Remember when ‘needles in candy’ were the big Halloween scare?
Did you ever have the neighbor gave out apples each year? I hated that.
I now want to high-five that neighbor.
We also had a dentist in our neighborhood that gave out toothbrushes, as a kid, I found that hugely disappointing….
Disappointment quickly forgotten once we found the neighbor next door wasn’t home and had left a large bowl of unchaperoned candy for the taking.
Years later, while in medical school, on Halloween night, I had run out of candy. I turned of the porch light, which I believe is the universal sign for ” No more candy-I’m not home- I’m done for the night”.
Some pesky high schoolers continued to knock on my door, unrelentingly. I finally acquiesced, explaining through a cracked door, I was all out of the good stuff but I managed to dig up some microwave popcorn and Big Red Chewing gum. An exceedingly altruistic offering, I might add, only to find the wrappers of the above offerings all over my lawn the next morning. Ingrates!
That was the end of my candy giving career. Now there are only tricks at this house!
So, how many pieces of candy is it reasonable to give out? for your kids to eat? And at want point is it OK to trash the Halloween bounty? How many treats do we allow? Do we trick our kids into being healthy? How many tricks must we play to treat our kids healthfully?