Season’s Greetings: A Halloween Short to Put You in the Mood

A few years ago, my friend Marty tipped me off to a horror film that was under the radar, but getting great reviews. I added it to the top of my Netflix queue, and it arrived in early October. The movie was Trick ‘r Treat (2008) and I enjoyed the hell out of it. It hit all of the important high notes for the Halloween season. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I started digging around the extras on the disc and unearthed Michael Dougherty’s short film that inspired Trick ‘r Treat. It’s aptly titled Season’s Greetings. True to the film, the short put a huge grin on my face because it perfectly hearkens back to childhood days spent trick-or-treating, complete with all of the holiday’s archetypes. Even though Halloween is still several weeks away, it’s time to start gearing up for it. To help you set the appropriate mood, here is Dougherty’s short film, Season’s Greetings.


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13 responses to “Season’s Greetings: A Halloween Short to Put You in the Mood

  1. Thanks for this John, enjoyed that. Love the art style.

    • Yes! I’m glad someone pointed that out. Even though it’s 15 years old or so, it’s almost refreshing because it’s so different from the various animated film styles around today.

  2. aleksa

    Don’t mess with little Sammy.

  3. goregirl

    That is just delightful!…and I loved Trick r Treat!

  4. That was really enjoyable, thanks for sharing. 🙂 Have to admit, I was getting a bit freaked out by it…

  5. Loved that!

    Also, I REALLY hope you get to use the tag ‘creepy bag face kids’ again someday

    • As it turns out, it didn’t take long- just a few days. I feel obligated to use that phrase any time I talk about either Trick ‘r Treat or The Orphanage. Both qualify. 2007 was an amazing year for creepy bag-faced kids.

  6. Very cool!!

    Although I am a bit bar humbug about Halloween, it is just not the same this side of the pond

    • Aye, but you all have your own awesome horror traditions. There’s nothing like Hammer, Amicus, the classic British haunted house stories… I’m jealous of that stuff. Here, nobody cares about colonial ghosts.

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