Get ready. I'm about to scare Rachel all the way to Christmas.

Stuck in a Merry Scary is the seventeenth episode in season 2 of Stuck in the Middle and the 34th episode overall. It first aired on October 6, 2017 to 1.18 million viewers.[1]


It’s Halloween and Harley is determined to prank Rachel, the one person in the Diaz family she’s never been able to scare.[2]


It's Halloween; and the Diaz family have a tradition where they do a halloween version of Secret Santa. Each family member is assigned a person to scare. When you scare your "victim," you usually shout "Merry Scary!" Harley loves halloween because she always wins the most scariest scare, thanks to her inventions. She is disappointed that the rest of the family doesn't even put much effort to scare her.

This year, Harley picks Rachel as her victim. She doesn't even try hard because she knows Rachel is easy to scare. However, it becomes almost impossible to scare Rachel. She keeps upping all of her scares but Rachel sees through them all. She finally sets up the scariest prank for Rachel in the bathroom, confident it would work. Rachel goes in and screams, crying that she just broke her leg. Suzy takes Rachel to the hospital.

Harley feels so guilty for breaking Rachel's leg and heart-broken that she doesn't even enjoy trick-or-treating with Daphne. Upon returning home, she can't find anyone. She stands outside and sadly says that this is the worst night of her life. She heads into the house before noticing that the Haunted Hang blowouts in their yard coming to life. As they come towards her, Harley becomes so scared and starts screaming.

It turns out that it was her family pranking her the whole time. They reveal that Rachel faked her injury just to help make Harley more scared. They had been planning this whole thing for a while in order to scare Harley together as a family because she's always disappointed that their scares aren't scary enough.


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  • Lewie and Georgie mention the "Merry Scary" halloween tradition in "Stuck with No Escape."
  • Harley being good at scares is seen again in "Stuck in the Dark" when she scares Daphne so much that Daphne becomes scared of the dark.


  • This was the series first Halloween episode.
  • This was the final episode shot for Season 2.
  • Rachel's falling head trick had previously been used by Avery Jennings in the "Howloween" episode of Dog With a Blog, which coincidentally featured Kayla Maisonet in a recurring role.
  • Harley was led to believe that Rachel had broken her leg, when she tried to scare her.
  • The whole family got together to scare Harley.
  • This episode is rated TV-PG.
  • this episode is very similar to Scooby Doo since it involves people dressing up as monsters to do stuff and a mystery involving a crime since the family's Halloween display was vandalized and Louie and beast checked out some suspects and also the reveal is very similar to a Scooby Doo wrap up.
  • also the pumpkinhead monsters that rest of the family beside Rachel dressed up as were way similar to the android scarecrows from What's New Scooby Doo a Scooby Doo Halloween and Rachel's headless Rachel disguise is a reference to the headless horseman from the Scooby Doo show the headless horseman of halloween the only difference being that none of the Diazs comited any crimes(in this case specifically arson or diamond robbery)


From now on, it's not Halloween. It's Harley-ween.

International Premieres

  • October 29, 2017 (Latin America)
  • October 30, 2017 (Spain)
  • November 18, 2017 (Hungary)
  • December 20, 2017 (Israel)


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Stuck in the Middle Episodes
Season 1
Stuck in the MiddleStuck in the Sweet SeatStuck with a Guy on the CouchStuck at the MoviesStuck in the Block PartyStuck in the SlushinatorStuck in the Mother's Day GiftStuck in Harley's CometStuck with Mom's New FriendStuck with My Sister's BoyfriendStuck with a WinnerStuck with No RulesStuck in the Harley CarStuck in LockdownStuck without a RideStuck in the QuinceañeraStuck in the Diaz of Our Lives
Season 2
Stuck in the Waterpark - The MovieStuck in a CommercialStuck in the School PhotoStuck in a Slushy WarStuck in the Garage SaleStuck in the Diaz EasterStuck in the Beast-day PartyStuck without DevicesStuck with a Boy GeniusStuck with a Bad InfluenceStuck in a Good DeedStuck Dancing with My DadStuck in a Gold Medal PerformanceStuck in a New RoomStuck with a Dangerous HouseStuck with a New FriendStuck in a Merry ScaryStuck with a Hook, Line and SinkerStuck in the Babysitting NightmareStuck in the Diaz Awards
Season 3
Stuck at Christmas - The Movie