Top 10 Funniest Halloween SNL Sketches
VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Tal Fox
It's not Halloween without these "SNL" sketches. For this list, we'll be looking at the most spooky sketches from the hit show that are eerie-sistibly hilarious and never fail to make us cackle. Our countdown includes "The Curse of Frankenstein," "Sppoky Song," "A Girl's Halloween," and more!
Top 10 Funniest Halloween SNL Sketches
Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Funniest Halloween “SNL” Sketches.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the most spooky sketches from the hit show that are eerie-sistibly hilarious and never fail to make us cackle.
Which “SNL” Halloween sketch did you think was full of the best tricks and treats? Let us know in the comments.
#10: “The Curse of Frankenstein”
What could be more Halloween-y than sending an angry mob to Frankenstein’s monster’s house? Perhaps a trip to Dracula’s castle? The frenzied crowd soon loses their fervor as the two horror giants have a little Halloween fun of their own. Bill Hader plays the green monster brilliantly, hilariously keeping his cool even as the angry villagers pursue him. His nonchalant and coherent delivery is perfect and provides a much-needed twist on traditional depictions of Mary Shelley’s famous creation. He makes the mob take a long hard look at themselves and doesn’t even break a sweat under the looming threat of fire. It’s such a clever spin on a classic and very funny.
#9: “Graveyard Song (feat. Jim Carrey)”
In this sketch, a couple gets into the Halloween spirit by bringing their booooze to a graveyard. However, the only spirits they end up soaking up are those haunting the location. We meet the Grim Reaper, a couple of spooky tombstone heads, a twisted rotting tree, and... Wait, what – who on earth are Paul and Phil? Played scarily well by Jim Carrey and Taran Killam, these two dead guys continuously interrupt this otherwise creepy tune, leaving us breathless throughout— and not exactly from fright. Thanks to the duo’s cheery demeanors, the eerie graveyard vibe quickly disappears, leaving its other residents pretty irked. Still, we love “The Paul and Phil Show.”
#8: “The Merryville Brothers: Haunted Castle”
If you’re not a fan of scary rides, stay clear of this Haunted Castle and its terrifying residents. This couple finds themselves stranded when the generator falters, bringing their ride to an abrupt halt. They soon learn that the Merryville Brothers' barbershop animatronics are a little more life-like than they’d prefer. Vanessa Bayer’s character is rightfully weary, while Jay Pharoah’s Peter remains oblivious to the threat — even when it’s literally written on the tombstone. Perhaps Bill Hader, Taran Killam, and Bruno Mars are just too convincing as robots. And who could possibly resist Tom Hanks’s charms? Even so, we’ll never look at animatronics or barbershop quartets the same way again.
#7: “Shana at a Halloween Party”
We all know that Kristen Wiig is an impressively versatile comedian. Perhaps no character displays her far-reaching talents more than Shana, the sexy co-worker with a dirty streak. In this segment, her male colleagues are thrilled when she arrives at a Halloween party dressed as a bunny, and they can’t stop ogling her. But when she eats a caramel apple, things start to get weird. However, they get downright alarming after her boss, played by Ben Stiller, tries to frighten her. Wiig strikes the perfect balance of funny and gross, ensuring this sketch is both spine-tingling and rib-tickling. Needless to say, Shana’s crazy antics had us in stitches.
#6: “Spooky Song”
Do ghosts usually put on musical performances in graveyards? According to “SNL,” they do indeed. On this occasion, four spirits spook a young couple as they sing about how they met their demise. Only there’s one guy who thinks his story is better left untold. The problem is that no one gets to go home unless everyone sings a verse. So he does. Based on the looks on everyone’s faces, they quickly regret being so insistent. It’s an electrifying anecdote that none of us could have possibly seen coming. Chance the Rapper embodies the role brilliantly, really cracking us up with his character’s obvious discomfort. It’s certainly an electric sketch.
#5: “Vincent Price's Halloween Special”
Bill Hader's Vincent Price hosts a star-studded Halloween party. But his famous friends aren't as cooperative as he'd like. Gloria Swanson, played by Kristen Wiig, really gets into her pirate character even if she isn't dressed for the part. Meanwhile, James Mason, excellently played by Jon Hamm, proves to be a hysterically miscast inclusion for this family-friendly show. And, of course, we can't forget Fred Armisen's more flamboyant than fearsome Liberace. It's so funny watching Price desperately try to keep his celebration on track and his unruly guests in line. The sketch was so entertaining that it even got a sequel. We wouldn't mind if Vincent Price's Halloween specials became an annual event.
#4: “Haunted Elevator (feat. David S. Pumpkins)”
You could create a whole theme park with the number of haunted rides we’ve seen on “SNL” over the years. And, of course, David S. Pumpkins and his dancing skeletons would have to be the main attraction. A couple rides a haunted elevator, encountering sights like a deceased bride, a chilling restaurant, and the scary girl from “The Ring.” However, they also meet the enigmatic David S. Pumpkins and his boogying buddies, who promise frights but leave us in stitches instead. Rewatching this delightfully random and iconic sketch has even become a Halloween tradition for many “SNL” fans. And who could blame them? Every single second is side-splittingly hilarious. Any questions?
#3: “Weekend Update: Stefon on Halloween's Hottest Tips”
“Weekend Update” has gifted us with unforgettable Halloween moments, including Adam Sandler’s costume ideas and Garth and Kat’s Halloween album. But this segment has everything. If you’re looking for the kookiest Hallow’s Eve sketch, we know just the place for you. “SNL’s” wackiest city correspondent, Stefon, knows how to have a good time, you know, if you’re looking for something unconventional and trippy. His suggestions are outrageously funny, and it’s always entertaining to see how long it takes Bill Hader to start laughing. The only thing that would make this segment funnier is if we could see the behind-the-scenes reactions every time Hader breaks character.
#2: “A Girl's Halloween”
The best part of a night out is arguably getting ready for it. There’s so much promise for the evening up ahead, and you can’t imagine anything going wrong. We watch these three friends prepare for a tame night on the town, but things don’t really pan out as expected. What makes this sketch so funny is just how relatable it is, depicting things like struggling with your heels in the middle of the street or loudly searching for a lost item. We love the contrast between their hopeful anticipation as they put the final touches on their cute costumes and the chaos that ultimately ensues. Hey, we’ve all been there.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“The Exorcist 2 (feat. Richard Pryor)”
The Only Sequel We Need
“Wes Anderson Horror Trailer”
The Fact That This Isn’t a Trailer to a Real Movie Is Pretty Scary
“Halloween Candy (feat. Edward Norton)”
A Hysterical Breakdown of Our Favorite Halloween Candies
“Daily Affirmation: Stuart Smalley's Halloween Story”
Nothing Like a Spooky Tale to Set You on the Straight & Narrow
“Googie Rene's Partially Damaged Halloween Costume Discount Basement”
Need a Halloween Costume? Maybe Look Elsewhere...
#1: “Matt Foley: A Scary Story on Halloween”
After some kids pull a few Halloween tricks around the neighborhood, their dad brings in a motivational speaker to set them straight. Take everything you think you know about the profession, throw it out the window, and you’ve got Matt Foley. His loud voice, babbling stories, and clumsy tendencies are enough to spook anyone out of their childish antics. And remind us again, where does he live? Chris Farley was simply one of the funniest people around, and his physical comedy was second to none. This sketch is so hysterical that even the cast can’t contain their laughter. Is there anything scarier than a lecture from Matt Foley? We don’t know, but there’s definitely nothing funnier.