FIRST LOOK: Katie Holmes as a Slutty Pumpkin on 'How I Met Your Mother'!

After six seasons of waiting, Josh Radnor's Ted finally gets a second meeting with the scantily clad one who got away

Guess who's coming to Halloween this year on How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Monday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. ET)? The Slutty Pumpkin! And she's played by none other than 32-year-old Katie Holmes (who looks very pretty -- and only a tiny bit slutty -- in the photo above).

If the term "Slutty Pumpkin" means nothing to you, then you must have missed the popular season 1 Halloween episode, which was based extremely loosely on It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. On that particular 2005 episode, we learned that every year Ted (Josh Radnor) attends the same rooftop costume party in hopes that a slutty pumpkin-garbed woman he met there in 2001 will return. As Ted saw it, she was the one who got away because, well, she did get away after Lily (Alyson Hannigan) gave away the Kit Kat that Ted had written her phone number on. (Watch a clip explaining the story, below.)

In a 2008 interview, exec producer Carter Bays told Zap2It that he hoped to work the Slutty Pumpkin into the overall mythology of the show. And, this year, Ted's wait for the great Slutty Pumpkin -- a marine biologist who likes penguins, Star Wars (including Ewoks) and a Kahlua-and-root-beer concoction she's dubbed "The Tootsie Roll" -- will end. But before you start thinking that Holmes is the "mother," consider the title of this episode: "Perfect on Paper." That usually means... not so perfect in the flesh (or, as the case may be, the revealing pumpkin costume).

"Katie is a lovely and talented actress, which is why we've saved for her perhaps the most classily named character in our show's history," Bays told New York magazine's Vulture. "(The role was) literally six seasons in the making."

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