It's every boy and girl for themselves this year when the kids head out for tricks or treats. This year, a revolution in mobility is changing Halloween for everyone. Chaos erupts as every kid is out to get more candy than they have ever gotten before. Mr. Mackey and the rest of the adults ate hording emergency supplies and hoping to survive until morning.
A narrator opens the episode by explaining that this Halloween night was different from the ones that came before, and changed everyone's lives forever.
While putting his garbage out on the sidewalk, South Park Elementary School counselor Mr. Mackey trips over an e-scooter, one of many ride share scooters left anonymously all over town. Despite their popularity, Mackey is skeptical of the trend and hopes it is only a fad, especially after the vehicular collisions he experiences at the hands of scooter users. That night, he collects all the abandoned e-scooters he can find in a pickup truck and throws them off a cliff. He nonetheless finds the town filled with them the next day, even inexplicably in his home.
Cartman, Stan, and Kyle decide to use the e-scooters to go trick-or-treating, but because using an e-scooter requires a cell phone, this excludes their impoverished friend, Kenny, who does not own a cell phone. Kenny learns that all of his other schoolmates are using e-scooters on Halloween too, leaving him alone on the holiday.
At the South Park Community Center the day before Halloween, the police inform the citizens that the use of e-scooters, which allows riders to cover more ground in a single night, means that citizens will be visited by trick-or-treaters from surrounding towns, and will need at least $6,000 of candy to prepare for this.
This leads to a shortage of candy and panic by some of the townsfolk, including Mackey. However, when a despondent Kenny tries to seek his counsel, and Mackey learns that cell phones are needed to use e-scooters, they join forces to resolve both of their problems by driving to a cell phone tower. On Halloween night, citizens and the police are swamped with trick-or-treaters using e-scooters, a problem that occurs nationwide as even dense urban areas like New York City are reported to be out of candy. Mackey and Kenny disable the cell tower, and along with it, all of the trick-or-treaters' cell phones and e-scooters which are then abandoned as the trick-or-treaters return to going door to door on foot. As the narrator, revealed to be Kenny, relates that this was the last, good Halloween that felt like Halloween, one of the abandoned e-scooters stands up by itself and drives off without a rider.
- Although they don't have lines, Tweek and Bebe can be seen sitting at the main lunch tables when every kid finds out about their e-scooters plans. We also spot Jimbo's old buddy Ned!
- We meet a few new characters, most of them users of the new e-scooters around town, but we also meet the Cell Phone Tower's Guard, who dresses as Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th for Halloween.
- The kids are decked out in a ton of new Halloween costumes this year, many of them from Fortnite.
- "The Wee Cooper O' Fife" Scottish Folk Song
- Although the building is different, Mr. Mackey revisits Lolly's Candy Factory from way back in season 6's "A Ladder to Heaven", and Lolly's aged quite a bit since then.
- The Halloween Outlet store from "The Problem With a Poo", and Dr. Spooky's Pumpkin Patch from "Sons a Witches" can both be briefly seen.
- Many of the background characters' costume assets have appeared previously:
Behind the Scenes
Where Did The Idea Come From
Pop Culture References
- When trick or treating, Stephen Stotch claims that his costume is Megyn Kelly, a news personality who had worked for Fox News before moving to host an NBC talk show that was cancelled shortly before this episode aired.
- This episode aired on October 31st, 2018... and it will be very first South Park Halloween-themed episode to actually air on Halloween!
Errors and Goofs
- As many fans have pointed out, there are previous episodes where Kenny can be seen with a smartphone, and he can be seen with one in all three video games; the boys have even mentioned texting him on occasion. Whatever the case then, he no longer has a phone by this episode's events.