Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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Tricks and Treats 

Halloween doesn't go as expected for Sam, Lindsay or their parents.


Bryan Gordon


Paul Feig (created by), Paul Feig

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Lindsay Weir
John Francis Daley ... Sam Weir
James Franco ... Daniel Desario
Samm Levine ... Neal Schweiber
Seth Rogen ... Ken Miller
Jason Segel ... Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr ... Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker ... Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty ... Harold Weir
Busy Philipps ... Kim Kelly
Dave Allen ... Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Chauncey Leopardi ... Alan White
Sarah Hagan ... Millie Kentner
Stephen Lea Sheppard ... Harris Trinsky
Harriett S. Miller Harriett S. Miller ... Mrs. Whitman (as Hariet S. Miller)


Halloween is coming: Lindsay wants to hang out with her new friends, her mom wants her to help pass out treats to kids. Sam at first thinks he's too old to go trick or treating, then convinces Neal and Bill to dress up and go with him. Halloween itself is a nightmare: Lindsay's going out dampens Jean's spirit, kids and their parents reject her homemade cookies, the geeks draw stares for being too old and then are humiliated by bullies and worse, and Lindsay gets in the spirit of destructive tricks only to find herself guilty of going way too far. Is there any redemption? Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama




USA | Canada



Release Date:

30 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mrs. Weir hands Mr. Weir a vampire cape, telling him to "put this on". There's a little pause put in for SCTV Network (1981) fans to remember that Joe Flaherty - who plays Mr. Weir - was an original member of the "SCTV" troupe, and one of its most popular characters was Flaherty's "Count Floyd" from "Monster Chiller Horror Theater". See more »


Lindsay Weir tells her friends, "We could go to the movies. There's a new Friday the 13th playing." By saying new she is implying it is a new film (a sequel). Friday the 13th came out in May 1980, the scene takes place in October 1980. A "new" Friday the 13th (Friday the 13th Part 2) was not released until May 1981. See more »


Alan White: [on Halloween, Bill is in costume] Shut up, you little girl.
Bill Haverchuck: I'm not a little girl, I'm a bionic woman.
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References Westworld (1973) See more »


Written by Myles Goodwyn
Performed by April Wine
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Devil's night fiasco
18 October 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

It all starts off well enough with a silly gross-out cold open, but 'Tricks and Treats' is bittersweet to its core. This Halloween is no fun for the Weir family, with Lindsay going all-in with her rebellious side, souring Sam's evening in the process. Even Mom's fun goes down the drain.

It's got its fair share of humor (Bill, primarily, in the worst Bionic Woman costume) and that mix helps balance things out. It's heartbreaking to see Sam lash out at his sister ("Nobody thinks you're cool, you know!" . . . "Trust me, I know") but then, the payoff is a tonic all its own.

The mix is what counts; it's a funny, painful and satisfying witch's brew.


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