Sorry, Pretty Little Liars fans: That stretch between the summer finale and the winter premiere just got a whole lot longer. Despite the show's long-running tradition of airing a Halloween or Christmas-themed special, a representative for ABC Family confirmed that “Season 6 of Pretty Little Liars will not include a holiday episode.” I know — my initial reaction is something along the lines of when Aria found out why Ezra was really in Rosewood, too.
We don't know much about the decision to not film a holiday special this year, other than the hint that it could just be for Season 6. (Fingers crossed!) Unfortunately, there's also no explanation — yet — as to why the Liars won't be in for an extra-creepy Halloween 2015. (Looks like we won't get to see the return of the Santa boxers, either.)
This news is obviously disappointing for fans who not only welcome the chance to get a dose of PLL-style terror each Halloween, but also look at the holiday episode as a break between the summer finale (Season 6's is scheduled to air on Aug. 2) and the second half of the season, which will premiere sometime in early 2016.
So, in honor of the sacred tradition, let's take a look back at the past holiday episodes. (Despite the fact that time stands still in Rosewood, it's been five years since Pretty Little Liars premiered, so in case you forgot, there was no holiday episode in Season 1.)
Season 2: "The First Secret"
Throwback episode! The Liars (and Ali, who hasn't disappeared yet) head to Noel Kahn's Halloween party. Highlight: Spencer's Mary Queen of Scots costume.
Season 3: "This Is a Dark Ride"
It's the famous ghost train episode. Adam Lambert performs and Aria gets trapped in a crate. Also, R.I.P. Garrett.
Season 4: "Grave New World"
The Liars get trapped underneath a graveyard, there's more proof that Ali might be alive and, in perhaps the scariest plot point of all, we're introduced to Ravenswood.
Season 5: "How the 'A' Stole Christmas"
It's the first (and only!) Christmas episode. It also claims ownership of the infamous Santa boxers scene!