I know it’s not just us because I’ve seen some cartoons in the comics poking fun at children and Halloween candy, but holy cow, it appears that people are getting more and more generous each year with their handouts. Last year our kids went around the block and got about half a plastic pumpkin worth of candy. This year, for more or less the same amount of territory, they were full to the brim, an easy 60+ pieces per child.
They ate some, but call me Scrooge if you must, I didn’t want to deal with weeks of sneaking candy and the behavioral response that inevitably occurs (can you say “wigged out?”) so we invited our Halloween Candy Fairy to trade most of the candy for something more cool and healthier (see our earlier article the candy fairy visits on Halloween night).
Now, rumor has it, the Candy Fairy has a brown grocery sack about half-full of candy that needs to vanish from the household. This is in addition to the twenty-one pieces that they so carefully culled from their massive piles, candy that included full-size candy bars and a wide variety of pretty yummy stuff.
What gets me, though, is the idea that this excess of, say, 100 pieces of candy was repeated in every house on our block, every block in our town and throughout the United States. Millions upon millions upon millions of “fun size” candy that’s going to be wasted, tossed in the landfill or just snarfed up by children and adults alike.
I don’t have a solution, and frankly it’s fun to see the kids dress up and get into the spirit of being someone else, of masquerading, and having fun, and heck, I got to dress up as a jester and be in a live-action production at our school called the Halloween Journey, so that part’s definitely good fun.
But the waste, the tons of candy that most likely is destined for the landfill, it’s staggering.
Buuuutttt…. then again, maybe we’re the only ones that expect our kids to cull the best ten or twenty pieces of candy from their haul and discard the rest. How do you deal with the excess of candy your children collected this year, if at all?
And what did the candy fairy bring my children this year? Tokens to get a bucket of golf balls at the local driving range, where they love to whack the balls and are actually getting pretty darn good, actually!