If you were a kid in the 80's and you were anything like me then I'm sure you taped stuff of TV all the time. Whether it was a favorite movie that was coming on, or your favorite show or even the news if you're that weird.....the point is, sticking a blank VHS tape in the VCR and capturing a few moments or even hours in time didn't seem like it was a big deal.
I don't know about you, but The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (or as it's known it's first rendition The Simpsons Halloween Special) was a major holiday event in my younger years (and to this day I never miss a TOH episode). Garfield's Halloween Adventure was but a distant memory by the time the TOH came about. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is great an' all, but damnit, I needed something more. I needed my Halloween specials to have a bit more biting satire. TOH fit that hole in my soul perfectly. Each episode contains three short stories, anthology style, usually based off popular movies, TV shows or books.