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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Hello, it's me, again today,

With some new clues for us to play.

When hikers go hiking during Halloween,

There's always a cool thing, a little green.

So here are some letter for you to know,

And sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

  • MDGOT
  • YHTSMTMM
  • APSIAPE
  • YGWYPF
  • YGAPMAFAYFHFADYTHTFAYGHAOTWFHFAL

What is the answer?


Hints:

  • Only the fourth line of the poem is helpful. The rest is fluff/herring.

  • Look at the tags!

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Partial answer

The nonsense characters are

initial letters of the following sayings: "Money doesn't grow on trees", "You have to spend money to save money", "A penny saved is a penny earned", "You get what you pay for", and "You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day; you teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime".

(Note: I didn't look at AHKieran's answer.)

The connection to Halloween or hiking isn't obvious to me, though.

Something to do with not giving sweets to trick-or-treating children? Some connection with "money is the root of all evil"? The "spectre haunting Europe" at the start of the Communist Manifesto?! These all seem very unsatisfactory indeed.

MOehm points out in comments that

the 31st of October is not only Halloween but also something called World Savings Day, a thing promoted by banks, especially in less-wealthy countries. That seems relevant though it's not clear how it leads to an actual answer.

Maybe the answer is just

money (which I suppose you could describe as "a little green" in reference to the traditional colour of dollar bills, though that line is allegedly just fluff).

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Znlor "Uvxref Tb Uvxvat" vf zrnag gb znc gb "Unir n Terng Unyybjrra"?) $\endgroup$ – Avi Oct 31 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ I ... guess? How would that help us get an answer from what we know so far, though? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 31 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ 31 Oct is a special day to friends of the mentioned sayings. (But I can't really see how this contributes to the answer.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Oct 31 at 14:13
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, that does seem extremely relevant. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 31 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ Soorryyy, I meant fourth line... This is correct $\endgroup$ – Voldemort's Wrath Oct 31 at 16:25
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As given by the tags:

The letters are acronyms. And they appear to be famous sayings.

Partial Answers:

MDGOT

YHTSMTMM

You Have To See Me To ??

APSIAPE

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

YGWYPF

You Get What You Pay For

YGAPMAFAYFHFADYTHTFAYGHAOTWFHFAL

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