I never went trick-or-treating. I was one of the very few children in my neighborhood who never experienced the joy of cutting holes in their white bedsheets for their ghost costumes, or carried an orange hollow jack-o-lantern pail door-to-door yelling “trick-or-treat.” I never experienced dumping my collections from the night and counting how many kit-kats and M&M’s I’ve collected and tossing away all the peppermints. My parents tried their best to make me feel like I wasn’t left out of all the Halloween fun, which resulted in shopping at our nearest pharmacy store to buy packs of Halloween candies that were on sale. Despite this, it was something in my childhood that I felt I missed out on.
A reason why I never had the chance to participate was that my parents were constantly scared of the terrors of Halloween. They’ve heard the stories of people getting shot or murdered in other neighborhoods. Or the poor child who received poisoned candy. I understood this and to this day I still am cautious when receiving unwrapped candies.
Now that I’m older, I think that the idea of trick-or-treating is such an interesting idea. The thought of dressing up as someone other than yourself and then knocking on a stranger’s door for candy is strange when said in the context outside of Halloween. That being said, I think it’s an amazing thing to be able to have this social involvement within the community to have everyone enjoy this holiday.
Here are some trick-or-treating tips:
- Make sure all of your candy is packaged and sealed. Peppermint and tootsie roll wrappers can always be opened and resealed, so take extra caution when choosing to indulge with these sweets.
- If the chocolate has a lighter color than you’re used to, it’s either due to the fact that it was stored in the fridge too long or it is expired.
- Don’t eat all of your candy at the same time.
- Incorporate your candies into ice cream, brownies, and other baked goods so it doesn’t feel like you’re eating the same thing every day.
- Check out your local supermarket and pharmacy to trick-or-treat.
- Go to the pharmacy on November 1st for discounted prices on Halloween candy!
Have a Happy Halloween!