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As an expectant father, I don't know what the heck I'm doing when it comes to parenting. So when I first heard this suggestion for a Halloween trick for a parent to play on his or her kids, I thought it was a fun idea: "Clear out a child's room and tell them they were robbed."

Coincidentally, I came across a similar prank on YouTube that made me rethink my enthusiasm: YouTube: Brother on Christmas unwraps fake XBOX 360 

For more information: Want a Halloween trick that you can play on people coming to your door? Read about artist Jeff Gaither's missing-screen prank. (Photo: Flickr/kevindooley)


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Senior editor at MapQuest. Previously, freelance writer: WSJ, enRoute, Eater, USA Today, CNT, BlackBook, Gridskipper. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel. Also, I was director of content and editorial strategy for

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