There is no movie mentioned more on my site than Trick ‘r Treat. It would be hard to go through the season without doing so. The 2007 Michael Dougherty gem embodies everything about the night of All Hallows Eve, and it’s the perfect film to get you in the spirit. Following several people throughout one Halloween night, the movie is both spooky and funny; and a kind reminder to never break the rules.
As a small town in Ohio celebrates their annual October 31st festivities, an ominous trick-or-treater named Sam follows the townspeople, assuring they respect the “rules” of the holiday. Those rules are simple:
- Always hand out candy to trick-or-treaters
- Always wear a costume
- NEVER blow out a Jack O’Lantern before midnight
- Always respect the Dead
- Always check your candy
Anyone who fails to follow these simple guidelines for the entirety of the day may find themselves in a vengeful embrace with Sam.
The film boasts an impressive cast, including Dylan Baker, Anna Paquin, and Brian Cox, among many others. It truly has a full roster of amazing characters and creatures alike. And there’s really no better movie to watch in October than one solely taking place on Halloween.
The inventive flick benefits from its nonlinear storytelling, delivering fantastic plots and a creepy yet adorable villain. If you’re not deep into the history of Halloween, Sam represents Samhain, in which the origins of our modern Halloween stem from. His motive to see that the holiday is respected, gives him this sort of antihero aspect.
The process of its release was not easy for Dougherty, as it was delayed before having minimal theatrical screenings. However, the film has gained so much popularity over the years, even getting its own house during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando. There is also a potential sequel in the works, which I’m impatiently waiting on.
What I love about this film is that while it’s scary at times, the humor and nostalgia it provides is an easy watch for non-horror fans — and those who easily scare. So sit back, turn the lights off, grab a bowl of candy, and enjoy one of the best Halloween films ever made.