SUBURGATORY “Halloween” Review


SUBURGATORY “Halloween” Season 1 Episode 5 – It’s Halloween in the suburbs and the Altman’s are ready to celebrate with lawn decorations and fake blood. Unfortunately for them, Suburgatory has its own idea of scary…and it’s more girls dressed as slutty mushrooms than full-size guillotines.

Informed by a very horrified Noah (in a scene that reminded me of that X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully went undercover in the suburbs and nearly got killed by a landfill monster for digging up their front yard) that they can’t decorate without clearance from the home owner’s president (who happens to be Dallas), George sets out to change his neighbor’s mind about Halloween.

After nearly being killed by one of George’s pranks, Dallas starts to get into the swing not only of being scared, but of scaring others. But no one gets more of a fright than George himself who is mistaken for a masked burglar by Dallas’s husband, Steven (Jay Mohr), when he comes home early from his business trip only to find his new neighbor spending time with his wife.

I was starting to think that Dalia’s father would be Suburgatory’s Tino, spoken of, but never seen; it remains to be seen whether I like him being an actual character. His frosty interactions with his wife make it understandable why she’s so blatantly attracted to George, but he seems like the perfect man for this neighborhood, constantly worried about shoes in the house. Could Dallas not be as much of a Stepford wife as she might seem?

Meanwhile, Tessa finds a box of hair stuff in her closet that belonged to the bedroom’s previous occupant and decides to go as a suburban girl for Halloween, Bump-It and all. She’s quickly chastised for dressing like a dead girl and learns the tale of Misty, who disappeared (and apparently died) after being turned from a dork into a Dalia clone.

Fearing that Tessa’s costume is a sign that she’s been possessed by Misty, Lisa decides to perform an exorcism to save her friend. Tessa plays along with far more patience that I would have displayed. Of course, Misty isn’t actually dead. She swings by her old house to trick-or-treat on Halloween; the better place she went to was reform school. Tessa can sleep easier and enjoy her new favorite holiday by further alienating their neighbors when she and George scare the crap out of their children.

A decent Halloween episode, it was. Perhaps not as great as it could have been, but I enjoyed it. I also feel that it gave us a little bit of character progression in the form of the interesting relationship developing between George and Dallas. Interested to see where Suburgatory will go with that, if it will tread that path at all.

What did you think of the episode? Do you like being scared? If so, what’s more scary: velour jumpsuits or snap-on nails? Let me know below!