I stockpile Halloween candy.
I think it’s some kind of violent reaction to the Halloween I got caught with nothing.
When we first moved to our house we were told more than once by the realtor and previous owners to expect in excess of 250 kids on Halloween.
We live in the hills and have one of the few level streets in the area.
We soon learned that the preponderance of preteens having parties on our street combined with those that were driven up in big SUVs by their parents so they wouldn’t have to struggle trick or treating on a hill meant that foretelling was correct.
We did indeed get 250 kids.
The previous owner of our house was a dentist. She would give out toothbrushes so you can imagine the delight when we gave out chocolate.
The kids would cheer as they walked back down our driveway.
And the girls would go all gooey over two little eighteen-month-olds dressed in their jammies who would peer through the rails on our landing, wide-eyed at the creatures that kept knocking on our door.
But as the years have flown by, the kids on the street have grown up and their parents, party poopers that they are, have stopped decorating, turning our street from one sparkly, scary, haunted village into one, big, giant ghost town.
But have I downgraded my candy purchases accordingly?
I have not.
I buy a couple of bags early in the month. Then as the day approaches, and I’m in a store. I can’t but help pick up another bag. And then another.
I get anxious that I will run out.
Reminds me of how I can’t waste food.
I think something similar is happening here. A fear of deprivation, awkwardness, embarrassment. A fear that something will happen that I don’t like so I compensate to avoid that something. And go way over the top.
Every year, I start with the leftovers from the previous year. I now buy those big bags of crap that would survive a nuclear holocaust so they’re still good. It’s against my principles but so is spending a small fortune.
Anyway, if I buy chocolate, I would end up eating the leftovers myself and that would be bad.
Please send good thoughts my way I don’t buy any more.
Do you stockpile Halloween candy? Or do you just turn the light off when you’re out? Let me know in the comments!
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