Sunday, November 2, 2003

Under the "It's probably just me" category:

I (Tia) didn’t do Halloween as a child. I vaguely remember going trick-or-treating a few times before I was six and once when I was 11. But that’s about it. My mom didn’t believe in it. As I got older I did some research on the day for my own edification. If I told you how evil the origins of Halloween actually are you’d not only never celebrate it again, but you’d also boycott any and every person, place and thing that did.

Anyway, I’m not writing to give you my definitive thoughts on October 31st. I actually just have a question. Am I the only person who has a problem with small people going door-to-door begging? Maybe it’s just me but why do people pimp their kids for confectionary goodies? And don’t give me that “it’s fun for the kids” excuse. It’s aight for about an hour. Then you’re either hot/cold, tired, sticky, sweating (remember those plastic masks we used to where? Not only were those things not conducive to breathing but if someone lit a match close to you, you were a goner. Doomed to die in a flaming ball of plastic and polyester) your feet hurt and depending on when you were born you had to worry about cyanide and razor blades in your candy. How is that fun? And to add insult to injury, if you had responsible parents, they divvied out the candy and only let you have a little bit at a time. By the time you actually worked your way through your bounty, that mess was stale and old. Fun...I think not. And YOU KNOW your parents were dippin’ into your stash. I probably sound a bit jaded, but you know I’m speaking truth. Halloween, much like Valentine’s Day, is a “holiday” made up by candy companies to make money. Don’t believe the hype. SLAM THE MAN!!! And if you really need the sugar high (gotta have it/really need it to get by/SUGAR HIGH…name that movie) go to Wal-Mart on November 1. They always put their candy on sale the day after Halloween. But don’t go in there lightly. You will have to beat down the gray-haired granny with the walker for the last bag of mini-Twix.

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