Over heard at my house this morning:
Steve: “What are we handing out tonight?”
Rose: “bracelets, glow in the dark sticks, spider rings, and some non GMO popcorn.”
Steve: “No way we can’t do that. The neighbors are gonna think we’re weird and kids aren’t gonna wanna trick or treat here. Just give out some of that artificial candy. That is what everyone wants.”
Well, I disagreed with Steve for three reasons. And as you can see from the photo above, this is what we are giving out.
1) I do think there are other parents out there who care about nutrition, or whose children have allergies, or for some other reason don’t “need” all the candy they are going to get tonight. My oldest son has food allergies and is very sensitive to artificial chemicals. There is no way I could deprive him from trick-or-treating, but at the end of the night when we shake out his bag and set aside what he can eat, very little remains. He cherishes the pencils, erasers, bouncy balls, and items he can have. The pursuit is still worth it. He loves being out in the crowd, seeing the costumes, and knocking on the neighbor’s doors. Which brings me to my next point…
2) Just because the stuff we hand out isn’t bad for you doesn’t mean it is not a treat. Dictionary.com defines treat as “anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.” Over the last few years we have given out juice boxes, granola bars, and apples. The little kids love it. You know who complains? The teenagers. Really?!? You are old enough to have a job. Go buy your own candy.
3) The most important reason why I did not buy a big bag of artificially flavored over processed candy is simply because it would make me a hypocrite. I cannot in good conscious say, “I wouldn’t let my kids eat this, but here, I bought some for yours.” Please note that I would never judge a parent for doing so, and certainly my kids will each pick a treat or two before bed tonight, but as a policy I won’t go there.
So, I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween enjoying the community comradery, the colorful costumes, the eerie sights, the playful atmosphere, and of course the treats, whatever that may mean for your family.