Trick or Treat (Donald Duck)
"Trick or Treat" is a 1952 Donald Duck cartoon featuring Donald's 3 nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie.
One Halloween night, Witch Hazel observes Huey, Dewey, and Louie trick-or-treating. When the trio go to their uncle Donald Duck's house, Donald decides to prank the boys (giving them a "trick" instead of a treat). After Donald bids farewell to the boys, the discouraged nephews go and sit on the curb. But Hazel, who was watching the drama unfold, approaches the boys and tries to encourage them. When she discovers that they believe in witches, she offers to help them get their treats from Donald after all.
With the help of the kids, Hazel brews a potion the can turn inanimate objects to life, and uses it on various objects around Donald's house. Before long, pumpkins are flying, gates turn to harps and ghosts sing a catchy song. Donald is terrified and promises to hand out treats to the kids. But suddenly Hazel calls him a pushover, which immediately makes Donald change his mind and lock all the treats in a pantry, before swallowing the key. Hazel is not impressed and tells Donald that she was itching to use her magic on him. Hazel's broom then runs excited towards Donald and scoops him up, presenting his soles to Hazel. Reciting an enchantment and spraying her potion all over Donald's feet, Hazel puts a magic spell on Donald's feet so that they only obey to her. Donald's feet turn blue and began to kick Donald to make him spit out the key while Hazel sings a fast-paced song. Donald spits the key out but he then grabs it and pushes it under the pantry door so no one can grab it now. This angers Hazel, who bewitches Donald's feet again and commands them to smash the door down with Donald, but they are unable to, so she commands them to take a longer start. This works and Hazel waves goodbye as the kids collect their candy.
Why It Rocks
- The trick or treat song heard in the title card is extremely catchy and has an upbeat and jazzy tone, along with the country-style dance one Hazel sings when casting a spell on Donald's feet.
- The prank Donald does on his nephews when they go to his door for candy is very hilarious and well done, and even managed to do it on Witch Hazel. But Witch Hazel's prank is even more hilarious and amazingly structured, with the nephews helping her conduct a magical pranking potion and then Hazel creates an insecticide spray and sprays it everywhere when returning to Donald's front lawn and then casts spells on him.
- Speaking of which, the things in Donald's front lawn becoming alive ghosts when they get sprayed by Hazel's potion is really impressive, especially for 1950's standards.
- The costumes Huey, Dewey and Louie have on when trick-or-treating look pretty cool, with Huey dressed as a devil, Dewey as a sailor and Louie as a ghost.
- Good Moral: One must be generous on Halloween or face trouble.
- Good Ending: The witch's pranks end it with Donald being knocked to the ground, teaching him a true lesson, and so the nephews earn their stashes of candy and it ends with the witch saying goodbye and a cursed pumpkin saying "boo!"
- It holds a rating of 7.3/10 on IMDB.
- A comic book adaptation of the short, written and drawn by Carl Barks, was published in Donald Duck #26. One of the notable additions to the story (and one cut from early printings) was Smorgie, a multi-armed ogre that Hazel summons to try and get candy from Donald.