Writing in an online forum at 3.26am, unicorn_pickle said "Costumes in shops are whack. I am totes staying in on Friday and doing it virtually. There's a store round the corner from me selling blood soaked pumpkin heads and they look like they were made in a craft lesson by an 8 year old. Screw that".
Psychologist Angora Lesion said this was another sign that this incredibly powerful community is taking a more activist stance in the world. "We all know these people enjoy staying inside away from what they regard as a world that will never be as good as they can experience online or in games. However their critique of the real world is more vocal than ever before. In five years from now it's likely these people will only leave the house with a virtual reality helmet on to enhance their real world experiences".
One knock-on effect of this boycott is that homes will be left with spare chocolate, potentially fuelling the current obesity epidemic.
One parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "This is typical of the gaming community and their iron will to change how we socialise. How is my child supposed to know what it's like to be sworn at by the elderly or have a door slammed in their face if they can't take part in Halloween."
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