One year when my kids were young, they made a scare crow kind of thing for Halloween using some of my old clothes stuffed with straw. It sat on my front lawn for about 2 weeks before Halloween, so everyone in the neighborhood had seen it. On Halloween night, as soon as it got dark, I took the scare crow away and put the clothes from it on. It had a face made from an old T shirt with eyes, nose, and mouth drawn on it with markers, so I cut holes in appropriate places so I could breathe easier and see. I put some of the straw in my sleeves and around my neck and some at my wrists to let it hang out around my gloves. Then I went out to the front yard and sat where the scare crow had been.
A short time later a bunch of kids of different sizes came by and one of them said "that sure is a real looking scare crow". Another said "nah, it isn't real" and he kind of kicked me. I moved a little as if the kick had caused it, but didn't let on that I was real. They went on to the house where my wife was waiting with candy, but one little guy kept watching me. Then, as he began to turn to follow them, I moved. He let out a yell and told the rest that I had moved. They ignored him, so he joined the rest at the front door.
I got up and walked up behind them as the little guy was reaching through the crowd to get his candy. When he turned around, I was right behind him. He let out another yell, and ran past me. With his yell, they all turned around and started yelling, then ran past me on both sides.
When they were gone I went back and sat down. A few minutes later, my neighbor's wife and her two young kids came down the street. When they had almost reached me, I stood up. She yelled and ran for home, letting go of her kid's hands, for them to run home on their own. I chased her all the way up to her front door. I didn't see her the rest of the night, but I let the kids know who I was. She wouldn't talk to me for weeks after.
There were other groups and fun sessions with them that night, but these were the highlights. Sitting on the ground all evening made me very cold. I had fun, but never did it again.
Central North Carolina