Tricks and Treats
American Horror Story Asylum



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

AHS: Asylum's characters become more fully formed in an episode that refuses to contain its gleeful insanity and wandering plot.

Episode Info

Lana plans an escape from Briarcliff, and enlists Grace's help. Meanwhile, Bloody Face's court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr Thredson, arrives... and finds himself involved in an exorcism that goes terribly wrong.


Jessica Lange
as Sister Jude
Sarah Paulson
as Lana Winters
Evan Peters
as Kit Walker
Lily Rabe
as Sister Mary Eunice
Zachary Quinto
as Dr. Oliver Thredson
James Cromwell
as Dr. Arthur Arden
Joseph Fiennes
as Monsignor Timothy Howard
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Critic Reviews for Tricks and Treats

Episode two really does dig deep into this season's ongoing storyline and mythology, while also offering up some of the ol' crazy... to keep those who loved that about season one watching.

Aug 8, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Spankings! Nuns having sex! Bondage! Lots of fun for fetishists this week. Very fitting for Halloween.

Aug 16, 2016 | Full Review…

We begin this episode much the way I wish every episode of every television show would begin: with Adam Levine being stabbed.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Twilight in The Asylum, and a devil is on the loose.

Aug 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Even though the exorcism story felt like yet another horror genre blast out of nowhere, it actually fits the best if you consider all the supernatural stuff that American Horror Story has established so far.

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

The first episode of each season of American Horror Story will be a messy, barely coherent dare to the audience to get out while we can, and then Episode 2 hooks us permanently. Because I AM HOOKED NOW.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Last night's episode was fun and kept us guessing, but we did get the whiff of plain old mess a couple of times throughout.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

American Horror Story: Asylum has already provided an exorcism plot that was better than every film about exorcism released this year.

Aug 15, 2016 | Full Review…

The characters are more fully formed than the family at the center of last season's hijinks, which makes for a far more interesting story - but also a far more dark and disturbing one, as evidenced by "Tricks and Treats."

Aug 9, 2016 | Rating: 4.1/5 | Full Review…

Some of the mystique is gone now that the veil has been pulled away. However, I still have faith in the creative team in front and behind the camera so we'll have to see how the rest of this season shakes out.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…

While American Horror Story: Asylum... seems to be unwilling to break from its tradition of gleeful insanity with this week's impressive collection of bits and pieces mashed into a television show.

Aug 8, 2016 | Full Review…