Mari’s waffle: trick-or-treating

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet starts out as quite the waffler. Should I kill the man who murdered my father and married my mother, or…not? Granted, he’s got a pretty weighty decision to make. But did Hamlet ever see his kids dump out a pillowcase full of chocolate bars and candy corn with an unnatural gleam in their eyes and ask “So can I have it?”

Mari is thinking about skipping the whole trick-or-treating candypalooza altogether. She explains her dilemma:

“I am waffling about trick-or-treating this year.  Honestly I’m not crazy about the point of it…going up to strange houses and getting candy. Last year I had my son trade his candy for candy from the health food store.  All of the sugar/colors/etc drives me crazy. On the other hand, I do have fond memories of trick-or-treating growing up.  Also, I don’t want my kids to get mad when they go back to school the next day and all the kids are talking about trick-or-treating, but I can’t imagine I would be the only person not taking my kids out…or maybe I would be.  We did try and soften the blow with offering to take the kids to the movies where they would be allowed to have any candy they wanted to eat.  We have not decided either way.”

A tricky parenting dilemma!

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7 responses

  1. I think Trick-or-Treating is a great way for getting out and talking to the neighbors and building community.

  2. We do trick or treating in our local neighborhood, where the village closes the streets and the merchants give candy. They can have a little that night, and pick their favorite 3-5 things to keep, then, similar to the “Switch Witch” above, the kids leave a little altar of candy for the “Sugar Fairy”. She brings them each a toy instead.

  3. The sugar high is worth it not to end up being “That” parent who didn’t let their kids go trick or treating. Just limit the candyfest. One a day for 2 or 3 weeks? The candies are usually small.

    The joy is in the anticipation, the costumes, the fun of seeing friends and neighbors on the street. And the thing that is forbidden becomes all that more powerful.

  4. Let them trick or treat, and eat candy that day. Then, have them leave the candy out for the “Switch Witch” who takes the candy and leaves a toy or other non-food treat.

  5. How about taking the kids the next day to the nearest children’s hospital and having them donate their candy to the young patients who couldn’t go out trick or treating?