Helmer-scribe Michael Dougherty’s “Trick ‘r Treat” will kick off the Screamfest Horror Film Fest on Oct. 10.

Dougherty, who won the fest’s animated short award in 2003 for “Deadtime Stories,” will be on hand for a Q&A session after the screening.

The Anna Paquin starrer, produced by Bryan Singer, Alex Garcia and Dan Harris, is a tale of gore and mayhem set in a small town on Halloween night. The horror comedy co-stars Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb, Tahmoh Penikett and Brian Cox.

Fest runs Oct. 10-19 at Mann’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater.