“The Mindy Project” essentially promises a romantic comedy every week. This premise hasn’t really been done before, and even though the series is still trying to find its voice, “Mindy” so far feels fresh.

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“Halloween,” unfortunately, doesn’t deal a whole lot with the holiday. Mindy frantically tries to find a costume that will blow people’s minds — specifically, the latest guy she’s seeing, ESPN lawyer Josh, who’s smug and jerky in a way that is almost Jeff Winger levels of charming (but not quite). Her hunt yields a few humorous moments — Dirty Harry Potter and Tinkerbell Tailor Soldier Spy are true gems.

When done well, Halloween episodes allow sitcoms to highlight their strengths. “How I Met Your Mother” ’s “Slutty Pumpkin,” “Parks and Recreation” ’s “Greg Pikitis,” “Friends” ’s “The One With the Halloween Party” — all are hallmarks of their respective comedies.

“Mindy” doesn’t have as much fun with the holiday as it could. It’s a well structured episode, with Kaling hitting enough jokes to make it work. But it’s certainly not something to remember or revisit when All Hallows’ Eve comes again.

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