|Night of The Day of the Dead|
|Season 01, Episode 24|
|Air Date||October 5, 2001|
|Writer||Tim Maile & Douglas Tuber|
|Director||Brian K. Roberts|
|Previous||Last Year's Model|
|Next||Facts of Life|
Night of The Day of the Dead is the 24th episode of Lizzie McGuire's first season.
Lizzie wants to become the "Dungeon mistress" for the 7th grade Halloween fright night at school. However, Kate becomes the dungeon mistress and Lizzie is forced to become a clown. Peeved by this, Lizzie, Gordo, Miranda along with Matt devise a plan to embarrass and humiliate Kate in front of the whole school.
The middle school is putting on a big Fright Night celebration for Halloween. Lizzie wants to appear as Vampira, the dungeon mistress, but Kate is in charge and she keeps the job for herself, making Lizzie clean out the janitor's closet and then giving her the role of a clown handing out balloons. Miranda brings her parents, who are helping her celebrate a Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. They bring by several items including skulls and skeletons which are meant to represent ancestors who are being honored.
Kate is all smiles when Miranda's parents are around ("Toon Lizzie" calls Kate "phonier than cafeteria cheese"), but once they leave she yells at Miranda to get rid of that junk they brought. Miranda warns Kate that by disrespecting the dead, she is risking their wrath.
Strange things begin to happen at Fright Night. The skeletons disappear, and so does Matt (dressed as himself turned inside out!), leaving behind only a handful of dirt! Gordo is gone too, but his voice is coming from a "burger buddy" doll! Lizzie appears to have turned into a zombie and the skeleton couple reappears in life size! Miranda and (especially) Kate are terrified--what is really going on?
Meanwhile, with Lizzie and Matt at the school and the last of the trick-or-treaters presumably having come and gone, Jo and Sam McGuire settle in for some alone time. But the inevitable happens--that last kid who is way too big comes to the door looking for candy after it's all gone!
- The filming dates for this episode were from December 19-23, 2000. The clapboard on the blooper reel at the end of the show is dated December 22, 2000.
- This is the first time Miranda's parents (Dyana Orteli & Armando Molina) have been seen, except for some still photos of her father in the "Gordo and the Girl" episode.
- According to the commentary on the Lizzie McGuire Vol. 1 DVD Box Set," this is Ashlie Brillault's favorite episode.