Trick or Treat

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : October 10, 1952

Running Time : 8:14


Huey, Dewey and Louie visit Donald's house for Hallowe'en. but Donald turns the tricks on them. Seeing them rebuffed, Witch Hazel decides to help out with their revenge on Donald.


Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie
Witch Hazel


Jack Hannah
Volus Jones
Bill Justice
George Kreisl
Don Lusk
Yale Gracey
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Yale Gracey
Ralph Wright
Paul J. Smith


United States
The Black Cauldron
Halloween Haunts
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Donald Superstar and Co.
Une Cervelle D'oiseau
Paperino Guai in Vista
Paperino e i Racconti Misteriosi


United States
Donald Scary Tales / Halloween Haunts
Disney Cartoon Festival 5
Scary Tales


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 8 : The Chronological Donald Volume 4
Mickey's House of Villians
The Black Cauldron
Die Tollkuhne Hexe in Ihrem Fliegenden Bett
Taran und der Zauberkessel
Verschworung der Superschurken Verschworung der Superschurken
Donalds Spassfabrik
Walt Disney's Rigolons avec Donald
Pomi D'ottone e Manici di Scopa
Taron e la Pentola Magica
Topolino E I Cattivi Disney
United Kingdom
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Walt Disney's Laugh Factory with Donald


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 34: Donald's Nephews
Walt Disney Presents: All About Magic

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English


From Lee Suggs : This short certainly paints Donald as an unsympathetic character. First he steals Huey, Dewey, and Louie's Halloween candy. They then enlist Witch Hazel to get back at him. Donald, of course, brilliantly resists the Witch! This results in a great deal of pain. (for him!) It's interesting that Mickey Mouse's character was very bland in the later classic shorts, and Donald's character was often straight out nasty. Today (in "MouseWorks") Mickey has been given much more of an edge, and Donald has been softened. Maybe there's something to the rumors that Walt Disney didn't like the Duck.
From Ryan : I remember first seeing this short on a video entitled "Disney's Halloween Treat." As a kid I always (and still do today) laughed at the song that the witch sang while trying to get the key that Donald had swallowed. Donald was definitely getting into the spirit of Halloween. After his nephews had asked him for "tricks or treats", he gave them firecrackers (as their treat) and dumped a pail of water on them (as their trick). The way I see it, both were tricks and very dirty ones as well. Donald was a definite creep in this cartoon. I guess he's only like that on Halloween.
From Megan Sall : I love this Halloween special. It captures all of the wonderful detailing that characterizes Disney's quality. There's no better cartoon than one from Disney.
From Lauren Johnson : This cartoon is my all time favorite cartoon.
From John Ross : I absolutely adore this great Disney cartoon. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and Trick or Treat captures the magic and fun of it perfectly.
From Trisha Farrell : I first saw this short movie when I was a little girl in the 1970's. It has become a Halloween classic to me and my family. We had it on a movie projector, but mostly listened to it on a vinyl record which had a spooky story of a haunted house on the flip side. I highly recommend this tale for kids of all ages, as it is not only a cute little story, but gives a lesson on being stingy and greedy.
From Bob : This is a great cartoon for Halloween. The song Trick or Treat is a catchy tune. As a kid I loved this cartoon, still do. I highly recommend it, along with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Lonesome Ghosts, which I use to see back-to-back-to-back on the video rental. All are great cartoons which I have fond memories of.
From Frank Bateman : I give it a 10. I have always loved Halloween and this is a great Donald Duck cartoon.

Carl Barks also did a Dell comic--Donald Duck number 28--on this cartoon. It has the distinction of being one of the most censored comicbook stories. He added a crazy looking one-eyed creature which the editors thought to be too scary for little kids. They removed all the panels featuring this monster.

Also, little Golden Books released a book called Donald Duck and the Witch. Witch Hazel was also featured, but the story was different. The nephews thought they saw a witch, but Donald said they were seeing things. The nephews find Witch Hazel, and she pulls some pranks on Donald to get him to believe in witches. At the end of the story, Donald, the nephews, and Witch Hazel all sit down to enjoy a fall harvest feast. The book has some very beautiful illustrations.

From Philip Farrow : I used to love seeing this cartoon as a child as part of the "Disney's Halloween Treat" holiday television special. I still have it on VHS but it's really old and the quality is pretty bad. I've never forgotten the lyrics to the song also, very catchy indeed.
From Baruch Weiss : This short is nicely well done, especially the music and the songs. I first saw this short on that "Walt Disney Cartoon Classics" video "Halloween Haunts."
From Dan : This cartoon is great, funny, and very entertaining! I like the part when Witch Hazel put a spell on Donald's feet and then made Donald dance his behind into a cactus and fireplace.
From Julie Arsenault : Another good Halloween cartoon from Disney starring Donald and reprising the talents of June Foray as another Witch Hazel (don't get confuse with Warner Bros' version) who helps Huey, Dewy & Louie get their candy from Donald who doesn't do the treat but the TRICK! So Hazel and the boys are going to teach him a lesson about tricking on Halloween; I love the title song too.
From Dino Cencia : One of my favorite Halloween cartoons! This cartoon is great to watch on Halloween. Huey, Dewey and Louie are trick or treating to Donald's house and he plays tricks on them. He gives them firecrackers instead of candy. He puts the firecrackers in their bags and when the nephews said "Thank you, Uncle Donald", their bags start exploding! That was their trick. Then Donald says "Now here's your treat" by pouring a bucket of water on the nephews. Halloween is one my favorite holidays. I give this a 950. Happy Halloween! (evil laughter).
From Hayley Brown : Huey, Dewey and Louie are at their cutest in this cartoon! It's adorable when they are marching up to Donald's front door in their little Halloween costumes quacking the 'Trick or Treat' tune!
From Tom Wardrope : My kids have grown up watching it and my grandkids will experience this Disney classic, thanks!
From Todd Sokolove : This is one of my all time favorite Disney shorts for a number of reasons...

It's directed by legendary Disney Animator Jack Hannah (not to be confused with the animal guy that you always see on talk shows).

It features a song throughout the film sung by Elvis back-up singers "The Mellomen," who you'll recognize from their many contributions to Disneyland/Disneyworld attraction songs (including the Haunted Mansion), not to mention the popular "Ballad of Davey Crockett."

Witch Hazel, the strangely hillbilly witch character, is voiced by June Foray (who provided the voice of Natasha Fatale and Rocket J. Squirrel on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. The character of Witch Hazel would pop up in Warner Bros. cartoons also voiced by Foray - no relation.

The background art on this short is really simple, but SO surreal. Kind of like the "Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" backgrounds. I think my childhood memories of Halloween were pretty much shaped by the tone of this short.

From Dave : I remember this very well, considering it's been so many years since I last saw it! I've been re-reading the companion comic book story and very much wish I could see the original again, since Witch Hazel is one of my very favorites and any characterization by June Foray is always worth watching!

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