An Insider's Look at Mormon Culture

Trick or Treat

Halloween offers a plethora of guilty pleasures for adults. The opportunity to dress up in a sexy costume for those  young enough to actually look sexy. The opportunity to sneak mini Herseys from their children’s trick or treat bags. for those too out-of-shape for fishnet stockings or tattooed torsos, Or, for empty-nesters, the opportunity to eat a whole Costco-sized bag of Snickers bought in advance.

I fall in the last category. And I usually avoid temptation by buying Smarties or Dum-Dums which I know I won’t eat. But a recent blog has dumped guilt onto even this strategy. The blogger makes the point that Halloween is the one time of the year that little children come to our house to ask for something. The one time of the year! And here I’ve been giving these little children the sugared equivalent of stones or serpents.

Thanks to Clobberblog,  this year I’m going to buy a bag of decent bars—and I really don’t mind. It’s just that it’s so darned tough to know how many to buy. We don’t get a lot of trick or treaters in our neighborhood—and this year with some families celebrating on Saturday and some on Sunday, I have to be prepared for two nights of doorbell ringing. But I don’t want little children to leave my doorstep empty-handed—or with nothing better than a roll of Smarties. I will prepare. I just don’t know what to do about the leftovers. Being of a frugal nature, I can’t throw perfectly delicious candy bars into the garbage can—even though, nutritionally, they belong there. I no longer have a job, so I can’t get rid of them at work. Maybe I’ll just have to dump the extras into the bag of the last trick or treater before I douse the porch light. But I’ll keep a few Milky Ways out—in case of stragglers, of course.


Comments on: "Trick or Treat" (4)

  1. I did the same thing this year also. Regular size bars but no one to give the extra ones to is a problem this year also so you have a good solution!

  2. I’m glad my post gave you an idea on how to improve on Halloween this year, Ann.

    BTW, one of the leadership team members (that’s basically a non-hierarchical-sounding name for “board of elders”) at my church is named Ann Johnson. She was the one who took us into our home for a few weeks this summer after a windstorm destroyed our apartment roof, and she was the one who helped me modify my Roman Empress Halloween costume this year. I’m sure women named “Ann(e)” and “Johnson” aren’t all that uncommon for you, but it’s still neat that your name brings good associations for me. 🙂

    • I’m glad to hear another Ann Johnson is doing good deeds. I know you wouldn’t have wanted this Ann Johnson to help you with your costume. Sewing is way beyond me.

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