10 Days of Halloween — Trick ‘r Treat

So, for Halloween I have decided to go through some of the movies that make me happy, particularly around this time of year. These are in fairly random order; this is not a ranking. I should post every day except Sunday, leading up to the 28th, as I have plans on the 29th through the 31st and will be unavailable to post.

Let’s begin, shall we?

10 — Trick ‘r Treat

No movie made in recent times is as beloved by me and my friends as this one. It oozes Halloween from every frame, every pore, and every moment it is on screen. It screams autumn. It looks like I personally think every town should during Halloween.


Trick 'r Treat

I am replaying a PSN game (also available for iOS) named Costume Quest. You play as a little boy or girl and your sibling is abducted by candy-stealing monsters. It is up to you to rescue the candy, restore Halloween, battle the baddies, and collect your abducted sibling. Through this game you collect items to form various costumes – a ninja, unicorn, robot, flaming pumpkinhead, Statue of Liberty, etc. — which come to life through your imagination and the wonders of video games. This game feels the same way as Trick ‘r Treat does. If it were to somehow explode, you would be covered in autumn, candy, and happiness. It is so pure and unadulterated that it is a beautiful thing.


Trick ‘r Treat feels like the sinister, not-so-cute version of Costume Quest. And then we have the mascot, the embodiment of Halloween, Sam, short for Samhain, the pagan day of the dead where the veil between the worlds is thinnest. It is filtered in oranges and clean, crisp colors. You can feel the Halloween coming out at you.




Not only that, but it’s a damn fine movie. It has a hell of a twist to one of the stories that you will never see coming, funny moments, malicious fun, and the quest for candy. It is fairly unique in that it explores the meaning of Halloween, the festival, when the barrier between the living and the dead is thin and (as happens in the movie) can be punctured and broken through. It involves four separate stories, all intertwining, glimpses of several seen through the lens of a future or past story.

There are spoilers, so I won’t go into it in depth, but it involves a Halloween-hating wife who finds the spirit of the day, a school principal giving life lessons to his precocious son and maybe even finding love, a group of girls experiencing kinship and one girl’s journey into womanhood, bullies who are taught a lesson in town history and friendship, and some old friends coming to greet an ailing older man staring at his lonely twilight years.


If that sounds like a heartwarming Charlie Brown special, you are very, very wrong. It’s everything I just mentioned, if viewed through the distorted lens of madness and bloodlust.

Which is why I love it.


~ by Darren Endymion on October 17, 2014.

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