10.A Rugrats Kwanzaa
While still a fun episode shining light on a Holiday not often recognized on television, I found a 'A Rugrats Kwanzaa' less memorable than the other holiday episodes in this series. Either because it aired so rarely, or possibly due to the reduced presence of the regular characters in the first half, it just never stood out for me.
Though this episode was not actually set at Halloween, it was usually aired around that time. The 'creepy peoples' design of the twins is kind of cool, and the episode is notable for the cameo appearance of the 'Ahh! Real Monsters' cast. Other than that, though, i don't remember much about it, hence it's low placement on the list.
8.Babies In Toyland
The second Rugrats Christmas special, centered around the babies' trying to find Dil a present for his first Christmas.
The song 'Treat Each Day Like Christmas' brings some fun to Angelica's somewhat cliche subplot, and the adults getting trapped in the cabin by yet another of Stu's malfunctioning invention provides some laughs. However, this episode lacks some of the heart of the first 'Rugrats' Christmas special.
7.Curse Of The Werewuff
This second official Halloween episode had Angelica trick our little heroes into believing that they would be transformed into real-life versions of their Halloween costumes. It was fun, and I love the scene where Chuckie stands up to Angelica at the end, but it is still not quite as memorable as some of the earlier specials.
6.The Turkey Who Came For Dinner
While I don't celebrate Thanksgiving myself, I always enjoyed this episode as a child. There are a lot of fun moments, such as the Mums making a last minute dash to the supermarket for supplies, and Grandpa Lou failing miserably at tracking the babies' new turkey friend in the backyard.
This episode is notable, as it's ratings, along with the impressive performance of the series in reruns and home video sales, helped revive 'Rugrats' from it's temporary cancellation and prompt Nickelodeon to greenlight 'The Rugrats Movie'.
The episode features the babies as stars in the Story of Passover as told to them by Tommy's Grandpa Boris after they, and eventually, most of the adults, are accidentally locked in the attic. I loved this special as a child, and would greatly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the holiday.
The babies are taken to see Grandpa Boris in a play about the meaning of Channukah, which they misinterpret as the 'meanie' of Channukah- Boris' co-star and longtime rival, Schlomo. Once the misunderstanding is dealt with, the rugrats once again star in the story of the holiday, as told by Boris and Schlomo.
This episode just narrowly beats 'Passover' for me, if only because I saw it more often.
3.Candy bar Creepshow
The original, and best, 'Rugrats' Halloween Episode. The Reptar bar jingle still gets stuck in my head every time I watch it. I also love the final scene when Stu and Drew argue about which one of them has to retrieve Angelica's candy from the 'haunted' House- not knowing the babies have already claimed it.
2.The Santa Experience
I adore this episode. The nod to the classic Christmas tale 'Gift Of The Magi' through Phil and Lil's storyline is a nice touch, and Tommy and Chuckie's effort to capture Santa is adorable. A classic of the 90s, I still watch this every Christmas.
1. Mother's Day
The episode in which we finally learn what happened happened to Chuckie's Mother, Melinda, never fails to touch my heart. The exact cause of Melinda's death is not explicitly revealed, but is strongly implied to be a terminal illness contracted soon after Chuckie's birth. The issue is dealt with sensitively, in a way most children should understand. The poem at the end always brings a tear to my eye.
My Sweet Little Chuckie ~ Though I must leave you behind me,
This poem will tell you where you always can find me.
When a gentle wind blows, that's my hand on your face.
And when the tree gives you shade, that's my sheltering embrace.
When the sun gives you freckles, that's me tickling my boy.
When the rain wets your hair, those are my tears of joy.
When the long grass enfolds you, that's me holding you tight.
When the Whippoorwill sings, that's me whispering, "Night,night".