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Trick or Treat (Point Horror #6)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
From the author of The Lifeguard comes the exciting suspense novel about Martha. Not long after Martha moved into the Bedford house, the phone calls began: Trick or treat, Martha. You're dead. Elizabeth Bedford had been murdered one year earlier, on Halloween night, in the very same room. The murderer was never found, and now the killer is back--for Martha.
Paperback, 209 pages
Published 2007 (first published October 1989)
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Cataline Just my's an easy read, with a thickening plot and a wonderfully developed twist ending. I found it enjoyable for the genre that it is.

Just my's an easy read, with a thickening plot and a wonderfully developed twist ending. I found it enjoyable for the genre that it is.

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Martha's Dad has just remarried, and his new wife, Sally, has found a perfect house for them to move into. When Martha and her Dad arrive at the house, which is isolated in the woods, Martha really hates the house. It's dark and creepy with shadows in the corners, her bedroom is abnormally cold, and she feels as if she's being watched. Also living in the house is Sally's son, (Martha's stepbrother) Conor, who is a year older than sixteen-year-old Martha. After Martha makes some friends at school ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
~☆~ Unsolved Mystery ♥♥☽

In my opinion, this was not Mrs. Cusick's best novel.

I did enjoy the descriptions of the weather. I'm a huge fan of meteorology. Weather descriptions (especially Fall and Winter) in books really set the mood and place me there.

I'll post more later.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I didn't find this creepy or interesting at all, so the story dragged for me unfortunately.

Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me.
Richard Denney
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly creepy, perfect for Halloween! Short and sweet, totally unexpected ending. I love Point Horror books from back in the 80s. Great read!
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: point-horror
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Janie Johnson
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
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
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I admit there were a few parts that had my pulse speed up a bit. Those moments were few though that the rest of the book lacked. I could have loved this book but I disliked the character Martha from the beginning. She was annoying, immature, dramatic, and bratty which did not fit well with the story. Still it is one of the better Point Horror books I've read.
Rebecca McNutt
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
For what it was this book was pretty good, although it was written in an odd style considering it's for high schoolers and college-aged kids.
S. Wideman
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Help! I've fallen down the rabbit hole of late 80's teen horror novels! Once I read those Christopher Pike books, Goodreads kept suggesting similar titles and as soon as I saw the recognizable covers, the pull of nostalgia was too much to resist! This won't be the last one!!

I remember the cover of this book so well, and I am 100% sure that I owned it, but the story did not seem familiar at all. It is the classic haunted house kind of thing where a girl (named Martha) moves with her newly remarri
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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 w
Andrea Talarico
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Holly Vane
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: point-horror
Loved point horror growing up. The mix of romance, supernatural and horror is fantastic and rarely came across a range that offered it as good as point horror did.

Saying that this is not my fave. The storyline was good and intriguing. But Martha really go to Me and not in a good way. She's scared of everything and competely a drama queen.loved Connor though
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! Reminds me of the fear street book I used to read as a kid. A quick and fun read.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hey look, 200 pages of Dawson's Creek mating with a Kate Bush video. That's not something you see every day.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-romance, horror
This wasn't as scary as I had hoped.
Hasham Rasool
Alhamdulillah I loved this book so much and it was unpredictable!
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recently started re-reading the Point Horror series that I adored as a pre/early teen. As this book was the first PH I ever read, I also started with this one second time around. My score is relative to YA books and in particular this series.

Re-reading this novel, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and strong memories of Saturdays spent in the local town centre with my best friend, heading to W H Smith to buy a new PH with my pocket money. This was the book that started my obsession with the f
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a vague memory of reading Trick or Treat in my younger years. As I'm going through the Point Horror's I liked/missed when I was a kid I thought I'd begin with this one. This book didn't do anything to reignite my passion for YA pulp fiction. Not a lot happens, a smattering of phone calls here, a small would-be kitchen fire there...etc

Martha is insufferable. She comes off as a bratty teen with a bland personality. She is awful to her dad, step-mum and her new step-brother, who she's only j
Natasha ⚡️
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, one of my favourite Point Horror books so far.
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
Emma Meade
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this is a young adult book, I was pleasantly surprised to find a scaryish tale that managed to on occasion give me chills. I probably read this twenty or so years ago because I definitely remember the cover, but I couldn’t remember much of the story. The setting drew me in from the start. A big old house filled with nooks and crannies and secret passageways. The kind of house a sane person would run a mile from. If the dilapidated outside, gothic architecture and too many rooms for a famil ...more
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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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