I have never been a huge fan of Halloween.
Dressing up, horror movies, and least of all, anything to do with pumpkins (pies, seeds or carving) are all things I can do without.
Clearly, I’m in the minority, as the former Celtic harvest festival is now the second largest commercial holiday in the United States (behind Christmas). Spending during this holiday has doubled in the past 10 years according to the National Retail Association to an average of nearly $83 per participant.
I’ve learned the life lesson, hopefully, that effective participation is not tied to my opinion of it. I’ve found that I often end up enjoying activities I did not initially want to do.
So while I’m not dressing up this year as Ken Bone, as great as that would be, the Stalkers participation will be with what has become a tradition – giving out full-sized candy bars to trick or treaters in our neighborhood.
When I was a kid, there was one house in our New Jersey neighborhood who gave out full-sized candy bars. It was incredible. Kids couldn’t believe what they were getting in their bags!
Even better, I can’t remember who it was that gave them out. To kids, this ego type dimension doesn’t matter – it’s just part of the magic of the holiday. Candy from heaven.
So my wife and I decided, about 15 years ago, to be that house in our neighborhood that gives out the full-sized candy. Guess what? Turns out it is thrilling to do.
The kids still react in ways that are authentic, memorable, and precious.
We’ve found the classic Hershey Bar – is the way to go. The candy is instantly recognized and has some impressive heft.
So, if you can afford it, I’d urge you to go big on candy. Be a giver. It’s fun!