Just this afternoon, our village has held an annual Trick or Treat party for the kids in the neighborhood. It was organized by our Homeowners Association, which I believe was an intelligent way to legitimize candy extortion from the residents. Prior to the party, a tyrannical letter from the management was sent out to each household asking everyone to partake in their sweet conspiracy, yet they guised it as a “donation letter”. As obedient occupants, we have yielded and purchased oodles of sweet treats to be given out to candy terrorists dressed in fancy costumes. It was psychological threat at its finest: those tiny zombies and ghouls didn’t dress up for Halloween's sake—They were subliminal reminders to the residents saying that those who resist shall meet a horrid fate: That could mean prohibition of the use of the swimming pool, and curfew for our mutts! Que horror!