You're feeling daring tonight, so why not knock on death's door?
As you rise up to the clouds, someone passes you on a broomstick.
You catch up to the offending witch.
"Oh, so even the dead are flying now? Halloween sure is something." She chuckles despite the severe lack anything funny. You decide to humor her.
To start with, you ask about the bag held under her humerus.
"Oh, that's a funny story. Y'see, I thought I go do some trick or treating."
She hefts it over her shoulder. That one's the scapula.
It's bulging, but not with candy. Unless the candy is shaped like books, or comes in very large boxes. Either way, it's probably stolen. People normally don't give out that much candy.
How a candy book work, anyway? You'd have to eat it as you read, and you'd probably get sick of it by the end. You certainly wouldn't be able to read it again.
The good-humored witch flies drops away into the forest.
Ah, you're here.
You've always wondered why people bothered to knock. You never heard about people Barging into Death's House and Shouting "I'm Here!". You never hear about people Jumping Death's Fence and Jimmying Death's Back Window either, which is what you'd do. People are polite about the strangest things.
The doors swing open. Pity they don't squeak properly.
You start to drift up the staircase, and keep going
Yeah, that's pretty boring. You blast up the rest of the stairs at full speed.
The garden's pretty bare this time of year, isn't it? A bare garden isn't much fun. Now, a bear garden...
You emerge from your Ursine dreamings when the white swords-girl approaches you.
"What are you here for?"
She could use a coat, you think.
You hold up the bucket expectantly. She sighs, putting her head in her palm.
"Right, Lady Yuyuko mentioned that... Wait here a moment, I think I have something."
She walks off in a jiffy.
Speaking of which, you've been neglecting your Rhythm. After all, what is a dancing zombie that doesn't dance? A miserable bile of bones.
You've moved on to jazz hands when she comes back. She eyes you oddly.
"What are you... nevermind. Here."
She hands you a little bag of chocolate balls. Oooh, handmade.
"I managed to stop Lady Yuyuko from eating all of them before she left. Really, with all the candy those two are going to eat..."
She shakes her head, at a loss.
Well, what's next?
[ ] Try the haunted mansion
[ ] The Sanzu river is nice and spooky
(5) Handmade chocolate from Youmu Konpaku.
Youkai Mountain. Said to be the residence of only the most feared youkai and the bravest humans.
You'd bet they've got loads of candy.
To the sky, to fight evil and liberate the sweet, sweet treasure!
Something smells really nice down by the foot of the mountain. You are most definitely not stalling or anything.
You fly down to investigate.
There's two people standing over a little fire. They're burning leaves. Are they homeless? So sad.
But leaves don't smell delicious.
"Leaves aren't just for burning!"
"What else are they good for, then? You should be happy, I'm doing something useful with them."
The first girl puffs up and storms off. She's probably finding something to rain on.
Maybe she'll rain goats?
You approach the remaining girl, who's still sticking her tongue out.
"Ah, a human! What are you here for?" She demands
You hold out your bucket for an answer. She smiles.
"So, you couldn't resist the delicious smell, huh?" She says it really loud. "Here, have one. They're really good and useful!" At least she's shouting the other way now. She holds up a baked sweet potato and set it in your bucket. You'll need to let that cool.
The first girl comes running back and shoves a bunch of leaves in after it.
"Bleh!" She sticks her tongue out at the potato girl and runs off again.
"Hey! Come back here!" The other girl runs after her.
You look up to the mountain. More treasure awaits!
[ ] Visit the Tengu.
[ ] The new shrine sounds fun.
(1) Roasted Sweet Potatoe from Minoriko Aki. (too many) Dry Leaves from Shizuha Aki.
Ugh. You wish people wouldn't keep sticking crap in your bucket.
At least it wasn't literal this time.
You grab a handful of the leaves and toss them out of the bucket. That's as much as you can get without losing any candy. For once, you're glad for the wrappers.
This'll be the first time you've been to the shrine up here. Since they're new, maybe they'll be giving out lots of candy? You can certainly hope.
Also, there shouldn't be any youkai in this shrine.
You ascend the mountain at top speed, trees blurring past below you.
Ah, there it is. You touch down lightly at the base of the stairs and walk through the shinto gate. It's bad luck to go around it, right? You don't remember.
It strikes you at this point that you've been neglecting your dance. By gods, what kind of dancing zombie are you?
You set about rectifying the situation on the approach to the door.
You heard somewhere that knocking on wood brings good luck.
Knock knock, a-knock knock knock, knock knock.
"I'm coming, I'm coming!"
The door slides open, you hold out your bucket, and-
Ow! You didn't even come here last time!
Also, you didn't know people's eyes got that wide.
"Ah... I-I'm sorry!" She bows deeply. "I thought you were someone else..." She rubs her head sheepishly as she stands up.
At this point she notices your bucket, and, most importantly, the candy.
"Ah! It's Halloween today, isn't it?" With an excited clap, she hurries back into the house. You hear her call out inside, and several people answer in turn. Huh, you didn't know there were any men here.
Several minutes later, she re-emerges, several hard candies cupped in her hands. Oh cool, they've got bugs in them.
Mission accomplished, you leave the shrine behind you.
You walk through the gate backward for fun. Who cares if it got funny looks from people?
off the mountain.
Your bucket's not even half full! You'd better pick up the pace, if you want to make the quota. You aren't entirely sure what the quota is, but you suspect it involves the bucket being a bit more full. More like that one.
Oh wow, that's a lot of candy.
Oh, it's a white rabbit. Lucky!
And a Japanese princess. What a surprise. You make sure to return the bow.
"Oh, how much you got there?"
The nosy rabbit is poking it's nose into your candy. Maybe it smells the sweet potato?
"Oh, not bad for a normal person, I guess."
The princess looks daintily confused.
"Isn't this a normal amount?" She gestures to the radiant mass of joy on the cart beside her.
"Yea, but people like this guy here always have trouble." The rabbit pats you on the back hard enough to make sure she bruised your pride. It hurts.
"Perhaps we should share some, then?"
But what's a few bumps and bruises between friends?
"Nah, he wouldn't be able to enjoy it then. After all, it's only worth something if you get it yourself, right?"
You're pretty sure they make good luck charms out of rabbit's feet.
"I suppose so..."
She looks awfully concerned, now.
"Does that including Shiro too?"
"Of course! You can't just go sharing candy with people out of pity!"
The rabbit picks grabs the cart handle and the princess and drags them away. You make a rude gesture at her back.
[ ] Scarlet Devil Mansion [ ] Forest of Magic & Mayohiga
[ ] Human Village & Hakurei Shrine
[ ] Underground & Ancient City
[ ] Bamboo Forest & Eientei
[ ] Youkai Mountain & Moriya Shrine [ ] Netherworld & Surrounding area
I probably misphrased that before. Each area has two scenes, only one of which you can get. I'm counting "Human Village & Hakurei Shrine" as a residence, not "Keine's house" "Hakurei Shrine" and "Hieda House". Sorry for any confusion.
You'll leave the hoary-haired hermit alone for tonight. It's not good to tempt people who think pacifism is a buttery thing you eat with afternoon tea. It's even worse, since she probably doesn't have any of those. She doesn't strike you as much of a tea drinker.
Instead, you'll go after a certain occasionally-flightless bird. She's more likely to have real candy, anyway.
It's a good thing the smell of whatever strange fish she cooks permeates so well. You find the stall in no time.
"Oh~ Hello, little worm meat~"
Oh geeze, what a way to greet someone. You take a glance around.
"Rumia went off somehere~"
No Rumia! Yay!
You take a running leap (with just a pinch or flight) and land perfectly on one of the stools.
"Hehehe~" She ruffles your hair with her almost freakishly long, clawlike nails. "You're still too young for a drink~"
You frown a bit. That's not why you're here!
...not the only reason, anyway.
She scratches her head in thought.
"Ahahaha~ I don't think I have any candy~"
Well, carp. Up till now it'd gone swimmingly. This should've been easy, like shooting fish in a barrel.
Okay, enough puns. That last one was lame.
Nothing you can do now, you suppose.
"Oh, actually..." She reaches into her apron pocket and produces a small plastic bag that she sets in your bucket with almost exaggerated care. "I forgot I had these~"
It's a bag of marshmallows
You barely restrain yourself from spontaneously hugging her, instead settling for a bow.
Ouch, countertop there.
"Hahaha~" She giggles, covering her mouth with the back of her hand. "You've still got places left, right?"
You groove through the air and across the ground. You can feel the sugar high seeping out of the bag directly into your bloodstream. It's... intoxicating.
"My my, something smells delicious~"
A ghost! Dressed as a ghost. Oh my, how original.
"Don't take it from other people, Yuyu. It's not nice."
You've got years of experience, so you didn't flinch at that one.
It's another ghost, dressed in the same, boring white robe. They really have no sense of originality, no sense of style!
"No legs" is a nice touch, though. Awfully hard to fake.
"But it smells so goood~"
Oh, is she talking about the sweet potato? It is still warm...
"We'll make some when we get back, okay?"
You make sure to bow and greet them politely. After all, you didn't even need to break into their house to get candy.
"Ooooh~" She puffs out her cheeks indignantly and stamps her foot. Hey, when did she get those?
"People recognize us too easily! I told you we should have had the hoods..."
"Ahaha... I told you, that looks like something else."
Refusing to dwell on past failures, the ghostly princess-in-disguise has stuck her nose into your candy bucket. You jerk it away quickly.
"Yuyuko..." He blows out a long breath through his lips, and shoves his hand into his stomach.
He fishes around for a good half-minute, pulling out what appears to be one of those little chocolate balls Youmu gave you. Yuyuko's head snaps around like those rubber-band things.
The both of them smiling and giggling, she opens her mouth, allowing him to place it inside. She chews it slowly and deliberatly, the corners of her mouth turning up. You can almost sense a little bubble forming around them.
Oh wait, are their pupils turning into hearts?
You slip away quietly as they get lost in each other's eyes.
Man, ghosts are weird.
[ ] Scarlet Devil Mansion [ ] Forest of Magic & Mayohiga
[ ] Human Village & Hakurei Shrine [ ] Underground & Ancient City
[ ] Bamboo Forest & Eientei [ ] Youkai Mountain & Moriya Shrine [ ] Netherworld & Surrounding area
The forest is a wonderful place for Trick-or-Treaters, especially those who lean toward the "Trick" end of the scale.
But for those adventurous few who journey into it, seeking the Holy Grail of Treats, it is a place filled with adversity and strife. Those that survive refuse to speak of it, drowning in shame and blunt trauma.
You, however, are privy to a great secret: The perfect way to get lost. It is a mystic art, known only to he who has spent years of his life dedicated to not knowing or caring where he is. To him alone, that mystic, solitary shrine of sugar shall be revealed on this Halloween eve.
The white picket fence is a nice touch, though.
You sidle through the gate and shuffle across the yard.
"Oh! A person appeared!"
Oh! a per-
Hey, she's stealing your lines!
With a swish or her cape, the feral vampire-cat leaps from the rooftop, landing in a one knee-crouch, covering her mouth with the one hand.
"I will carry out my mission from Miss Ran! No one should wake Miss Yukari! Now go away!" She sticks her tongue out at you.
The guardian of the shrine... the Final Boss, huh? You groove side-to-side, waving your arms in slow, deliberate patterns of complete and utter nonsense.
You'll end this in one move! Hyaaaa!
"Heh!" She dodges away in a blink, your outstretched hand fly past her at speed.
That was easy~
"Huwa!" With a leap and a flip, she grabs the eaves of the roof, pulling herself up in a second.
You hear a rumbling that builds in intensity, followed by a loud "thunk" that shakes the door. The handle turns, and it flies open moments later.
"What are you doing!?" The fox woman whispers fiercely, rubbing the large red spot on her forehead. "You'll wake her up!"
"Wake who up, exactly?" Yukari blinks sleepily and fans herself, hanging halfway out of a gap. She's dressed in a witch costume, but... as Keine would have put it, she was missing a few yards of cloth and a half dozen buttons. You disagree.
"Hmmm..."Ran, what happened to you costume, I wonder?" Ran stiffens, noticably, eyes going wide.
In a single motion her hands slip down to the floor, grabbing the hem of Ran's robe, and tugs it up over her head.
Careful years of practice let you ignore the impulse to cover or avert your eyes.
Underneath, she's wearing an outfit much like Yukari's, but red. She tries to pull down enough of the fabric to cover her belly, but to no avail.
Yukari swipes off Ran's hat, replacing it with a proper pointy one.
You have enough sense not to whistle, instead remaining silent, if only for this moment to last a little longer.
"And who do we have here?" Yukari leans directly into your face, one hand barely concealing a smirk.
Oh damn, she noticed you.
You hold up the bucket, little bits of fuzz still floating around inside your head.
Yukari reaches into her gap, producing a handfull of sweets and treats, and setting them in your bucket. She crawls back into the gap with a wink, leaving a very crimson Ran to slam the door hard enough to shake the house.
Oh my god this was the best stop ever
There were other stops... around here... right?
[ ] ...Try the magicians, maybe? They live near each other...
[ ] That little store on the edge of town... they might have some... some... right, candy.
(1) Anpan from Yukari Yakumo. (1) Cream Bread from Yukari Yakumo. (2) Candy apple from Yukari Yakumo. (2) Bags of Jellybeans from Yukari Yakumo. (1) Glorious memory of youth from Yukari & Ran Yakumo.
...Um, right, you should go see the magicians! They've usually got candy set out. And they live right near each other, too.
Reluctantly shaking off the last of the pink haze, you fly down to Alice's house. She's pretty punctual about putting out a bowl.
You manage to groove through the air, dancing without a floor. It's a feeling of utter freedom.
You land your moonwalk in front of Alice's house, descending in a wide, slow spiral.
There it is. A bowl of candy outside the house, and, perched atop the edge, one of her dolls. You think it's London, but you aren't sure. Seeing you, it pulls up stack of written cards.
It shuffles to the next.
"Miss Alice is working right now."
"Please take some!"
And an arrow toward the bowl.
You obey gladly.
It shuffles to the next.
"Marisa, leave now."
Written in what almost looks like blood.
You stare at it blankly for several seconds. London turns the card around, then, blushing as much as a doll can, flips it over.
With a little heart in the corner.
You bow, and the doll returns it. With a little skip backward, you soar off to the sky for a better vantage point. It doesn't take long to spot the only other column of chimney smoke, coming from Marisa's house. It seems to be a funny pinkish color, and you take extra care not to inhale it.
No-one out front. No-one out back.
Oh wait, someone inside.
There's a man inside Marisa's house. Seriously, what is going on? And who is he?
"I'm David. I'm, ah, staying here."
You narrow your eyes. The only person burgling burglars is a burglar like you.
It appears the costume did not improve your image this time. The man takes some candy from a bowl by the door and places it your bucket. Hmph. Good enough.
He shuts the door, and you rise above the treeline again.
Trees, trees, and more trees. Why does the forest always get bigger when you're inside it?
Maybe it's magic.
You reach the edge of the forest and touch down. Flying is hard work, you know.
And here's three people who agree with you, from the look of it.
Two vampires dressed as people and one person dressed as a vampire. Is it opposite day?
No, it's Halloween~
So you greet them.
"Oh, a good night to you too." The blue one drops a curtsy. You try to pick it up.
She chuckles softly into her hand, while the blond one just straight-up laughs. The man looks thoroughly bemused, confused, and maybe a bit apologetic. He reaches up to scratch his head with the arm not entangled in vampire.
You take a glance at their costumes. The blue one is wearing an extra-frilly black ball dress, and the blond one is dressed as a pretty pink princess. Ouch, bit your tongue.
The man is dressed in a long, red-lined black cape and a loose white shirt with more frills than you've ever seen on any man. Alive, anyway.
Though, seeing the Scarlet family out and about is quite rare in itself.
"Flan wanted to try Trick-or-Treating this year, so I thought we'd make it a family outing." Says the blue vampire, squeezing the man's arm between her own. "I must say, it's been quite fun."
Hmmm... you don't see a bag, though. Where are they keeping all their candy?
Huh? If you aren't keeping it, what are you doing?
All three of them point to their mouths.
They've simply been... eating it? What horrible depravity! What lawlessness! Outrage! Filled with a burning light of justice, you hold out your candy-blessed bucket, allowing them to bask in its glory.
"Is that a sweet potato?"
"It's full of leaves."
"Ew, those are bugs."
"That packet looks familiar..."
You pull it away angrily. If they can't appreciate the glory, they can't see it!
Fueled by righteous indignation, you launch into an impassioned speech on the power of Halloween, and the sacred ritual of Trick-or-Treating. How dare they take its name in vain!"
The two girls stand in awe, mouths slightly agape, as you bring your rousing oratory to a close. The man looks at you with a slight smirk on his face, which he is clearly trying very hard to suppress.
You say your goodbyes, waving as they walk away. From her position atop the man's shoulders, the blond girl calls back to you.
"Thanks, Mr. Zombie!"
Hey, is that a licorice in her mouth?
Your head snaps back to the bucket. She swiped one!
Grumbling, you set off.
Final destination? [ ] Scarlet Devil Mansion [ ] Forest of Magic & Mayohiga [ ] Human Village & Hakurei Shrine [Q] Underground & Ancient City (AUTO)
[ ] Bamboo Forest & Eientei [ ] Youkai Mountain & Moriya Shrine [ ] Netherworld & Surrounding area
As you approach home, your groove slows to a softer beat, and a familiar Melancholy fills your soul.
Halloween is... over.
You turn your face to the east, where the sun is just about to rise. A single tear of passion roll down your cheek.
Tap tap tap
You climb the steps, pushing open the door of your house. Your parent's have long gone to bed, and the lights are extinguished. On the table, though, a lone candle burns beside a basket, and on it, a note.
"You can have any leftovers - Mom"
A smile spreads itself across your face. Truly, this was an excellent Halloween.
Congratulations! Trick-or-treating in Gensokyo Complete!
Have a Happy Halloween~
(3) "Fun size" chocolate bars from Hong Meiling.
(1) The French Stuff from Sakuya Izayoi. (5) Handmade chocolates from Youmu Konpaku. (32) Licorice from Komachi Onozuka. (2) Jawbreakers from Komachi Onozuka. (4) Taffy from Komachi Onozuka. (1) Full-size chocolate bar from Komachi Onozuka. (1) Roasted sweet potato from Minoriko Aki. (Too many) Dry leaves from Shizuha Aki. (3) Hard candies with bugs in them from Sanae Kochiya. (1) Green apple from Keine Kamishirasawa. (1) Tube of mint toothpaste from Keine Kamishirasawa. (10) Rice candies (stolen) from Reimu Hakurei. (1) Chess piece from ???. (4) Caramels (stolen) from Tenshi Hinanawi. (3) "Candies" from Eirin Yagokoro. (1) Packet marked "Antidote" from Reisen Udongein Inaba. (1) Bag of marshmallows from Mystia Lorelei. (1) Anpan from Yukari Yakumo. (1) Cream bread from Yukari Yakumo. (2) Candy apple from Yukari Yakumo. (2) Bags of jellybeans from Yukari Yakumo. (1) Glorious memory of youth from Yukari & Ran Yakumo. (3) Chocolate wafer-things from London (Alice Margatroid). (2) Packs of gummy candies from David Lee Roth. (3) Peanut butter cups from Satori Komeiji. (1) Coconut bar from Yuuka Kazami.
[Scarlet Devil Mansion] Head straight for the library (Patchouli, Koakuma, Sera) [Netherworld] Try the haunted mansion (Prismriver sisters) [Youkai Mountain] Visit the Tengu. (Mikio) [Village] The Heida house is rich. Groove or not, they might have good candy! (Akyu) [Eientei] Tastes like chicken. (Mokou, naturalist anon) [Forest] That little store on the edge of town... they might have some... some... right, candy. (Rinnosuke/Knight Blazer) [Underground] ...Visit the Oni! (Yuugi, Yamame, Taizou) [Encounter] Syrup & Pancakes (Aya & Adahn)
[ ] Just one more scene! (select only one)
[ ] Darth Rumia
[ ] Magical Cupid Koishi: Episode 1
[ ] Nothing