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  • This is the second episode where Helga yells out "ARRRNOOOOLLD!", the first time was in "Downtown as Fruits." Technically, it would also be the third as the first time she yelled out Arnold's name was in the Pilot episode.
  • The wheel on the show Big Bob was watching had spaces marked OOPS!, Bye-Bye, No Cigar, New Car, See Ya, Winner, Whole Enchilada, Sucker, Loser, Spin Again, and S.O.L. (the latter of which is an acronym for the phrase "sorta outta luck").
  • All of the credits (except in the show's opening) are orange instead of the usual yellow.
  • This episode aired 4 days before the actual day of Halloween on October 31st.
  • This is the only half-hour episode of Season 2.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Helga shows no indication of her love for Arnold.
  • In the Shout Factory DVD release of Season 2, the episode is listed as "Operation: Arnold's Halloween", as well as in the Hey Arnold! The Complete Series DVD set.
  • Normally, Grandma gets her holidays confused. But in this episode, she knows it is Halloween.
  • Big Bob drives a Hummer.
  • The mailman is revealed to be named Harvey.

Cultural References

  • This episode's entire plot is based on Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast The War of the Worlds, which also sent many people into a panic. (Although the amount of panic has long been disputed.) That radio broadcast was a story, not a prank, and it’s a common story that everyone believed it was real (though whether it actually caused mass panic is debatable).
    • A "Welles Ridge" is mentioned in the episode. Obviously, it is a reference to Orson Welles.
    • Douglas Cain's voice is almost exactly like the voice of Brain, a character from Pinky and the Brain. This is because both characters are based on Orson Welles, and they are both voiced by Maurice LaMarche. Maurice LaMarche has also impersonated Orson Welles on the animated sitcoms The Simpsons, The Critic, and Futurama, as well as the Tim Burton biopic Ed Wood.
    • Douglas Cain's surname is possibly a reference to Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' best known movie.
  • Big Bob, when perusing the sports section of his newspaper, mentions "Green Bay". This is probably a reference to the Green Bay Packers football team.
  • The costume and makeup selected by the kids for their hoax are similar to that of the Talosians from Star Trek: The Cage (#1.0) (1966).
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