Last Halloween, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper went trick-or-treating, he was monarch of all he surveyed.
This year, he's a ghost.
Oh, Harper is still corporeal enough. He passed through security Wednesday on his way to Calgary, I suppose, although one imagines prime ministers don't have to take off their shoes and shuffle along in their stockings, or answer to why they failed to stow their toothpaste is in a special little Government of Canada baggie.
He may even put on his prime minister's costume today one leg at a time, just as the rest of us would if we’d been invited to the same Halloween party.