Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

Halloween Candy
by Nancy J. Cohen

Would you believe today (Oct. 28) is National Chocolate Day? Halloween is only a few days away, so naturally my thoughts drift to the large bags of candy we’ll buy at the superstore to fill our bowl. I ignore the advice that says to buy only what we don’t like to eat. Instead, we’ll get bags filled with M&Ms, Reese’s, Snickers and Milky Ways or similar combinations. Heck, if I’m going to spend my money, I want to buy something that we’ll be happy to consume.

For the last couple of Halloweens, we got so few kids at our door that I finally said enough. We turned out the lights indicating we weren’t home and hunched in front of the TV to enjoy our shows without interruption. But now we’re in a new neighborhood that has young children. Do they Trick or Treat here? Will anyone go out in the midst of Covid? These are valid questions. We’ll give it a try, at least this once, and see what happens. Usually, we turn off the lights between 8:00 and 9:00 pm or whenever we’re ready for some peace and quiet.

I’m not thrilled about having leftover candy this year, though. Between Magical Dining month in Orlando (3-course meals for $37) and four birthday celebrations within the past several weeks, I’ve been gaining weight. I have to watch my sugar intake anyway, and eating my favorite peanut M&Ms won’t help.

What about you? Do you welcome Trick or Treaters or pretend you’re not home? Do you fill your bowl with treats that tempt you or give away the leftovers you don’t want?

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