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Tales of Halloween is a 2015 Horror comedy Anthology Film. It features ten stories all taking place in one neighbourhood on All Hallows' Eve, punctuated with commentary from a jist radio show host.

The stories are:

  • "Sweet Tooth": A young boy learns of a ghostly killer who will do anything for candy.
  • "The Night Billy Raised Hell": A young boy eggs his neighbour's house and learns what a real Halloween prank is.
  • "Trick": A group of adults are terrorized by homicidal trick-or-treaters.
  • "The Weak and the Wicked": A group of delinquents learn exactly what happens when the wicked torment the weak.
  • "Grim Grinning Ghost": A ghost stalks a woman walking home from a party.
  • "Ding Dong": A dude deals with his monstrous wife's quest to get a child.
  • "This Means War": Two neighbours go to war over their haunted attractions.
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  • "Friday the 31st": A backwoods slasher encounters a trick-or-treating alien.
  • "The Ransom of Rusty Rex": Two kidnappers learn the kid they're holding for ransom is much more of a handful than they expected.
  • "Bad Seed": A cop investigates a series of murders by a monstrous pumpkin.

This film contains examples of:

  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: "Bad Seed" has a killer pumpkin.
  • Big Bad:
  • Captain Ersatz: The slasher from "Friday the 31st" is a big deformed man wearing a mask and wielding a machete, a dead ringer for Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th series. Heck, Just look at the title.
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  • Child Eater: Bobbie, from "Ding Dong," spends the entire segment trying to get a child to eat. It is kept ambiguous whether this is literal or metaphorical.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The main characters of "Trick" are revealed to be serial torturers of children.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • The Hallow’s Eve Devil is a monstrous being that looks like something fresh out of Hellraiser and Silent Hill, but he is also a punisher of the guilty.
    • The creepy children are Ax-Crazy killers who cut down the homeowners on Halloween night. Its later revealed that the creepy kids were Good All Along and were hunting down the homeowners who were revealed to be sadistic child murderers.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Sweet Tooth began his evil career by murdering his parents for eating all his Halloween candy.
    • Mr. Abaddon frames a child for a killing spree because the kid egged his house.
    • Boris is upset that his new neighbor outshined him in Halloween decoration and is playing loud music during a party, so he destroys his property and assaults him, ending in both getting impaled on a sharp piece of wood.
  • Downer Ending:
    • "The Night Billy Raised Hell": Billy is released from his bounds and immediately shot by the police for the crimes he was framed for.
    • "Grim Grinning Ghost": Our heroine manages to get home and escape the ghost trying to remove her eyes... who's on her couch.
    • "This Means War": What starts out as a comedic battle over haunted attractions ends with a murder-suicide.
  • Evil All Along: The lead characters in "Trick" are actually psychopaths who kidnap and torture children, and what the trick-or-treating kids are doing to them is part of a rescue mission to save their current victim.
  • The Hero Dies:
    • "The Night Billy Raised Hell": Billy is gunned down by the police the second he's released from captivity.
    • "Ding Dong": Jack is shoved in the oven after his wife learns he had a vasectomy.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Halloween.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The twist of "Friday the 31st" is that the alien is trick-or-treating for human flesh.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: "Ding Dong". It is unclear whether Bobbie truly is a demonic witch who wants to eat children, or if this is a metaphorical visual trick and she is really just an abusive woman who wants to be a mother, her appearing as a child-eating witch representing the abusive mother she would definitely be to a child.
  • Our Demons Are Different: These are Horned Humanoid monsters who can take more human forms and love murder. However, despite that descriptor, they aren't Always Chaotic Evil. Some are vigilantes who bring Karmic Death on the wicked.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: These are homicidal beongs who resemble rotting corpses and will do anything to achieve their goals.
  • The Public Domain Channel: The film consistently uses the old horror standby of Night of the Living Dead (1968).
  • The Sociopath:
    • Sweet Tooth, a ghost who killed his parents because they ate his Halloween candy and now kills others for candy.
    • Mr. Abaddon, a demon who frames his neighbour for a crime spree because the kid pranked him.
    • The main characters of "Trick," who torture a bunch of children for no apparent reason.
  • Special Effects Failure: It's not hard to notice the backwoods serial killer's deformed face is a rubber mask, especially when the actor moves his mouth looking up at the flying saucer.
  • Vigilante Man:
    • "Trick": The murderous children are revealed to be vigilantes going after the main characters, who are serial child torturers.
    • "The Weak and the Wicked": The Demon of All Hallow's Eve acts as a supernatural vigilante, bringing vengeance on all who harm anybody who performs the ritual to summon him.
  • Villain Protagonist
    • "Trick": The main characters are revealed to be serial child torturers.
    • "This Means War": Boris is a controlling, sexist prick who resorts to property damage, assault and murder-suicide over his neighbour's haunted attraction overshadowing his own.
    • "Friday the 31st": This segment follows an unnamed backwoods Serial Killer.
    • "The Ransom of Rusty Rex": Hank and Dutch are two bank robbers who have taken up kidnapping.
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