Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I have always enjoyed greeting children in costumes and giving them enjoyable candies. For the first time, we were in a neighborhood where there are LOTS of children for Halloween.
On the one hand we were excited, on the other we were scared and not sure if we were ready to manage the upcoming siege that our neighbors warned us.
We bought bags and bags of candy anticipating the hordes. Regardless, we were still underprepared.
How could this happen??? Let me count the ways…
One, the crowd of trick-or-treaters was larger than we thought it was going to be. It turned out even bigger than what our neighbors have described.
Two, the children today are WAY smarter than we ever were. What do I mean by that? There were a few small groups of children (or teens) who were practicing the double dipping (i.e. hitting us twice). How did we find out? Trust me, it was not because we are amazing with face recognition. Quite the contrary. It would be nearly impossible to remember the countless angelic faces and creative outfits. This is how many we received at our door that night. We caught lucky breaks during rare lulling moments. This was when I was hanging out the back, catching my breath and treasuring the refreshing autumn air cloaked in the darkness, that I overheard a group of girls - And the topic of their conversation? - How to pull a fast one on us. As it turns out, we were THE household that has been giving out the best candies.
Three, we realized that we were seriously running low when we had to resort to other snacks in the house that would not typically be categorized as Halloween treats. For example, we started to give out small bags of potato chips, cheese puffs, and even the Biscoff cookies (given out on Delta flights).
We found that when we gave the Biscoff cookies out that they are very hot commodities. All the children in the group wanted to have them, but we only had two. You should have seen the raucous that those cookies caused! This is when I dispelled the mystery behind their inaccessibility by informing them that these cookies can be purchased online, in supermarkets, and even in office supply stores such as Staples.
Thank heavens that the Halloween mania we endured is only an annual event. Most important, we learned that children still enjoy ‘traditional’ candies (i.e. chocolates rather than potato chips). Some of the older children will attempt to ‘double dip’ when possible, and lastly I am not the only one who enjoys a Biscoff cookie or two ; }