk Mrs. Cooper’s dog?
8. Dennis the Menace “Haunted House”
Originally aired October 29, 1961
Henry Mitchell and “good ol’ Mr. Wilson” buy an investment property, only to learn it’s haunted.
9. My Three Sons “The Ghost Next Door”
Originally Aired October 25, 1962
Chip and his buddy, Sudsy, go trick-or-treating and spot someone carrying a candle in the vacant house next door.
10. The Flintstones “A Haunted House is Not a Home”
Originally aired October 29, 1964
Fred has the opportunity to inherit a mansion, if he can spend a night there. If Fred dies, the butler, cook, and gardener get his share. Barney, good friend that he is, stays by Fred’s side during a long, scary night.
11. The Brady Bunch “Fright Night”
Originally aired October 27, 1972
When Jan and Cindy see a ghost, it is revealed Greg, Peter, and Bobby were behind the apparition. Marcia joins in with her sisters to put a scare into the boys.
12. The Donna Reed Show “The House on the Hill”
Originally aired February 28, 1963
When the women’s club is raising money for the children’s clinic, Donna volunteers to pay a visit to an elderly woman in her rumored haunted house.
13. The Green Acres “The Ballad of Molly Turgiss”
Originally aired April 6, 1966
The legendary ghost of Hooterville townswoman, Molly Turgiss, returns from the afterlife to haunt the Oliver and Lisa’s farmhouse.