However, I am an adult now, I, by no means will I indulge in Halloween behavior. No, you didn't just see me suspiciously roll my eyes! In fact, I haven't dressed up since I was single. Why? Because I didn't want to. That's why. It might have had a little to do with my weight... okay, mostly a lot to do with my weight. I just felt uncomfortable and didn't want to draw attention to myself. If you know what I mean.
But Ben, he has no shame when it comes to Halloween. None at all. Not only did he dress up our first Halloween together, but he also took our 3 week old baby Sam trick-or-treating. I told him that no one in their right minds would give him candy for a new born. Duh. "Everyone will know you are collecting for yourself," I told him. "And you are WAY too old to be trick-or-treating!" Did that convince him? No way! Off he went with Sam dangling in his puppy costume in a snugly.
I was shocked when he came back an hour later with his bucket full of treats. What the heck!? I thought. He told me that everyone thought Sam was just so cute they had to give them candy. Then Ben hit some student housing and the girls didn't even think that Sam couldn't eat it yet. He thought he was so clever!
Do men ever really grow up when it comes to holidays?
So yesterday, I took the boys to Walmart and I let them pick out a t-shirt for me to wear when we went Trick-or-Treating. They picked the one with spiders. They love spiders. Here I am:
Then I drew a spider on my face, which drove Sam up the wall! "Spider! Spider! Spider!" he kept saying pointing at my face. It got old really fast. Luckily, they were quickly distracted by all the excitement of being in costume and getting candy -- the student housing was passing out candy a night early. It took Sam only 3 doors before he started saying, "TRICK TREAT! TRICK TREAT!" rather energetically, but he was very respectful when it came to picking out his own candy. Nephi on the other hand, is his father's son -- when the bucket was held out, he took liberties that were very embarrassing to me, but would have made his daddy proud. It was fun.Now, as parents, we try to be cool about the kids candy. Even to the point, sometimes, that we make strict rules about its consumption. To back up these "wise" rules we give the following reasons:
1. Candy is not good for your teeth.
2. If you eat too much it will make you sick.
3. It will spoil your dinner.
4. Only one piece a day, if you are good AND eat all your dinner.
5. It's full of fat and sugar and just plain unhealthy.
Now, we all know that these rules are only enforced for our own self interest. No use in lying to ourselves, right? Here are the real reasons we keep our kids away from their stashes
1. We don't want them to have a chance to memorize what they have. Why? So they won't notice when some of it is missing the next day.
2. We don't want to clean up their "sick".
3. We want them to eat dinner so they will eat less candy, leaving more for us!
4. Even though they only get one piece, what's stopping us from picking out the best stuff and eating 5 -10 pieces after they go to bed!?
5. Besides, if people really wanted the kids to keep their candy, they would give them smarties and candy corn. Don't tell me you have never exchanged knowing winks with candy passer-outers as they slip that king size candy bar into your toddler's basket. Yeah, the good stuff... it was really meant for us.
Besides, let's face it, if we let our kids have complete control of their own candy, they just wouldn't be responsible, and worse, we might have to actually ASK for a piece! What fun would it be to be a parent then? Unthinkable! Which reminds me, I think I hear a Kit-Kat in Sam's basket calling my name...
All entries for the Halloween Costume Contest Must be in by Sunday, 1 Nov 2009 at 11:59 pm. We will be voting on the top ten starting Monday. Winner will be announced on Thursday. Thanks everyone!