*Dusts this thing off*
How's life been treating you?
A friend of mine is having a combination Halloween/40th birthday party. Should I go?
Yes, she's your friend, it's her 40th birthday, yadda yadda yadda
Yes, it'll be fun! Pumpkins and beer!
No, it involves driving forever to nowhere
No, then you'll have to deal with a bunch of people who think that purely social occasions are meant for shop talk and other crap you don't give a shit about
Drink beer for about half an hour, sneak out early
Feign death instead