Meet Samhain (Sam for short)
If you have had the pleasure of viewing Trick ‘r Treat this Halloween season, then you no doubt have had the pleasure of meeting Sam: the rambunctious trick-or-treating rascal roaming the streets of Warren Valley, Ohio.
He grabs candy when he can in-between his duties of being (not a mere trick-or-treating demon) the spirit of Halloween, rightly named after the Celtic holiday of Samhain.
Samhain literally means “summer’s end.” According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Samhain is one of the most important and sinister calendar festivals of the Celtic year. At Samhain, the world of the gods was believed to be made visible to mankind, and the gods played many tricks on their mortal worshippers.
Samhain was a time fraught with danger, charged with fear, and full of supernatural episodes. Sacrifices of every kind were thought to be vital, for without them the Celts believed they could not prevail over the perils of the season or counteract the activities of the Samhain (Encyclopedia Britannica). Samhain was an important precursor to Halloween.
It is not fully explained in Trick ‘r Treat if the Sam walking around in his orange footsie pajamas and burlap sack mask is the embodiment of the Celtic holiday, but it is inferred throughout the film’s progress.
The character of Sam is mentioned as a trick-or-treating demon on the DVD back cover for Trick ‘r Treat. However, the rules mentioned by Steven on his front porch are seemingly monitored by the pint-sized Sam, who delves out punishment to those who do not keep to the rules of Halloween.
All I have to say is Sam is a badass, pint-sized and feral, he reaps Halloween justice to those who don’t keep to the rules set forth in old traditions and folklore. He is one of the creepier pint-sized characters in recent horror films, and Sam faces off with men and women twice his size.
Sam is the newest mascot of Halloween, and why shouldn’t the holiday have such a promising mascot. We don’t need some fat man with a cookie and milk addiction for the best time of the year: Halloween. Sam is the man or the pint-sized trick-or-treating demon; he is the spirit of Halloween.