The True Meaning of Halloween (No, It's Not About the Candy)
The True Meaning of Halloween
It has taken all of my thirty-something years on this earth plus the birth of my first child to realize that Halloween is not about candy. Nor is it about having the cutest kind in a costume — which I do. Nor is it about gorging yourself until you can’t see straight — which I do. It was finally this year as an adult with a child going door to door with friends and their children that I realized Halloween is about saying hello to your neighbors. Though this revelation is good, true, fine and worthy of discussion, I still find that the Halloween candy is the subject we all want to talk about.
I’ll start by saying I’m not a Trick or Treat saint. My husband and I have a terrible habit of purchasing and eating all our Halloween candy several times before October rolls around. This year, when those orange and black specially wrapped bags of candy first showed up on the shelves – round about July 4th – we were suckers and bought several.
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Several food commercials later the question was, “Are you going to the kitchen to get a glass of water? Just bring the bag. We’ll just set it here.” As a pseudo reforming sugar addict I should have known better. “Just one,” leads to several nights of pleasure with a plastic wrapper. Finally, we were fighting to see who could wear the bag on their head just to be close to the chocolate smell. Within a week we were back at the store in the candy aisle looking guilty. With training and complete lack of discipline this cycle can be repeated at least ten times before Halloween night arrives, with a last minute scramble to get more candy before the kiddies get to the door.
The beauty of a bite-size bar is that is allows you to live the lie. The lie that I am not a candy-bar-eater, I have never eaten a whole candy bar in my life. I was explaining this at a girlfriend’s baby shower recently, when the room was suddenly silent, everyone was looking my way. I could see them sizing up my Baby-Ruth-loving figure in disbelief that I’d never eaten a full size candy bar before. With the whole room’s attention I had to confess, “OK,” I said. “I have eaten 20 bite-size bars in a single setting. And that may be the equivalent of five king-size-momma bars, but I have never purchased and eaten the checkout aisle version.” I have standards.
One friend added that with all the work it took to open twenty wrappers I had probably burned them off anyway. Everyone nodded and conversation returned to a normal pitch after my friend’s gracious save.
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