How to Deal with Trick-or-Treaters (Seasonally Inappropriate Rerun)

Needed a strip to post for a rerun, and I'd always liked this one. I made it. I have the right. I'll post whatever comic I want. DON"T JUDGE ME!!!


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Reader Comments (53)

I love how it went from still showing 2010, to showing 2007 on the comics. Phenomenal. I also love that last panel, pure genius.

You're awesome Scott, keep the good stuff coming!

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

2007 copyright!!! My brain, it is melting! Aaaaaaugh!!!!!!

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterploeg

Hey, who doesn't like mr Pibb?

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKschobert

's okay. Because of this strip, I've always wanted to hand out Mr. Pibb just like this every Halloween, but my wife says no. One of these years, she will be GONE on Halloween, and I'll be able to do this.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

My favorite Halloween:

"OK kids, what do you want, candy or frozen chicken?"

Some 8 year old actually went for the frozen roaster.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDamien

"Seasonally inappropriate rerun" in parenthesis made me laugh almost as much as the old favorite comic did.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTI-89

Awesome response to trick or treaters! The only thing that concerns me is that you might anger a potential Stabby in disguise.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

If you want to scare the kiddies, dress in jeans, a tee shirt, and a stocking over your head, brandish a realistic toy gun, and mug them for their candy. (Then you have to give it back, and add a little more. Otherwise, next year, you'll be the scary pimply fat person, but it won't be a costume)
If you just like dressing up, offer to take a group of neighbor kids around so their parents can stay home and give out candy. That way instead of thinking you're a dork for still dressing up, they'll think you're nice to take the kids off their hands and getting into the spirit of things, and they'll also owe you a favor. (This presupposes that they know you well enough to understand you're not trying to get their little darling alone...)

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

It *is* funny.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGaryU

Judgment shall be reserved for The Judger.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTim

In the few cases when all caps are necessary (allowed) caps lock > holding shift. See above for proof.

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjazzwhiz

No. such thing as enough Mr. Pibb.

No... Such... Thing...

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

I judge you to be a wise man who authors my favorite comic of all time. You are right, trick-or-treaters have always been and will always be terrorists.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterContrajoe

Where's the Judger when you need her?

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichelieu

Even reading it again, panel four is still awesome.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Kst....theh... bahahahahahahahaha. I don't remember seeing this one yet, but it's hilarious.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSevalecan

NOBODY shall refuse my hospitality!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLachlan


January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMac

Is this the birth of Stabby? :D

Re: Who would win - Dr Pepper vs Mr Pibb

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterXtine

The phrase "like all terrorists, trick or treaters cannot be reasoned with" is one of my favorites out of any of the instructions. Second only to any of the exchanges ending in "No...shut up"

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDuncanIdaho488

Ah, Mr. Pibb. The poor man's Dr. Pepper.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo


January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCap'n Crunch

How timely.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsrster

Although I love most of Basic Instructions, this is the one that has a permanent home on my office wall. "Jazz Hands"

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheJBW

This was one of my all-time favorite strips.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSquirrel Girl

Ummm....yes sir. Not judging you. I like it too.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames Poteet

Just go with: It´s a rerun! The details are not important! We will forgive you.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrazilian_guy

Mr Pibb in the Punkin! Love it & I am getting ideas for next Halloween...

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

No sir! We aren't refusing your hospitality of posting a re-run of a free comic today!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Hey, the date is wrong.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdam H.

Can you believe that there are people out there who prefer Mr. Pibb over Dr. Pepper.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFox k

Yeah, we like it when you choose the re-run because if it's not one of our personal favourites, i t means we probably hadn't appreciated it properly first time round. I see that this strip has everything, jokes, jazz hands (of death?), young Rick, stabby dressed as a pirate for no apparent reason, and unfortunately scott playing on his console with no trousers (again). But mainly, it is just incredibly funny, thanks Scott

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRinkums

Excellent rerun choice, I mean who doesn't like Halloween.

One of the first comics (I think) to feature "Jazz Hands"!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWally

This is awesome! Poor kid. Which happened first? The trick or treating nightmare, or calming a frightened child by showing him video game blood and gore violence, also accompanied by jazz hands? No wonder he became Stabby!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Some old man gave my little brother a piece of broccoli as a joke once. The look on his face was priceless.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

Posted on dorm room door, this was the strip that got me started on Basic Instructions. Made me spontaneously laugh so loud at the time I woke up someone napping in the lobby.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon B.

Call The Judger!

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

He's right, there's no such thing as too much Mr. Pibb

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Sheppard

As much as I'd love to do the last square I don't think I'd be able to keep a straight face while doing it.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

These are not the fresh BI panels that you are looking for...

[gives Jedi wave of hand]

"They call me MISTER Pibb."

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit
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