Remember how I took away Neflix and various other movies? Well, I also put the TV in the closet so it's been unavailable for use during the month of September. (More on that later) Needless to say, my popularity plummeted even further. Since I was already in negative poll numbers my husband and I decided to take it one step further. Halloween is officially cancelled.
To be honest, I've never really liked Halloween. There are a number of reasons for this.
1. I've never liked the scary, gross, bloody costumes.
2. I DO like the candy, but in a non-healthy way. As in a "I eat too much of it and it's really bad for me" way.
3. I also get seriously annoyed with the greedy, "give me" attitudes of trick-or-treaters. Typically we do a Trunk-or-Treat in our church parking lot, but that means that each kid comes around 3 or 4 times, never once saying thank you or acknowledging me in any way, shape or form (okay, there are a FEW who do, but they are the exception). I should probably be a grown-up in this situation and understand they are kids all crazy and under the influence of sugar and artificial coloring....but it still bothers me.
4. We buy the GOOD candy, the delicious candy, the kind you'd buy for yourself to eat at home. And my kids bring home GARBAGE. (I was going to say another word....I didn't) They seriously come home with the cheapest, grossest, most yucky tasting and looking candy ever. I grieve for the loss of my luscious Twix bars and gooey Milky Ways. I also buy A LOT of candy because I feel personally responsible to make sure there is enough candy. How's that for twisted?
5. I'm trying to reduce the amount of sugar and artificial coloring my kids (and myself) eat. Halloween does not help this. It provides either several days of gorging or several month's worth of "one piece a day". We don't need it. My kids get all whacked and some of them even steal/lie about it. It changes their behavior and attitudes. Is candy SERIOUSLY worth crying about? Or screaming, thrashing around and spitting on me about? And I'm not just talking the 4-year-old.
6. It's expensive. I've kept track over the last few years and Halloween costs between $100 and $150. FOR ONE NIGHT. That is beyond ridiculous. Aside from buying the "good" candy, we have costumes to pay for. I make most of them, but material costs money. And time. Even getting costumes at thrift shops costs money. Multiply that by 4 boys and it adds up. I try to use clothes from their dress-up bucket, but most of the time they want something completely different than they've ever had.
7. I don't even want to talk about the time I spend making costumes only to be told it's ugly, they don't like it, they changed their mind, etc. It's not easy making four costumes (many late nights and pricked fingers)......
8. This year I have 2 kids in braces. Most of the stuff they'll get they won't be able to eat.
So, we're not going to the Trunk-or-Treat. We're not going trick-or-treating. We're not getting costumes. I DID make a compromise though, since I've had some feedback from my husband that I'm being "too weird". We are going to have a family party. Each kid will get to choose what they want for dinner - so it will be a buffet of random favorites (right now we have pizza, chips & salsa and orange chicken on the menu). They will get a small amount of candy, to be eaten at the Party. And we're having a Family Wii Tournament. It will be the first time they've seen the Wii in 2 months.
I expected all sorts of push-back, but they're actually quite excited about it. Maybe it will become a family tradition. Maybe being weird is okay....