|Perhaps I can persuade the kids to trade their candy for some delicious fruit? Part of aging has to do with losing one's perspective of self and humor.|
So the kids will run from house to house, the adorable little ragamuffins dressed like a soldier-ninja-agent and a female Thor, each aggregating close to 25 pounds of candy.
When the kids were really little the haul wasn't so massive. We then could have a single piece of candy be dessert, after the appropriate dinner items were consumed, and the stash would be gone in a few months. Now if this system were deployed the child would have candy every night for time immemorial, unless of course the neighbors thought it odd that 35-year-old single adults continued trick-or-treating.
Last year, frustrated by our massive candy pile, I gave it away to a landscaper toiling in bad weather. Although LSS has strong opinions about food, she has stronger opinions about certain "inalienable" rights of childhood. I realize this year any relinquishing of candy will have to be carefully negotiated.
So what are my tactics? I have two starting points. 1) After some initial gorging, point out that there are those completely without any candy whatsoever and a donation to the food bank would be in order; 2) Surely there must be something you might desire in place of candy? Chinese food? A foam bat to strike your sibling? Pokemon cards?
Many celebrate the free handouts of Halloween, but as the above illustrates, everything has its price.
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