Did I decide Halloween was fun? Hardly. Could I afford to cheat my children of this somewhat "Americanized as Sacred Holiday"? Nope.
Sure when they were young. But now they have external influences, ie: friends who love Halloween. And, making costumes is fun
However, the whole door-to-door pan-handling for candy thing is way beyond acceptability for me. And, it's not the begging since we all know I do a little comment/read me/read-me-over-here/read-me-over-there begging from time to time.
I choose to keep my kids at home and host a fun party for their friends and folks at our house where I know the whos, and the whats and the activities and the eats and the games and the tricks and the treats. I like to be 'aware'
My disdain for Halloween is based on more than the candy. Though, y'all know I hate candy; candy should be outlawed; or, maybe they could make people who consumed candy wear a monitor like x-ray techs that would sound an alarm and cut one off when they had exceeded the safe level of candy intake.
Candy makes my sweet Lil'Gal turn into an out of control demon, horns, forked tongue, tail and all. I have found her stashes (stolen from the pantry, BTW) under her bed, in her closet, wrappers hidden in the dirty laundry, inside a sock.
She has no control when it comes to candy. We tried to admit her to a CLA (Candy Lovers Anonymous) but AA said their is no such thing. Really? With all the -candy-over-indulgers?
Everyone knows cigarettes can kill. And drinkin' too much. But, where is the self-help for candy???
To help you better understand me, let me share via a list:
A) The Candy = I HATE candy. You know that song "IIIIIIII want Candy?" Yeah, like the song but only because I think it is about a girl named Candy. If you are named Candy then no hate intended. If you are candy then I distain you.
B) Safety = Who are we kidding. Of course now days most parents take their kids through the neighborhood to the houses of peeps they know and trust. But there are still parents out there who just let their kids go roaming (some with a driver to other neighborhoods) for alternative venues in search of free candy.
C) Candy = Empty $$ Pocketbook!!! Candy is expensive! Lucky for me I live in the country. If someone comes up and rings my doorbell? It won't be for candy and they won't be greeted with candy either. [If you ring my doorbell? That means I don't know you AND, more importantly you don't know me. That means I greet you armed and dangerous. That means you'll probably be leaving very soon.] LOL!
D) WEIRDos = The stupid, crazy-monger people come out. Doing more than pranks, but ill-will. The 31st is simply the day after the 30th and they day before November 1st. The month where we are all about being forgiving and thankful and sharing. Yet, on Halloween, there are gatherings of people who think that skinning a cat, gutting a dog, cow, goat, or worse - exchanging blood in some unfathomable to me process will 'empower' them because it's
True, I do hold a soft spot for a certain vampire (or three), some of whom partake in the blood exchange process. But, that's fiction (And, they actually have fangs. Among other things). >;-) he, he, he...
I realize that 90% of America luuuuuuuuvs Halloween. While I'm one of the 10% who could truly do without it, I will now step down off my soap box and let the rest of you enjoy your Haunted Holiday. And. Your candy.
With that rant, Happy almost FWFD of the WEEK!!!!