Halloween Aftermath

November 3, 2010 at 8:44 am 3 comments

Keeping that candy out of junior’s mouth isn’t easy. But the cavities! Now, pediatric dentists expose the candy secret: eat up! just all at once please. It’s not the quantity of candy, it’ s the duration: candy over a longer period extends the time for cavity-causing toxic acid mouth bath. So go ahead and stuff it in, quick!

If you still have too much candy left over after two days of gorging (all at once, of course) here’s an idea from our friends in Canada:

“How can a responsible parent let a kid enjoy candy without letting him stuff himself with junk?” asks Sharon Bowers in her well-timed book, “Candy Construction” (Storey Publishing, 2010). “The trick is not to EAT it but to make something WITH it.”

So how was it in your neighborhood on Sunday? What about those kids at the door that are just a bit too old for Trick-or-Treat. And what’s with their “costumes”: dude, lipstick does not cut it. Now we have a word: they’re “Halloweenagers.” But admit it, you did it too when you were 15.

And kids, why is that Halloween booty such a big deal? I mean, you can buy that candy and save the effort. Or you can try this stunt, reported at MyFoxDC.com:

Fourteen-year-old Khalel Turner says he was trick-or-treating with friends Thursday night when a gunman got out of a vehicle, and flashed a firearm.

He demanded the teen give him all of his candy or he would shoot him.

Crazy and sad. That was in Columbus, Ohio. But the same thing happened in Peterborough, Canada. In York, Pennsylvania, a girl was shot with a BB gun for candy. Another candy heist was reported in Springfield, Ohio, but at least there they just knocked the kid down. Sheesh! Kid on kid violence. For candy. Something is not right.

Mischief has a long pedigree on Halloween. But the firearms are disturbing.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. DAVID KLEIN  |  November 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

    We have a candy factory in Covina Ca–Can You IMagine That Confections…For the month of November the treat or treat crowd is bringing their candy to our factory…We are trading them their treats for candy that we make….We will match the trade-ins pound for pound with our own candy and send it all to Operation Gratitude where it will go to our troops…..

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  • 2. Loralee  |  November 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Eating a lot of candy at once may not cause many cavities, true, but the kids are still ingesting all those calories. Pediatricians might give different advice than pediatric dentists.

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    • 3. Candy Professor  |  November 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

      Interesting that we worry so much about Halloween gluttony, and so little about Thanksgiving gluttony. Candy evil, food good? But why?

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