'Pretty Little Liars' does Halloween right
October 24th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

'Pretty Little Liars' does Halloween right

Between the dead bodies, the hostage situation and the creepy little girl ghost, there definitely wasn't a shortage of drama on “Pretty Little Liars’ ” second annual Halloween special.

Prior to Tuesday's episode, executive producer Marlene King made it clear that viewers would learn a big secret about the night Ali was killed. But in true “PLL” fashion, the Halloween special raised more questions than answers.

Here’s what we know:

The girls’ donned more sophisticated costumes this year, opting to spend October 31 on Rosewood’s Halloween train rather than at Noel's annual party. (Ironically, so did Noel.)

Emily went as Barbarella, Spencer was an actress from the ‘40s, Hanna channeled Marilyn Monroe and Aria dressed up as Daisy Buchanan. Daisy, however, was minus one Gatsby, as Fitz had a meeting about potentially ghostwriting someone’s autobiography. (We see what you did there, Marlene.)

After having been MIA for a few episodes, Ali’s brother Jason showed up on the train. He and Lucas, who was toting around a rather expensive antique camera, looked pretty chummy together. (Is it safe to assume that the large check Jason wrote a few weeks back went toward Lucas’ new toy?)

Meanwhile, Hanna’s mom Ashley was at home passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. She wandered into the kitchen alone at one point, where she saw a creepy blonde girl dressed in a white nightgown. (She was played by the same girl who portrayed the murderous twins on last year’s Halloween episode.)

Later that night, the little girl ended up in Hanna’s room. She told Ashley that she tried calling home, but her mom just cried at the sound of her voice. (Interesting.) She also mentioned that her sister is always fighting with her.

Ashley comforted the cold girl, covered her shoulders with a blanket, and went to get Ted, her new main squeeze. But when they returned, there was no little girl in sight, and the blanket was folded neatly on the bed as if it had never been moved.

Basically, Ashley’s mom sees dead people - or, rather, a dead person. What are the odds that the ghost was actually Alison or Courtney DiLaurentis?

Back on the train, Garrett reveals a shocking secret to Spencer about the night Ali was killed. He said Jenna thinks he’s the one who killed Ali. Except he only pretended to beat Ali to death with the broken field hockey stick (finally, a clue comes full circle) that was eventually found behind her house. He returned to her backyard later that night and saw her talking to Aria’s dad Byron.

“I'm not the one that makes people do these things. If you don't pay for your mistakes, how can you become a better person?” Ali told Byron, likely referencing his affair with his student named Meredith.

That little piece of information, of course, meant it was the end of the road for the crooked cop. Everyone knows you can’t reveal a big secret on “PLL” without getting offed.

In another compartment, one of the “As” drugged Aria and locked her in a wooden crate, along with Garrett’s dead body.

Before Aria went missing, she wrote her name with her finger on a steamy train window. By the time the girls found her purse, only the "A" remained.

Aria tried her best to get free while a male and female (judging by their voices) attempted to push the crate off the train. The girls get there right on time, and were able to free Aria. They didn’t get a glimpse of the culprits.

Toby, who's now a member of the A Team, got into a tiff with Noel while the police questioned Aria after the train ride was over. Toby shoved Noel into the refreshment table, causing it to collapse. Turns out a body bag, likely containing Alison’s remains, was hidden beneath the ice the entire time.

The episode ended with a person’s hand emerging from the ground. Was the scene meant to be a flashback of the night Ali died? Or is someone just tired of hiding out in the dirt?

Other notable scenes:

  • Caleb and Hanna tried sneaking around after he was wounded the night Nate died. But they found out they weren’t fooling anyone when A approached Hanna wearing Caleb’s exact costume. (We later found out that Mona was behind the mask.)
  • Spencer also had a run-in with A on the train. Someone with giant fingernails (that’s all we know) accosted her. Paige came to the rescue, but neither of the girls were able to unmask the perpetrator.
  • Did anyone else think Aria acted a little too cheery after her near-death experience? Maybe she was still on a high after that awesome Adam Lambert concert. Something is definitely up with A...ria. And don't even get me started on Fitz, who conveniently showed up at the end.

What did you think of last night's Halloween Special? Did you catch something we missed? Let us know in the comments below!


soundoff (52 Responses)
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    June 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zoe

    You know how there is almost always a scene with "A" at the end? Well, in a previous episode they showed the whole cooler/bodybag situation – "A" was having scotch.

    June 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marissa

    I think the story that Garrett told Spencer is a little bit creepy. I don't know if he was telling the truth or lying, but what would Aria's dad have to do with Ali's death? I'm curious to find out! maybe that has something to do with why A was trying to kill Aria on the train! I also want to know why Ezra conveniently showed up right at the end but was missing the entire time the girls were on the train. He said he had a meeting, which was why he couldn't make it to the party with Aria, but who really knows. Cant wait for the new season to actually start!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 27, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Passed halloween back in august...

    -

    October 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. No Twist.

    Just reading.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. elisabeth

    when u think u know what is fixing to happene it turns out to be a twist and u start thinking who did it again.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Adam Lambert did nothing

    see what i mean?

    October 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. adam lambert did it

    This episode confirms that Adam Lambert is A.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nothingtodo

    fallenhippo

    Here are 10 suggestions to help you develop and maintain a healthy self-image.
    Read them slowly. Meditate on them regularly.

    1. Hate your sin, but never hate yourself.
    2. Be quick to repent.
    3. When God gives you light, walk in it.
    4. Stop saying negative things about yourself. God loves you and it's wrong to hate what He loves. He has great plans for you, so you're in conflict with Him when you speak negatively concerning your future.
    5. Never be afraid to admit that you've made a mistake and don't always assume that when things go wrong, or always say, "It must be my fault."
    6. Don't meditate excessively on what you've done, right or wrong; both of these activities keep your mind on you! Center your thoughts on Christ.
    7. Take good care of yourself physically. Make the best of what God gave you to work with, but don't be obsessed with your appearance.
    8. Never stop learning, but don't allow your education to become a point of pride. God doesn't use you because of what's in your head: He uses you because of what's in your heart.
    9. Realize that your talents are a gift, not something you have manufactured yourself; never look down on people who can't do what you do.
    10. Don't despise your weaknesses; they keep you dependent on God.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • check lines and pray

      Here are 10 suggestions to help you develop and maintain a healthy self-image.
      Read them slowly. Meditate on them regularly.

      1. Hate your sin, but never hate yourself.
      2. Be quick to repent.
      3. When God gives you light, walk in it.
      4. Stop saying negative things about yourself. God loves you and it's wrong to hate what He loves. He has great plans for you, so you're in conflict with Him when you speak negatively concerning your future.
      5. Never be afraid to admit that you've made a mistake and don't always assume that when things go wrong, or always say, "It must be my fault."
      6. Don't meditate excessively on what you've done, right or wrong; both of these activities keep your mind on you! Center your thoughts on Christ.
      7. Take good care of yourself physically. Make the best of what God gave you to work with, but don't be obsessed with your appearance.
      8. Never stop learning, but don't allow your education to become a point of pride. God doesn't use you because of what's in your head: He uses you because of what's in your heart.
      9. Realize that your talents are a gift, not something you have manufactured yourself; never look down on people who can't do what you do.
      10. Don't despise your weaknesses; they keep you dependent on God.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neth

      like your message.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. n)o r_s_p_n

    *

    October 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gabriel Berk

    Charles Cohn purchased Kitchen Cabinents from new Deal Lumber.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gabriel Berk

    Charles Cohn always utilized GE appliances on all his apartment building developments.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. Karen

    So I listened to what they actually said on the train while pushing Aria:

    Female: Push, dammit.
    Male: No!
    Female: Shut up! Come back here.
    Male: I can't believe...
    Female: Push!

    Clearly the girl is in charge (Mona/Alison/Melissa?) and the guy is too soft to be on the A team or is linked to Aria in some way (Ezra/Byron?)

    October 25, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  17. Mak

    Jessica, I just re watched that scene with Ezra four or five times and he didnt have a bandage on his hand. Aria had a bandage on her wrist.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. I like this show

    its gets more fun all the time–

    October 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. -

    she's in the stuff you were right...

    October 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jessica

    Here is a good point about Ezra. When Aria was locked up, she stabbed someone through the box with a nail and they backed off. Did anyone notice the bandage on Ezra's hand when he hugged Aria at the end of the episode...that has got to lead to something!!!

    October 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. flatchestedandscrewed

    did you take your pills? its almost 7pm.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. FallenHippo (u not me)

    disorders can be treated-

    October 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Alison Dilaurentis

    I loved this episode, but I noticed an error. It's not Ashley's mom it's Hanna's mom

    October 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • samantha

      I think the author meant "Ashley" as in "Ashley Benson" who plays Hanna. It was probably just a name mistake.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snowkitten

      Ashley Marin is the character's name of Hanna's mom.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  24. FallenHippo

    u gotz to watch da sybil...jiggaboo

    October 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. you know what i mean right?

    -

    October 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  26. what you spyed on was....

    your collegue's mother passed away and your in trouble with the ubans. k?

    October 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Meg

    We don't know for a fact that Mona was the one wearing the same costume as Caleb... Mona would've needed to be wearing stilts to be the same height as Hanna! She is so tiny, and the person in that costume was not... The mask under her bed is supposed to make us think it was her.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie Goldberg, CNN

      That's a good point! What's your theory?

      October 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snowkitten

      It could have been Lucas. It would have been easy to throw on over his press costume and he has wanted to get his hands on Hanna for a long time now.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  28. Spence

    Those girls sure are cute and pretty. The Aria girl is double cute. I don't mind if they tell stories. Sometimes I tell stores so not to hurt others feelings. My teacher said that's ok. She said it is called being polite. Like when my mom ask if she looks fat and I say gosh no and she really looks like an elephant that swallowed two or three hippopotamuses and a giraffe or two.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Timmy

    And instead of being Pretty Little Liars why can't it be called Pretty Girls in Bikinis? Bikinis are nicer than telling fibs.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Cora

    Still, they don't have to lie. They could just fib or stretch the truth a little. It's not nice to lie.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Vicky

    oopps.....the MALE one :P

    October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Vicky

    Ehm yes you don't mention anywhere that Aria injured one of the people that were trying to push the crate off it sounded like the mail one

    October 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Hello

    Pretty Little Liars is an amazing show... but if you don't like - don't watch! Simple ;)

    October 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Amanda

    It is just a TV show. There are numersous TV shows where the morals are worse than lying. I you don't like it, don't watch it!

    October 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Cora

    I have forbade my daughters to view this program. I do not wish them to become liars also.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cece

      Cora: You should also forbid your daughters to read your comments just so they don't become illiterate.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PLLfAn

      Cora, have you even watched the show? The girls set a pretty good example compared to most tv shows aimed at their age group that are currently on. Plus you are teaching them to be petty by coming onto an article written for fans of the show, only to write something negative.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cora

      I always watch this program. My children aren't allowed to because they talk while I'm trying to watch it. They also try to eat all the popcorn.

      October 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Kate

    I think Spencer and Toby went as Lauren Bacall and Humphry Bogart- they reenacted part of that "you know how to whistle" scene from To Have and Have Not.

    October 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Bianca

    Bunch of liars. They make me sick.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |

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