• The Simpsons - This episode is similar to the Simpsons Halloween specials, titled "Treehouse of Horror", with the set-up being similar to "Treehouse of Horror III".
    • The Mayor of Dimmsdale saying that he welcomes their new alien overlords is a reference to the Simpsons episode "Deep Space Homer", where news reporter Kent Brockman says "And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords" after having witnesses a close-up of an ant inside the Corvair space shuttle and coming to the conclusion that giant space ants have taken it over.
  • Invader Zim - The first segment, "Invader Trixie" is a spoof of Invader Zim, and features cameos from Almighty Tallest Red and Purple.
    • Trixie Tang and Veronica's roles as the aliens posing as humans is similar to Zim.
    • Tootie's role as the nerd who's trying to prove that Trixie is an alien is similar to Dib.
  • Maximum Overdrive - The second segment, "Maximum Turbocharge" has a similar name to the 1986 cult horror comedy movie Maximum Overdrive, which was written and directed by Stephen King.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The third segment, "Halloween Horror Theater 3000", is an obvious spoof of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Fred Figglehorn - The movie that Crocker and Vicky forced the kids to watch and riff on in "Halloween Horror Theater 3000", titled "Sid: The Movie" is a parody of Fred: The Movie, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred and Fred 3: Camp Fred, all of which have negative reception, and were released when Fred, a web show created by Lucas Cruikshank and the most popular channel on YouTube at the times of 2009-2012, was on Nickelodeon for a certain period of time, which got him his own show and 3 movies. The Fred expy is named Sid Smeckledorf, and is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, poking fun at Fred Figglehorn's high voice.
  • Rocko's Modern Life - In addition to A.J.'s costume, the epilogue features Dinklebergs' home being overgrown with slime as a prank by Mr. Turner, who sent the Dinklebergs slime as "a Christmas present" and exploited the Dinklebergs' flaw with setting the time 2 months ahead on their calendars, similar to the ending of the Rocko's Modern Life episode/pilot "Trash-O-Madness", where Spunky dips the slime he found into Rocko's bathtub, thus making the slime overgrow Rocko's house.
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