Once a year, on October 31st, weary souls get a reprieve.
At dusk, the barriers between worlds weaken and a shuffling throng shambles home from lands afar. As darkness covers the Earth, beings dressed in intricate, sometimes ancient, finery go from door to door, demanding their yearly tribute.
Spirits manifest at tables, and gruesome feasts are laid out for unearthly visitors. Sepulchral music drifts through the night and for one evening, there is a macabre revelry.
We are of course, talking about the annual Halloween parties.