So. I would love to tell you about how my kids love carving pumpkins for Halloween, just like I did (That was way back in the 1980’s, when I guess when yarn on a pumpkin with a lit candle in it wasn’t considered a huge fire hazard? Whaaat?!). It brings on such big Halloween memories.
I wish I could tell you how they totally love picking out their costumes and making all kinds of Halloween crafts (Oh wait, that’s still me.).
But,it would be a lie.
While they love all of those things (especially when I have to scoop the pumpkin guts out because it is too “icky for them”) including the annual trunk or treat at our church, and the giant pumpkin drop, my kiddos really have one track minds. They love the “thrill of the hunt” and want the “goods.” And when I say “goods” I mean buckets upon buckets of sugary candy. They pick out the biggest container they can carry in September. They plan out routes and they talk about which houses to go to first. These conversations actually go one through most of October.
And then the big day comes: October 31st. These kids of mine, that I can’t get to walk from the car into the grocery store will walk seven miles, uphill, for a peanut butter cup. And not even a good peanut butter cup. It can be a generic, non-name brand, piece of candy and they’d hurdle bushes for it. And forget it if a neighbor is handing out full-size candy bars of any kind, DO NOT get in their path. You might lose an arm.
And it drags on for hours. When they were little it was nice to have the stroller, because when their candy bags got full, we would dump them in the bottom. Now, they bring back packs to dump their loot into. I refuse to carry it.
Darkness, fatigue, candy elation, and sore feet, we head back home to check through the candy one piece at a time and get rid of what they can’t have. Since I used to be a dental assistant, I am picky on what they can eat. The rules are no taffy or super sticky candy (I know, I am no fun.). They stick to the teeth and sit too long, and can cause sugar acid production, which can contribute to cavities. I green light anything chocolate, not too sticky, and hard candy like suckers. And of course, we let them have few pieces of candy and then dole out the rest over the next few weeks.
Of course anything that I like must be immediately confiscated. And those would be the good peanut butter cups, and full size candy bars. No questions asked. And then I brush my teeth. 🙂