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The Great Pumpkin and the Curse of the Candy

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love autumn weather, haunted houses, creative costumes, Halloween parties, and adorable décor. That being said, inevitably, at the end of it all is one of every mother’s biggest nightmares. A massive bucket of candy in the hands of her children!

Mothers today are inundated with media about healthy eating and exercise to stave of America’s #1 health problem. Obesity. We strive to feed our children responsibly, filling their bellies with the right nutrients {grains, proteins, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, etc}. One thing we definitely will not find on that list is a bucket full of candy. Pounds and pounds of sugar, set in different colors and flavors, and wrapped in tiny packages specifically tailored to seize a child’s attention.

On Halloween night, I am forgiving and allow my children to eat about 20 pieces of candy {I must admit that I do pick out my fair share of mini chocolate bars}. But the day after Halloween, oh how I detest that bucket of candy! I worry about what it will do to my kids’ teeth and the potential for future diabetes. Halloween does only come once per year, though, so will it really hurt that much?

This is the personal debate I dread every year… that is, until I learned about The Great Pumpkin and The Curse of the Candy.

If you, like me, despise this decision every year, but want your children to participate in the fun festivities, receiving a reward for the hard work of walking for miles and knocking on doors… please allow me to introduce you the Great Pumpkin and share what has worked for my family.

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  • Once Upon a Time… 2 of 7
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    At our house, The Great Pumpkin is talked about for weeks before Halloween night arrives. Legend has it that once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved candy. He loved candy so much, that he refused to eat anything BUT candy for every meal he was served. His mother tried and tried to tell him that candy was not good for him that it would ruin his teeth and make him a very unhealthy boy, but he would not listen.

  • The Great Pumpkin… 3 of 7
    The Great Pumpkin and His Candy Curse

    Sure enough, along came Halloween. The boy was so very excited. He loved candy so much, and just could not wait to go door to door, gathering as much candy as he possibly could in one night. And that is exactly what he did. He spent all night, until the moon was high, running from door to door, filling his sack with candy. Then, he ran home and stuffed his face with as much candy as he could fit into his mouth. He ate and ate and ate. His mom tried to stop him. She warned him about The Curse of the Candy a curse which promises that children who eat too much candy will turn into The Great Pumpkin, but the little boy would not listen and simply kept eating. Finally, when his stomach hurt from all the sugar, and his teeth were coated with sticky goo, and he couldn't possibly eat one more piece of candy, he made his way to bed. The next morning, when he woke up, he went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror and there he saw that his head had turned into a big orange pumpkin! Where his hair had been, there was nothing but a stem. Where his cheeks had been there was only the bright orange color of a pumpkin, and where his teeth had been, there was only a black toothless smile. Sure enough, that boy had turned into The Great Pumpkin!

  • Saving the Children… 4 of 7
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    The boy ran to his mother crying. She took him in her arms and told him all about The Curse of the Candy. She explained that the only way to break the curse was to gather up buckets and bags of candy from other candy-eating children; to take their candy, and save them from turning into Great Pumpkins! So every Hallow's Eve, The Great Pumpkin wanders the streets in search of bags of candy given up by little children who do not want to succumb to The Curse of the Candy. He wanders from door to door, and searches the porch to find any bags of candy that he deems worthy. It has to be a FULL bag of candy. No partially full candy sacks are accepted! If The Great Pumpkin finds a full sack of candy, he takes it. But the Great Pumpkin is no meanie! He would never take something of such value from a small child without giving something valuable in return.

     

    Photo Source: Flickr {JD Hancock}

  • A Fair Trade… 5 of 7
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    The Great Pumpkin always leaves a gift in place of the sack of candy, nicely wrapped in bright orange paper and arranged on the porch with our pumpkins awaiting the children as they open the door. Luckily for my children, he has always left something that they have been wanting for a long time.  The kids never know what to expect from The Great Pumpkin, but their curiosity almost always gets the better of them, and they are willing to make that trade. Not to mention, they know they are helping The Great Pumpkin get closer and closer to becoming a real boy again and ridding himself of his curse.

  • My Kids Love the Great Pumpkin… 6 of 7
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    The Great Pumpkin has been a real hero in my home.  Not only does he save my children from The Curse of the Candy, and leave them a fun new gift, but he has also made my post-Halloween motherly debate disappear.  No more devil or angel mommies on my shoulders.  The decision of whether or not to eat all that candy is now made by my children.  I hope you can all invite The Great Pumpkin to your home too, and that you and your children can enjoy the benefits of avoiding The Curse of The Candy

  • How Sweet is That? 7 of 7
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    What does the Great Pumpkin really do with all that candy? He ships it to military men we know personally, actively serving in war-torn countries, who then use the candy to brighten the day of local children who rarely get to enjoy such a treat. {You may also search for organizations who do the same.} Now, how sweet is that?

     

    Photo Source: Flickr {The U.S. Army} Sgt. Juan Almaguer, a medic with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hands out candy to Afghan children during a patrol March 9., 2012. 

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