Directed by: Don Roy King
Written by: Mikey Day, Bobby Moynihan, Streeter Seidell
Produced by: Lorne Michaels
Production year: 2017
Original release: October 28, 2017
Running time: 21 minutes
Other cast: Peter Dinklage, Cecily Strong
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The Halloween Special starts and ends with live-action segments directed by Don Roy King featuring David S. Pumpkins (Hanks), flanked by two skeletons (Day and Moynihan). The animated story is a man, Kevin (Dinklage), telling a story about a time when he met Pumpkins as a kid.
Kevin and his sister Dotty walk around during Halloween, ending in a pumpkin patch. They choose to take home an ugly pumpkin, which turns out to be magical; Pumpkins and the skeletons appear out of an elevator. He shows them to his transport — ironically shaped like a strawberry — and they start trick-or-treating. One of the neighborhood children is dressed as Kevin Roberts, an SNL character portrayed by Larry David whose sketch is similar to Pumpkins’ “Haunted Elevator.”
The mysterious Raincoat Man has been stealing all the children’s candy, and Pumpkins decides to intervene. They try to confront him in a haunted house, and it turns out to be three pre-teens who bully Kevin. Pumpkins returns the candy in magical floating pumpkins, and he and the skeletons leave.