"You don't really know much about Halloween. You thought no further than the strange custom of having your children wear masks and go out begging for candy."Halloween III: Season of the Witch — the red-headed stepchild of the Halloween franchise — came about when producer John Carpenter decided to transform the series into a yearly anthology of films centered around various aspects of Halloween. Halloween III attempted to accomplish the task, but ended up met with a massive backlash from a fanbase hungry for more Michael.A week before Halloween, Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) gets called in to treat Harry Grimbridge, a horribly beaten toy salesman with a Halloween mask in a death grip who mumbles ominous warnings in Challis' presence. It gets stranger from there — one of the salesman's assailants breaks in, murders Harry, then sets himself on fire. Challis teams up with the man's daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), to unravel the mystery; the trail leads them to the town of Santa Mira, which serves as the home of the Silver Shamrock Novelty Company. Ellie's father had recently visited the company to pick up a shipment of their popular Halloween masks — masks like the one Harry had in his hands the night he died. While investigating the town, Dan and Ellie discover that Silver Shamrock has nefarious plans in the works... and that Harry's death served as a warning of things to come this Halloween season.While the film has become something of a cult classic in the years since it's release, it performed poorly at the box office, and fans and critics were very harsh on the film for it not including Michael Myers. As a result, John Carpenter walked away from the franchise, which would be given a reboot with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers continuing the story from the original two films.Not to be confused with Season of the Witch.
— Conal Cochran
Halloween III: Season of the Witch contains examples of the following tropes: