Candy, Candy, CANDY!
Did you see all that friggin'
candy? You name it, we got it.
I brought two cute Ninja Warriors
trick-or-treating tonight. I was wearing a prego-belly and
carrying around a jug of Sunny D. Most people didn't understand
my costume. (Apparently they didn't see the movie), and my
sidekick, the Evil Jester. We went to a church for a
trunk-or-treat, by invitation from a friend. The people were
friendly and we had fun petting this really cute lab puppy. Then,
we were off to a particular neighborhood which is popular by most
trick-or-treaters in the area. These people were handing out
fistfuls of candy. FISTFULS. And I don't mean that cheap
Dollar-Store stuff. The good stuff. These people probably spent
over $200 on candy for Halloween. Did you know that the average
American consumes more than 24 pounds of candy per year? 24
POUNDS. And a sizeable portion of that indulgence is eaten around
Halloween. Yeah. Yikes. Well, hold on England. Because the
average Englishman eats about 30 pounds of candy per year.
Switzerland and Germany are just behind them, with America in the
wake of it.
So, what to do with all that damn
candy? Yeah, I suppose you could eat it all. But, there are other
fun options, depending upon the child's age.
Some parents, with older children,
give them money for their candy, and take the candy to their
office, so that it's no longer a distraction in the house. If it
stays in the house, odds are the pile will eventually thin out a
bit. Another option, is to have a "Candy Fairy", who comes and
"takes" the candy and puts a toy in place of it. The more candy
left behind, the bigger the toy for the child. There are so many
fun and creative ways to get rid of the candy, instead of eating
it all. According to doctors and nutritionists, a one-night candy
splurge won't make a child fat, regardless of their weight. This
is also a good time to talk to your child about nutrition, and
keeping a healthy and balanced diet.
So, whatever you do with your
candy, remember to keep it in moderation.
But, just for tonight, eat all you
want. Get that bellyache and watch a horror flick.
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