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Friday Funn October 30, 2015 Trick or Treat

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Happy Friday!  It is that time once again, when the night is filled with strange-looking creatures who come knocking at your door – no not politicians seeking your vote – I mean kids dressed in costume out for “Trick or Treat.” So enjoy the opportunity to see the little ones and not-so-little once dressed up and don’t hoard the Butterfingers and Snickers for yourself while only giving out the Smarties!


For me Halloween has always been about the candy. It wasn’t about scary stuff or pranks, it was about candy! When else do you get to go to every house in the neighborhood, knock on the door, ask for candy and actually receive candy in return? I can still remember the excitement of coming home and dumping out the pillow case (no small plastic pumpkin for me!) as all the goodies would pile out onto the floor in one glorious heap of blissful, useless calories. I am thankful that my Trick or Treat days were before the advent of that hideous abomination called “fun-size”. Who came up with that anyway?  How is one fourth the size more fun than full size??

When I was young (a long. long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) costumes were simpler – a plastic cigar that could shoot out baby powder instantly transformed you into a hobo. A sheet with a few holes made you a ghost – the effect was not quite the same if the sheet had a flowered pattern.  Although I think I am still traumatized from the time my sister dressed me up in her Girl Scout uniform for Treat or Treat (probably why I have never been that big of a fan of Girl Scout Cookies).  When my boys were little, every year I would suggest that they dress up like an accountant for but for some odd reason they never wanted to buy into that idea.

So, be nice to the little ones that come knocking at your door tonight and take advantage of the opportunity to meet your neighbors and their little ones. But if you want to make a good impression, there are some treats you should banish from your goody bowl.  The Internet is brimming with lists of the worst Trick or Treat Candies.  So after surveying those, and interjecting my own opinion, here is my list of candies to avoid passing out this weekend.

10. Bubble gum – chewing it just keeps you from moving onto the chocolate.
9. Stickers – can’t eat them and Mom won’t let you put them on the furniture.
8. Coupons – Trick or Treat is a time for instant gratification.
7. Anything homemade – Mom knows all the urban legends.
6. Candy Corn – the fruit cake of Trick or Treat
5. Peanut butter flavored candy in orange and black wrappers – do they even sell these any other time of the year?  Have they even manufactured any in the last thirty years and they are still depleting the inventory from the 1970’s?  (Wonder if they used FIFO or LIFO inventory…..sorry the accountant in me slipped out for a moment.)
4. Raisins – unless they are chocolate covered.  Don’t disappoint young ones by giving them something healthy. 
3. Apples – unless they are covered in caramel and nuts and factory sealed for your protection otherwise they will bring a reaction similar to Charlie Brown each time he “got a rock.”
2. Little wax bottles filled with juice – is it a drink or a chew – the world may never know as no one will ever know what is actually in those little bottles either.
1. Toothbrushes – that is just be cruel.  You might as well put a target on your house that says “throw eggs here.”

Thought for the Week

My parents never wanted to let me carve a jack-o-lantern,  They just made me stand in the window on Halloween.  It really wasn’t that bad except the candle would burn the roof of my mouth after a while. 

Trick or Treat


This is that time of year when odd-looking strangers come knocking at your door.  No, I am not talking about politicians (they just call incessantly), I was thinking about the little and not-so-little ones that come for Trick or Treat. 

I have fond memories of Trick or Treat as a kid and I have lots of filings to prove it!  It was always exciting to come home and empty the pillow case (those plastic buckets were way too small) in the floor and take stock of the day’s plunder.  Of course it was a lot more fun to eat the candy than it was to look at it.  If I recall correctly, I was not too picky about the candy (I’m still not picky about candy).  Naturally, the Reese’s Cups, Hersey bars, Snickers bars and Almond Joys were gone long before the Bit ‘’O Honey and the Smarties, but I am pretty sure that I eventually got around to eating them all.

When my boys were little, they were much more methodical about their Trick or Treat candy than I was.  They would come home and dump their candy in the floor like I did.  However, they would then sort it into different piles.  Next came out the paper and pencil so they could document their inventory.  I think they were concerned about the amount of candy mysteriously disappearing by the hand of Dad who was suspected of pilfering his favorites from their stash.  So they would keep close track of their inventory as they gradually worked their way through the candy stock. 

I still manage to consume my share of Trick or Treat candy and for efficiency’s sake I make sure that all candy that is purchased for Trick or Treat is put to good use, especially that candy which is not distributed to the little ghouls and goblins.  Still, I have some haunting ponderings about Trick or Treat:

How can a “fun size” candy bar be more fun than a full size one? 

Has anyone really manufactured those orange and black wrapped peanut-buttery candies in the last fifty years or does the same candy just keep re-circulating?  Are these candies the Halloween equivalent of a fruit cake? 

Are Necco Wafers actually made from chalk?  Are all the leftover Necco Wafers gathered up after Trick or Treat and made into those big sticks of sidewalk chalk? 

What genius came up with the idea to put super-sugary liquid in a tiny wax bottles and why would anyone think kids would really like it? 

Why does the number of kids who show up at your door always exceed the amount of candy you have regardless of how much you have? 

Then there are those candies that just don’t make sense:

Candy corn is not corn

Boston Baked Beans have no beans

Circus Peanuts are not peanuts and have nothing to do with the circus

Have you ever tried to sew a candy buttons onto a shirt or actually wear a candy necklace more than once?

How much smarter does one get from eating Smarties?

Sixlets – have you noticed that they package them in different quantities, but never in a package of six?