In celebration of Halloween, I am holding off on posts about Northern District cases and, instead, I am bringing you a Halloween-themed patent.  This is the first page of U.S. Patent No. 6,419,541 which protects a "device for protecting treats" which can be extended to the treat-giver to receive a treat and an inflatable "scary creature" such as a snake or a mouse to give the treat-giver a trick.  Happy Halloween.