Fox's The Simpsons are getting ready to celebrate Halloween 2017 with their 28th annual Treehouse of Horror episode and to ramp up excitement, they've shared some new pictures and plot details for the long-running horror themed episode. It's hard to believe that The Simpsons are embarking on their 28th Treehouse of Horror episode, but it's getting ready to premiere at the end of the month. And it's looking like it's going to be quite a strange addition to the already strange history that the annual episode holds.

Entertainment Weekly shared some exclusive pictures from the Treehouse of Horror XXVIII and they're some pretty interesting images to say the least. There will be 3 main story lines this year and the first one involves a popular author. It had already been revealed that Neil Gaiman (American Gods) would be returning to The Simpsons, but not as himself this time for the annual horror episode. The author hinted that he would be playing a character who has never spoken, leading to a lot of fan speculation about just exactly who or what he could be playing. It has now been revealed that he will be providing the voice for Snowball V in the Coraline portion of the episode.

The pictures taken from the Treehouse of Horror XXVIII provide a more in depth look into the Coraline part of the episode by showing Lisa with Snowball V and like in the Neil Gaiman novel and movie, Lisa finds a world she thinks she has everything she wants. Except in that world, your eyes are sewn shut with buttons and Marge is some kind of crazy, button-eyed, knife-wielding, gun toting insect. Marge and Bart are seen with buttons sewn over their eyes and it's pretty damn creepy.

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The next portion of the Treehouse of Horror XXVIII sees baby Maggie as she is possessed by the devil. "The Irish Priest," voiced by Ben Daniels, from the Fox TV show The Exorcist, comes to the Simpson home to exorcise the demon. William Friedkin, who directed the 1973 classic Exorcist movie, plays Dr. Kenneth Humphries. Maggie can be seen floating above her bed with some glowing red eyes while Marge and Homer look up terrified.

The final portion of the Treehouse of Horror XXVIII revolves around Homer cannibalizing himself and features a cameo by world famous chef, Mario Batali, who portrays himself. One of the images shows Batali cooking Homer's severed head in a frying pan, looking pretty relaxed and happy for someone who is being cooked alive. The opening of the show also looks to pretty amazing as The Simpsons family are shown as candy bars that apparently don't want to be eaten. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXVIII is all set to premiere on October 22nd, which is just in time for Halloween on their normal Sunday night slot. While you wait for the episode to air, check out the pictures from The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXVIII courtesy of Entertainment Weekly below.

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