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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Being smart is cool. Teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Velma tries to impress her crush by saying things she wouldn't normally say but eventually comes around to being herself. Daphne tries to prove she's the leader of Mystery Inc., sometimes butting heads with Fred. She offers friendly advice.
Mostly White-presenting primary cast, though both Daphne and Coco are voiced by Latina actors (Grey Griffin and Myrna Velasco). Diverse supporting characters. Velma is gay.
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Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence includes nail slashing and chasing. Ghosts and ghouls chase the main characters and throw fireballs, causing explosions. Some characters are zapped by invisible force fields. The monstrous-looking ghosts and ghouls might be scary for some younger or more sensitive viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Velma develops a crush on Coco Diablo. She discusses it throughout the film, blushing when Coco is around. Her glasses fog up when Coco is near. She says she's "crushing big time."
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Products & Purchases
Off-screen promotion and merchandising for the Scooby-Doo franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! is an animated mystery in which Scooby and the gang must crack a case involving ghosts and ghouls that look like them. If you know Scooby-Doo, you know what to expect here. There's cartoon violence involving nail slashing and chase scenes set to music, including one in which characters run from floating ghosts attempting to throw fireballs at them. The monstrous-looking ghosts and ghouls might be scary for younger or more sensitive viewers. Characters are also zapped by invisible force fields, but there are no lingering injuries. There's a bit of mild flirting as Scooby regular Velma (voiced by Kate Micucci) expresses her crush on criminal mastermind Coco Diablo (Myrna Velasco). She blushes, and her glasses fog when Coco is around. As usual, the main characters display teamwork to solve the mystery. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you've seen one, you've seen them all is definitely the feeling in this standard but fun Scooby-Doo mystery. As expected, there are some monsters (or so we think), the gang is scared, and a chase set to boogie music ensues. Though predictable, there are still a few surprises and delightful nuggets new to the franchise. Did anyone ever think to ask where all of the villains in Coolsville were getting their extravagant spooky costumes -- and what would happen if that person was put away? Add to that the fact that this film finally gives viewers an answer about Velma's (Kate Micucci) sexuality as she swoons and literally melts over Coco Diablo.
Young Scooby-Doo fans will find lots to enjoy, and so will parents nostalgic for the franchise in this Halloween-themed mystery. It's silly and straightforward but a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit.
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