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'Pretty Little Liars' recap: 'This Is A Dark Ride'

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are looking forward

Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer are looking forward to some good old Halloween fun now that the traumatic events with Nate are behind them. But once aboard the Rosewood Ghost Train, the girls are in for much more than just some childish trick or treats. With "A" running amuck and unexpected party-goers popping up at every turn, this Halloween event becomes one killer party, in "This Is a Dark Ride," a special Halloween-themed episode of ABC Family's hit original series "Pretty Little Liars," airing Tuesday, October 23rd (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT), as part of ABC Family's "13 Nights of Halloween" programming event. (Credit: ABC Family)

As fitting a name as this episode has, it's safe to say that Aria's ride was the darkest of them all.

So then what do you get when you mix a long train ride, Halloween costumes and Adam Lambert? A Pretty Little Liars murder mystery who-done-it. Oh, wait, that's the whole series, sans trains and Mr. Lambert.

Despite a cameo/musical performance from the "American Idol" alum, this episode served a much bigger purpose than costumes and a good party. Instead, the Liars and viewers walk away with some much larger plot line revelations than I really thought we would have.

First off let me just say, that little girl that showed up at Hanna's house and visited her mom is C-R-E-E-P-Y, CREEPY. I'm a bit curious about whose “ghost” it might be, but for now the jury is still out.

And then we have our train ride. Let me just say, when you are being stalked by “A,” pyscho-killer extraordinaire, why, under any circumstance, would you get onto a train that you cannot get off of? Though I guess that's just too logical for the Liars.

Garrett's appearance on the train was actually a welcome wrap-up to what I thought was a very long, drawn-out part of this story. Even though the Liars may not be willing to accept that what Garrett said was true, I actually think that there may be some truth to what he's saying. Byron never really did rub me the right way, and he seems like he might have a bit of a dark side that we've yet to see.

Unfortunately, Garrett was right to be afraid of that something or someone(s) who were forcing him out of town. My guess? Toby had some hand in Garrett's death. I know after the finale I thought that Toby had noble intentions with his double life, but now I'm not so sure anymore.

Either way, I hope the girls, mainly Aria, will get some clues about this new mystery sooner rather than later.

On another note, Mona never ceases to amaze with her ability to come and go from Radley as she sees fit. They really need to look into a new, improved, STRENGTHENED security system at that place. Just saying.

Noel and Jenna played a pretty significant role in tonight's episode in open conflicts with the Liars, but it's the subtle hints about tonight's true movers and shakers that should interest us most. When Paige told Jenna she was looking for Aria, a glance to Lucas' notably abandoned camera makes me think that he and Mona were the ones drugging Aria and schlepping her into a makeshift coffin with Garrett.

Lastly, I don't know if it's just me, but something about Ezra's entrance at the end of the episode seemed strange and suspicious. There's still something entirely unsettling about his role in this story.

Other major things to note looking ahead to January: I cannot wait to see Spencer's reaction when she finds out that Toby is part of the A-team (show producers have said we can expect to see it). Also, based off of our make-shift A-scene, I'm going to make a big guess here and say Ali's not really dead. How is that possible, you ask? Well, it may have something to do with little ghost girl.

As always, though, only time will tell.

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