Who Wore It Better? Morning Shows Get Into the Halloween Spirit

By A.J. Katz 

For a little while this morning, a few of the morning shows moved away from talking Trump, impeachment and wildfires, and got into the Halloween spirit.

Last year, GMA and Today turned the clock back to the ’80s. This Halloween, the theme on Today was Everybody Dance.

The hosts dressed up as entertainers known for their epic dance moves.


Al Roker was Carlton, while Craig Melvin was Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (a former NBC show, of course).

Alfonso Ribeiro (the actor who played Carlton) taped a message for Roker:

Peter Alexander channeled Kevin Bacon from Footloose.

Dylan Dreyer was Elaine from Seinfeld.

Sheinelle Jones was Janet Jackson in the legendary Rhythm Nation video. Jackson made Jones’ day with a message of her own.


Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist were Baby and Johnny from Dirty Dancing.

Hoda was Tony Manero (John Travolta) from Saturday Night Fever.

Speaking of Travolta, Carson Daly was Danny and Savannah Guthrie was Sandy from Grease. Olivia Newton-John recorded a taped video message for Guthrie.

A few blocks south and an avenue over, the team at Good Morning America turned the clock back to the ’70s. the. The theme for this year’s Halloween broadcast was Studio44, and the set was decked out in the disco theme.

Co-anchors Robin Roberts (Donna Summer) and Michael Strahan (The Bee Gees) boogied with Lara Spencer (Liza Minnelli), Ginger Zee (Olivia Newton-John) Amy Robach (Cher), Sara Haines (Sonny), Sam Champion (The Village People), Whit Johnson and Gio Benitez (The Bee Gees) to disco classics.

Credit: ABC/Paula Lobo



But GMA and Today weren’t the only morning shows to celebrate. HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade produced a very clever Halloween-themed segment for this morning’s broadcast.

The Morning Express team of Meade, meteorologist Bob Van Dillen, business and tech correspondent Jennifer Westhoven, anchor Melissa Knowles, sports correspondent Coy Wire and CNN sports anchor Andy Scholes were all participants.

Scholes, like yours truly, went the Indiana Jones route this year. No, that was not planned.


Fox’s morning shows also participated in Halloween. On Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, Janice Dean, Carley Simkus got into sported patriotic costumes with some surprise guests to host their annual Halloween parade.


Over on Fox Business, Maria Bartiromo was joined by her dog Dusty who sported a costume on Mornings with Maria yesterday during a segment on the big business of Halloween.