Candy is not my first choice as a trick-or-treat giveaway. This is because my system is “one for them and two for me” which makes for a serious weight gain in a matter of hours. So I normally try something different. Last year it was “Learn to Juggle” kits with three balls. They were all over the neighborhood the next morning. The year before it was puzzles, which seemed to make it all the way to their homes.
This year I chose coloring books and magic tricks. I’m diversifying. The coloring books are a mix for both girls and boys, and they’ll go first because it’s the little kids who start their journey before it gets dark. The magic tricks will be next as the school kids start to arrive. They love the idea of having something to do when they get home and are too hyped up from all the sugar to get to sleep. Then it’s the teenagers, and it is they who will except nothing other than a Snickers Bar which I will buy an hour before the festivities begin.
I can tell who’s at the door before I open it. The tykes knock so gently you can barely hear them. The middle school kids ring the door bell. And the teenagers are making such a racket pushing and shoving and skateboarding up to the door, I’m answering before they even get up the steps hoping to minimize the damage.
But I love them all. I love this time of year. I love trick-or-treating and the festive atmosphere of this otherwise dull neighborhood. I am starting to get very excited, and will be carving my pumpkin shortly. Florida weather can bake a pumpkin right on the southern facing stoop.