The House That Gave Sucky Tricks

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Not to be confused with The House That Gave Sucky Treats.
Toon Category: Holiday Toon
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Homestar's lame haunted house inspires Strong Bad to make his own lame haunted house.

Cast (in order of appearance): Strong Mad, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Homestar Runner, Jibblies Painting, Marzipan, The King of Town, The Poopsmith, Homsar, The Knight, Strong Sad, The Ugly One, Coach Z, Bubs, Lady, Cheerleader, The Sad Kids, Large Bean, Pom Pom

See The House That Gave Sucky Tricks Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Places: Homestar Runner's House, St. Cadaverstump's Morgue-tuary

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Running Time: 5:30 (TV Time Toons Menu), 5:43 (Actual), 8:12 (YouTube)

Page Title: St. Cadaverstump's Home for Wayward Sbemails


[edit] Transcript

{We begin at Homestar's house. Ukulele music plays. Show a tennis racket with a grey wig, fake eyes, and fangs drawn on a Post-It note.}

{Cut to more Halloween "decorations": an exercise bike with "Boo" taped on the handlebars, empty picture frames with ketchup and mustard splatters, a ghost on Homestar's cow lamp, and his clock showing 666.}

{Cut to Strong Mad, Strong Bad, and The Cheat}


STRONG BAD: Boy, you said it, Strong Mad. This is the lamest haunted house ever. {looks down} My pants haven't entertained the thought of peeing themselves even once.


{Shoes fall down from the ceiling}

STRONG BAD: {bored} Really? Spooky shoes?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {walking into room} No, no. Scary shoes. Spooky shoes are the next room.

STRONG BAD: Homestar, your haunted house is even worse than normal this year. {poking spear at Homestar} You ever think of using any actual Halloween decorations?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: No, Marzipan only let me use stuff from the Goodwill donations pile. Incomplete jigsaw puzzle!

THE CHEAT: {screams}

{The Cheat runs and hides behind Strong Mad}

STRONG BAD: This place is a disgrace to haunted houses, haunted hovels, haunted timeshares, and haunted extended stay motels even. Why, if I had a haunted house, I think it would turn out a little something... like the following {echoes} cartoon!

{title screen: "The House That Gave Sucky Tricks"}

STRONG BAD: Welcome to St. Cadaverstump's totally not just an old furniture warehouse morgue-tuary!

ANNOUNCER: Open weeknights in October. Located just off I-20.

{Cut to a dark room; a picture frame is silhouetted on the wall. Homestar enters.}

STRONG BAD: The first room would come out swingin', with everybody's favorite jibblies painting, The Jibblies Painting!

{The lights turn on revealing the Jibblies Painting. The music from Jibblies 2 begins}

JIBBLIES PAINTING: Come on in here!

{Record scratch; the painting now has a scared face.}

STRONG BAD: Yeah, yeah. We've all heard that before. But in order to take it to the next level, my haunted house would have a horrible painting of {thunder claps and lightning flashes} somebody's dad!

{The painting is now of somebody's dad in cycling gear, holding a water bottle, in much the same pose as the original.}

NEW JIBBLIES PAINTING: Uh, hey, hey. Well, come on in here!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {scared} Why is he wearing cycling gear? He's not even that serious about riding!

NEW JIBBLIES PAINTING: Hey, I can do a 220 in 4:45. {slurps noisily from his bottle}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {fleeing} Ahhh!

{Cut to a greenish room with faint blood splatters on the wall and floor. Marzipan enters.}

STRONG BAD: Then there would be... the gross out room. But instead of severed limbs...

{Strong Sad's leg, Homestar's leg, and Strong Mad's arm are dangled from chains with mechanical whirrs.}

STRONG BAD: ...And surgeries gone wrong...


{Marzipan is abruptly a Frankenstein-esque mutant with the limbs stitched on.}

STRONG BAD: It's just a silent white room filled with pure stench.

{With a "pop!", Marzipan is back to normal, and the room fades to pure white, with vents on the walls. Green gas begins filtering in through the vents.}

STRONG BAD: And, oh, ho, ho. What a stench it is! Let me lay it on you like a movie trailer.

{Marzipan holds her breath}

{Dramatic music plays. White words appear, one by one, on a red background as Strong Bad says them.}

STRONG BAD: Strong Mad! Oyster! Smoothie! Breath! Caked! Armpit! Latte!

{Record scratch; cut back to Marzipan.}

MARZIPAN: Strong Bad, you know those words in that sequence are illegal. Arrest him, King of Town!

{Pan over to reveal the King Of Town and the Poopsmith. The Poopsmith is putting the gas in jars and stoppering them.}

THE KING OF TOWN: Keep bottling up that smell, Poopsmith! Wait, I can arrest people?

MARZIPAN: I think so. I mean, you're allowed to execute people, right?

THE KING OF TOWN: Do the words "doo hoo hoo" mean anything to you?

{Cut to outside the King of Town's castle. Homsar and the Knight are standing next to a guillotine}

HOMSAR: AaAaAaAaAaAaA! This has been a supreme fish delight!

{Homsar puts his head in the guillotine. Just as the blade comes down, the scene cuts to a poster for the next room.}

STRONG BAD: Ooh! There'd also be one of those immersive horror experience rooms that are so popular these days.

{Fade to Strong Sad in yet another dark room. Also in the room are a timer reading 00:00, a vault door, a red skeleton in a cage, pointing at something, and a toilet behind Strong Sad.}

STRONG SAD: OK. Gotta logic this out.

{Close-up of the vault door giving off a white flash}

STRONG SAD: Open the vault...

{Cut to the timer, which also flashes. Time sets to 05:00.}

STRONG SAD: ...before time runs out.

{Cut to the skeleton, which flashes.}

STRONG SAD: Skeleton's pointing at a clue.

{Cut back to Strong Sad}

STRONG SAD: Am I on the right track?

STRONG BAD: {watching via surveillance camera} Yup, just, just reach in the toilet. I just want you to reach in the toilet.

STRONG SAD: It's pointing at the toilet.

STRONG BAD: It's full of poop.

STRONG SAD: But that's just misdirection.

STRONG BAD: I just want you to touch the poop.

STRONG SAD: They want me to think I should reach in the toilet.

STRONG BAD: No! I do want you to reach in the toilet! That is all that I want you to do!

STRONG SAD: It's too easy.

STRONG BAD: Touch the poop!

STRONG SAD: But I know better!

STRONG BAD: Touch the freakin' poop!

{Strong Bad falls out of his chair. A paper is placed over the scene, on which is drawn a Teen Girl Squad-style box labeled "horror stuff".}

STRONG BAD: Most horror stuff is pretty obvious.

{The Ugly One is walking down the street}

STRONG BAD: Like, of course it's terrifying to get disemjowel'd with a lunatic with a machete.

{A lunatic with a machete slices The Ugly One's head in half, ejecting a pig head.}

{A Teen Girl Squad version of Strong Sad pops up on the bottom right}


STRONG BAD: Shut up!

{Teen Girl Squad Strong Sad turns away sadly.}

STRONG BAD: But I think people are ready for the more subtle terror of...

{Wipe to Coach Z and Bubs standing in a room with torn pink striped wallpaper. A sign that reads "2 Star Bed + Breakfast" is shown. The intro sting from I Killed Pom Pom plays.}

STRONG BAD: Two star bed and breakfast!

COACH Z: It's somehow worse than if it only got one star!

{Characters' dialogue is illustrated through close-ups.}

BUBS: Dry scrambled eggs? {Scrambled eggs make a puff of "PAFH!"-shaped dust, with accompanying sound effect.} Questionable hairs on the antimacassar? {putting the stress on "mac"}

{The Strong Sad sketch from before pops up}

TEEN GIRL SQUAD STRONG SAD: Antimacassar! {putting the stress on "cas", which is the correct pronunciation}

BUBS: Shut up!

{Teen Girl Squad Strong Sad turns away sadly.}

COACH Z: Failed terlet paper rose?

{Cut back to the room, Coach Z is seen wearing a different outfit.}

COACH Z: What kind of inhuman monsters would run a place like this?

LADY: Oh, it's so charming!


{Outward view of St. Cadaverstump's.}

STRONG BAD: Nowadays, everybody's tired of the same old evil clowns, undead cheerleaders, and all those bloody-eyed found footage children.

{As Strong Bad speaks, the Clown Dog costume, a zombie version of Cheerleader, and the Sad Kids silhouetted in front of an old TV are shown in succession. The Sad Kids pop up in the foreground, with red eyes.}


THE SAD BOY: Sequels.

{Cut to a room with an office chair resembling Le Restige.}

STRONG BAD: But for my haunted house, I will unleash an entirely new horror icon! Say hello to the new face of terror! {chair turns around} Large Bean!

{A humanoid figure with a white shirt and a large bean for a head is sitting on the chair. The bean tips backward, audibly hitting the back of the chair. Cut to Strong Bad, watching through a surveillance monitor as before.}

STRONG BAD: Come on, anybody? Don't you think that Large Bean is unsettling?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: And next on our tour, if you'll all please gather around. Fill in all available space please. We have a prime specimen of Large Bean.

STRONG BAD: Wait. What, what the crap is this?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Other varieties include, small bean...

STRONG BAD: Stop it!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Extra large bean...

STRONG BAD: This is not a science museum!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: And, of course my favorite, teenie weenie beanie.

STRONG BAD: You do not call Large Bean 'teenie weenie beanie'!

STRONG SAD: I sure hope they sell Large Bean plush dolls in the museum gift shop!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: {Lifts a Large Bean plush doll} I think you might be pleasantly surprised, young scholar!

STRONG BAD: Shut up! Large Bean will eat your soul!

{The scene cuts back to Homestar's house.}

STRONG BAD: He'll eat all your souls!

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Wow, Strong Bad. The spooky shoes room really affected you this year, huh?

STRONG BAD: I thought this was the scary shoes room?

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, right. Close your eyes.


HOMESTAR RUNNER: Open 'em. You're in the spooky shoes room now.

STRONG BAD: Ugh. You were right, Strong Mad. This Halloween's not working.

{The Large Bean doll is laying in a spotlight, on a black background. The word "END!" is displayed in red text for a moment, then drops away. The narrator's lines now scroll past in spindly text as he speaks.}

NARRATOR: When nights are chill and filled with doom, again will rise the cursed legume. So if you're out on Hallowe'en, beware the wrath of Largest Bean! {Begins laughing ominously as the last phrase stops and fades away, turning red as it does.}

STRONG BAD: See? This guy respects Large Bean.

NARRATOR: I'm sorry, Strong Bad. I-I... I can't get behind Large Bean.

[edit] Easter Eggs

  • At the end, click on Coach Z.
COACH Z: {switching costumes every time he says "all right"} All right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right, now ladies!
COACH Z: {dejected} All right...
  • At the end, click on Strong Bad.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Strong Bad! You got it this year!
STRONG BAD: What do I got?
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {bobbing back and forth} Best! Tropical! Beetlejuice! Costume! Ever! Worn! By man! Or beast!
STRONG BAD: No! I'm— I'm Diamond Dave!
  • At the end, click on Homestar Runner.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: I'll be taking these Huggies and, uh... Whatever cash you got.
BUBS: Son, you got a panty on your head.
  • At the end, click on Bubs.
BUBS: We'll be right back with more...stuff! {begins dancing, changing dance moves in rhythm with Homestar's singing}
HOMESTAR RUNNER: {singing} Dooo de doo do do booo de doo boo boo!
  • At the end, click on Strong Mad.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Hey, Strong Mad, I really-really like your, hey Strong Mad-
STRONG MAD: {The toon begins to play faster and a progress bar is shown, with it getting faster with every "Bubup". Between each one, Homestar repeats "I really-really like your, hey Strong Mad-".} BUBUP! BUBUP! BUBUP!
HOMESTAR RUNNER: I really like your skipping commercials costume.
  • At the end, click on Pom Pom.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Oh, so you're not dead, Pom Pom. That's pretty great. What's that guy's name again? Franklin? Spalding? Jon Voight? Maybe a little bit?
  • At the end, click on The Poopsmith.
STRONG BAD: I WILL KILL HIM! {The Poopsmith raises his hands} If he doesn't put on some more clothes. Eugh. Molded plastic panties.
  • At the end, click on The King of Town.
STRONG BAD: King of Town, that is an actual costume, right? You didn't just get out of, what I can only assume, is a bath for you?
THE KING OF TOWN: {stroking his costume with the fork} No; I mean something! I'm important!
  • At the end, click on The Cheat.
STRONG BAD: Hey, The Cheat. Aren't you worried that the KOT will try to eat you?
THE KING OF TOWN: No, no, no, I'm more of a Cookie Puss man myself. Fudgie the whale always made me a little fudgie...
STRONG BAD: You say no more word talk!
  • At the end, click on Marzipan.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Marzipan, I thought you dressed up as that guy a few years ago.
MARZIPAN: Homestar, I dressed up as Prince that year.
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Right, right. The prince of pop.
KING OF TOWN: No, the king of pop!
HOMESTAR RUNNER: Ohhh, the kid is not his son.
  • At the end, click on the moon.
{cut to a shot with an orange inner frame and a white outer frame and a torn disposable coffee cup, dripping with coffee, and corn and pumpkin decor in the background}
ANNOUNCER: From the makers of Hot Jones and Hot Pooey, comes the Strong Mad Oyster Smoothie Breath Caked Armpit Latte! {A speech bubble forms from the cup, reading what the Announcer says} Oh my sweet Jennifer, there's no coming back from this one.

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Trivia

  • The name of this toon is based on The House That Gave Sucky Treats, and a pun on the phrase, 'Trick or treat'.
  • This is the first Halloween toon Homsar appears in without activating an Easter egg.
  • This is the first Halloween toon to exclude a main character other than Homsar (specifically, Pom Pom) outside the final scene.
  • This is the first time Homestar really liked someone's costume while correctly identifying it.
  • This is the first Halloween toon that features a character switching costumes as well as a character switching costumes while still dressed as who they are supposed to be (specifically, Coach Z as André 3000 as each member of fictional band "The Love Below").
  • The YouTube description for this toon is "Homestar's haunted house inspires Strong Bad to yell a lot."

[edit] Remarks

  • The King claims he doesn't know he can arrest people despite having placed Strong Bad under house arrest in Strong Badia the Free.
  • The poster for the "immersive horror experience room" says:

{drawing of the room with "5?" over it}
  • The opening claims the house is only open on weekdays in October. In 2015, the year this toon was released, Halloween was on a Saturday, meaning the house wouldn't even be open for that year's Halloween. Furthermore, most haunted attractions are usually only open on weekends.
  • The slats on the Knight's visor are blue instead of their standard yellow in this toon.

[edit] Goofs

  • In some scenes, the colors on Strong Bad's face switch sides.
  • Sometime after being initially released, the toon was removed from the TV Time Toons Menu and the Main Page Messages.
  • When Homestar is talking about the scary painting dad, part of the animation for his lip doesn't move as he talks.
  • When Strong Sad was talking about the Large Bean Museum Gift Shop, his mouth was upside-down. This may have been done to quickly animate a smiling mouth on Strong Sad (reusing old animations), which is a rarity, as seen in the '06 halloween cartoon.
  • In multiple instances the text used in the Flash version is select-able, including Homestar's box of Diaps!
  • In the last scene with Strong Bad, his mouth movements are not perfectly synced with his speech.

[edit] Glitches

  • When playing an Easter egg, all the other Easter eggs remain clickable. Clicking one will stop the current egg from playing and play the one that was most recently clicked. This is most notable in the latte Easter egg, which covers the entire screen and should block access to clicking on the characters.

[edit] Inside References

  • The tennis racket in the first shot is Homestar's prop when dressing as John McEnroe in 3 Times Halloween Funjob.
  • Homestar's clock is seen in disrepair at the beginning.
  • Visible in the pile of "scary shoes" is a pair of Air Cardgages previously seen in diorama and Hremail 2000.
  • One of the "scary shoes" is purple with a pattern similar to the bottom of Marzipan's dress, indicating that it likely belongs to her, despite the fact that she may not have legs.
  • In Pom Pom's Easter egg, Homestar makes references to the previous year's Halloween toon, where he had "killed" Pom Pom by popping him. (Perhaps keeping with the theme, Pom Pom did not appear in the cartoon itself.)
  • In Strong Mad's Easter egg, Homestar rhythmically repeats his "I really-really like your" comment, as he does in the teaser for this toon.
  • The word "PAFH!" showed up in April Fool 2014.
  • Coach Z had considered dressing as André 3000 for Halloween in Halloween Fairstival.
  • In Marzipan's Easter egg, Homestar references when she dressed up as Prince in Jibblies 2.
  • In Strong Bad's Easter egg, Homestar references when he dressed up as Beetlejuice in Jibblies 2. This is similar to how, in Happy Hallow-Day, he mistook Strong Bad for "Evil Carmen Sandiego", when Strong Bad really dressed as Carmen Sandiego in The House That Gave Sucky Treats.
  • The Knight is dressed as an Astropop, one of the treats available in The House That Gave Sucky Treats.
    • The Knight was also featured in the same toon, where he also appeared in costume as "Idaho".
  • Coach Z is aghast at the failed terlet paper rose.
  • The Strong Mad Oyster Smoothie Breath Caked Armpit Latte featured in the Easter egg is another example of live-action food.
    • The table it's sitting on was also used in Sbemailiarized! for the hamburger restaurant.
  • The Armpit Latte is from the makers of Hot Jones and Hot Pooey, both of which previously appeared in A Decemberween Mackerel, in a similar Easter egg.
  • Bubs and Coach Z say, "Shut Up, Lady!"
  • The security monitor previously appeared in date and Best Caper Ever.

[edit] Real-World References

  • Goodwill Industries is an American nonprofit organization/thrift shop chain.
  • Michael Jackson was a musician, known as the "King of Pop". Marzipan's mention of her dressing up as Prince connects towards Jackson, as they were rivals in the eighties.
    • "The kid is not his son" references the Jackson song "Billie Jean", which was released in 1982 off his album Thriller.
  • As Strong Bad mentions found footage movies, the Sad Kids mention the sequel counts, which could be a reference to the found footage film franchise, Paranormal Activity.
  • The narrator at the end, as well as his rhyming cadence, could be a reference to both Vincent Price's spoken monologue from the Michael Jackson song "Thriller" and Paul Frees's introduction at the beginning of The Haunted Mansion attraction.
  • The repeated "All right" in Coach Z's Easter egg references the song "Hey Ya!" by Outkast.
  • Although Homestar refers to actor Jon Voight in his listing of names for Wilson the volleyball, he was likely actually referring to the Voit sporting goods company, which makes various athletic equipment.
  • Cookie Puss, like Fudgie the Whale, is a mascot of the Carvel ice cream store chain.
  • The King of Town's line "I'm important! I mean something!" is a reference to his costume, the Devil's Tower sculpture that Richard Dreyfuss makes with his mashed potatoes in the Steven Spielberg-directed movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In the film, Dreyfuss becomes unknowingly obsessed with Devil's Tower and makes several sculptures of it because aliens have sent him a message to go there.
  • Bubs's Easter egg features two direct references to The Gong Show.
    • Chuck Barris, the host of the show and the inspiration for Bubs's costume, would always throw to commercial saying "We'll be right back with more...stuff!"
    • The song Homestar hums is "Jumpin' at the Woodside", a Count Basie tune which was the theme song for Gong Show regular Gene Gene the Dancing Machine. The dance Bubs does is Gene Gene's signature dance.
  • Homsar's line "This has been a supreme fish delight!" is a reference to a small chain of seafood restaurants around Atlanta.
  • Strong Bad's haunted house is said to be located just off I-20, which runs right through Atlanta.
  • The two lines Homestar and Bubs speak in Homestar's Easter egg are quotes from Raising Arizona, whose lead character Homestar is dressed up as.
  • Strong Bad's line "Why if I had a haunted house, I think it would turn out a little something..." could be a reference to David Lee Roth's "Just a Gigolo" song and music video. This would be fitting, as Strong Bad seems to be dressed up as David Lee Roth from David's Eat 'Em and Smile album cover art, seen in full at the start of the "Yankee Rose" video promo.
  • Homestar's last line in Strong Bad's Easter egg refers to the Beetlejuice episode "Quit While You're a Head", which ends with the same vocalization.
  • Clicking on the Poopsmith causes Strong Bad to directly quote Feyd-Rautha in Dune.
  • Strong Sad's predicament resembles escape rooms, in which a person is placed in a small room with random objects and must use those objects in order to solve a puzzle to enter the next room. These rooms are challenging because they often have a time limit.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] YouTube Version

  • The title of the video contains the "Halloween 2015" prefix.
  • At the end of the toon, the costumes are identified in text boxes one-by-one, starting with Homestar and going clockwise.
  • Additionally, all of the ending Easter eggs play automatically, in this order:
    • Coach Z
    • Strong Bad
    • Homestar Runner
    • Bubs
    • Strong Mad
    • Pom Pom
    • The Poopsmith
    • The King of Town
    • The Cheat
    • Marzipan
    • Armpit Latte

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