‘Trick or Treat!!’
The sounds of children milling from door to door, plastic pumpkin sweet containers in hand swinging from side to side chalk full of chocolate and candies, stream out across the streets and cul-de-sacs as the darkness descends on Halloween night. Doors are strategically selected, research and information gathered from previous years used in order to determine which residents will or won’t answer their door. And which residents give out the best, or at the very least worthwhile, ‘prizes’.
Some children prepare songs, others prepare jokes, just incase the unthinkable should happen and the man or woman behind the door should ask for either a trick or treat. It throws most children, many of whom have never considered the words ‘Trick or Treat’ to be a question. Believing it to be a statement rather, a demand.
But beware one group of children.
All draped in black. Witches, devils, vampires. No parents accompany this group of revellers. Beware, I beseech you, this group. Answer your door and ask no questions. Expect no reply. Hand over the sweets, the candies, the goods. Quibble not over tricks nor treats. Care not for entertainment. They utter no request, they demand no recompense. All they do is stand. They stand, bags or bowls held out. Expecting.
Those that have asked for a trick or a treat from this group of children have not lived to see the next morn. Bludgeoned to death on their doorstep. It can’t have been them, people say. They’re children!? They couldn’t do that to a fully grown adult!? But coincidence can only travel so far. Those that have failed to answer their door to the group have also met a sinister end in the hours that followed.
So be sure to answer your door to all this Halloween night.
Your life might just depend on it…