"Terrifying Tales of Recess" is a special Halloween-themed episode of the Disney television series Recess. It first aired on October 31, 2001.


Principal Prickly is standing just near the front steps. He gives the viewers a lecture when suddenly, he chokes. He reveals himself to be Butch who was teasing us. Butch then tells us to be careful, strange stuff can happen to people who are not careful. He then starts his first story.

Children of the CornchipEdit

Children of the Cornchip - Recess

Kelso calls the company of an untested chip, which Cornchip Girl promptly tests. She says that it is tasty...VERY TASTY! That last quote is puntuated by a scary close-up and a disturbing scene where Kelso screams in terror as a shadow looms over him. Thankfully, he is only petrified with fear and he is alive and well. Gus then remembers that the untested chip supply was from an European town that he once lived at, and a bunch of incidents like the one at Kelso's was abound. Meanwhile, Cornchip Girl manages to smuggle the chips into the lunch menu (though some scary methods, no doubt), but the chips and Cornchip Girl were revealed just in time, and Cornchip Girl, now a werewolf, runs afoul of Gus, now dressed as Sherlock Holmes. He eventually confronts her on the roof and returns her back to normal though some theatrical events. The chips then end up in the kindergarten pen, and one of them eats one...

Butch ends his story there, and after the commercial break, he says that his next story is about respect and what happens when there just aint enough of it...

When Bikes Attack!Edit

When Bikes Attack - Recess

The story begins peaceful enough, Mikey grooms his bike, Pegasus, and shows discomfort at leaving his bike outdoors on a beautiful day. Just then, a thunderstorm roars in and Mikey, showing even more discomfort, is forced to leave Pegasus behind in the rain. Pegasus is suddenly struck by lightning, and it knocks down Principal Prickly while Mikey is citing poetry about it. Soon they find out that Pegasus is alive, to which Mikey shows delight at at first. But then, Pegasus attacks the gang, even Mikey. They manage to trap the bike inside the school eventually, but then, they are confronted by the other bikes, which are also alive. Just as they attack them, led by Pegasus, the students and faculty are rescued by a school bus. Unfortunately, the bus has no driver...

Butch then gives us a lesson, Always treat your bikes and buses with respect, and never leave them out in the rain. Then we cut to the playground, where Butch then begins his last story.

Night of the Living FinstersEdit

Night of the Living Finsters - Recess

Gus plays with a tank borrowed from Milton. Unfortunately, it is confiscated by Ms. Finster before he could return it. Suddenly, the Diggers run out of their hole, and Lawson dares Vince to spend the night in said hole. Vince accepts, but during the night, he discovers, to his surprise, that his friends joined in, and that a legendary graveyard for Finsters past is real. Suddenly, Finsters past in various outfits emerge from the dead and converge upon the gang. Eventually, the Finster zombies chase the gang out of a conveniently located cave. The gang ends up in the lunchroom, where Gretchen connects Tomato Surprise to the sprinkler system, which promptly melts down the zombies. The kids then find the diggers filling in their hole. The diggers explain that they ran out because Dave busted his dad's best shovel. The gang then concludes that they imagined the whole thing, but we are shown that it wasn't, as one of the zombie Finsters' glasses were knocked off during the gang's escape and avoided the tomato surprise, thus giving the audience proof that the gang was attacked by zombies.

Or were they?

Butch's dialogue at the end gives them the revelation that he or some other person just made up the stories to scare them, and then he takes off his face to reveal a Finster mask (still with his trademark toothpick). Then he gives them the warning he gave them at the beginning and wishes them a Happy Halloween, and the episode ends with Butch walking away still wearing the Finster mask.


Voice actor Character
Andrew Lawrence T.J. Detweiler
Pamela Adlon Spinelli
Rickey D'Shon Collins Vince
Elizabeth Dailey Cap'n Sticky
Cockney Kid
Jason Davis Mikey
Ashley Johnson Gretchen
Courtland Mead Gus
Frank Welker Werewolf Cornchip Girl
April Winchell Ms. Finster
Finster Zombies
Kath Soucie Butch

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