When it comes to Halloween horror films, there are two that reign supreme over all other: the first is, of course, John Carpenter's original Halloween; the other is Michael Dougherty's anthology Trick ‘r Treat, which I personally consider to be as essential a part of the Halloween viewing season as Carpenter’s masterpiece... and I’ve yet to find another fan who doesn’t agree with me on that. A true embodiment of the best holiday of the year, Trick ‘r Treat is a movie that I simply cannot resist watching several times every October – one that succeeds each and every time in filling me with ample amounts of holiday spirit, and reminding me why I fell in love with Halloween in the first place.
As we sit back and wait for FEARnet's upcoming Trick ‘r Treat 24-hour Halloween marathon, let’s take a look at ten pieces of merchandise that no fan of the film should be without... and when you're done, be sure to drop by our FEARtober page for lots of Sam surprises and other free Halloween goodies!
Released before Trick ‘r Treat even landed on home video, the hardcover book Trick ‘r Treat: Tales of Mayhem, Mystery and Mischief serves as a fun-filled companion piece to the film. Its 110 pages include behind-the-scenes information, original concept art and all sorts of other little goodies like stickers, pumpkin stencils and even a cutout mask of the movie's beloved mascot "Sam." If you’re a hardcore fan of the film, this book is as necessary a part of your collection as the movie itself!
One of the most endearing characters to come along in recent years, Sam has become an icon – not just of horror movies, but of Halloween as a whole. The protector of the holiday, Sam makes sure that everyone is following all the rules and carrying out the traditions... and punishing anyone that doesn’t care to. NECA gave Sam the action figure treatment in 2009 as a 5” figure that quickly sold out and was soon thereafter re-released by the company. That release also didn’t last long, and both versions typically sell for around $50 on eBay.
Around the same time, Sideshow Collectibles offered up this 15” doll, which was limited to only 5,000 pieces and originally sold for $60. Featuring a removable mask and real clothing, the vinyl figure is without question the Holy Grail of Trick ‘r Treat collectibles and the number one must-own piece of merchandise on this list. These things have become quite rare over the years, their value increasing with each passing year – at the time of this writing, they sell for around $400 inside the original box, and a bit less outside of it.
If you want to cuddle up with the loveable mascot of Halloween horrors, the folks at Horror Decor have got you covered. Handmade and hand-stitched, this pillow measures 10” in diameter, and features real button eyes. The fabric used is even real burlap – just like Sam’s mask! You can get one for yourself for $16.50 over at Horror Decor’s website.
Morbid Enterprises is one of those companies that makes the cool tricks and treats you find in your local Halloween shops around this time of the year. Last year, they released a couple officially licensed Trick ‘r Treat decorations – the coolest of which was this animated tabletop Sam. Battery operated, Sam measures 8” tall and can walk on his own, with music and audio from the film playing as he wanders about. You can buy this fun animated version of Sam for around $25 from various online retailers.
Toy company Funko has become known for giving vicious horror villains the cute treatment, with their line of vinyl figurines under the POP! banner. As cute as he already is, Sam gets even cuter when Funko adds him to the line later this year, with this 3 ¾” tall figure that can be pre-ordered today.
Further proof of his popular appeal, Sam has found his way inside of crane game machines this year, just in time for his favorite holiday. This plush doll was made by a company called The Toy Factory, and he joins the likes of Freddy and Jason in a line of special Halloween prize offerings. Sam has already been spotted in various crane game machines around the country, but if you’re unable to find and/or win one for yourself, you can buy one for around $20 on eBay – no skill required!
A former student of the prestigious Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Brian Dunn is a master sculptor who can often be found selling screen-accurate busts and masks on the horror convention scene. Thankfully for us, he’s a big time fan of Trick ‘r Treat, and he immortalized Sam in resin for this incredible mini-bust. Cast by hand and hand-painted, the bust measures approximately 10.5” tall and is limited to 75 pieces. You can grab one from Dunn’s online shop for $135, or snatch up an unpainted blank for $80.
The award for the most unique piece of Trick ‘r Treat merchandise goes to DWN Productions, a mask-making company that was started by a graduate of Tom Savini’s makeup effects program. On their site they offer up this awesome latex half mask, a replica of one worn by one of the kids on the ill-fated school bus. The mask is available in two different versions – clean and water damaged – and you can order them at DWN’s website for $60 each.
Want to to show off your love for Trick ‘r Treat when you decorate the outside of your house this Halloween? Then look no further than this handmade piece of lawn art, made to look like Sam is poking out from behind trees, houses or anywhere else you want to put him. The 26”x10” decoration comes equipped with brackets for easy displaying, and you can order one on eBay for $29.99. Having this on your lawn should guarantee that Sam leaves you alone this Halloween night… but don’t hold me to that promise!
Can you think of any other pieces of Trick ‘r Treat merchandise that no fan should be without? Comment below and let us know!