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TV Trick-or-Treat: Halloween with McMillan and Wife, Bewitched, and More

by Karen A. Romanko

Halloween has been my favorite holiday since childhood, a particularly kid-centric occasion with no obligations other than having fun. The colorful costumes, the jack-o’-lanterns, the sacks of candy, not to mention being allowed to go out on a school night—I loved it all. I also looked forward to horror movies at the local theater and special Halloween episodes of my regular TV series.

I enjoy Halloween TV episodes to this day, both those from the classic series of my youth, and more modern entries. I particularly like shows that combine fun with light scares, and my all-time favorite in this category is “The Devil You Say,” a 1973 episode of McMillan & Wife, which I view each year during the Halloween season. It has everything you could ask for in a Halloween episode--a Satanic cult, past-life regression, trick-or-treaters, and a Queen of Witches, one who is thought to be slumbering in the body of Sally McMillan (Susan Saint James), if only the Satanic cult’s …

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