Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak 

After Will sees something terrible on trick-or-treat night, Mike wonders whether Eleven's still out there. Nancy wrestles with the truth about Barb.


Matt Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers), Ross Duffer (as The Duffer Brothers)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Joyce Byers
David Harbour ... Jim Hopper
Finn Wolfhard ... Mike Wheeler
Millie Bobby Brown ... Eleven
Gaten Matarazzo ... Dustin Henderson
Caleb McLaughlin ... Lucas Sinclair
Noah Schnapp ... Will Byers
Sadie Sink ... Max Mayfield
Natalia Dyer ... Nancy Wheeler
Charlie Heaton ... Jonathan Byers
Joe Keery ... Steve Harrington
Dacre Montgomery ... Billy Hargrove
Cara Buono ... Karen Wheeler
Sean Astin ... Bob Newby
Paul Reiser ... Dr. Sam Owens


Eleven recalls how she escaped from the Upside Down and met Hopper. She asks him if she can dress like a ghost to go trick-or-treating but Hopper tells her that it would be too dangerous. He promises to bring back candy for her and watch a scary movie with Eleven. Hopper heads to investigate the mystery of the rotten pumpkins. Nancy wants to tell to Barb's parents that she is dead, but Steve warns that it would be a problem for her with the government. Dustin and Lucas invite Max to go treat-or-treating with them, Mike and Will who are dressed as the Ghostbusters. Nancy gets drunk at a Halloween party and tells Steve that she does not love him, and Jonathan drives her home. Will has another vision of a monster in the Upside Down. Eleven visits Mike via the Void but fails to contact with him. Dustin finds something strange in his trash bin. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

27 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was originally the first episode in the Stranger Things series to be given a TV-MA rating See more »


When Eleven and Jim are having a conversation at the table, one camera angle appears to show Eleven sitting back in her chair while Jim is talking, then suddenly another camera angle shows Eleven leaning with her elbows on the table. This interchanges a few notable times during their conversation. See more »


[last lines]
Dustin Henderson: Holy sh-
[credits roll]
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References Puckman (1980) See more »


Monster Mash
Written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi
Performed by Bobby Pickett
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Everyone is isolated
5 November 2017 | by TheDonaldofDoomSee all my reviews

This episode's title at first thought applies to Will, because after all it's him that the line of dialogue to spoken to. But in reality, it could be stretched to apply to most of the cast, who are isolated in some way or don't fit in. Apart from the obvious one being Will, Eleven also feels isolated, as she has to stay cut off from society in Hopper's place. She can't even speak to Mike, although she tries to. Nancy is struggling to fit back into normal life after the previous season's events leading to Barb's tragic ending. Meanwhile, John is literally a freak in many people's eyes. Then there's Max. We don't really know who she is yet, but she definitely doesn't fit in, nor does she seem to want to.

There weren't many major events in this episode and the alien threat of this season wasn't developed much further, but it gave further insight into the characters that made it gripping, and sad, to watch.

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