by Aaron Friederichs
Since "Halloweenie" was such a quality episode of The
Adventures of Pete and Pete, I felt it deserved some intricate
study. It displays wonderful universality when it comes to an
American Halloween. It shows the two main emotions felt around the
holiday: excitement (little Pete's quest for glory) and fear (older
Pete's fear of being unmasked). The episode contained high points
of both suspense and humor. It also contained a great musical
Note: I spell the Pumpkin Eaters the Pumpkin "Eters", because
that's how they spell it on a car windshield in the episode.
The episode itself is divided into two main acts. The first
being the preperation of Halloween, and the second being Halloween
itself. There are also two basic plots to the episode.
The first plot: Wellsville has a problem. Every year
trick-or-treaters are terrorized by the Pumpkin Eters, a group of
four teenagers hell-bent on destroying Halloween. If they aren't
stopped, this will be Wellsville's last Halloween.
The second plot: little Pete dreams of breaking the record of
trick-or-treating to 374 houses in one night. The two plots tie
together when Older Pete decides to help little Pete by going
trick-or-treating with him, at the risk of being destroyed by the
Extreme Funny Points
- When Pumpkin Eter3 says, "Hey, hey does anybody else's pumpkin
head smell like tangerines?", and Pumpkin Eter2 replies, "I licked
mine once." Does this mean that they tried to get high off their
- "Wriggles". Ha!
- When older Pete pushes Pumpkin Eter1 (thinking it's only a
dummy), and he suddenly, to Pete's surprise, pushes back!
- Little Pete tries to head-butt Endless Mike's solid steel
- James Mecklenburg gives Endless Mike a Q-tip to clean the porch
Did You Notice...
- When older Pete is raking leaves, his mom and dad are at the
- When older Pete is narrating in the chair, there is a picture
of two astronauts behind him
- There were 2 ghost trick-or-treaters (Greg and Judy Stilf)
(Notice: the number "2" is used a lot)
- The Wrigley's house number is 363
- Each house gives A LOT of candy
- Pete and Pete started trick-or-treating at 7:00pm
- When Pete and Pete are running past the Pumpkin Eter's mess,
there is a smoke bomb in the street. There is also a kid in the
street if you look real hard.
- trick-or-treating slowed down aroun 8:50pm (house #203)
- trick-or-treating picked back up around 9:40pm (house
- Pumpkin Eter1, or Endless Mike, is the Pumpkin Eter who falls
into the pool
- the Haunted House is called the Wellsville Kaycee's Haunted
- the shaving cream is Krebstar brand
- the red car in the first Pumpkin Eter flashback is the same red
car in the garage that the Pumpkin Eters are shown in.
- the last house (little Pete's "final frontier") is the same
house shown in the symbolic scene of older Pete smashing a flaming
- it is also the same house shown in the Greg and Judy Stilf
- When the Pumpkin Eters (except Endless Mike) run away at the
end, Frank Gulcher is right behind them
- It is Pumpkin Eter3 that Nona squirts with the hose
- Little Pete trick-or-treats to exactly 373 houses Halloween
night. This means that he would have to complete 1 house every
- the door scrolling forward in the intro opens in a fakey
- why would older Pete hate Halloween?
- why would Ellen encourage older Pete to smash the pumpkin?
- what have the Pumpkin Eters got against Halloween anyway? It's
the one night that they can terrorize, which they obviously love to
- where do the Pumpkin Eters carry all their vandal supplies?
They sure use a lot of it
- Why would the little kids laugh at Ned Richmond? The yare
- ONLY six blocks to go???
- That's a pretty good reflection of Ned Richmond in older Pete's
- How did Pumpkin Eter1, or Endless Mike, dry off so
- If it's around midnight, then where is all of that light in the
haunted house's basement coming from?
- The moon behind Frank Gulcher and little Pete at the end of the
show is too large to be a real moon
- When older Pete smashes the flaming pumpkin symbolically, does
this foreshadow the fate of Halloween? Or maybe the fate of older
- What was the point of Nona's mentioning of the mythical Greek
gods Apollo and Athena? Could it have something to do with the fact
that Nona's mother is never shown? Does it have something to do
with Nona and little Pete? or maybe Pete and Pete?
- What the heck did Pumpkin Eter2 lick his pumpkin head for? Did
he try to get high?
- When older Pete quits, there are only six blocks left; this
probably takes little Pete around two hours to complete, meaning
the episode ended around midnight
- the Wellsville Kaycee's Haunted House seems to have been closed
for a while, probably a couple of hours. This means it is pretty
late. The chase (Pumpkin Eters after older Pete) must have lasted a
- In case you were wondering how little Pete and Frank Gulcher
found older Pete and the Pumpkin Eters in the Wellsville Kaycee's
Haunted House, notice how the camera shows older Pete's helmet
(which contains a two-way radio) over a vent right when Endless
Mike, or Pumpkin Eter1, says, "Here you are in this pathetic excuse
of a haunted house, hating Halloween even more!" This must also
mean that the Wellsville Kaycee's Haunted House is the only one in
- At the very end of the show, where is little Pete's bag of
candy? Did he leave it at the haunted house? And what happened to
the candy in his helmet?
- the number "2" is used a lot in this Pete and Pete episode for
some reason - (Pete and Pete, Greg and Judy Stilf, 2 astronauts in
the picture, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, Apollo and Athena, and
the 2 plots). Do you think this represents the two main emotions
felt aroun Halloween: fear and excitement?
- Do you think little Pete will go trick-or-treating with Nona or
older Pete next year? will he break the record?
How to tell the Pumpkin Eters apart:
Pumpkin Eter 1: The leader of the Pumpkin Eters, Endless Mike.
Has one eye in the center, and a grinning, sharp-teethed mouth.
Wants to destroy the biggest Halloweenie of them all, older Pete
Pumpkin Eter 2: identity unknown. Has a frowning mouth with no
teeth, and two triangle eyes. Licked his pumpkin head once.
Pumpkin Eter 3: identity unknown. Has two crescent shaped eyes
and sharp teeth. Thinks his pumpkinhead smells like tangerines.
Pumpkin Eter 4: identity unknown. The only Pumpkin Eter with
Well, that about wraps it up. I had to watch this episode about
30 times to catch everything, and I'm still not sure this really is
everything. If you find something else, let me know.