Halloween Surprise

“Halloween Surprise”

Parks and Recreation episode

Episode no.
Season 5
Episode 5

Directed by
Dean Holland

Written by
Michael Schur

Original air date
October 25, 2012

Guest appearance(s)

Lucy Lawless as Diane Lewis
Kathryn Hahn as Jennifer Barkley

Episode chronology

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List of season 5 episodes
List of Parks and Recreation episodes

“Halloween Surprise” is the fifth episode of the fifth season of the American comedy television series Parks and Recreation, and the 73rd overall episode of the series. It originally aired on NBC in the United States on October 25, 2012.
In the episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) try to decide if Ben should continue his campaign manager career or return to Pawnee, Jerry (Jim O’Heir) has a heart attack, Tom (Aziz Ansari) comes up with a new business plan, and Ron (Nick Offerman) struggles in his relationship with Diane (Lucy Lawless).


1 Plot
2 Production
3 Cultural references
4 Reception
5 References
6 External links

In the cold open, Diane (Lucy Lawless) invites Ron to go trick or treating with her and her daughters. Although Ron at first declines, Andy (Chris Pratt) is enjoying playing with the children, and begs to come. Later, they are seen trick-or-treating. Diane and both of her daughters are dressed as princesses, while Andy is dressed as a policeman, and Ron is, once again, a pirate. Andy is practicing his observation skills in preparation for the police exam, and carries a tape recorder to describe things around him, including a tree, his hand, and parents handing out candy. Diane is called away by her job, and Andy and Ron’s attempts to watch the girls go poorly. Diane leaves an angry voicemail for Ron, and he reflects that he is not ready for an entire family. When Diane later apologizes, Ron does not reciprocate, causing her to tell him goodbye. After April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy criticize his actions, he changes his mind, and goes to Diane’s house with gifts. He apologizes, explaining that he has spent most of his life alone and is not used to children. Diane invites him inside. They all then go trick-or-treating, despite it being a week after Halloween.
Meanwhile, Leslie and Ann (Rashida Jones) are viewing houses in preparation for Leslie and Ben to move in together when he returns from Washington. In Washington, Ben announces that the campaign he has been working on is com