Looking for a short story I read maybe 10 years ago, about a boy who finds out that he’s the only real human on Earth, and all the other people he sees are not human but something else. It takes place during Halloween.

Also, I remember that the Earth is not real either, and they have to construct scenery and environments to fool him. For example, if he were to travel to Paris, they’d need some weeks heads up to build a fake Eiffel Tower, etc. I believe it takes place during Halloween time frame, and they went shopping for pumpkins in the story. Similar to the Truman Show in some aspects, I guess.

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    I don't think it's the same, but this does resemble the Piers Anthony novel Race Against Time.
    – user2490
    Jan 27, 2020 at 3:30
  • EIther in UK or USA, don’t fully remember. I think the boy had a fake family too, who’d come to care for him and let him in on the secret without telling the rest of the community...but that might be a bad memory. Jan 27, 2020 at 7:20
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    Maybe They by Robert A. Heinlein, as answered in this question.
    – Mr Lister
    Jan 27, 2020 at 12:00
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    @MrLister Except that the protagonist in Heinlein's "They" is a grown man, not a boy, and there is no Halloween theme.
    – user14111
    Jan 29, 2020 at 4:53


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