10/08/2012 07:11 am ET Updated Oct 08, 2012

'The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror' Spoofs 'Paranormal Activity,' Time Travel, The Mayan Apocalypse (VIDEO)

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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