Halloween Mascot: Trick r Treat
Christmas has Santa Claus, Easter has a bunny that lays eggs, but Halloween has nothing. No mascot, no recognisable figurehead. That is unless you count Sam…
Director Michael Dougherty had a dream; it was a simple dream, but a dream no less important than that of any other visionary. He wanted to give Halloween a mascot so he invented Sam.
Sam is small and childlike, dressed in orange pyjamas and a pumpkin mask made out of a burlap sack with buttons for eyes. He looks just like an adorable trick-or-treater, but underneath he is a demonic pumpkin like creature.
Sam’s job is to enforce the laws of Halloween (a short list of some of these laws is included at the end). Any law breakers will be punished.
The first appearance Sam made was in Season’s Greetings a four minute long animation made by Dougherty.
Sam next appeared in the 2009 movie Trick r Treat. The movie is about four Halloween stories that all happen on the same night. One story features Anna Paquin from True Blood.
The film was originally intended to be released in 2007 but was pushed back and released direct to DVD last October.
Upon its release Michael Dougherty said he was planning a sequel, which would get made if sales for the first one were good. Nothing new has been said about that but hopefully his dream will come true and people will recognise Sam as the official mascot for Halloween.
The movie is well worth watching, it’s pure originality. So go out and get it, you’ll only be sorry if you break the rules.
The Laws of Halloween:
- Never be out after midnight
- Always wear a costume
- Never blow out a jack-o-lantern before midnight
- Always check your candy
- Don’t pretend not to be home