600_cover… I offer a scene in which Edward Stanton, the protagonist of 600 Hours of Edward, deals with the coming of the trick-or-treaters:

It is Halloween, but no one comes to the door. This is as I planned. On Halloween, I turn off all the lights and put my car in the garage, and it seems for all appearances that I am not home. That is so much easier than telling eager children at the door that, no, I have no candy for them. Children get sad when you say such a thing to them, and that is difficult enough. But some adults, they get violently angry. That I do not need.