It’s that time of year again. The beginning of the holiday season. This time of year has given me a lot of conflict over the years; from having the best costume, to giving/receiving the best gifts. My opinion has changed a lot over time from a greedy child to a rational adult, but today I’d like to focus on one holiday and one activity in particular: Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.
I have fond memories of dressing up with my siblings and cousins and roaming the streets with our families to scream at strangers in doorways for candy. I remember coming home to glorify our mountains of sugary goodness. We would all sort our candies by the stuff we wanted to keep and the stuff we would like to trade off and spend the rest of the evening bartering with each other. By the end of the night we’d all be stuffed and still have plenty of candy to last for the next few weeks.
As I grew up, the candy aspect of Halloween diminished, but I always looked forward to the day when I could put the smiles on children’s faces by dropping their favorite candy bar into their pumpkin bucket. Last week I realized that I live in an area where kids might actually come to my door this year! I was sooooo excited until I realized that these days I would hate myself for giving children candy. Moral dilemma: contribute to diminishing the health of future generations, or skip out on a tradition that gives me many fond memories of bonding with my family and friends.
After a minor freakout, I realized that there were plenty of treats to give children that were not candy related. Here’s a simple list of what I came up with:
- Fake Fangs
- Rubber Lizards/Bugs/Creepy Crawlies
- Glow Sticks
- Little Cars
- Little Army Dudes
I’m sure there are tons of other little things out there that you could give out to kids on Halloween that would foster the type of good feelings that I remember from my childhood and you probably remember from yours. I’m really excited to this year hand out not sugar to the children of my neighborhood!
Good Luck and happy Trick-or-Treating!