Night 8: Trick or Treat (1952)
Starring: Donald Duck and Hazel the Witch
Co-starring: Huey, Dewey and Louie
Setting: Donald’s Neighbourhood
Plot: After witnessing Donald bullying his nephews while Trick or Treating, Hazel the Witch conjures up a revenge-seeking-spell on the boys’ behalf.
Tricks and/or Treats:
The short begins with the clock at midnight and that’s well beyond the point of appropriate Trick or Treating. Then, later in Donald’s house, his clock shows 2 am. How late do these ducks stay up?
The town looks very New England-ish… maybe it’s a reference to Salem, Massachusetts, of which was infamous for their Witch Trials.
Huey is a ghost, Dewey a (male?) witch and Louie a devil.
Donald gives tricks FOR treats in the form of self-combusting fireworks in the boy’s candy sacks as well as a bucket of water over their heads.
Donald was more than ready to acquiesce to Hazel’s demand for treats until she called him a “pushover.”
Hazel the witch’s animated broom is aptly named Beelzebub.
In lieu of candy, the nephews end up making off with the contents of Donald’s pantry for their “treat.”
It’s hard to believe but this is Disney’s only Halloween themed classic short. We’ve had plenty of spooky and/or creepy cartoons but nothing actually celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. If they were going to do one though, Disney did it right by making it a “Donald and his nephews” short since their whole relationship is based on “tricks.” Hazel stole the show though as Huey, Dewey and Louie mostly idled, slack-jawed at the witch’s spells.