Trick-or-Treat (move)

ハロウィン Halloween
Trick-or-Treat VIII.png
Trick-or-Treat VIII 2.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Status
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles Pokémon that used a move of the same type.

Trick-or-Treat (Japanese: ハロウィン Halloween) is a non-damaging Ghost-type move introduced in Generation VI. It is the signature move of Pumpkaboo and Gourgeist.


Trick-or-Treat adds the Ghost type to the target, in addition to the Pokémon's original type(s). If it is used against a dual-type Pokémon, that Pokémon will have three types at once. If the target already has an additional type added to it by Forest's Curse, that type is replaced with the Ghost type. Trick-or-Treat will fail if the target Pokémon is already Ghost type.

If powered up by a Ghostium Z into Z-Trick-or-Treat, the user's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed are raised by one stage each.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Trick-or-Treat cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Trick-or-Treat cannot be selected in battle.


Games Description
The user takes the target trick-or-treating. This adds Ghost type to the target's type.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
710   Pumpkaboo
Amorphous Amorphous 6, 23, 40 6, 23, 40 1, 12, 24, 36SwSh
711   Gourgeist
Amorphous Amorphous 6, 23, 40, 63 6, 23, 40, 63 1, 12, 24, 36SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Trick-or-Treat could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Trick-or-Treat could be seen as a move used by Boss Gourgeist.

Charge time 0.58 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Target Enemy
Additional effect Applies the Trick-or-Treat effect to the foe

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Status 2 2 100% An opponent Lowers the target's Ghost Type Rebuff by one rank. Allister (Fall 2022) & Gourgeist*


Games Description
SMD It adds Ghost type to a target.*
It adds Ghost type to the Pokémon in front of you.*

In the anime

The user takes the target trick-or-treating. This adds Ghost type to the target's type.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Gourgeist Gourgeist forms a white sphere of energy in front of its body while images of jack-o'-lanterns appear behind it. Multiple white ghosts are then released from the sphere and fly into the opponent, adding Ghost to the opponent's type.
Diantha's Gourgeist Pride of a Champion! Debut

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games


  • Using Trick-or-Treat on a Normal/Fairy-type Pokémon is the only way for a Pokémon to have a sole weakness to the Steel type.
  • Unlike Forest's Curse, a Pokémon affected by this move cannot have an 8× weakness.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 萬聖夜 Maahnsingyeh
Mandarin 萬聖夜 / 万圣夜 Wànshèngyè
  French Halloween
  German Halloween
  Italian Halloween
  Korean 핼러윈 Haelleowin
  Brazilian Portuguese Doces ou Travessuras
  Spanish Halloween

Variations of the move Forest's Curse
  Forest's CurseTrick-or-Treat

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.