M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Trick or Treatment 

It's time for the annual 4077th Halloween party. Hawkeye is dressed as Superman, B.J. is a clown, Margaret is a geisha girl, Colonel Potter is a cowboy and Klinger is Al Capone. But it's ... See full summary »


Charles S. Dubin


Dennis Koenig, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Jamie Farr ... Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
George Wendt ... Pvt. La Roche
Richard Lineback ... Pvt. Scala
Andrew Dice Clay ... Corp. Hrabosky (as Andrew Clay)
James Carroll ... Pvt. Crotty (as James Lough)
Herman Poppe ... M.P.
R.J. Miller R.J. Miller ... Graves Registration Driver
Arnold F. Turner Arnold F. Turner ... Graves Registration Assistant
Arlee Reed Arlee Reed ... Soldier




It's time for the annual 4077th Halloween party. Hawkeye is dressed as Superman, B.J. is a clown, Margaret is a geisha girl, Colonel Potter is a cowboy and Klinger is Al Capone. But it's not much of a party for the surgeons when unexpected wounded guests show up; Charles tries to help a slovenly marine who has a billiard ball stuck in his mouth; Father Mulcahy inadvertently saves a man's life when he is presumed dead. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Comedy | Drama | War


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When George Wendt appeared in this episode, the series' final season, he was also starring on Cheers which was in its first season on NBC. See more »


During triage, Hawkeye comments, "The way I see it, the Army owes us so many coffee breaks, we should get 1954 off." This line makes sense only if it is presently 1953. (If the Army owes the staff a year off, it wouldn't make sense for them to still have to work all of 1953 before getting that time off.) Yet the war ended in July 1953, three months before Halloween, so it would have to be taking place in October 1952, making the Hawkeye's comment particularly odd. See more »


Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: [Klinger is dressed as a '30s gangster] Klinger, do you realize how many zoots had to be killed to make that one suit?
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References Adventures of Superman (1952) See more »


Heat Wave
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Alan Alda with alternate lyrics ("We're Havin' a Party, a Halloween Party")
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Error in Goofs
3 August 2016 | by mjohnson-61See all my reviews

The "Goofs" contains an error. Charles was calling George Wendt Pvt. Mosconi as a reference to billiards great Willie Mosconi. Mr. Mosconi was the Technical Adviser for The Hustler and appeared in several scenes during the movie as "Wille," an uncredited role. Some, like me, remember the much hyped Wide World of Sports episode featuring Mosconi vs. Minnesota Fats. Too bad the Goofs author missed the connection. Hence, it was a pretty good joke rather than a goof. As far as the show, the series was winding down and it was fun to see up and comers The Dice Man and Mr. Wendt. Also, and I hope this is not taken wrongly, but Margaret never looked better in her costume of choice for the planned party.

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Release Date:

1 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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