The Troublesome Art of Trick-or-treating
HAUNTED WOODS - Halloween. That one holiday can bring so many opinions and memories.
What do you think of when you hear of Halloween? Some people think, "CANDY!!!11!1"
Others think, "OH MY GOSH I'M GONNA GET EATEN!!!" And some people think,
"Heehee. Blood..." We call these people "creepy."
But anyway, it's my opinion on this holiday that counts in this article. So
What I think is the most important thing about Halloween is the candy - I mean,
the trick-or-treating. Think about it! Trick-or-treaters are the Neopians who
make Halloween what it is! Well, there's also all those villainy people. But
who cares about them?
... I'm going to get hunted down later for saying that, aren't I?
For those who do not know what trick-or-treating is - you poor souls - let
me explain. Trick or treating is a process where you get to dress up and go
around knocking on peoples' doors! And you don't get yelled at for it! And get
this - when the person opens their door, you yell, "Trick-or-treat!" And here's
the unbelievable part: You get free candy! Seriously, it's like the greatest
idea ever! And it only happens once a year. Trust me; I've tried trick-or-treating
on other days of the year. Doors were slammed in my face and things were thrown
at me. *sniffle* All that hard work put into my faerie princess costume was
But now I am here to teach you all the proper etiquette of trick-or-treating!
From costume to candy-consuming, I'll cover it all. And hopefully, this will
prevent you from making the same, um, "mistakes" I've made.
Costumes - or dressing up as some may say, range from cheap-skate to the kind
you're sure took a good chunk of your life to create. Now costumes are very
important. I've discovered a method; the cuter you dress, the more candy you
get. The scarier you dress, the more rush the candy-giver is in to close the
door. I tend to go for somewhere in the middle after going through certain incidents
from too much sugar. Since I don't want to sound like I'm saying certain costumes
are better, I'll just give you some warnings about how you should go about making
- or buying - your own.
1. When you dress up as a fire faerie, don't try to light your wings on fire
like that one Nuria person. Especially if your wings are made out of cardboard.
This can actually be considered dangerous. And the severe burns you may obtain
after running around in circles screaming may make your candy and trick-or-treating
experience less enjoyable.
2. Although dressing up as the Pant Devil may be easy (You can just throw on
a blue blanket and you're set), it is not always the wisest. This costume may
attract many Battledome challenges and angry Neopians who want their Hidden-Tower-quality
3. While it may sound like fun to dress up as an aquatic Neopet, if you want
the costume to be convincing, don't go for it. Unless you're trick-or-treating
down in Maraqua. But I've tried and it's kind of difficult to breathe down there.
Plus, the candy gets soggy.
4. If you dress up as Queen Fyora, do not try to imitate her and go about boasting
you're the greatest faerie and all Neopians should adore the ground you walk
on. Unfortunately, Queen Fyora will find out. Encountering Queen Fyora over
this is really not fun.
And that's all I have to say for now on costumes. Remember to be creative!
For me... well, forget creativity. I'm just slapping on a mask and claiming
I'm an unreleased Neopet.
Now that you've got your professionally-made costume, I'm sure you're all dying
to go out trick-or-treating. But hold on! There's more! You fellow Neopians
need to know how to be safe! Because remember, kids, safety is fun!
Now there aren't too many rules on who to visit. But I will give you a few
basic formulas to follow anyway.
Dressing up as food + trick-or-treating at the Esophagor's place = not healthy.
Dressing up as a ninja + trick-or-treating at Krawk Island = bad.
Dressing up as Illusen + trick-or-treating at Jhudora's Cloud = stupid.
Now let's get to how to go about getting the candy. I've discovered that after
banging on the door for ten minutes straight when no one answers right away
never results in receiving candy.
Now unless you're in a really scary costume, I wouldn't try threatening the
candy-giver, either. Sorry folks, but when you're dressed up as a faerie Kacheek,
it's just plain hard to pull off the whole intimidating look.
Lastly, remember to say "Trick or Treat!" and smile! Otherwise, people wonder
why there's some oddball in a costume standing on their front porch.
Now here's the moment we've all been waiting for! The feasting of the candy!
Unless you're one of those weirdoes - I mean, people who carefully plan out
daily candy consumption for the next two and a half years.
Now, as tempting as it seems, I suggest you don't eat already-collected candy
while you continue trick-or-treating. Wait until you're sure you are done and
have arrived back home. But wait! Don't even think of going berserk and eating
all your candy at once! Make sure all doors are shut, all blinds are drawn,
and there is no one else in the room. Then you can go berserk and eat
all your candy at once.
And ahhh, the wonderful bliss you feel as you cram the precious sweets into
your mouth. Savor this feeling. Treasure it. For the next day your mouth will
be in considerate pain and you will begin to pursue cavity-free candy instead.
Now, side effects of this may include a sick stomach, extreme hyper-ness, and
crashing afterwards into a coma-like state. Gosh, isn't trick-or-treating the
And that's all for now! All the advice I have to give on the basics of trick-or-treating
has been laid out before you. Remember now, fellow trick-or-treaters: this time
only comes once a year. Don't blow it. And you are never too old for trick-or-treating
- even if they refuse to give you candy and threaten you. Now I've got to get
back to work on my new and improved faerie princess costume...