It’s over. We survived another year of it.
For those of you who don’t celebrate Halloween, or think it’s tantamount to ‘ glorified begging’, then read no further.
But those of you who also have children who would have a hard time choosing between Christmas and Halloween, are probably experiencing the same post-Halloween sugar high that we are.
Mine came home with goody bags bulging last night, each year it seems that more and more houses in our neighbourhood get into the Halloween spirit. This year seemed especially busy, probably because Halloween fell over half term.
When we went out ourselves, the house was left empty but we didn’t want people to be left disappointed, so put a sweet bowl out for anyone who came calling. The kids were concerned that people might take more than one or two sweets, so they ‘protected’ the sweets with spiderwebs and a suitable threat.
Whether it worked or not, I don’t know but after trudging around the decorated houses for an hour or so, we came back to find the bowl quite empty. Next year they want to use real spiders.
I let the kids gorge themselves with their spoils on Halloween night, then we brush their teeth very thoroughly and the left overs go into to a communal pot for distribution at my leisure. We’ve done this every year since we started trick or treating but this year the kids have protested strongly.
They want to keep their bags separate which just sounds like too much trouble to me, but I try and listen to my children’s point of view so I’m willing to consider alternatives.
What do other people do with their children’s Halloween sweets? Give me some ideas!