Episode title is a parody of the classic thriller film Nightmare on Elm Street.
Roberta's subplot contains elements of the Twilight saga, notably the "Eyes on Fire" music from Blue Foundation when Edwin Mullins was seen walking and jumping off of the cliff.
Cleveland getting scared in the haunted house and saying zoinks, as well as getting a Scooby Snack from Rallo is a parody of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon Scooby-Doo.
Donny's breaking into the house with an ax and line "Here's Donny!" parody Jack Nicholson's character of Jack Torrance in the 1980 film adaption of Stephen King's novel The Shining. The line itself is a parody of Johnny Carson's introduction nightly on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.