Trick or Treat is a comic story based on a script by Ralph Wright, adapted by Carl Barks with some input by Alice Cob, and drawn by Barks. It features Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Witch Hazel, and her monsters (including Smorgasbord).
On Halloween Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, who are trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, can't seem to get any candy from their very own Unca Donald. However, the three ducklings happen to meet an actual, real-life witch, the kooky Witch Hazel, who, feeling sorry for them, sets out to get the candy from Donald using her actual magic powers. In a roaring battle between Hazel's extravagant sorcery and Donald's unfailing thick-headedness, events quickly escalate until a whole horde of monsters, ghosts and goblins are spreading chaos all around Donald's house…
- This story is a comic version of the cartoon of the same name released the same month, November of 1952. Carl Barks was asked by his editor Alice Cob to turn the storyboard for the cartoon into a 28-pages-long comic story. To stretch out the plot in order to do so, Barks created several additional sequence, including a long sequence where Witch Hazel sics the ogre Smorgasbord on Donald's house.
- Spooks and Magic (1972) engulfs the cartoon within its runtime, holding that Witch Hazel was sent to Duckburg by Witch Phyllis from the Haunted Mansion after she, Hazel, Witch Martha and Witch Goofy enjoyed a "girls' night in" brewing potions together. This narrative connection naturally translates to other versions of the story.
Behind the scenes
Following Barks's aforementioned additions, Alice Cob, worrying that this sequence would be too scary for the younger readers, had this sequence cut in the first printing; she also ordered Barks to remove the opening splah panel featuring Witch Hazel flying over Duckburg's graveyard, and have it replaced with a one-page-and-a-half-long sequence with Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, thinking it would be better for the story to open with the main characters.
In more recent printings, the cut sequences (including the splash panels) have been restored, but in the process, the additional page-and-a-half ordered by Cob (which, incidentally, Barks didn't get paid for) was cut from the story.
The story's original version was printed in Donald Duck #26, Walt Disney Comics Digest #16, Best Comic Series #6, in the original Carl Barks Library (in Volume 2) and in Gladstone Comic Album #23. The "restored" version without the additional page-and-a-half was printed in The Carl Barks Library of Donald Duck Adventures in Color #21, Donald Duck Adventures #47, Walt Disney's Comics in Color #3, Donald Duck #332 and in the thirteenth volume of the Fantagraphics Carl Barks Library.