This year, Marge isn't there to greet and scurry us off. Instead Homer is sent out, in a send up of Alfred Hitchock's classic show opening in Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Being pressed into the job, he gives the disclaimers. Then he belittles the whiners and dares everyone to just turn the TV off. Which everyone does.
And we begin.
Back to Springfield Cemetery.
Yeah! Take that Drexell's...Class...? I was there at the time and have no recollection of what that is. But...BURN!
...An architect and...Got nothing.
Ah! Cutting jab about the state of the economy and our competitive edge in the world at the time. Hey! It's a joke I'm getting. And is a but of social commentary. Let's just take the gift horse.
And then the tombstone crumbles...
The number of tombstone joke was sparse, and the jokes were spotty.
But we do see them finally take advantage of the couch gag in a Treehouse of Horror here.
Then they display the executive producers on the TV screen they are staring at.
We cut to a kid's party at the house. Marge is corralling all the kids, so they don't go out on Halloween. No wonder Marge had to have Homer do the introduction.
So as a structure for the stories this year, people will be telling scary stories at the party.
The cemetery shtick is getting a little stale in this one, but they did go out on their better joke. We'll see if they up the game next time. Also, the couch gag being used for ghoulish effect starts now.
The opening continues to evolve.
This Halloween, the stories are...
Now on to Year IV.