We do not get as many children as we used to on Halloween. When I was a kid, the neighborhood was filled with children scampering up and down every street.
We knew which house gave out the best treats, and sometimes we'd sneak back up a second time. I think the homeowners knew we were coming for a second round, but they didn't seem to mind. One elderly lady on 32nd Street would hand out apples dipped in caramel, and on Dogwood Street, one homeowner baked pumpkin seeds, which were very tasty.
Today's treats must be wrapped, thanks to a society that seems to have a few bad apples in the barrel. On my street alone last year, not every house celebrated Halloween, leaving their homes pitch black, with all lights turned off, as if to say, "Don't knock on our door." How times have changed.
I am working very hard to get healthy these days. I quit smoking last year, and I am working out on my brand-new elliptical machine for almost two months now. So I have decided to not buy any Halloween candy. We don't get very many kids anymore, and I always buy too much. Then guess who ends up eating it?!
Yesterday, I bought 4-inch glow light sticks and a few Mardi Gras-looking necklaces, orange in color. Another suggestion that I considered was handing out McDonald's coupons for a milkshake or fries, but I decided to have a Happy Healthy Halloween this year.
Thank you for reading my long Halloween blog. Turn on your speakers, click here, and enjoy: My Halloween Greetings Card
What are you giving out this year? What do you think about not giving out candy and going with a non-traditional treat? I'd love to hear from others.
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