It’s Halloween so of course, first thing this morning I see What Your Halloween Candy Says About Your Personality. As with most such things they over-think it but it’s all just for fun anyway. They also criticize Michelle Obama for handing out dried fruit instead of candy. I don’t think that’s so bad and if she did give out candy she would be criticized for that too. The lady really can’t win when it comes to public opinion.
We never get any trick-or-treaters here. This is not really a trick-or-treat kind of neighborhood; it’s more of a TPing trees, egging cars and smashing mailboxes kind of neighborhood. Besides that our house is so far back in the trees it’s hard to tell there’s a house here. But I always buy a little candy “just in case” and because I know we’ll have to eat it ourselves I get something we like – usually some kind of chocolate, the mini Hershey bars or Reese’s cups and some candy corn and the little pumpkins.
In past years, when we lived where we could expect trick-or-treaters, I usually got hard candy because I had heard somewhere that it was considered safer. I sort of hated doing that because I knew it was not the most popular candy but there was always so much publicity about how everyone was going to put needles and razorblades in the kiddies’ chocolate bars. The article doesn’t even mention hard candy so giving that out on Halloween must make one an unspeakably awful person. Now, if I knew I was going to get a lot of trick-or-treaters I would probably buy whatever looked good to me from among the cheapest candies.
I’m actually not a big fan of Halloween. I liked it well enough when I was a kid and I imagined that when I grew up I would enjoy getting to hand out candy and see all the kids in their costumes and I looked forward to that but in reality I quickly got tired of getting up and going to the door every five minutes. And some of the kids were as big as me and some didn’t even bother to dress up.
Regarding costumes – I’m a traditionalist. Halloween costumes are supposed to be scary or creepy or some kind of traditional Halloween themed thing. The cartoon characters and princesses and such are not for Halloween. However, there aren’t too many occasions when a little girl gets to dress like a princess (or when a kid gets to dress up as anything) so I guess it’s okay for the kids to wear anything they like for Halloween as long as it’s obviously some kind of costume. Halloween is not the time to be yourself.