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What Is Your Candy Policy?

I have the utmost respect for people who have policies about their kids’ Halloween candy. But as a general policy, I like to have as few policies as possible. And this goes for Halloween candy too. What I do (in case you’re wondering) is just let my kids eat it. I eat some of it too, if they offer. They really look forward to coming home from trick-or-treating and carrying their pillow case full of candy around with them as long as it lasts. They eat some candy every day until it is gone.

Sometimes they eat a lot and they say, “Whoa. I am really full of candy.” Then I say, ‘”Yep.” My son Ben is proud to have rationed and hoarded his candy so it would last a whole year. I think this is actually a pretty great accomplishment — the stuff of legends, one might say. The best I ever did was make my Easter candy last through the summer.

Some people throw away all of their kids’ candy after taking them from party to party to collect it from nice people who bought it for them. That seems strange.  I guess I don’t mind if people just throw out all the candy I bought them for Halloween. But if that’s how it’s going to go down, it seems like we could eliminate some steps in the Trick or Treating process?

I’ve noticed that some people have an elaborate candy buy-back policy. There is nothing like teaching kids the value of a dollar. Why not let parents pay for the candy twice on top of the costumes and the decorations and the exertion of trick-or-treating itself? Kids deserve it. Actually, they don’t, which is why I would never buy back my kids’ Halloween candy. Of course, I’m notoriously cheap.

I know you would never ever judge me for my lack of policies but I feel it must be said that none of my kids have ever had a cavity. (In case you’re wondering.)

What is your candy policy? Bon Appetit!

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