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"PUMP! It's-a Spooky Month!" "Let's start a trope page!"note 
What an eerie, spooky night!
To be scared! To get fright!
Creepy crawlies come from down!
Be afraid and move around!
Skid and Pump, "Tender Treats"

Spooky Month is an annual Halloween Horror Comedy cartoon series made by Sr. Pelo for Newgrounds and YouTube.

The series follows the misadventures of Skid and Pump, two hyperactive and Halloween-obsessed children who regularly venture out into the night to enjoy the titular Spooky Month — even if it isn't October. Things quickly take a strange series of turns from there as bullies, creeps, criminals, cultists, demons, eldritch entities whose eyes form the stars above, clowns and who knows what else have the (mis)fortune of bumping into these children.

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  • 20 Minutes into the Past: "Unwanted Guest" was released on November 25, 2020, but according to Lila's phone, takes place the night of June 17, 2012, so each episode takes place approximately eight years (give or take) before its release. Going off this, the first episode "It's spooky month" (released on October 30, 2018) is set in October 2010; while the fifth episode "Tender Treats" (released on November 5, 2022), which is explicitly stated to be set three years after the first episode, takes place on the night of Halloween 2013.
  • Abuse Discretion Shot: In a series that doesn't shy away from slapstick and characters getting hurt, Roy's uncle abusing him is only briefly implied by Roy himself, and his uncle's one scene of him predatorily creeping on Skid and Pump is stopped before he's able to actually do anything to the two.
  • All There in the Script: A lot of the characters' names aren't spoken aloud, instead being revealed by the credits or character sheets.
  • Alternate Reality Game: Starting with "Unwanted Guest", each episode has a hidden QR Code that leads to images related to the series' lore. While the QR code in "Unwanted Guest" was just a picture of the listings in the phone book, following episodes expanded on the concept, with an initial image that contains multiple links and codes to other images, sometimes even videos, that must be deciphered.
  • Angry Animalistic Growl:
    • In "Deadly Smiles", as Kevin hears Skid explaining his and Pump's lost doll, Kevin quickly pieces together that the same doll was the one that attacked him earlier, letting out a low, notably lupine growl as his face increases to that of bestial rage.
    • "Tender Treats", after Bob Velseb has been distracted, Kevin quickly has Skid and Pump escape into the back, where before Kevin finally gives in to giving the duo a Candy Can, he growls like a canine once more out of fury of the new trouble they brought him.
  • Arc Words: "Everything." The concept of "everything" seems to carry negative connotations behind it, as not only do damaged pictures of Skid's father come with the phrase "You are everything", but Mr. Clown implies to John and Jack in the Newgrounds ending of "Unwanted Guest" that he and the cult plan on seizing this supposed "everything". The word even comes up in unrelated contexts, such as Dexter's slogan and the name of town's newspaper.
    Mr. Clown: We will take all and get everything! Everything will give us MORE THAT IS ALL!
  • Artifact Title: The only times when it's actually Spooky Month are "It's spooky month", "The Stars", and "Tender Treats". In "Unwanted Guest", Skid and Pump believe it to be Spooky Month despite it actually being June, while in "Deadly Smiles", there's no mention of it being Spooky Month at all, not even by Skid and Pump, since it's January.
  • Art Shift:
    • "Unwanted Guest":
      • Patty's freakout about the corpses in the morgue, and Kevin's internal freakouts regarding the Candy Dealer's package of sugar, are drawn in a much looser, sketchier style with incomplete coloring.
      • The credits panoramic for this episode is drawn in a lineless, shaded, and more detailed style than the rest of the episode.
    • The credits panoramic for "Deadly Smiles" is in CGI, depicting everyone as 3D toys.
    • "Tender Treats":
      • When Jack and John accidentally run over Bob, the event is abruptly depicted in CGI, with Bob as a 3D model ragdolling. Bob's body is subsequently shown as a clay model, while Jack and John are still animated in 2D.
      • The credits panoramic for this episode is drawn in a lineless, shaded, and more detailed style than the rest of the short.
    • "Streber's Rehearsal" is animated lineless, compared to the purple outlines of the series proper.
  • Author Appeal: Sr. Pelo loves the Touhou Project, and based the mall and most of its customers in "Unwanted Guest" off the franchise to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Various pictures around Skid's and Pump's houses also show their respective families dressed as Touhou characters for Halloween, Nitori and Hina make a short cameo at the Candy Club in "Deadly Smiles", and four little girls dressed as Reisen, Marisa, Alice, and Nazrin are seen repeatedly applauding John and Jack for brutalizing Bob at the end of "Tender Treats".
  • Bilingual Bonus: While the series is in English, many background gags and props are written in Spanish, as that is Sr. Pelo's native language. One of the movies in "Deadly Smiles" is even in German.
  • Black Comedy: While this show's sense of humor isn't too overly sadistic most of the time, morbid jokes still pop up on a regular basis due to being a Horror Comedy cartoon, especially with most of the villains being Laughably Evil.
  • Brick Joke:
    • "The Stars":
      • Moloch is still stuck in the attic since he was summoned in the first episode.
      • Roy's uncle (the stranger that locked Skid and Pump inside the house on the hill) books it when one of Eyes' tentacles bursts out of the floor and grabs the two. When Eyes and the Spooky Kids leave the house to engage in Spooky Month shenanigans, Eyes accidentally tramples Roy's uncle (who was still fleeing from the house), leaving a small blood splatter on the ground.
    • Come "Unwanted Guest", Moloch is still trapped in the attic (two years have since passed in-universe), and he becomes so pissed off that he causes this episode's main conflict.
    • "Deadly Smiles":
      • At the beginning, Lila talks to Jaune on the phone, complaining that Skid and Pump spend all their time sharing the Happy Fella. At the end of the short, Jaune arrives at the house with a new Happy Fella for Pump, having misunderstood Lila's complaints.
      • After John sneezes on the Happy Fella, Jack simply says "told you". In the Newgrounds ending of the short (which is set before the short itself), Jack notices how dirty John's coffee mug is and remarks that drinking out of it will get him sick, which John brushes off.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The first three shorts were primarily comedy-driven, with "Unwanted Guest" having more worldbuilding to its name beyond just Skid's and Pump's random antics. Although comedy wasn't lost on the series after the fact, "Deadly Smiles" is the first episode to take itself seriously and focus on telling an engaging story, which would carry on into "Tender Treats".
  • Chekhov's Gag:
    • In the attic scenes in both "It's spooky month" and "Unwanted Guest", a dusty mannequin in the background slides across the floor. In "Deadly Smiles", the mannequin conveniently tips over onto Dexter right when he's about to attack Lila and the boys, giving them time to escape and form a plan.
    • "Tender Treats":
      • At the first house they trick or treat at, Skid and Pump bust down the guy's door with a hammer to get his attention. Later when they begin playing "hide and seek" with Bob, the two use the hammer to bust open a restaurant's back door so they can hide in there.
      • The boys are seen looking both ways before crossing the street early in the episode. Later when the protagonists are accosted by Bob, they quickly look both ways before crossing the street. Bob does not and is immediately run over by John and Jack.
  • Comic-Book Time: Despite the series taking place in the span of 3 years (as of "Tender Treats"), none of the characters seem to visibly age at all. Skid and Pump were stated by Sr. Pelo to be 8 and 7invoked before the release of "Unwanted Guest", but their ages have never been stated in the series itself, and everyone else has a Vague Age.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • "Deadly Smiles":
      • The male actor in the horror movie is the same actor that gets spooked by Ooga Booga in the movie the boys were watching in the first short, just with a different outfit.
      • In the attic scene, Lila hides behind the portrait of her and Skid's dad that was hung up on the wall in "It's spooky month", now with Skid's dad's face torn out.
    • While Jaune is flicking through channels on the TV in "Tender Treats", she comes across a horror movie with the same brunette actress from the horror movie playing at the theater in "Deadly Smiles".
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • The thumbnail for "Deadly Smiles" has Skid and Pump looking uneasy, presumably because of the Happy Fella. In the episode itself, the two not only don't take him seriously as a threat, but actually get mad at him for his mistreatment of them and Lila.
    • The thumbnail for "Streber's Rehearsal" shows Streber as Bob looms over him, implying it takes place during "Tender Treats". Bob doesn't make an appearance, and the short is set while Streber and his friends are getting ready for the haunted house.
  • Crapsack World: Aside from Skid's and Pump's unnamed hometown being ridden with neighborhood bullies and violent criminals, there's a festering supernatural influence that's attracted various monsters and an evil secret cult to the town, and numerous missing persons posters are strewn about every wall. However, Skid and Pump themselves aren't aware of any of this, simply just having fun around town regardless while keeping an optimistic attitude.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Sr. Pelo himself appears down the street in "It's spooky month", screaming as he gets abducted by Frank.
    • One of the various ice creams advertised on Frank's van in "The Stars" is based on Sr. Pelo's Author Avatar.
    • One of the background artists for "Deadly Smiles", Sifyro, snuck a plush of her author avatarnote  into one of the backgrounds she did.
    • Two of the haunted house workers in "Tender Treats" are loosely based off animators for the episode, Fangz and MrBlaz.
    • Sr. Pelo makes another in-person appearance in "Tender Treats", only to be immediately killed by Bob so he could use the bathroom stall he was in.
  • Credits Running Sequence: The credits for "The Stars" have Skid and Pump running on a hill as the credits scroll beside them.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • "Unwanted Guest":
      • The Candy Dealer starts to say "What the fu—" in response to Skid and Pump playing dead after saying they want to go to the hospital, only for a hysterical woman to start screaming that he killed the kids.
      • In the ending, one of the Wheel of the Worst hosts somehow hears Skid and Pump say that "it's Spooky Month" through the TV, causing him to start dancing. His baffled co-host replies "What?! What the fu—", with the episode cutting to the credits before he's able to finish.
      • Subverted in the Newgrounds ending; when John and Jack bust into the house on the hill and find a group of robed cultists looking into the hole in the floor, John utters an uncensored and uninterrupted "What the fuck are you?".
    • "Deadly Smiles":
      • Dexter almost calls Lila a "dumb bitch", but he gets interrupted by Skid and Pump shoving him into the oven.
      • Confused at Lila's hysterical panicking over the new Happy Fella doll she brought over, Jaune starts to mutter "What the fu—", but Dexter's yelling startles her before she's able to finish.
    • "Tender Treats":
      • When Lila calls Jaune to tell her about Bob stalking her, Jaune thinks Lila has a new boyfriend and congratulates her, saying that, "You've gone so long without di-", but the scene cuts back to Lila before Jaune finishes saying "dick".
      • When the teen dressed as Bob tells Kevin that kids are stealing from the currently-unattended candy store, he runs towards the door with an "Ah, shi-" before the Smash Cut to the next scene interrupts him.
      • Subverted by John in the Newgrounds ending, where after realizing Jack propped up Bob's corpse to scare him, he says, "Jesus fucking Christ, Jack!"
  • Darker and Edgier: Each episode ups the ante from the last, with more dangerous threats arising.
    • "It's spooky month" has no actual antagonist for the most part, and is just about Skid and Pump wandering around town to spread Spooky Month cheer. The worst that happens is a brief scene in which Lila is being threatened by a then-unnamed murderer (Bob Velseb), which is then immediately played for laughs as she easily pacifies him.
    • "The Stars" has the two boys encounter a real monster, albeit one that's benevolent to the two. The closest thing to an antagonist in this short, Roy's creepy pervert of an uncle, only gets to menace Skid and Pump very briefly before he cowers away from that aforementioned monster, later getting killed by it in the most anticlimactic way possible.
    • "Unwanted Guest" has the episode's main antagonist, a demonic monster possessing a hapless (though unsympathetic) man, directly chase after Lila, and later prepares to attack Skid and Pump, with every intent of inflicting serious harm on the protagonists. However, he ultimately fails because of a humorous mistake he made.
    • "Deadly Smiles" has the main antagonist constantly follow Skid and Pump around, trying (but still failing every time) to kill them or other people, eventually culminating in Lila expressing true fear when running away with Skid and Pump.
    • "Tender Treats" expands on the same serial killer from the first short (Bob), who, unlike Dexter, successfully kills at least one or two people while chasing Skid and Pump, all the while talking about his creepy hobby of cannibalism. He's relatively more of a serious threat compared to previous antagonists, and he tries to kill most of the protagonists and their allies at one point or another.
  • Dramatic Irony: Near the end of "Streber's Rehearsal", Streber complains about how sore his arm is because he's been working on props all morning, and remarks that he "doesn't want it to fall off on him". His friends then joke about him dropping dead because of him overworking; lighthearted banter for them, a reminder of Streber's unfortunate fate in "Tender Treats" for the audience.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: The series' signature "Spooky Dance" is a simple three-frame animation of the character rapidly shifting from left to center to right. Even as the episodes increase in animation quality, the animation for the Spooky Dance continues to just be three frames, because it's funny.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • "The Stars": After sending Skid and Pump off to the house on the hill, Roy mentions it's the place where his uncle takes him. When Skid and Pump burst into the manor in the next scene, a creepy stranger locks them inside and references Roy tricking them into coming, revealing him to be Roy's uncle.
    • "Deadly Smiles": When Jaune presents the Happy Fella doll she bought for Pump, it has Dexter's white eye, indicating he's already possessing it. Lila understandably begins to panic, and Dexter tries to break out of the doll's box shortly after.
    • "Tender Treats":
      • After John and Jack accidentally run Bob over, Pump gains his blue eyes again as he pokes Bob's body. Sure enough, Bob isn't dead, and tries to attack them again while the cops are distracted.
      • In The Stinger, when Patty calls the two cops to give John the amulet she found on Bob, Jack sees something offscreen and gets a devious smile as he walks towards it. Shortly after, John sees Bob seemingly still alive and shoots at him again, before Jack reveals he propped up Bob's body to scare them.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In "The Stars", Susie's room, which the kids broke into earlier, has a poster of a large monster with two kid-sized characters standing before it. By the end of the short, pretty much the exact same scenario is playing out for the boys with The Eyes of the Universe.
    • While walking out of the mall in "Unwanted Guest", Pump remarks that they should burn the Happy Fella doll they just bought to see if it screams. This ends up coming to pass in "Deadly Smiles", where they force the doll into the oven and Lila sets it to burn, the doll screaming as it melts from the heat.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In "It's spooky month", when Skid and Pump are running down the stairs, you can see within the walls a skeleton wearing a wedding ring on one finger. The immediate next shot has a picture of Lila and Skid's father, with the wedding ring on the same finger as the skeleton.
    • In "Unwanted Guest", the quick shot of Lila slamming the phonebook on the table reveals a QR code on the cover, which leads to a post on Imgur showing off multiple ads from the phonebook.
    • In "Deadly Smiles", the various papers in Pump's toy chest seen for a brief moment have the pieces of a QR code on them, which when put together lead to an Imgur post showing a picture of notes Dexter wrote while he was possessing the Happy Fella.
    • When Jaune changes channels in "Tender Treats", the short frame of static has a QR code hidden in it, which when color corrected leads to a base picture with other links.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • "Tender Treats": as the Hatzgang are talking about their lack of candy, Jaune and Lila can be seen in the background searching for Skid and Pump, mimicking the two's goofy faces as they talk to someone.
    • "Streber's Rehearsal":
      • As Streber is talking, the guy in the werewolf costume tries to drink a soda, but misses his mouth and pours it on the floor. He then walks away dejectedly.
      • Still behind Streber, Leon sneaks up on Ethan and Aria to scare them.
  • Fun with Subtitles: There are multiple official subtitles on the YouTube versions of the videos; while most of them are standard and straight forward, there's at least one set per episode that have a lot more fun with it, spelling letters incorrectly, adding in its own gags and commentary (such as every instance of the word spooky being typed as 𝒮𝓅𝑜𝑜𝓀𝓎), or even something completely different from what the characters actually say. Be prepared to either watch one frame at a time or at half speed while constantly pausing.
    Pump: Let's go to the graveyard!
  • The Ghost:
    • Skid's father has thus far only been seen through pictures, and not even entirely, as they're all either torn or have his face scribbled out.
    • Starting with "Unwanted Guest", Robert mentions his thus far unseen little sister at least once per episode; she actually factors into the Hatzgang's subplot in "Tender Treats", as they're trying to get candy for her because she was too sick to go trick-or-treating herself.
    • Pump and Susie's parents haven't made a physical appearance, and are only mentioned or seen in photos. The closest one of them has to an actual appearance is the silhouette of Pump's mom coming across the package her kids sent her for Mother's Day in a comic Sr. Pelo posted to Twitter.
    • In the Newgrounds ending for "Deadly Smiles", John's daughter is seen in the background in family photos, and again in a photo in John's wallet in the Newgrounds ending for "Tender Treats"; she doesn't appear in the series otherwise, and her fate is left ambiguous since John's house burns down in the fourth episode.
    • Ross' dad has currently only appeared in some family photos in Jaune's house during "Tender Treats". Word of Godinvoked states that he's still married to Jaune, however, and is not a Disappeared Dad like Skid's father.
  • Grave Humor:
    • When Skid and Pump visit the graveyard in "It's spooky month", all of the tombstones say various funny things, such as "Here lies my boner", "I am fine", and "t You later".
    • When Skid and Pump visit the haunted house in "Tender Treats", two of the tombstones in the front yard say "LET IT RIP" and "RIP UR ASS".
  • Hair Color Dissonance:
    • The series' outlines are in dark purple rather than black, meaning every black-haired character is visually purple (the exception being Lila, whose hair actually is purple, and is a much lighter shade to distinguish it as such).
    • As Ross' hair is already black — er, purple — the highlights in his hair are instead drawn in a light blue.
  • Halloweentown: Skid and Pump are always celebrating Halloween around town and wearing their costumes even when the holiday is still a long way's off, believing it to be Spooky Month; even when others tell them to snap out of it because it's not October, Lila still reaffirms that it's indeed a Spooky Month so as not to disappoint them.
  • Heinousness Retcon: When introduced in the first episode, the then-unnamed Bob Velseb was little more than a gag, holding Lila at knifepoint but then happily letting go once Skid reminds them both that it's Spooky Month and Lila offers him some candy. When he appears again in "Tender Treats", he's revealed to be a serial killer with an incredibly high body count and taste for human flesh, and a flashback to the first episode shows that Lila called the cops on him moments after Skid left the house.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle:
    • Pictures of Skid without his mask show he has the same bob-like haircut as his mom, with hers going down the shoulder and his stopping at the neck. Lila purposefully styles her hair like Skid's because them having the same haircut makes him happy.
    • Photos of Pump's dad and one of his grandfather when his dad graduated college show them both with the same poofy hairstyle, complete with the same swoop in the back and a stray pointy tuft on the left side. Other photos of Pump without his costume show he also has the same hairstyle, including the tuft.
    • Ross' hair points out to the sides in a very similar way to his mother Jaune's hair.

  • In the Back:
    • As part of their plan, Lila comes up behind the Happy Fella and stabs him in the head with a knife while Skid and Pump are distracting him. It doesn't do anything because, as he himself points out, he's a doll and therefore doesn't have a brain.
    Happy Fella: (Evil Laugh) I'm a doll! You DUMB BI- (Skid and Pump shove him into the oven)
    • As Bob attempts to get into the police car to attack the boys, Lila and Jaune, John and Jack come up behind him and shoot him in the back, making him fall to the ground. The two then decide to unload the rest of their bullets into his chest just to make sure.
  • Inconsistent Episode Lengths: As the series goes on, the shorts increase in runtime: the original "It's spooky month" was around a minute forty in length, "The Stars" is six minutes, and "Unwanted Guest" ten, with "Deadly Smiles" and "Tender Treats" clocking in past twenty minutes.
  • Jump Scare:
    • Overused excessively by Ooga Booga in "It's spooky month", who somehow always appears either in person, on the phone, in a film, and in a video game to scream OOGA BOOGA!.
    • "The Stars":
    • Ooga Booga returns in HD glory for the Youtube ending of "Unwanted Guest", jumpscaring after the credits are done rolling.
    • Ooga Booga appears again for the Youtube ending of "Deadly Smiles", trying to jumpscare the viewer with a Happy Fella doll, but gets freaked out when it talks, only to then use that as an opportunity to give a real jumpscare.
    • Ooga Booga makes another return after the credits for the YouTube version of "Tender Treats" end, asking the viewer "OOGA or sugar", then jumpscaring the viewer when she pulls out an apple on a stick.
  • Laughably Evil: Many of the bad guys' deeds are offset by just how comical they are: from Frank who's just as excited to do the Spooky Dance as he is to abduct children, the Monster Clown who lets out a really goofy Evil Laugh while bludgeoning kids with a mallet, Moloch the demon complaining about being stuck in the attic until he has a Villainous Breakdown, to Dexter the cat-killing creep suffering all kinds of slapstick abuse (especially after being turned into a Creepy Doll). Even Bob, despite being treated more seriously as a villain, is not immune to suffering some goofy slapstick at his expense.
  • Long Pants: Characters wearing both black pants and shoes are drawn as if they're wearing black stockings, with no lines of separation between the two. Characters with pants and shoes of different colors have a much clearer distinction between where the pants end and the shoes begin.
  • Lighter and Softer: Though not entirely without darker themes, Spooky Month is by far less deranged and less loony compared to most other works of Pelo, bordering on kid-friendly at times.
  • Mature Work, Child Protagonists: Downplayed. The shorts are rated "Teen" on Newgrounds and contain dark humor and horror, while the protagonists are a pair of young children.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Sometimes to build on a joke, other times for a little bit of world-building.
    • Lila is an architect working from home, as seen with her schematics and work laptop. This is never addressed in person.
    • Skid's Disappeared Dad is implied with the torn-up pictures of where he should be in the family pictures, on top with some of his shelves having cultist attire and gear implying his family's ties to the occult. In those same pictures, you get to see Skid without his costume on.
    • We get to see how Pump's and Susie's parents gradually went from loving and attentive to being too busy for their children in the photos throughout their house.
    • Ooga Booga can be seen staring at the viewer behind windows or standing around somewhere hidden in "It's spooky month".
    • Mr. Clown stalks the boys in a scene after his initial appearance in "The Stars".
    • In the night sky of "Unwanted Guest", two larger than average stars tend to follow Skid and Pump around, implied to be their new friend the Eyes of the Universe, whom they befriended in the previous episode. Made more obvious in the credit reel of this short, with Eyes being one of the few characters physically missing from the artwork — except for Skid and Pump being illuminated by his two stars in the sky.
    • Among the various missing person posters in the background of "Deadly Smiles" is one of Dexter, confirming that no one outside of Lila, Skid and Pump even know he's dead. This poster along with a photo of him on the police station's corkboard also shows what he looks like without his gas mask on.
    • In "Deadly Smiles", while the cops are handing the Happy Fella off to Kevin, a fire truck passes by. The prequel stinger for this episode revealed that one of the cultists broke into John's house and set it alight to destroy all the intel they've gathered about the cult.
    • In the Newgrounds stinger of "Deadly Smiles", a photo next to John's String Theory board is of him and a little girl, with a mug on his desk and a drawing behind him further clarifying that she's his daughter.
    • In the "Tender Treats" scene where the Hatzgang discuss Roy's lack of a costume, Lila and Jaune can be seen in the background asking trick-or-treaters if they've seen Skid and Pump. Surprisingly, none of the Hatzgang boys seem to notice or care that Ross' mom is standing just across the street from them.
  • Medium Blending:
    • In the advertisement for the second edition of the Skid and Pump plushies, the dolls are real-life photos that were turned transparent and pasted into the short, which then provides a very stark contrast when Lila picks up the Skid doll and starts pleading with it.
    • In "Tender Treats", Bob turns into a 3D model when he first gets run over by the cops, and then becomes a clay model as the still 2D Jack and John check on his body.
  • Mythology Gag: Sr. Pelo makes some references to a few of his other animated cartoons:
    • One of the movies playing at the theater during "Deadly Smiles" is El Dia Del Payaso, an actual video created by Sr. Pelo.
    • The two rookie cops whom Mayor Evermore threatens to replace John and Jack with in "Tender Treats" are based on The Captain and Shotgun Man from Every StoryTime Animation, another video by Sr. Pelo.
    • In "Tender Treats", Lila has a flashback to the scene in "It's spooky month" when she was attacked by Bob Velseb. For this brief moment she is voiced by Sr. Pelo himself, like she was in that video. At the end of the flashback, Lila, once again voiced by Elsie Lovelock, says "Huh. My voice was so different back then."
    • Seen behind Edd, Matt, and Tom's cameo in "Tender Treats" is a movie poster of a red mass with multiple smiling faces, referencing Sr. Pelo's COMEDY. Another poster is of a red present in a spotlight, referencing Sr. Pelo's 2022 April Fool's Day animation, UN REGALO GRATIS PARA TI.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: One of the haunted house workers in "Tender Treats" is dressed as a zombie pirate, and another is dressed as a werewolf with a bomb fuse on his head.
  • One-Steve Limit:
    • Downplayed Trope. The cannibalistic serial killer in "Tender Treats" is called Bob, which is a diminutive form of the name Robert. One of the Hatzgang is also named Robert.
    • Downplayed: the series has two Richards: Rick, the depressed jobhopper (introduced first), and Richard, Roy's father. Rick is only ever referred to as Rick, and it being short for Richard is only known through a picture Sr. Pelo posted to Twitter.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: Most of the children in the series are about half the usual height of the adult characters, if not shorter. This is exaggerated by Skid and Pump, who are both about elementary school age, but are shorter than the Happy Fella, a doll made for children.
  • Precision F-Strike: The series generally tends to avoid swearing that's any worse than a "hell" or "damn", and cuts them off whenever a character tries to say worse, so John directing an uninterrupted "What the fuck are you?" to the cultists is very noticeable.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Befitting Sr. Pelo's style, there's rarely a moment in the shorts without some joke being attempted in either the foreground or background.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Three characters attempt to say "what the fuck" over the course of "Unwanted Guest"; the first two were interrupted, while the third gets it out.
    • Shortly into "Tender Treats", Skid and Pump look both ways before crossing the street. Near the episode's end, they, Lila and Jaune again look both ways before crossing the street as they're being chased by Bob. Bob crosses the street without looking and instantly gets hit by a car.
    • Over the course of "Tender Treats", Lila gets asked by three different characters about why she's not wearing a costume: first "Costume Bob", then Jaune, and finally Skid.
  • Running Gag:
    • Nearly everyone without fail won't resist performing the Spooky Dance when they find out it's Spooky Month; taken to its extremes when even monsters, dead people, an old man almost dying of heart failure, and a cop who is still driving a car can't help but cheerily dance.
    • When a character has an Oh, Crap! moment, they'll quietly look at the camera with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises, all while a chicken echoes in the background. This is seen with Lila at the end of "Deadly Smiles", and Kevin halfway through "Tender Treats".
    • Pump tends to appear out of nowhere whenever Skid summons him, first nonchalantly standing outside of Skid's house in seconds of being called, then hurling himself across the sky and landing in front of Skid after a phone call, and then rising from a grave planted in the yard in the third short.
    • Ooga Booga, who spends the whole first short delivering an absurd amount of jump scares and showing up in the background, including appearing after the credits to try one last scare. In the second episode's Newgrounds ending, she tried to do her scaring routine while standing in the middle of a road in the path of a police car, leaving her temporarily hospitalized during the third episode. Afterward, she reappears in the YouTube credits of each episode to do more of her classic jump scares.
    • In "Deadly Smiles", many characters remark that the Happy Fella doll looks ugly, with Dexter being personally offended by these comments.
    • In "Tender Treats", there is an unnamed guy wearing a devil costume who is repeatedly mistaken for Bob Velseb, and getting attacked for that at least twice. When the cops repeatedly shoot Bob in the climax, the same guy with the devil costume flees in terror before he can end up as the victim again.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • In "The Stars", one of the trending tags on Divver is "Pelodidn'tdoitontime", a reference to how the short came out in November rather than October.
    • In "Unwanted Guest", one of the sticky notes on Lila's corkboard is "Tell creator to finish the damn animation on TIME!!", a reference to how the short came out towards the end of November rather than October.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • In "It's spooky month", Skid and Pump watch a horror movie titled Really Spooky - The Ooga Booga, featuring Ooga Booga scaring the bejeesus out of some poor sap.
    • At the beginning of "Deadly Smiles", Skid can be seen watching a Happy Fella cartoon, which consists of a Happy Fella trying to make a sad guy happy. The ending shows the end of the Happy Fella episode, with the sad guy now much happier and friends with the Happy Fella.
    • Later in "Deadly Smiles", Skid and Pump watch a horror movie titled Dioboloma, with a scene of a man becoming possessed and undergoing a horrific transformation while trying to reassure his female companion.
    • In "Tender Treats", Jaune is seen watching an untitled horror movie on TV, starring the same actress from Dioboloma being menaced by a man invading her house (coincidentally when she gets a phone call from Lila, about how Bob was standing outside Lila's house).
  • Side-Story Bonus Art:
    • On Halloween 2021, Sr. Pelo posted a picture of Lila taking Skid, Pump, and Susie trick-or-treating, featuring most of the cast decked out in costumes.
    • On Mother's Day 2022, Sr. Pelo posted art of Skid giving Lila a drawing for Mother's Day, while Pump tries and fails to call his mom. A followup comic then depicts Susie telling him that he can mail their gift to their mom.
    • On Father's Day 2022, Sr. Pelo posted pictures of Pump and Susie at the post office handing off a gift for their dad, while Lila and Skid visit the cemetery.
  • The Stinger: Happens after the end credits of each episode, and they differ between the YouTube and Newgrounds uploads; with the YouTube version being a quick gag (almost always involving Ooga Booga attempting a Jump Scare), while the Newgrounds version is more like a post-credits ending scene (from the second episode onward, following an ongoing story arc about the policemen John and Jack investigating the cultists' plans).
    • "It's Spooky Month": The YouTube version features Ooga Booga jumpscaring the audience. While the Newgrounds version has Moloch realize it's now November, stops doing the Spooky Dance, and then he gets slapped silly by Santa Claus.
    • "The Stars": The YouTube version has Mr. Clown (instead of Ooga Booga) attacking and kidnapping the viewer. In the Newgrounds version, John and Jack notice that something strange is happening with the spooky old house on the hill, and then they accidentally run over Ooga Booga.
    • "Unwanted Guest": The YouTube version gives us the return of Ooga Booga after she had been seen wearing a full-body cast in the hospital earlier in the episode. The Newgrounds version shows John and Jack interrupting a cult meeting in the spooky house that's seemingly led by Mr. Clown, with Jack shooting the Clown to death in a panic.
    • "Deadly Smiles": On YouTube, Ooga Booga scares us with (and then gets scared by) her own Happy Fella doll. On Newgrounds, John contemplates a String Theory board in his house before he and Jack go to get donuts; while they're gone, a cultist sets it on fire to destroy all the gathered evidence. The cultist subsequently catches fire before running offscreen.
    • "Tender Treats": On YouTube, Ooga Booga scares us and opens a bag with candy (or an apple). On Newgrounds, John and Jack visit Patty in the morgue, who had found a cult necklace in Bob Velseb's chest, which causes John to realize the cult and Bob were working together, and that they had been the ones to free him in the first place; after which Jack props up Bob's corpse to pull a prank, which angers John and Patty.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Skid's and Pump's unnamed hometown isn't a normal or pleasant place to live in. In addition to the surprisingly high level of crime (for such a small town) with robbers, kidnappers, and murderers running around at night, it's also a Weirdness Magnet for occult and supernatural activity; with various monsters suddenly appearing with little or no explanation (like the dancing zombies in the hospital morgue), along with being the home base of a mysterious evil cult that worships an Eldritch Abomination lurking under the town's surface, plotting sinister schemes for their unknown agenda in the background.
  • Toy Transmutation: The advertisement for the second edition of the Skid and Pump plushies features a witch turning Skid and Pump into stuffed toys, with Lila implied to suffer the same fate.
  • Trapped in the Host: To escape imprisonment in the attic, Moloch possesses the body of a human exterminator named Dexter, and makes his way free... only to foolishly get Dexter paralyzed while trying to prove that Moloch really was possessing him, and winds up stuck inside Dexter's body.
  • Vanity Plate: Seen after the stingers of the Newgrounds uploads, starting with "Deadly Smiles":
    • "Deadly Smiles" concludes with a short animation of the Hatzgang running away from Skid and Pump driving a tank, which turns into the Newgrounds logo when the tank is fully in frame.
    • "Tender Treats" has Skid and Pump now accompanied by Lila and Jaune in the tank. The four cheerfully shout the site's name and its slogan ("Newgrounds: Everything by everyone!"), before Bob appears behind them and makes them run away from the tank, with Skid almost leaving the logo's frame before Lila pulls him back.
  • Wacky Sound Effect:
    • Whenever Skid and Pump run together, it's almost always accompanied by the harsh sound of metal crashing violently against metal, but the ground is no worse for wear.
    • "Deadly Smiles" includes many more sound effects than previous episodes — while most are simple sounds of characters walking or things being moved around, there are also plenty of silly ones, such as Kevin's building anger and subsequent resignation being accompanied by a tea kettle whistling and a slide whistle.
    • Played for Horror: to further illustrate how imposing Bob is, his footsteps are accompanied by a distinct thud sound effect, much louder than the footsteps of other characters.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The series is set in an unnamed small town, and its exact location is unknown. It seems to be a generic North American suburb, and everyone speaks English, so it's probably somewhere around the United States or Canada. The phonebook from "Unwanted Guest" implies that the series takes place somewhere in Arizona, as all the phone numbers have Arizona area codes (928). However, there are nearby forests and there is some snow on the ground in winter, so if the town really is in Arizona, it would have to be located up in some of the state's high-altitude mountains.
  • Workplace Horror: Kevin's subplots revolve around him working at the Candy Club and being forced to deal with dangerous and/or supernatural events that Skid and Pump, either directly or indirectly, bring along with them; such as an Eldritch Abomination that momentarily breaks Kevin's mind, a bag of sugar that looks like cocaine right as two cops enter the store, and being attacked by both a killer doll and a cannibal on two separate occasions. He also mentions an offscreen Noodle Incident in which he had to clean up fake blood off the floor.
  • Your Size May Vary: Character heights tend to fluctuate depending on what's needed for a scene, with characters being shorter or taller than they actually are. Best exemplified with Susie and the Hatzgang, where they're drawn smaller when in frame with Skid and Pump to better scene composition.



Dexter the Exterminator

Dexter introduces himself to Lila by letting slip he hunts cats alongside actual vermin. Concerningly, later episodes reveal he had a pet cat.

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