What has become a very long Halloween tradition returned for 2012 with the 23rd installment of "The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror." As usual, it was made up of short vignettes poking fun at horror films and tropes. This time around, as expected, the show explored the idea that the Mayans predicted the demise of civilization in 2012.

The show also parodied "Paranormal Activity," which a writer for TV Equals found to be the most disappointing short. But, proving that comedy is subjective, a writer for TV Fanatic found it to be the strongest bit.

While neither writer thought it would go down as a classic "Simpsons" episode, both found it entertaining and therefore a successful venture. And both thought it sweet when Marge realized how much she loved that pile of Homers from across time.

"The Simpsons" continues its regular season on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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    In the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witness to the prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, a little unholy pact Marge when she was younger makes things go bump in the night and Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIII."

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    In the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witness to the prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, a little unholy pact Marge when she was younger makes things go bump in the night and Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIII."

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    In the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witness to the prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, a little unholy pact Marge when she was younger makes things go bump in the night and Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIII."

  • The Simpsons Season 24

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    In the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witness to the prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, a little unholy pact Marge when she was younger makes things go bump in the night and Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIII."

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    In the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witness to the prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, a little unholy pact Marge when she was younger makes things go bump in the night and Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIII."

  • The Simpsons Season 24

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    In the 23rd annual "Treehouse of Horror," we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witness to the prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, a little unholy pact Marge when she was younger makes things go bump in the night and Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge's courtship in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIII."

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    Marge Simpson.

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    Maggie, Lisa and Bart Simpson.

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    Home Simpson.

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    The Simpsons.

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    Bart travels to New York City to reconnect with his long-lost love, Mary Spuckler (guest voice Zooey Deschanel), who left Springfield and her back woods family to reinvent herself in the Big Apple in the "Moonshine River" season premiere.

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    Bart travels to New York City to reconnect with his long-lost love, Mary Spuckler (guest voice Zooey Deschanel), who left Springfield and her back woods family to reinvent herself in the Big Apple in the "Moonshine River" season premiere.

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    Bart travels to New York City to reconnect with his long-lost love, Mary Spuckler (guest voice Zooey Deschanel), who left Springfield and her back woods family to reinvent herself in the Big Apple in the "Moonshine River" season premiere.

  • The Simpsons Season 24

    Bart travels to New York City to reconnect with his long-lost love, Mary Spuckler (guest voice Zooey Deschanel), who left Springfield and her back woods family to reinvent herself in the Big Apple in the "Moonshine River" season premiere.