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Trick or Treat
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Short 36
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Air date November 8, 2014
Written by DieselD199
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Trick Or Treat is the 36th short of Tomica Thomas and Friends.

Plot Edit

One evening on a moonlit night, Henry was preparing to take a goods train to the other end of the line. While preparing to leave, Edward warns him that on moonlit nights when a fog is about, there's also a ghost. Henry, a bit put off by Edward's creepy warning, sets off in the night. In his train is S.C. Ruffey, who is currently the host of a demon, is intent on causing trouble and spooking Henry. As Henry heads along the line, a fog rolls in, and he is forced to stop a danger signal, with a notice which read "beware of the slender engine." The spirit subsuquently appears, absorbing Henry and the demon within S.C. Ruffey.

During Henry's trip, Stephen visits Tidmouth Sheds, where he shares the rules of Halloween with the engines present in hopes of preventing trouble. Despite the other engines indifference, Stephen warns those gathered of the dark nature of Halloween, listing three rules which must be followed to protect themselves from the evil which lurks. The rules are as follows: 1. Always wear a costume; 2. Hand out Candy; 3. Never blow out a lit jack-o'-lantern. Subsuquently, Stephen warns of engine with pumpkin orange paint and a face concealed by a mask who roams the island on Halloween night to enforce the rules.

The next morning, the engines awake, suprised Henry has not yet returned. Assuming he spent the night elsewhere, Gordon sets off with his Vicarstown express. Halfway there, he comes along Henry's derailed train, finding the trucks to be in a sort of daze with no rellocation of the prior night's events. Later that evening, Gordon is at Vicarstown preparing for his return run. Whilst Stanley is arranginng his train, the pair discuss Henry's bizzare disapearance, also noting that Bill and Ben have gone missing. Stanley warns Gordon to be careful, but Gordon sets out with an air of confidence, despite his own fear. On his way, Gordon encounters the Slender Engine.

The following morning, Thomas and Percy are at Knapford Station preparing for the upcoming Halloween party. Hank arrives to report of Gordon and many other disapearances the previous night. Hank and Percy show concern for their safety, but Thomas is certain he will be unaffected in that he is the star of the show. Percy suggests consulting Stephen, but is quickly turned down by Thomas.

Much to Percy's dismay, he must pull the Mail train that night. Percy fearfully hurries along the line, where he inevitably encounters the Slender Engine, who has now absorbed the demon. Percy rushes back to Knapford, where the Slender Engine pursues him. Before the Slender Engine can affect Percy however, the jack-o'-lanterns at the station vaporize the Slender Engine, leaving Percy confused. 

The following morning, Percy rushes to Tidmouth Sheds, awaking Thomas. Percy reveals his discovery of the Slender Engine to Thomas, realizing that the spirit also captured James as well. Percy and Thomas set off to assemble the rest of the engines at Knapford the that evening's halloween party, all in costume. 

That evening, all of the remaining engines are at Knapford in costume. The group reports further disapearances, and Percy deduces their disapearances are the result of the Slender Engine. Thomas disputes this, claiming the Slender Engine is only a railway legend. Percy refutes this, recounting his multiple enocunters with the spirit. After mentioning the Slender Engine had glowing red eyes, Edward deduces that the Slender Engine absorbed the demon and increased its power. Despite Edward's concern, Stephen reassures everyone that as long as they remain near the jack-o'-lanterns, they will be safe. 

Shortly thereafter, the ominous puffs of the Slender Engine can be heard. A strong wind gusts through the station, extinquishing the jack-o'-lanterns. The station erupts in chaos when the Slender Engine appears as the engines all attempt to escape. Thomas and Percy manage to escape, hiding in the goods shed near the yard. Percy is fearful, while Thomas is grossly inconcerned as a result of his star status. The pair soon hear the ominous approach of the Slender Engine. The spectre appears, and Thomas and Percy brace for the worse. Quite miracuously, the Slender is whisked away by an unknown force. This force is revealed to be the Halloween Engine Stephen mentioned, intervening to punish the Slender Engine for blowing out jack-o'-lanterns. Thomas and Percy realize they are not in costume, and are dealt punishment by the Halloween Engine. 

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TriviaEdit

  • During the halloween party at Knapford, all the engines are in costume. The following are their respective getups:
    • Thomas: Emmett
    • Edward: UniKity
    • Percy: Elsa
    • Hank: Lego House?
    • Duck, Oliver, Stepney and Arthur: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • Emily: Scottish Flag (referencing the contemporary Scottish Independence Referendum)
    • Diesel 10 & Mavis: Vampires
    • Toby, Stephen, Salty, and 'Arry: Ghosts

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Video Edit

TOMICA Thomas & Friends Short 36 Trick or Treat16:53

TOMICA Thomas & Friends Short 36 Trick or Treat

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