And lots of it. Hurricane Sandy sort of blew away Halloween here (no pun intended). Even though I’m a couple of hours from the coast, we did get some rain and wind so the ground is wet and leaves are down, but more importantly we got some cold. Unseasonable cold. Unreasonable cold for the little guys to go out and have some fun, at least in my neighborhood.
I’m in one of those transitional areas, where families grew up 30 years ago and now there are a lot of older people occupying the homes. Younger families have started to move in, but they are spread apart. On my street, which is a cul-de-sac (perfect for young kids), there is just my grandson, the kids who recently moved in next door, and one group of older teens. Hardly the gang of kids that I grew up with, who roamed the surrounding streets on Halloween night, using pillowcases for our haul!
Not every house gives out candy, and there are no sidewalks in my neighborhood, so trick-or-treating is limited anyway. But this year was especially bad. I was really bummed by the whole thing. And now I have this:
Minus the the Mounds bar I just consumed (ok, and the Reese’s Cup I had earlier). You can see where this is headed. There is this huge bowl of candy that I like. Sitting conveniently right here in my house. Calling my name in a Siren’s seductive voice. “Pennie, oh Pennie, come here, for something special!” How can you fight something like that?
Should I throw it all out? I can’t send it to school, the teacher would kill me! Is there a place to reasonably donate leftover Halloween candy? Maybe it should all go in the freezer to be doled out on a more reasonable schedule. But Thanksgiving is on the way, and then Christmas, so there will be more sweets to deal with. AAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH! Maybe the ghosts and goblins of Halloween are really the leftover candy!
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