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  • Given the timing during the "demonstration" at the factory, the trick-or-treaters at the end were probably starting to die just as Challis' screams "STOP IITTTTT!!" the final time over the phone.
  • Even countless nearby kids who did not have Silver Shamrock masks were also certainly killed. Considering Little Buddy's parents were killed by the resulting swarm of vermin and vipers, children investigating or trying to help their friends would have been doomed as well.
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  • Buddy's head dissolving into the insects and snakes may have just been one variety of death. Perhaps the Witch and Skull masks would cause other forms of gruesome demise... perhaps even every mask would bring forward a different death. Though Marge's misfire would seemingly indicate bugs and snakes are the primary means of death.
  • As Buddy watched his son die thanks to the mask, chances are he was horrified both from his only child dying and realizing he sold so many of those things to children everywhere in America (meaning he was indirectly responsible for a chunk of the people who would die thanks to Cochran's "prank.").
  • The Silver Shamrock masks come as the oddly specific trio of witch, skull, and Jack-O-Lantern. Given the creator's background, this could be because they represent the most important aspects of Samhain to him: Witchcraft and the supernatural (the Witch), death and sacrifice (The Skull), and the lighting of sacred lanterns (The Jack-O-Lantern).
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  • Conal Cochran has a reputation as a great jokester, but he doesn't seem that way at all in person. He seems like a thoroughly conventional and benevolent businessman. Later, he drops the facade when talking about the "prank" and we see he is in deadly earnest about murder... so it's entirely possible his genuine idea of a "prank" is not at all harmless fun but instead of death and mayhem.
  • Time zones screw up Conal's plot somewhat. If the final commercial goes off simultaneously, then it'll be midnight on the East Coast, and lots of his targets will be in bed. If it goes off at 9 on each time zone, then someone besides Challis should have managed to make the connection between the commercial and the masks — maybe not by Central Time, but almost certainly by Mountain Time. The ending scene would have taken place long before Challis escapes Cochran's factory. Still, though, Cochran's guaranteed to massacre the children of at least one time zone.
    • But the only reason Challis knows exactly what's going on with the masks and the signal is because Cochran's told him. Any parents in other time zones would probably be too frantic and terrified trying to save their children (and themselves, given the now-sudden outbreak of deadly rattlesnakes in people's houses across each timezone) to put two and two together, especially when it comes to something as seemingly innocuous as a television commercial that they've seen about two million times across the past few days. Also, as the 80's Dan episode dealing with the movie suggests - we only see the adverts in one time zone; the others could have been at five, six, seven, or eight dependent upon where they are, and each time zone could have descended into general chaos with no-one thinking or knowing to call other TV stations in other time zones.
  • Cochran's whole plan hinges on children all across the country wearing one of three specific types of masks while watching his horror movie marathon. There are far too many variables in this scenario, and each of them seem very unlikely, even on their own:
    • Assuming that every kid in America would want to watch TV immediately after trick-or-treating instead of just gorging on candy and/or going to bed.
    • Assuming that every kid in America has parents that would allow them to watch R rated horror films. Though it may have been a TV-edited version, and the original Halloween isn't an especially gruesome film.
    • Assuming that every kid in America would even want to watch a marathon of horror movies. Yes, kids can handle scary stuff in media better than most people give them credit for, but there are still plenty of kids out there that would be too scared to even try watching a horror movie. However, the ads largely emphasize the giveaway more than the movie marathon (it's never revealed what movies besides Halloween would even be part of the marathon, and if the other films would air before or after the giveaway), and, as seen with the kids in the final scene, plenty of kids will tune in specifically for the giveaway without sitting through Halloween. In this sense, the horror-thon could be read as simply a way to add legitimacy to the otherwise strange event.
    • Assuming that every kid in America would actually buy these masks. As 80's Dan pointed out, a witch, a skull, and a jack-o-lantern are extremely generic, especially with no pre-made costume associated with them. Most kids would far prefer dressing up as their favorite pop-culture figures. The movie actually deals with this somewhat by showing that the masks are a popular accessory item, with many kids wearing them on top of a more traditional Halloween costume, possibly due to wanting to be eligible for the big giveaway.
    • Assuming that every kid in America wouldn't remove the mask out of eventual discomfort or obstructed vision before the Silver Shamrock jingle started playing.
    • To be fair, Cochran never explicitly states that he intends for all children to be affected. Possibly he'd be satisfied to only kill enough of them that people will treat Halloween with the dread and respect he thinks the occasion has been denied.
    • Also, to be fair, the commercial specifically states to kids to "put on your masks and watch." But, that's assuming kids would be wanting to do so, and even if they have the masks.
    • Assuming that parents and kids bought the masks at all. This was in the 1980s, there may be parents who wouldn't have been willing to spend a lot of money on something their kids was gonna wear one time, and kids who had allowances probably wasn't going to buy a mask (unless it was extremely cheap). Given the number of kids seen wearing the masks (even in conjunction with other costumes) and the fact that profit isn't Cochran's goal, it can likely be assumed the masks were indeed sold for very cheap.
  • The commercials are said to be a part of "The Big Giveaway", presumably of toys and/or candy, and presumably wearing Silver Shamrock Masks are a requirement for this, but that just raises further questions. How did Cochran tell the public or the authorities who regulate such events how he was going to know who watched the commercial wearing one of his masks, and how he was going to provide candy or toys to the presumed millions who would attempt it? The chips in the mask's tags could be some kind of excuse, except people clearly don't know about them, and making the purported prizes too small or won by some kind of raffle would discourage a ton of potential victims.
    • In all likelihood, Cochran is expecting most kids to operate on the honour system. In a similar manner to how putting little to no effort into your Halloween costume doesn't necessarily disqualify you from Trick or Treating, but you'll look like a spoilsport doing it. The commercial encourages kids to do what Cochran wants, and even those who refuse might have the masks forced on them by peers, parents or chaperones who want everyone to play along.
  • Conal Cochran may have considered his "great prank" something of a suicide mission. The police certainly would have eventually traced the havoc and murders back to Silver Shamrock... not to mention his murders of The Kupfers and Mrs. Guttman would have eventually led to the company. Whatever the actual efficacy of the "prank," Silver Shamrock (and probably Santa Mira) would be finished before Thanksgiving.
    • Cochran didn't seem too disturbed by his factory's destruction and own (apparent) death, so he's either a suicidal fanatic who sees his own life as forfeit to please his gods, or, as was explicit in the original script, he's some kind of supernatural entity himself who has no reason to fear earthly death.

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