Eric is turning 17 and made very clear he wants no more childish ’surprise’ party and a cassette player, not an outdated 8-rack player, but ma Kitty is as subtle as a herd of elephants preparing exactly what he dreaded. To make it worse, Eric’s nasty sister Laurie, in college, is home and makes the gang boys’ heads spin, Kelso even imagines her to be madly in love with him. Pa Red cheerfully gives Laurie the keys to his new car plus $30, Eric nothing except that damned 8-track and his usual chores, while barring the only escape route from Kitty’s eternal baby-party; Red does drag Kitty to the neighbors, but she keeps worrying about her ’baby boy’
Point Place, Wisconsin, May 17, 1976. Nerdy teenager Eric, who smokes weed with some classmates in the basement, is in heaven when his dad Red decides to hand him the keys of his flashy Vista Cruiser, at the price of extra chores and forbidding him to take it out of town, knowing that won’t be obeyed anyway. The gang, which just adopted foreign exchange student Fez, is excited about a Todd Rundgren concert- Jackie uses her female charms to make sure skirt-chaser Michael Kelso would take her too.
It's Halloween and the gang decides to go to their old, abandoned, burnt down grammar school to have a scary Halloween. It soon turns out telling scary stories isn't scary enough any more, but finding their permanent records does send shivers down their spines. Meanwhile, Red and Kitty are thinking back about their first Halloween together.