[[caption-width-right:300:[[RazorApples Always check your candy.]]]]

->''Poison, drowning, claw, or knife\\
So many ways to take a life.''

''Trick 'r Treat'' is an {{anthology}} horror movie that was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]]. It was produced by Creator/BryanSinger and directed by Michael Dougherty, and developed from Dougherty's 1996 animated short, ''Season's Greetings''. The conceptual designer was Breehn Burns, co-creator of ''WebAnimation/DrTran''. ''Trick 'r Treat'' was originally slated for a theatrical release in 2007, but was held up until a DVD release in 2009.

Set over a single [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] night (although there is a flashback set on a Halloween thirty years prior), ''Trick 'r Treat'' is less interested in plot than it is in the holiday itself: the fears, emotions, atmosphere, and the traditions that have coalesced into what people imagine Halloween is about.

[[AC:Trick 'r Treat has several subplots, loosely connected, that are the focus of this anthology:]]
* A young couple is divided by his love and her (Leslie Bibb) hatred of Halloween.
* A school principal (Creator/DylanBaker) carries out a double life as a SerialKiller.
* A group of college girls go to a Halloween party, where the [[FinalGirl sweet and virginal one]] (Creator/AnnaPaquin), dressed as Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, is hoping to finally meet the man of her dreams...
* A group of kids, inspired by the town legend of the "Halloween Schoolbus Massacre", play a prank that [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]]...
* An elderly curmudgeon (Creator/BrianCox) with a DarkAndTroubledPast attempts to get through the night without acknowledging that it is Halloween.
All these stories frequently overlap and share characters, particularly a mysterious trick 'r treater named Sam (pictured).

Not to be mistaken for the similarly named 1986 film ''Film/TrickOrTreat''.

A sequel has been in development since October 2013, and a comic book with four prequel stories called ''Days of the Dead'' was released in October 2015.

!!This movie provides examples of the following:

* AdaptationExpansion: From the original short.
* {{Adorkable}}: Rhonda, in a way.
* AdultsDressedAsChildren: The guy Danielle has lined up to be Laurie's 'first' is an overweight guy dressed as a giant baby.
* AllHallowsEve: Of course.
* AlphaBitch: Macy and Laurie's sister, though Laurie's sister does genuinely care about her.
* AnachronicOrder: The opening scene is, chronologically, the very last event in the film. After this scene, it tells three stories that are more or less set simultaneously, before backing up to the beginning with another story, set during a time skip. It ends just before the opening scene.
* AngryGuardDog: Mr. Kreeg's pit bull, [[MeaningfulName Spite]].
* {{Anthology}}
* AnthropomorphicPersonification
* AssholeVictim: Almost every victim besides [[spoiler:Emma]], who wasn't an asshole--[[spoiler:she just didn't like Halloween]]. Charlie is probably the most standard example, though.
** [[spoiler: Schrader]] is another notable exception; [[spoiler: he did play a mean-spirited prank on Rhonda, but ultimately was a NiceGuy who didn't deserve to die at all, let alone so horribly.]]
* BadassNormal: Mr. Kreeg.
* BaitAndSwitch: Many. Best used for a humorous effect in the opening when a woman sees a masked man dressed like [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]] across the street just standing there watching, [[spoiler: and it turns out just to be a guy waiting for his ride.]]
* BedsheetGhost: Sam wears a white bedsheet over his head to scare and kill Emma before he slits her throat and dismembers her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Remember to always be nice to your friends [[spoiler: or else they'll leave you to die]].
* BigBadEnsemble: Sam, [[spoiler: the spirit of Halloween enforcing its rules]]. Mr. Kreeg, a Halloween-hating cranky old man [[spoiler: who is responsible for the deaths of a number of children]]. And Steven Wilkins, a SerialKiller who was terrorizing trick or treaters throughout the film.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Macy. She pretends to befriend Rhonda, only to play a cruel prank on her. [[spoiler: Although there are more literal examples elsewhere...]]
* BlackComedy: The film definitely has a dark sense of humor.
* BlindWithoutEm: Rhonda.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Sam enforces the rules of Halloween, [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu passively observing those who obey them]] and [[TheScourgeOfGod targeting those who don't]]. [[spoiler: Kreeg is spared for accidentally complying to the same rule he broke.]]
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Sara, one of the four trick-or-treaters.
* BrownBagMask: One of the kids killed in the 'Schoolbus Massacre' is wearing an incredibly creepy paper bag mask. Thirty years at the bottom of the pond does nothing to diminish its creepiness.
* BuryYourDisabled: The troubled children were drowned on the school bus.
* CallForward: When the clock rewinds to Mr. Kreeg's misadventure, one of the trick-or-treaters is [[spoiler:wearing the same costume as the boy Watkins beats to death with a shovel near the start of the movie.]]
* CheerfulChild: "Let's carve a scaaaary pumpkin this time, Daddy!"
* ChekhovsGun: The candy bar Mr. Keeg takes a single bite out of and tosses away. It later [[spoiler:[[PocketProtector stops Sam from stabbing him]] and becomes an accidental offering to Sam]].
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Only a handful are averted.
** KidsAreCruel: Macy and her friends. Charlie also fits.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Inverted with the UsefulNotes/BluRay release as it clearly shows [[spoiler: Sam's true face]].
* CreativeClosingCredits
* CreepyChild: Sam (who isn't really a child) and the school bus kids.
** [[spoiler: Billy Wilkins is a surprising example.]]
* DeadlyPrank: [[spoiler: Macy and her friends pretend to be the undead schoolbus kids to scare Rhonda, who panics and cracks her head against a rock. The trope is subverted when it turns out that Rhonda is still alive, and subsequently inverted, when the real school bus kids show up and kill the pranksters.]]
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler: Leslie Bibb]] dies ''very'' early on in the film.
* DeathBySex: Not literally, but [[spoiler:the girl killed by the "vampire" is mortally wounded during their make out session]].
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Billy Wilkins is absolutely adorable.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Once [[spoiler: Sam's]] true nature is revealed, every time in which a character interacts peacefully with him comes across as this.
* DiesWideOpen: The victim of the vampire.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Those who break the rules of Halloween meet this fate thanks to Sam. [[spoiler: On the flip side, following the rules even by mistake will get you spared.]]
* EdibleBludgeon: Sam attempts to stab Mr. Kreeg with a sharpened lollypop. He later (or rather earlier due to the AnachronicOrder) uses it to murder Emma.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=]EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: [[spoiler:The werewolves appear to genuinely care about each other and tend to stick together. Notably, they're all genuinely concerned for Laurie when they find out Wilkins tried to attack her.]]
** [[spoiler: Surprisingly, Wilkin's threatening comments towards his son were just talk and the two manage to qualify.]]
* EvilTeacher: Steven Wilkins. School principal, serial killer, and wanna-be vampire.
* {{Fanservice}} / FanDisservice: Laurie's friends disrobe before... [[spoiler:removing their skin and sprouting hair, although it may still be {{Fanservice}} [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom for some]] people]].
* FinalGirl: Laurie has many aspects of this, being named, as she is, after the FinalGirl in ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. She's even got the Little Red Riding Hood costume, which is, of course, symbolic of virginity. In the end, however, [[spoiler: she and all her friends survive. And they were never really in any danger at all. She and her friends also kill the SerialKiller terrorizing the town.]]
* FluffyTheTerrible: Sam.
* {{Foreshadowing}}/ RewatchBonus: Go back and listen to the conversation of Laurie, Danielle, Maria, and Janet as they're trying on their costumes for the first time, and [[spoiler:[[TheReveal now with the knowledge that they're werewolves]]]] and their conversation [[DoubleEntendre takes on whole new meaning.]]
-->'''Laurie''': I don't know why we drove out here when there are perfectly good guys in the city.\\
'''Janet:''' Fresh meat.\\
'''Maria:''' It's what we do every Halloween, Laurie.\\
'''Laurie:''' Whatever happened to Trick or Treating?\\
'''Maria:''' Puberty.\\
'''Janet:''' Last year we were in Tampa.\\
'''Maria:''' And we went as sexy nurses.\\
'''Danielle:''' No, Janet, Tampa was two years ago, I remember because you puked doing a guy in his pickup truck.\\
'''Janet:''' [[{{Pun}} I ate some bad Mexican]], and it was a jeep.\\
'''Danielle:''' Last year was San Diego. We dressed as sailors and ended up with sailors.\\
'''Janet:''' Yeah, and Maria's sailor was a girl.\\
'''Maria:''' So what, she had a nice ass! [[ImAHumanitarian It all tastes the same to me anyway...]]
** Also, when Laurie refuses to come out of the dressing room because she's embarrassed of her costume.
-->'''Danielle:''' Open the door, or we'll huff, and we'll puff...
** Another example is this exchange between Janet and Danielle while they're at their party and wait for Laurie, who hasn't shown up yet:
-->'''Janet:''' She's a big girl. She can take care of herself.\\
'''Danielle:''' I wish that were true. Mom always said she was the runt of the litter.
* FreezeFrameBonus: If you pause at the exact end of the title montage, you'll see [[spoiler: Sam's real face]].
* FurAgainstFang: Sort of.
* GhostButler: One of them opens and shuts a door for Sam. Or maybe he's just telekinetic.
* GhostlyGoals: The schoolbus kids want to avenge their own deaths.
* GirlfriendInCanada: In a deleted scene, Laurie claims she is not a virgin; citing an incident with Dave, an attorney at the law firm in Toronto where she interned. The other girls don't believe it for a moment. [[spoiler:Of course, 'virgin' has a different meaning in this circumstances.]]
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Attempted by Kreeg against Sam.
* HairRaisingHare: During the flashback of the Halloween School Bus Massacre, one of the children evokes this effect by wearing a creepy bunny mask. [[spoiler:And is still wearing it 30 years later, rotted and blackened, when they come out of the lake with the other children to get revenge on the bus driver.]]
* HellHound: Invoked by Kreeg, who dresses his rather petite dog in black with glowing eyespots and sics him on trick-or-treaters.
* HelpingHands: Sam's hand continues to try to kill Mr. Kreeg after Kreeg has severed it from Sam's body.
* {{Homage}}:
** There's a trick 'r treater dressed as Michael Myers from the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies. Also, the character set up as an obvious FinalGirl, as noted above, is named Laurie.
** Also, a colourized version of the original ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959'' is playing on TV in one scene, along with ''Westernanimation/ScoobyDoo on Zombie Island''.
** Naming a SerialKiller "Steven" may also be an Music/AliceCooper reference.
** Mr. Kreeg says "You gotta be fuckin' kidding," while [[spoiler: Sam's severed hand skitters across the floor]], much the same way as Palmer said the exact line in ''Film/TheThing1982'' while [[spoiler: Norris' head ran around the lab on spider legs]].
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The events take place over Halloween, naturally.
* IdiotSavant: Rhonda is stated as such by one of the characters.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Look carefully at the movie poster.
* InfantImmortality: Averted at every turn.
* InfoDump: Rhonda on the origins of Halloween/Samhain.
* IronicEcho: "Screw you."
** As well as "My my, what big eyes you have."
* IronicNurseryTune: ''...give me something good to eat...''
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr. Kreeg.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Sam and the werewolves]] assuming their other victims weren't {{asshole|Victim}}s.
* KissOfTheVampire: The victim is so pleasured that she doesn't even realize it's happening until she notices her own blood dripping down her arms.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: The child killing principal is [[AlwaysABiggerFish devoured by werewolves]].]]
* MakeSureHesDead / OnceIsNotEnough: Kreeg takes no chances against Sam. [[spoiler:He gets back up anyway, but you have to to give Kreeg that much credit, at least.]]
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Just about everyone wears a mask at some point for obvious reasons, but particular examples include Sam, the vampire, and the schoolbus kids.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: half the movie has these to hint how most stories are happening simultaneously.
** CeilingCling: Sam approaches Mr. Krieg across the ceiling.
** Wilkins is unknowingly spectator to Kreeg's fight.
** The [[spoiler: werewolf]] girls can be seen as Wilkins has a little make out session.
** Rhonda is walking in the background with her cart a few times.
** Sam can occasionally be seen walking somewhere in the background.
** The three clown teens can be seen on the regular, being the best display to figure out the order of events based on where they are when.
** [[spoiler: The dead children]] can be seen at the very beginning, going to/coming from Kreeg.
** Henry and Emma pop up multiple times in the scenes in the town centre. Most notably, [[spoiler:when the vampire's first victim begs them for help, and they think she drunk]].
* MeaningfulName:
** Sam is strongly implied to be short for Samhain, the Celtic god of death and the harvest. Samhain is actually [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY pronounced something akin to 'sah-win']], but given that Rhonda uses the proper pronunciation, they most likely knew and took ArtisticLicense with the nickname.
** Kreeg is an obvious homonym for "Krieg", the German word for war or conflict. It's of course Mr. Kreeg that [[spoiler: battles with Sam]].
** And his dog is named Spite.
* MuggingTheMonster: [[spoiler: Principal Wilkins trying to kill Laurie, a werewolf.]]
* NeurodiversityIsSupernatural: Either Rhonda, the autistic girl, is completely oblivious to the supernatural, or she's so aware of it that she takes it for granted. There does, however, seem to be more evidence for the latter (IE she knows that jack o'lanterns can protect you if they remain lit).
* NoodleIncident: On one of the [[spoiler:werewolf pack]]'s previous hunts, a chosen victim evidently [[spoiler:turned out to be a woman. And got devoured anyway]].
* NighInvulnerability: Sam.
* OffingTheOffspring:
** [[spoiler: Subverted. For a while, it really looks like Steven is going to knife little Billy to death. It turns out he was probably never planning to; he was just really excited about carving that "jack o' lantern"...]]
** Played straight in the story of the Halloween School Bus Massacre, where the parents of eight mentally disabled children hire the bus driver to drown them in the lake.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The opening sequence is shown again at the end of the movie, and the scenes now make a lot more sense.
** During Steven's story he briefly sees Mr. Kreeg pounding on his window trying to get his attention, only to mutter "Screw you" and ignore him. In Mr. Kreeg's story we learn ''why'' he was doing so.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler: They're not real vampires, for one thing...]]
** VampireBitesSuck
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: [[spoiler:They're all female, for one, and transform by the rarely-seen, but definitely folkloric, method of tearing off their human skin.]]
* PocketProtector: When Sam tries to stab Mr. Kreeg with a sharpened lollypop, the lollypop impales a candy bar that had fallen on his chest. Sam takes this as an offering and leaves Kreeg alive.
* PoliceAreUseless: When Mr. Kreeg calls the police, he is put on hold long enough for Sam to cut the line. No one is ever sent out to check on the cause of the call.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: [[spoiler:Sam, after Kreeg dismembers him with buckshot.]]
* PumpkinPerson: Sam has a pumpkin-like head under his mask. Notably, the face also shares some features with a skull.
* RazorApples: While there's no literal example, Steven uses poison ("Always check your candy!"), and Sam uses a razor blade inside a chocolate bar as a weapon. If you look closely, you'll notice he was given that same chocolate bar by Steven, so it's quite possible that Steven put the blade there. Also, as a nod to this trope, [[spoiler:when Mr Kreeg falls down the stairs, they're littered with hypodermic needles, straight pins, shards of glass, razor blades and candy.]]
* RecurringExtra: The three kids dressed as clowns, who can be very helpful in establishing the film's AnachronicOrder. Sam starts out as one of these, too.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: After Mr. Kreeg appeases Sam by giving him a chocolate bar, he is seen giving out candy to other trick 'r treaters and basically doing Halloween right. However, at the end of the night, the schoolbus kids still come for him, since the final scene reveals he was the man who killed them.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy[=/=]CouldntFindAPen: Sam plasters Mr. Kreeg's room with the lyrics of the IronicNurseryTune in absolutely record time, and festoons his lawn his elaborate jack-o'-lanterns.
* SackheadSlasher: Sam wears a burlap sack with buttons sewn on for eyes and a stitched on mouth as a trick-or-treater mask.
* TheSchlubPubSeductionDeduction: [[spoiler:How the werewolf girls lead unsuspecting men to their feast. Said men are the main course.]]
* ScaryScarecrows: Sam's mask, as well as the ornaments on Henry and Emma's lawn.
* TheScourgeOfGod: Well, ''a'' god...
* SerialKiller: Steven
** TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Laurie is teased by her friends and sister for being a virgin at 22 and wanting her first time to be special. It turns out that [[spoiler:they're not referring to sex at all, but the killing and eating of men]].
* SexyWhateverOutfit: All of Laurie's friends go out for Halloween dressed in sexy fairytale-inspired costumes. They make fun of Laurie for her comparatively conservative Literature/LittleRedRidingHood costume.
* ShovelStrike: When Wilkins realises the body he is burying is NotQuiteDead, he pounds it several times with his shovel to finish the job. All the while, he is trying not to attract Mr. Kreeg's attention.
* TheSpeechless: Sam never speaks onscreen, although he makes a sort of hissing noise toward the end, and giggles a little.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Krampus}}'', which is also written and directed by Dougherty.
* StabTheSalad: A rare example where the "innocent" reveal isn't really much better than the initial assumption.
* StingyJack: Sam
* TrappedInASinkingCar: The Halloween School Bus Massacre.
* UndeadChild: The school bus kids.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Some [[spoiler: poisoned candy]] provokes a massive display of this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mr. Kreeg's dog Spite isn't seen again after being attacked by Sam.
* WhisperingGhosts: Starts up the moment Macy extinguishes the last nearby jack-o-lantern.
* WouldHurtAChild: Resident SerialKiller Steven Wilkins seems to specialize in children. This is actually one of the few horror movies where young children are shown being KilledOffForReal.