Back in 2016, we were introduced to the town of Hawkins, Indiana. And, it has never been the same since then. Brace yourselves, as Halloween is coming to Hawkins this fall with a new monster to terrorize Will, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas.
Netflix’s Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers was released four years ago. Starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Charlie Heaton, and Joe Keery, Stranger Things received critical acclaim upon its release. A show revolving around a small fictional town of Hawkins, things get up-side-down (pardon the pun) when a kid goes missing.
Stranger Things’ massive popularity can be attributed to its engrossing plotline, flawless characterization, a near-perfect homage to the pop-culture of 1980s, and for its atmosphere straight out of a Stephen King novel. With record-breaking viewership, Stranger Things is undoubtedly one of the best TV series to have come out in recent times.
In the first season, we were introduced to all the major characters. From the shy Will Byers to the adorable Dustin Henderson, the cast has played a major role in Stranger Things’ massive popularity. Millie Bobbie Brown’s portrayal of Eleven, a young girl with telepathic and psychokinetic abilities made her one of the youngest nominees for an Emmy award.
A diverse cast and nostalgic homage to the ’80s, Stranger Things has come a long way after the events of the third season. The disappearance of fan-favourite Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour became a major point of discussion. But soon, the teaser trailer for the fourth season of Stranger Things confirmed that Jim Hopper is alive, but far away from Hawkins in the icy lands of Russia.
In September 2019, the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things was announced. Production for the fourth season had started back in February 2020 but was halted due to the COVID-19 crisis. As the pandemic has brought the production to a screeching halt, the release date for the fourth season is now unknown.
For fans of Stranger Things, it might be a long wait before they visit the town of Hawkins once again. To relive some of the nostalgia, the closest fans can get is to watch the upcoming The New Mutants where Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers) plays the role of Cannonball. But thankfully, Dark Horse Comics has planned to release a one-shot special titled Stranger Things Halloween Special One-Shot. Releasing on October 21st, a day before Halloween, the story will revolve around Will Byers, Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, and Lucas Sinclair. As per the official description released by Dark Horse Comics, the story will be
“The special will take place on Halloween night in Hawkins where Will, Mike, Lucas and Dustin gather in Castle Byers to eat candy and scare each other with spooky stories. Little do they know, they’ll reveal the quaint town’s deepest kept secret—the Child-Eater of Hawkins.”
With no further description available, we can only speculate whether the mentioned Child-Eater is a real monster who fled from the secret laboratory or a criminal on loose who is hunting down children. But rest assured, it should be a good trip down the lane of ’80s nostalgia, classic Halloween trick-or-treat stories and some trademark hilarious adventures of Will, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas in Castle Byers.
The one-shot special from Dark Horse Comics will be written by Michael Moreci (Star Wars, Wasted Space), drawn by artist Todor Hristov (The Forever Maps, Soul Trader), coloured by colourist Chris O’Halloran (Immortal Hulk, Ice Cream Man), and letterer Nate Piekos.
The first three seasons of Stranger Things are available for streaming on Netflix.