Boo! Humbug is the 5th episode of the first season. It the first Halloween episode in the series.

Will and Grace stay in during Halloween night while Jack insists on partying and takes Karen downtown.


A Kids' Holiday

Ep 01 05-0

"Nice and slow...nobody get string-happy."

Jack invites Will and Grace to Halloween but they refuse to go saying it's a kids' holiday. Before Will and Grace can start their movie night, Harlin drops by and leaves his children with them for the night. They realize they have nothing child-friendly in the apartment so they have no choice but to take them out trick-or-treating in the building. However, the two find themselves arguing in front of the children about their ruined plans for the evening. As a way to make things up, they take them trick-or-treating outside where they unexpectedly enjoy the company and they return home with plenty of candy. Harlin comes back and find Will and Grace and the children covered in silly string and having a great time.

Body and Soul

Jack also invites Karen who had never gone downtown on Halloween. They go as "body and soul" i.e. Karen in a revealing outfit and Jack as David Soul in his Starsky & Hutch character. On the streets downtown, Jack's friends mistake Karen for a well-dressed drag queen and earns herself a squad of drag queens.




  • Gary Grubbs (Harlin Polk)
  • Paul Goebel (Jerry)
  • Ben Caswell (Sam)
  • Reiley McClendon ("Nixon")
  • Jorden Ashley ("Buzzy Wuzzy")
  • Michael Stadvec ("Starsky")
  • Demitri Corbin (Drag Queen #1)
  • Terrence Michael (Drag Queen #2)
  • John Cantwell (Drag Queen #3)


  • The title refers to the famous line "Bah! Humbug", uttered by the character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol, to express his disgust about Christmas. "Boo" is a popular exclamation for scaring people, hence making a reference to the Halloween season.
  • Karen's stepchildren's names are first mentioned.
  • Karen's drag name is Shu-Shu Fontana and Jack's is Glen 125th.
  • Jack does his Cher impression for the first time.

Cultural references

  • Grace sees Will's Shirley Maclaine's Inner Workout tape, and he embarrassingly says he will respond in his "next life". Maclaine's programs are about relaxation and the New Age philosophy of reincarnation.
  • Will and Grace plan on spending Halloween night watching Ingmar Bergman movies. Bergman was a Swedish director who gained worldwide fame in films mainly dealing with existential questions of mortality, loneliness, and faith. While looking for videos to show the kids, Will finds the movies he has are about "a man that plays a game of chess...with death" and "three sisters confront the slow, painful...death of the fourth sister", referring to the plots of Bergman classics The Seventh Seal (1957) and Cries and Whispers (1972) respectively.
  • When Harlin's children were taking off their masks, Will says that for a second he thought the one wearing Richard Nixon's mask would be Gerald Ford. Ford was Nixon's vice-president who took over the presidency after Nixon resigned in 1974.
  • Karen gets her drag name by taking the name of her first pet and the first street she lived on. This is a popular formula on how to get an alias, usually in adult films.



God can hear you right through the building, and she's not happy. Jackafter Grace says Halloween means nothing to her

Have a good time. And remember, wear reflective tape, get lots of candy, and don't put anything in your mouth that isn't wrapped. Willon Halloween

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