Holidays Jewish and holidays not. · Kids · whine and cheese

Boo, humbug.

If you’ve been a reader for a few years, you already know that I don’t like Halloween. You also know that I’ve stood firm in the face of peer pressure (on my kids) and refused to participate in any way.

Until now.

Yes, I’ve changed my mind about Hallowe’en. About participating, not about the holiday itself. I still strongly dislike the holiday for all the reasons I outlined before. But I also value being part of the life of our neighbourhood. As much as I’d love it if kids played out on the street all the time, they don’t. It’s hard to meet the neighbours here – except on Hallowe’en, when the neighbour kids come knocking.

So it was that four weeks ago, when September turned to October and my kids started their annual nagging campaign (“Please can we do Hallowe’en this year? Everybody does Hallowe’en! Even the religious kids do Hallowe’en! Please, Eema!!!“), I finally said “yes”.

They did a double take. “What?” “Did she say yes?” “Eema, did you say yes to Hallowe’en?”

“Yes,” I repeated, “but these are my terms: I will commit to buying a pumpkin and candy. I am not willing to spend any time, money, or effort on costumes. If you guys want to do it, great. We have lots of costumes in the house and plenty of craft stuff to make your own.”

Obviously nervous that I might recant, the children quickly accepted my terms.

When I started writing this post, my kids had just headed out despite the rain. Half an hour later they returned and dumped their candy out on the table. The amount of candy they got is obscene. This is my first Hallowe’en too, so you’ll excuse my shock.

This is *one* kid’s candy, after only half an hour of trick-or-treating:

Note the organic lollipop in the bottom left. For some reason, that amused me. Sure, my kids are going to rot their teeth and throw their poor little pancreases for a loop, but at least it’s organic!

Now I’m at a bit of a loss. Do I let them eat themselves sick tonight and suffer the effects tomorrow? Do I make them choose ten to keep and then get rid of the rest? Do I dole the candy out slowly over the next three months? Or do I round it all up, stash it away, and then give it out in our Purim baskets this year?

(Mr. December thinks we should put the “trick” back in “trick or treat” and replace each candy with an apple overnight. Too mean?)

What do you do with the influx of candy?




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