Halloween Ends: Ending Explained, Easter Eggs and Post-Credits Check-in

Warning: Full spoilers follow for Halloween Ends. Do you want to know if there is a post-credits scene in the film? We’ll tell you right here: No, there is not a mid-credits or a post-credits scene.

Halloween was rebooted (again) in 2018, promising a fitting end to Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ story that started way back in 1978. And now we’ve reached the end of this particular trilogy with Halloween Ends. Is this it for Laurie for real this time? Who makes it out alive? When does evil die?!

We can confirm without spoiling anything that Halloween does indeed end. So points for delivering on the premise! But beyond this point, we will be breaking down exactly what happens in Halloween Ends in full spoilers. You have been warned!

(Read our Halloween Ends review when you’re done here!)

Halloween Ends Ending Explained

Halloween Ends starts on Halloween 2019, one year after the events of the previous two movies. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since that last fateful Halloween and is sort of the figurative town bogeyman again. We meet Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), a 21-year-old with a bright future who is babysitting a kid named Jeremy. Long story short, Corey accidentally knocks Jeremy off a high stairwell and the child dies. Corey then becomes the town pariah, the “kid killer,” and he’s never able to shake that, misses out on fulfilling his dreams, and winds up working at his dad’s auto scrapyard by modern day 2022, where we pick up the rest of the movie up.

Meanwhile, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is writing her memoirs, noting how the town of Haddonfield has changed, descending into grief, fear, and paranoia following Michael’s attacks. She’s tried to move on with her life, living in a nice new home that she shares with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak). Of course, Allyson’s parents were killed back during Michael Myers’ 2018 attack.

Laurie sets up a meet-cute between Corey and Allyson, and Allyson tries to get Corey to come out of his shell at a Halloween party. But that night, he gets jumped by a group of – yes – marching band bullies, and finds himself in a sewer drain that is also Michael Myers’ hideaway. Michael attacks him but something strange happens as the killer stares into Corey’s eyes, and he lets the kid go. Corey rushes out and almost immediately stabs and kills a homeless person, either by accident or on purpose… it’s hard to tell.

Soon Corey becomes a sort of mini-Michael, working with the Shape to murder Allyson’s gross ex-boyfriend. He wants to learn Michael’s ways and it seems like whatever darkness Michael has within him is transferring into Corey. Meanwhile, Corey is getting closer to Allyson and resolves with her to “burn it to the ground” and leave Haddonfield. Not great, Bob.

Inevitably, October 31 arrives. Laurie, who has come to feel that there is something deeply wrong with Corey, confronts him, telling him he needs to stay away from Allyson. He replies, “If I can’t have her, no one will.” He then goes off and kills a bunch of other people.

In the end, Laurie fakes a suicide attempt, but in reality she knew that Corey was coming for her and she shoots him. After a struggle, he once again says, “If I can’t have her, no one can,” and then he slits his own throat. Allyson walks in at just the wrong time, and thinks Laurie did it.

Michael then rejoins that chat and kills Corey for good before reclaiming his mask from him. He and Laurie get into a huge fight in the kitchen and she manages to pin his hands down to the table with knives, stab him in the chest and through the armpit, and slice his throat. Oh, she also dumps the refrigerator on one of his legs because why not. He gets his hands around her neck and she screams “Do it!” while memories of previous Michael run-ins flash before her eyes, but Allyson runs in and stops him. Laurie slits his wrists… and Michael is finally dead.

Laurie throws Michael Myers’ body into a huge grinder, and we watch as his limp form gets torn apart to little bits.

But not dead enough apparently, as they strap his body to the top of a car and drive to the scrapyard as the townspeople follow. There Laurie throws Michael Myers’ body into a huge grinder, and we watch as his limp form gets torn apart to little bits. He’s super, incredibly dead!

In the final moments of the film, we see that Allyson moves away from Haddonfield to be on her own, and Laurie moves on too, tentatively reconnecting with Deputy Frank Hawkins (Will Patton), who had arrested Michael after his OG killing spree. We see that Michael’s mask sits on a table in Laurie’s home, and the film ends.

Is There a Halloween Ends End-Credits Scene?

No, there are no mid-credits or end-credits scenes in Halloween Ends. Sorry!

Halloween Ends Easter Eggs

No Halloween is complete without Easter eggs! Wait, that’s a different, unrelated holiday.

  • The main title font is the same used in the first third Halloween movie, Season of the Witch. That’s the one that’s not about Michael or Laurie. It’s about… haunted masks.
  • There are several homages and straight-up recreations to and of the original Halloween movie here. In the first few minutes, when Corey is babysitting Jeremy, the two are watching OG Halloween director John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic The Thing. Not only is this a nod to one of Carpenter’s best films, it’s also a reference to a scene from the original Halloween in which Lindsay Wallace watches 1951’s The Thing from Another World (which Carpenter’s film was a remake of).
  • The original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle appears during the costume party as a flasher. Don’t worry – he’s wearing an actual costume depicting human guts. Nothing gross!
  • Laurie is writing her memoir, entitled Stalkers, Saviors, and Saw-Wen. Saw-Wen is the Celtic festival which eventually became the Halloween holiday we know today, but it’s also been referenced in previous Halloween movies. In Halloween II, Dr. Loomis finds that Michael’s written it on a blackboard, but there he translates the word to mean “lord of the dead,” which isn’t quite historically accurate. In Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, villain Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy) is a Celtic witch who plans a mass sacrifice of children on the night of Halloween. The holiday’s also central to the plot of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. The eponymous curse is the Curse of Thorn, which in that movie’s canon was the force driving Myers to kill.

  • There’s a shot of Laurie looking down from her home to see Corey near a bush looking up at her from the sidewalk, only for him to disappear, which recreates a similar setup in Halloween ’78 where she sees Michael in her backyard from her bedroom.
  • Michael kills Allyson’s coworker by impaling her onto a wall, just like how he kills Lynda’s boyfriend Bob in Halloween ’78.
  • During their final confrontation, Michael’s face is reflected in Laurie’s knife. This is a bit of a visual callback to the posters for Halloween 5, Halloween 6, and Halloween: Resurrection. That’s the closest this trilogy ever gets to those movies, really.
  • The movie ends on a series of shots of empty rooms in Laurie’s house, similar to how Halloween ’78 ends… just much more serene now that Michael’s dead.
  • “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult plays over the end credits. The song plays on the radio in Halloween ’78 as Laurie and Annie are driving around Haddonfield.

But what did you think of Halloween Ends? Was it a proper… end? Why has no one thought to throw Michael’s body in an industrial grinder before? Let us know in the comments! And then be sure to check out our Halloween multiverse timeline!

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