Well, my Obamaween experiment -- in which I attempted to redistribute the wealth among trick-or-treaters -- didn't go over very well at all.
A couple kids put up a fuss, and a few even cried, when I explained that I had to confiscate some of their candy in order to replenish my own depleted candy bowl, or give it to beggars who had, through no fault of their own, come up short in candy collection. None saw the justice in it; all seemed to think it was patently unfair. And a few even resisted, jumping off the porch and into the bushes in an attempt to escape, forcing me to let the rottweilers out.
I guess these kids aren't old enough and sophisticated enough to see the merit in what I was doing. They see the world in such stark, black and white terms. But a majority of their parents obviously get it, since they are about to elect Barack Obama president, ensuring that this sort of tricking and treating will go on for years to come.