Following Halloween tradition and the unfortunate fate of those that decide to go against it, Trick ‘r Treat is a film featuring four intertwining tales of horror unfolding in a neighbourhood: linked by one strange, burlap-sack wearing little creature with a penchant for gory murder. Aww, what a sweetheart.
Before we get stuck into such menial stuff as school bus massacres and sex parties however, we’re introduced to the black comedy in dramatic fashion, starting with two Halloween revellers returning to their heavily decorated home.
Frustrated and wanting to finish up cleaning to make the job easier for the morning, Emma decides to start taking down the spooky ghost sheet props there and then - but punishment always comes for those that break Halloween rules. As it turns out, taking decorations down before midnight is one them.
This is useful information to know, considering she gets her throat slashed by a broken lollipop after an attack by an unseen force, then hung up on her own ghostly prop frame. It seems a bit of a lose-lose situation when it’s the choice between a raging house fire caused by unattended jack-o-lantern or bloody crucifixion via candy death, but hey.