Luke Sabis
 
Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

by

Luke Sabis


            FADE IN:

            EXT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT
																							
            The Bateman house is excessively covered with Halloween
            decorations.

            INT. DINNING ROOM - NIGHT

            NORM BATEMAN, a portly man in his late 30s, sits at the
            table.  Before him is a plate of rice wafers.  Norm tediously
            chews a wafer as his wife, DOREEN, 30s, dressed in a nurses
            uniform, brings him a plate of celery sticks.

                                DOREEN
                      I added an extra one for Halloween Norm.

            With his mouth stuffed with rice wafers, Norm gives Doreen a
            thank you grin.  She smiles back and leaves the room.

            Norm's grin changes to a sneer as he spits a half chewed
            wafer onto the plate.  He slowly wipes his mouth with his
            shirt sleeve.  Norm looks over to the bookcase.

            He goes to the bookcase, checks over his shoulder, and
            removes several thick hardcover books.

            INSERT BOOK 

            Halloween Tales of Terror

            BACK TO SCENE

            Norm reaches behind the books and pulls out a wrapped up
            shopping bag.  He opens the bag and empties the contents.  An
            empty Snickers wrapper drops to the table.

            INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

            Doreen carefully counts out pieces of candy and places them
            in a large basket.  She takes what is left in the bags of
            candy and places them in a strong box.  She locks the box.  

            INT. DINNING ROOM - NIGHT

            Doreen brings in the basket of candy.  She watches Norm
            carving out a pumpkin.

                                DOREEN
                      You do make the day special.

                                NORM
                      It's for the children dear.

                                DOREEN
                          (hesitating)
                      Here's the candy Norm.  I counted --

                                NORM
                      -- out the exact amount I'll need.

                                DOREEN
                      You know Maggie next door keeps --

                                NORM
                      -- track of all the Trick or Treaters
                      each year.

                                DOREEN
                      I'm sorry Norm but we have to keep you on
                      your diet.

            She sadly looks at Norm's belly.

                                DOREEN
                      It's got to kick in at some point.

            Norm nods in agreement.  Doreen kisses him on the forehead
            and heads out the door.

            He eyes the basket of candy, takes a deep breath and cracks
            his knuckles.

            EXT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            FOUR KIDS, about twelve years old, look over the decorations.

                                KID 1
                      Check this house out.  Creepy.

                                KID 2
                      This is a good one.

            Kid 1 opens a carton of eggs and removes one.

                                KID 1
                      It better be good.

            As they approach the house, the lights go out.  Only the
            carved pumpkin remains lit outside the house.

                                KID 3
                      This is scary.

                                KID 1
                      Wimp!

            The first two kids brazenly approach the door, the other two
            meekly follow.

            INT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            Norm looks through the window.  He counts out four pieces of
            candy and puts them to the side.

            The door bell rings.

            Norm runs a tube of fake blood down his face.  He inserts a
            prop knife into the side of his head.

            EXT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

                                KID 2
                      Ring it again.

            As Kid 1 reaches for the bell, the door opens.  

            With arms extended, eyes bulging, mouth open, Norm lets out a
            gut wrenching SCREAM.  

            The kids SHRIEK.  Norm menacingly reaches towards Kid 1 who
            drops his carton of eggs.  Another drops his bag of treats. 
            They all run to the street.

            Norm picks up the fallen bag and the carton of eggs.  He 
            goes back inside.

            INT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            Norm places the four pieces of candy into his bag.  He pours
            the contents of the purloined Trick or Treaters bag into his
            own.

                                NORM
                      Jackpot.

            EXT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            A group of SIX KIDS accompanied by TWO PARENTS approach the
            house.  A young boy eagerly rings the bell.

            A plastic dummy with a noose around its neck falls from
            above and hangs before them.

            The kids SCREAM out.

            Norm opens the door, this time wearing a mask of a mad clown
            and waving an ax.

                                NORM
                      Ha Ha Ha!!!

            The Kids continue to SCREAM and the terrified Parents join
            them.  

            The entire group runs off the property.

                                PARENT 1
                      That wasn't funny!

                                PARENT 2
                      Some people are just plain sick.

            INT. DINNING ROOM - NIGHT

            Norm sits at the table covered with empty candy wrappers.  To
            the side is a plate of 9 sunny side up eggs.  He slides the
            plate towards himself taking in the aroma.  

            EXT. SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            CINDY, 6 years old, dressed in a costume of an angel, is
            accompanied by her MOM in her 30s.

                                CINDY'S MOM
                      Here you go.

            Cindy's Mom stands on the sidewalk as Cindy takes a few steps
            towards the house.  She turns back to her Mom.

                                CINDY
                          (smiling)
                      I'm shy.

                                CINDY'S MOM
                      Oh go on...

            Cindy walks to the door.

            INT. DINNING ROOM - NIGHT

            Norm is enjoying the eggs as the doorbell rings.  

            Still eating, he carries his plate of eggs to the door and
            looks through the window.

                                NORM
                      Thank you God.

            Norm places the eggs next to the basket of candy.  He then
            gently takes one piece of candy out of the basket and places
            it to the side.

            Norm reaches for his prop knife and fake blood.

            EXT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            With tremendous cuteness, Cindy awaits in anticipation.

            Norm opens the door with knife in head and blood dripping
            down his face.  He starts to extend his arms.

                                CINDY
                          (gleefully)
                      Trick or Treat!

            Norm lets out his gut wrenching SCREAM.  Cindy stares at him.

            He tilts his head toward her showing the blood and knife more
            clearly.  He HOWLS again...

            She extends her plastic pumpkin toward him.

            Norm puts his arms down and looks at Cindy.  She smiles.

            Norm rushes back inside and shuts the door in a panic.  

            A confused Cindy turns back toward her Mom.

            While Cindy is looking at her Mom, the plastic dummy drops
            from above, breaking the rope and falling straight to the
            ground.

            Cindy turns back toward the door and smiles.

            Norm, wearing his clown mask and waving his ax, opens the
            door. 

                                NORM
                      Ha Ha Ha!!!

            Cindy pulls out a can of mace and sprays Norm in the eyes.

                                NORM
                      Ah!!!

            A blinded Norm stumbles his way back inside and shuts the
            door.

            Cindy looks to her Mom who nods in encouragement.

            INT. THE BATEMAN HOME - NIGHT

            Norm rubs his eyes in pain.

            Cindy opens the door knocking Norm in the head.  He falls to
            the floor spilling over the basket of candy and plate of
            eggs.

            She peaks in...

                                CINDY
                      Trick or Treat?

            Norm looks at the single piece of candy still resting on the
            table.  Cindy does the same.  

            In a battle of wills, Norm and Cindy meet eye to eye.

            Norm reaches for the door and tries to shut it.  Cindy blocks
            the door with her plastic pumpkin. 

                                CINDY
                          (demanding)
                      Trick or Treat!

            Norm looks up in defeat.  He picks up the piece of candy on
            the table, reaches over her pumpkin and drops it in.

                                CINDY
                          (gleefully)
                      Thank you.

            She turns and leaves.

            Doreen steps through the doorway and glares at Norm lying
            face down in the debris. He looks up in shame...

                                NORM
                      Trick or treat?

                                                               FADE OUT.

                                       THE END

 

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