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What I don’t like about Halloween…

October 25th, 2010

I hope you won’t call me a spoil sport if I crab about features of Halloween I dislike:

  • Money spent on candy and costumes. According to the Wall Street Journal about $66.28 per person or $5.9 billion (up a billion from last year).
  • Kids being encouraged to take candy from strangers.
  • Tubs of candy around before, during, and after the holiday.

It’s not that I don’t like to party or have fun, but what I remember of Halloween was digging through my parents’ closets or going to Goodwill looking for items to make a costume. Sometimes my mom and I worked together to make my costume, and it was fun working with her. Instead of trick or treating, my family attended a neighborhood party. We worked together to make special Halloween treats to take to the party, and some years we helped decorate for it. At the party we would run around outdoors playing hide and seek or scavenger hunt. We would carve pumpkins, paint faces, dunk for apples, have a scarf tied over our eyes and stick our hands into bowls of eyes, brains, etc. I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember my parents and siblings all having fun together.

If you are interested in some great party activity and food ideas, Clemson Extension has a new publication, Healthy Halloween Parties and Meals for Children.

-pointers from Peggy

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