Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Trick or Treat (Pilot) 

Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

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Gideon Hackles
I.M. Hobson ...
Mr. Bindle
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Mr. Bundle
Joe Ponazecki ...
Atticus Kimble
Knowl Johnson ...
Billy Kimble
Brenda Currin ...
Sarah Kimble
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Victor Muldoon
Patrick Wilcox ...
Timothy Muldoon
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Bessie
Nancy Ellen Sutherland ...
Bessie's Mom
Jessica Rene Carroll ...
Rickert Daughter (as Jessica Carroll)
Joshua Miller ...
Rickert Son
Frances Chaney ...
Witch
Bill McNulty ...
Pirate
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Town miser Gideon Hackles spends Halloween hiding IOU's in his house, which he then rigs as haunted and invites local kids to search for the IOU's so he can scare them. This year, he gets his comeuppance.

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29 October 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Trick or Treat
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pilot is not the greatest episode in the Tales from the Darkside series, but it did establish the tone of the series. It is a tale of an old man (Gideon Hackles) who owns a local store in a town where people have little to no money, so they have to purchase items from his store on a credit type system. Almost everyone in the town ends up owing him money. On every Halloween, Gideon hides the IOU's around the house and invites the children of the adults who owe him the money to search his house for them and erase their debts. There is a twist at the end of the episode, which became a common format for the rest of the series. Anyone who has ever seen a horror film can predict the ending of the episode, which eliminates any shock or surprise value to the viewer. At times the episode was more comical than scary, but it still is entertaining to watch.


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