Halloween used to be a minefield for me, what with all the good sales on every candy imaginable in every single store... not to mention the after-Halloween clearance sales - one year I bought 12 bags of candy corn for 10 cents each, and had finished them by Thanksgiving.
I've been much better in recent years in being able to "handle" having candy in the house all year round, so when there are good sales, I stock up. I've been living with a different mindset:
"There's ALWAYS candy (or cake or cookies or ice cream) available, so I don't have to indulge just because it's a holiday." (My favorites ARE available year-round, so it works for me.)
Reminding myself of that helps me to stave off the usual PANIC I feel when faced with food; both when I'm out, and when I'm alone at home; not only at holidays and special events, but every day.
Our treats for Halloween's trick-or-treaters depend on our finances, where we're living, and our schedule/plans. I do prefer to get the "real" treats, mini-sized chocolate candy bars; when I was growing up, getting them in my Halloween bag was the ONLY way I could have them! Some years I have put in other kinds of items. Usually I tell the kids they can pick three or four things, and then they have a choice of what kind of treat they want.
I haven't seen the mini-cans of Play-Doh - those would be nice! I go to a "Big Lots" or "Pic-N-Save" type store, where you can find lots of small items: packages of stickers, decorated pencils or erasers, party gift bag items, Halloween do-dads, you name it. Once upon a time, McDonald's sold a booklet of 10 "free ice cream cone" coupons for $1, so I'd tear them out and put them in the mix (and stock up for my kids too!).
I AM going to (continue to) stay away from the Brach's mellowcremes, those are a real temptation for me; though I will get a couple of packages for SLOW enjoyment after the holiday.
With our grandkids, we focus on the costumes and scary stories and pumpkin-stuff, and don't even mention the trick-or-treating. This year, they're planning to go to a party rather than the usual door-to-door; I wish they could do both, and experience the tradition!
Edited by: MIMAWELIZABETH at: 10/24/2008 (04:21)
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