Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Halloween Candy 

Nasty old Mr Killup uses Halloween to taunt kids. This year, he's in for a surprise, from which even his long-suffering son Michael cannot save him.


Tom Savini


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Episode cast overview:
Roy Poole ... Mr. Killup
Tim Choate ... Michael Killup
David Varnay David Varnay ... Medical Examiner (as David K. Varnay)
John Edward Allen John Edward Allen ... Goblin
Gary Pratt Gary Pratt ... Children
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


Nasty old Mr Killup uses Halloween to taunt kids. This year, he's in for a surprise, from which even his long-suffering son Michael cannot save him.

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Release Date:

27 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Tom Savini still has the goblin creature used in this episode at his home. See more »


Though the front door's deadbolt is clearly locked right after the "trick or treater" shows up, the door is opened without unlocking it a few seconds later. See more »


Referenced in Trick 'r Treat (2007) See more »


Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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The old man gets the trick! Good themes and elements from 1982's "Creepshow"
15 June 2007 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This TFTD episode is well written and the acting is just fine and most should find it scary. On Halloween night a miserable old man is left alone by his son, yet the old man isn't in the Halloween spirit so when kids come for candy he's mean and dumps slim and nasty stuff in their candy! Yet upon answering the door an unexpected guest arrives that being a demon and hairy monster similar to the one in 1982's "Creepshow" just think back to "The Crate" segment. Anyway the man is terrorized and he becomes trapped in having crazy dreams and he even feels the bug itch like E.G. Marshall's character from the "Creepshow" segment "They Are Creeping Up On You". Really overall well done episode one of the better from this series, and the themes and elements are similar to 1982's "Creepshow" like the monster and roaches, I guess when you have George A. Romero writing and directing he will blend his past stuff in.

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