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Pokémon Go is trick-or-treating for Halloween this week

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All the candy this week

Halloween is almost upon us, and Pokémon Go is getting in on the action with its first global, in-game event. In honor of the sweet and spooky holiday, all players can collect twice as much candy as usual from Oct. 26-Nov. 1. Along with the trick-or-treating incentives, popular ghost-type Pokémon will be easier to catch during the special period.

A video above explains the conceit, but for those who just want to cut to the candy-collecting part: Catching a Pokémon results in six candies to your stockpile, while you'll get two candies for transferring a Pokémon to Professor Willow, instead of the usual one. Buddy Pokémon, the chosen monster who ambles alongside their trainer, will also turn up four candies in their travels — four times more than normal.

All in all, it sounds like a good time to get back into the game ... if only to start transferring Pidgey en masse again, in the hopes of raising your trainer level quickly. The chance to catch uncommon Pokémon like Haunter, Gengar and Hypno is also attractive to the dedicated Pokémon master.

It's a seasonably appropriate promotion, but it's not necessarily one that will sate the fanbase. Pokémon Go has shed a wide swath of players since July for a bevy of reasons, including developer Niantic's continued silence on the return of the in-game Pokémon tracking feature. A representative for the company told Polygon recently that there are no plans yet to bring a revised system currently in beta in the San Francisco area to other locations.