Trick 'R Treat is a film containing four different horror stories, much like "Creepshow" and "Tales From The Darkside: The Movie," only these four stories eventually connect, forming the perfect little of web of horror.
When I originally saw the trailer for this film a couple of years ago, I thought that it appeared very "R.L. Stines: Goosebumps’ish" but it is actually way better than that. I tried to not form any expectations before seeing the film, as I had read several reviews that praised this film very highly, some rated as high as 5/5 stars. So before watching the film I cleared my mind of any expectations and just went along for the ride.
The film did a great job of capturing the spirit of Halloween, much like John Carpenters Halloween did. The film also contains so many key elements that are easily missed if you are not paying close enough attention. Their is some significant meaning in many of the lines, such as: "Mom always said she was the runt of the litter," and "They all taste the same." and last but not least, "We'll huff and we'll puff...." Anna Paquins Halloween costume even had a deep significant meant, just like her sister and friends costumes. The film is filled with many twists that appear to be one thing, but are actually quite the opposite.
Sam the pumpkin faced, grass sack wearing, character was present in every story, and from what I understood he just signified the main evil entity lurking about on All Hallows Eve.
The stories in the film range from "Things not appearing as they seem", "A principal with a serial killer hobby", "The dead children of an abandoned rock quarry", and "Why you should always keep your pumpkin lit on Halloween." They are all stories that could very well be told by children around a Halloween-night campfire, which is when most children are scared by a story alone.
Those that like their horror movies more brutal may not be so impressed with this film, but I was impressed by it enough to give it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.