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Trick or Treat (Point Horror)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,274 ratings  ·  91 reviews
A young girl is tormented by her new house’s terrible past

Martha wants to be happy for her father. She likes his new wife—even if she’s a terrible cook—but she doesn’t understand why they had to leave Chicago and move to this horrible house in the country. It’s big, broken-down, and miles from anywhere, alone in the woods with nothing on the property but an overgrown cemet
ebook, 212 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Open Road Media YA (first published October 1989)
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I read this when I was a teenager and just reread it. I didn't remember anything about the story, but I did remember the cover well... used to love that picture of the old house! So spooky-looking! FYI, I pretty much give 5 stars to all my old favorties from back in the day, b/c I remember how much I loved them at the time. Rereading this one today, at 33 years old, it wasn't nearly as exciting or "scary" as it was when I was a teenager, but it was still a fun and good read. Happy Halloween! :D
Here's the honest truth. My teenage self would have ravenously read this book, only to pick it up again a few weeks later and read it again. Why? Trick or Treat utilizes all of the classic (and slightly cliche) horror aspects that keep you turning pages at a manic pace. Creepy house? Check. Hot guy who takes the girl's attention? Yup! Add in a haunting back story to the house, a well situated honeymoon, and you've got yourself quite the set up for a good horror story. I ate up books like this ba ...more
Janie Johnson
This was a great choice for a Halloween read! It had mystery, creepiness, and horror all wrapped up into a great treat! (pun intended). I love this authors style of writing. She gets me every time I pick up one of her books. She gets you to believe one way and then something totally different comes about. I get sucked in so fast that it is hard to turn away from the book, and it is hard to enter this realm of creepiness at the same time.

She brings her readers slowly and steadily to the climax o
Clover Donovan
I wish they still made audiobooks like this! it felt like was listening to a movie. I listened to "Trick or Treat" on YouTube(link here: and I was enthralled. I have never listened to an audiobook where nearly 9 different voice actors are included and sound effects such as rain, music, bells, and birds were used. If you love YA Horror, you need to grab a pair of headphones and listen to Trick or Treat now. Richie is a wonderful writer and the actors, tho ...more
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Hooray! 90s YA cheese is re-emerging! My evil plan is working! What?

Yes, TRICK OR TREAT was originally 90s cheese of my now major obsession. No, it's not a total turd like some cheese is. I was actually really surprised reading this and realizing just how well it transcended time. Initially I thought it might have been updated but with the mention of records, cassettes and VHS tapes, my fears were eased.

I am always super giddy for horror and sometimes that eagerness comes around to bite me in th
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Martha's life changes drastically when she, her father, her father's new wife, and her new stepbrother (Connor) move to a new house in a new town. Martha barely knows her new family, she's new in town, and weird things keep happening in the new house...could it possibly be haunted? It's very probable. You see, Martha soon learns that there was a murder in that house not that long ago. Then someone starts pranking Martha, just like they did Elizabeth, the girl who
Andrea Talarico
Martha’s parents have just divorced and her father decides to move with Martha into a house that his new wife has chosen. Away from the city she grew up in, her family and friends, Martha is alone and scared. Her stepmother, Sally, isn’t much help in the transition and her new stepbrother, Conor, acts like a real creep. The house that they move in to is an old, creaky Victorian house in the middle of the woods. It immediately frightens Martha. Then the tricks start happening. Phone calls that al ...more
This book was so not what I expected, but in a good way. Its a great thriller suspense book for a younger age group. Its creepy, but not too forceful and a simple writing style that makes the story easy to follow.
It focuses on Martha and her move with her father to a new home with her new stepmother and stepbrother Coner. She simply cannot stand Coner due to his strangeness. But Coner is just smart and not easily flustered. Martha's father and stepmom Sally soon leave on their honeymoon and lea
I don't remember too many details about this one except that I absolutely loved the book and its cover. I read this during my R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike days (yeah, long ago). Trick or Treat, though quite an unoriginal title, ranks right up there with R.L. Stine's Twisted in my book. Creepy good fun! I may have to revisit this one for the sake of nostalgia.
Amy Mueller
It was fun, I actually liked it better than I thought I would! I chose it for October thinking that it would be about Halloween, and be kinda cheesy, and we would laugh about it at the meeting. It is cheesy in parts for sure, but I really didn't see that coming at the end. Ended up being a pretty decent book for the time and its genre.
Trevor Wells
I now have a new favorite writer-Richie Tankersley Cusick! Her writing is very detailed and she makes her characters come alive. The characters were the best part of the story. I just absolutely love this book and Richie T. Cusick!

Plot synopsis: Martha is having it pretty rough. Her family has just moved into the creepy Bedford house, she has to start over at a new school, and she has to put up with her mysterious new stepbrother. Then, the creepy phone calls and scary accidents start happening.
Good book! Reminds me of the fear street book I used to read as a kid. A quick and fun read.
Lacy Lovelace
It was so good! Although the title involves Halloween..this is more focused on a murder mystery plot. I loved the book and could not put it down! It's a real easy read (only took me 2 days).
It centers around a girl named Martha who moves from Chicago to a new town, trying to adjust to a stepmother, stepbrother, and new house. BUT she is having a hard time adjusting because she thinks the house is haunted and someone is watching her....wanting to kill her!
Like I said, very good will
Brett Thornton
I read this book in fourth grade and for some reason it really stuck with me. The cover is embossed in memory, but I have a vague grasp on certain aspects of the storyline. However, I distinctly remember the main character getting stuck in a wall, or something very tunnel like and narrow... does this ring a bell to anyone who has the book? I've book looking up summaries and I can't seem to find anything on that, but the book seems to fit the description in every other aspect of my memory, includ ...more
Carol Briseno
I loved this book, I wish it was a movie. The main character's crush I can't help falling for. He's just so like-able. I loved the suspense it's unavoidably breathtaking, you can't help but get drawn in. Richie did this one up right.

Almost immediately after moving into this new house secluded from town Martha's parents are sent off to cover a story (sort of like Honeymoon considering it's in Hawaii). She starts receiving phone calls saying on Halloween she's dead. They've also been following her
When I was a kid, I devoured all of the teen horror series and loved them. There was Fear Street of course, as well as Terror Academy, Nightmare Hall and all of Christopher Pike's books. Then there was an author named Richie Tankersley Cusick, who I had completely forgotten about until just the other day. I barely remember her books at all, though I do remember thinking (even as a kid) that she was a better writer than most of the others.

Right when I decided to do a re-read of all my favorites
Ms. Yingling
Martha and Conor's parents have gotten married and moved the family to the old Bedford house at the outskirts of a small town. Martha isn't happy about this, especially when the old house gives off massively creepy vibes that make her suspect that her stepbrother is even creepier than she thought. She settles in fairly well at school, meeting the dashing Blake and his sister Wynn, but the house turns out to have been the scene of the murder of Elizabeth... who was Wynn's best friend and Blake's ...more
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Kathy Jackson
Oct 17, 2011 Kathy Jackson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA horror fans
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Martha knew there was something evil about the house she was moving into. It was so cold...and creepy. And it wasn't just the house that was giving her a weird feeling. Martha was sure someone was following her...watching her every move.

Then the practical jokes began--the scarecrow with the carving knife in its head, the fire. And the phone calls: 'Trick or Treat,'re dead.'

It was October, but these were no Halloween tricks. Someone would be coming ho
Sep 03, 2012 Leah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen fans of softcore dark fiction
Rating: 4 of 5

Trick or Treat was among the many Point Horror books I read in the 90s, between the ages of 12 to 16. In those days, when I wasn't buried in a Stephen King novel, nine times out of ten I was reading L.J. Smith, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, or Richie Tankersley Cusick. Their novels always thrilled and entertained, and yes, there was a healthy dose of jumps and creepies.

Nowadays, I'd recommend the Point Horror books for younger 12- to 15-year-olds, who want to d
S. Wideman
This was one of the books I read on my vacation that made me want to stop in the middle. Now, I realize this was supposed to be a "teen" novel from my childhood, but as an adult, it just annoyed ever loving wits out of me. I saw a lot of problems with the characters that it wasn't very enjoyable.

The Good: A few times I could identify with Martha. Things like losing her mom and her dad dating/marrying again were relatable. Being a new student was relatable. However, there were more than enough ti
Vanya D.
This book was an awesome horror/mystery/thriller. I know it was first published way back in 1989, when the teen horror genre was first getting serious interest on the market, but I just found it out in January of this year when Netgalley put it on their list. I was instantly drawn to it, so naturally I requested it.
I'm happy I did it, because "Trick or Treat" was an adrenaline-rush ride that really got me sweating. Not that I'm much of a horror reader - in fact, after I read the first chapter, I
Sati Marie Frost
I don't think I've ever given 5 stars to a Point Horror - except perhaps LJ Smith's Forbidden Game trilogy, and I have that from a different publisher - but this one deserves it. It has everything that I want from YA horror - a small-town setting, an interesting plot, a villain that I wasn't expecting, a heroine that I empathise with (well, mostly), romance (there's never enough romance for love-junkie me, but this had more than most), supporting characters that I would want for my own friends w ...more
This book was one of the 3 titles that are part of my challenge from a colleague, to read this year. The challenge is to read at least one of the titles but you can read all 3 if you wish. This one, part of the Point Horror series from the 1990's, was one of my friends favourites, and he was a fan of the Point Horror books when he was younger.

Sadly, being older, the whole Point Horror phenomenon passed me by. I hadn't even heard of them (I am about 20 years older than him). In my day it was Arma
Martha Stevenson can't believe that her dad has remarried and is moving her to an old house in the middle of nowhere. Her weird new stepbrother doesn't help matters. A new family and a new school are bad enough, but the house is even worse. She doesn't feel comfortable there; something isn't right. It might even be evil. She tries to convince herself that it's just her overactive imagination, but then the phone calls and pranks start. Soon she finds herself in the midst of a terrifying situation ...more
Fantastic YA Horror that seriously creeped me out. The atmosphere just sucks you in until you're also jumping at strange noises and shadows just like the MC Martha.

The culprit was predictable and I wish we could have seen more of their true nature when they were revealed but what I saw as a reader was still enough to creep me out. You could pretty much fill in the gaps of what's been going through their head with how they felt and what their motives were.

Martha as a MC can be quite dramatic and
Since I can only measure Richie's works against the scale of bad made for TV teen films I would say that this book is a little less upbeat teen drama and more of wanna be John Carpenter. So a different vibe but still highly enjoyable.

Once again her works tick off on all of the cliches that defined this genera back in it's time - new kid moves into town with her dad, step mother and step brother, has trouble adjusting but still manages to end up with the most popular and handsomest guy in school
I read this book via Netgalley. I remembered this author from my younger days, and this appeared to be a re-release of an older title.

Martha has just moved to a creepy old house in the country with her father and new stepmother and stepbrother Colin. Almost immediately creepy things begin to happen - weird phone calls, and mysterious visions. Even Colin seems to feel it. Martha's new friends Blake and Wynn, cousins who look very similar, tell her about what happened in the house just last year -
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Richie Tankersley Cusick is the bestselling young adult author of over 25 titles, including two adult horror titles, "Scarecrow" and "Blood Roots". Her popularity grew at the height of the horror/YA boom in the late 80's/early 90's, particularly with books like "Lifeguard" , "Trick or Treat" and "Teacher's Pet", just to name a few, allowing her to keep company on the bestseller paperback lists wit ...more
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