Families across the London borough of Ealing were left paralysed with fear last night after receiving a visit from a group of trick-or-treaters who performed dance interpretations of 'losing your job', 'house-price crash', and others on their gravel drives.
Forgoing the years-old Hallowe'en tradition of donning vampire and ghost costumes, the street dance group, who call themselves Straight Up, said that just as people's fears have moved on, so must trick-or-treating, and interpretive street dance was the obvious medium.
One Ealing resident found her husband sitting on the hall floor, hugging his knees and sobbing 'make them go away...make them go away' and many other households gave the dance troupe not just all their Haribo, but anything else they wanted from their houses to stop the body-popping poppets from reminding them of their barely suppressed nightmares with their synchronised movements.
JoJo D, the leader of Straight Up, said that their break-dance versions of 'interest rates surge as pound collapses, spiralling mortgage costs then losing your home', and 'having to take the kids out of prep school while you and your wife collect the trolleys at Asda' also sent home-owners into panic attacks of terror.
As for next year, JoJo D says they are already working on some new material including 'we know you banged your wife's sister last Christmas' and 'the contents of your hard-drive are known to the police'.