“Winds of Winter” author George RR Martin feels sad that Halloween isn’t being celebrated with the same enthusiasm as the time when he was a kid. The author took to his blog recently to talk about how the festival isn’t celebrated in his neighborhood.

Martin lives in Santa Fe, and each year the enthusiasm for Halloween seems to be diminishing in his neighborhood. Recently, a friend sent the author a picture of him handing out candy to children dressed in the sigils of the imaginary Houses in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, and it reminded him about how things are in real life.

In a blog post about trick or treating, Martin said that he and his staff, whom he refers to jokingly as his minions, always keep lots of candy. However, not even one kid turned up at his door this year.

Halloween used to be Martin’s favorite holiday when he was a kid. He recalled how he used to be a fearless trick or treater. Dressed as a monster, the “Winds of Winter” author would go out in the night. Apart from getting his candy, the most exciting part of the annual ritual was that Martin would get a glimpse inside stranger’s homes when they opened the door.

Some of the “cooler” treats that Martin got as a kid were “ cookies and home baked pies and brownies and little cakes.” He joked that he would have been “mortified” to bring his mother along when he ventured out at night.

“Halloween isn’t what it was, alas,” Martin wrote.

With his trick or treating days behind him, Martin is currently busy finishing “Winds of Winter.” The author previously confirmed in his blog that the next book in “A Song of Ice and Fire” is a top priority for him.

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George R.R. Martin’s sixth book in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, “The Winds of Winter,” still doesn’t have an official release date yet. He is pictured on Feb. 23, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Steve Snowden/Getty Images for AMC Networks