We usually don’t get any trick or treaters out where we live and for someone who loves Halloween as much as I do, it’s a teensy bit disappointing. I always buy candy, just in case — and of course I get something that I like, so the situation doesn’t turn out to be completely without merit. In reminiscing about Halloween, my husband confessed to the nifty little scam he ran when he was a kid: He would go around to neighboring houses the day before Halloween, proclaiming that he had to be out of town with his parents the next day, and sympathetic people would give him candy. On Halloween he trick or treated with his friends. The day afterwards, he went around again, with a sad tale of having been gone for the holiday — thus being able to lay claim to any leftovers around the area. Be wary of scheming kids who show up at your door with tales of woe on October 30th and November 1st.