Settled in for an evening of propitiating goblins, instead of doing something more productive.
Several pounds of goblin chow: check.
Lights on, including porch light: check.
Curled up on the sofa with a book: check.
By 1830, there were various little voices in the distance. Southmoon and Huckleberry ran to the front door; Southmoon growled.
Eventually, Top Hat and Southmoon stationed themselves by the front door, ready to defend the homestead, while Huckleberry rested upon his high throne. Well, atop the stack of soft-sided pet carriers.
Around 1930, there were clearly groups going by on the sidewalk, and Huckleberry and Top Hat had decided things were getting too dangerous and had scampered to the back of the house, leaving Southmoon to her vantage point in the front window.
But... all the groups of little voices were going past; none actually came up the walkway.
Did something change this year? Should I have put out Halloween decorations to advertise the presence of candy? Is there some registry for participating houses?
So I dumped all the candy in a bin and left it on the porch. Porch light on; other front-of-the-house lights off. And back to the office for me.
Now let's see if I can do something useful in what remains of the evening. Like figuring out why my I2C communication stopped working when I made a change that shouldn't have affected it at all.
Update: Gave up on Verilog for the day. Right abut 2035, there was a sharp pop somewhere outdoors. Then seven more, all spaced a second or two apart. Sounded more shooty than firecrackery. Doesn't seem to be any other commotion, and no sirens so far. Guess I'll stay up a little longer, just in case the cops come around ringing doorbells to ask if anyone saw or heard anything, but it's basically time to zonk out.
Update 2: Come morning, most of the candy is gone, but there's still enough left that it needs to go to hazmat dropoff (i.e., ToasterCo's break room, meaning that I need an excuse for a meeting this week).