Tales from the Darkside: Season 1, Episode 0

Trick or Treat (Pilot) (29 Oct. 1983)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gideon Hackles
I.M. Hobson ...
Mr. Bindle
Mr. Bundle
Joe Ponazecki ...
Atticus Kimble
Knowl Johnson ...
Billy Kimble
Brenda Currin ...
Sarah Kimble
Victor Muldoon
Patrick Wilcox ...
Timothy Muldoon
Nancy Ellen Sutherland ...
Bessie's Mom
Jessica Rene Carroll ...
Rickert Daughter (as Jessica Carroll)
Joshua Miller ...
Rickert Son
Frances Chaney ...
Bill McNulty ...


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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The very first episode of the series, and it's spooky, creepy, and it has a nice witch twist ending!
13 August 2008 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

"Trick or Treat" the very first "TFTD" episode really kicked off the series with a nice feel of fright as this episode is at least to me plenty spooky and creepy. And as would be the theme for so much of the series episodes it takes a nice twist as it shows bad people will get their comeuppance. It stars Barnard Hughes as Gideon Hackles an old and grumpy and cold miser who runs an antique type store shop for a living, and this old man is greedy and only concerned about making another dollar. Many of the customers he sells to are poor people and many of them owe debts, therefore he treats them only worse, this story is set around the Halloween season and his plan is for any of them to become debt free their kids must face the pressures and traps of Halloween night when they trick or treat at his store. And the lucky kid who can find the hidden debt stack of bill slips will be the lucky one that will set their family debt free. Only one by one this old man is a master of putting off spooks thru his store in the form of hidden gadgets and button trickery as one by one each little kid is frightened off. Only this episode will take an odd twist as this old miser will get what he deserves and some respect and free debt will be returned to the poor customers. The scene of the witch was right spooky to me even though some may find it light. Nice way to end it as comeuppance was served. Overall great way to start a horror television series as this episode had all the themes and spooky twist that helped pave the way for the series success.

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