Monday, October 25, 2010

Why Halloween Grinches Irritate Me

 Yes, it's not a post about a movie, video game, book, comic, or giant robots. It's about one of my favorite celebrations Halloween and the fact that there are Halloween grinches who just want to ruin a good time that's for the kids one day out of the year. I guess there are some people who don't know what it means to just let it go and have a good time.
 I recently read a lovely little piece about the calories in Halloween candy that popped up on my AOL news feed. I was curious and after reading amused. It listed how awful all that candy is for you especially when it's in the fun size packaging because you eat more of it and how many calories and sugar that are in each and every one. There were two reasons I was amused by this informative editorial. One reason was the lady who wrote it referred to the candy as, "evil Halloween candy" and the fact that she was stating the obvious with the whole idea of, "Candy is bad for you! It has fat, calories, and sugar!" Please, that's like telling someone, "Hey did you know grass is green?"
 While I understand that it was meant to be helpful for the people that are trying to consciously watch what they eat, this article seemed to give me the impression that this woman not only hated candy, she hated food and seemed to have this attitude that no one in the entire world can control themselves around candy, therefore it's evil and must be dealt with and listed the biggest candy offenders along with all the calories, sugar, and fat, information. Here's the thing. In the article, she states, "This is why you should rethink giving candy to the kids and come up with something else." Wow, really?
 So, because you have an obvious problem with controlling yourself around the "evil candy", then that means no one else can have any or have any fun at all including the kids. This is one day out of the year that kids get to dress up, have a good time with their friends and families, and just cut loose for a bit. Halloween grinches who think and act like they are entitled to dictate things like what people eat including OTHER people's children during a day that's just supposed to be fun for them, really need to sit down and mind their own business. Here, I'll repeat that in case you missed it. SIT DOWN AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
 It's wonderful that you're so concerned about being healthy, but sometimes you just have to let it go and just enjoy your life. The bottom line is this day is mainly for the kids and it's one day out of the year, so how does it affect you personally? Also, contrary to what you believe, not every parent is a complete drooling moron. There are great parents out there, who know that you have to set boundaries for your children, that you have to ration out the candy one piece at a time, otherwise they'll eat it all at once because that's what kids do. They make rash decisions, throw caution to the wind, and live in the moment, not worried about fat and sugar at all.  Children are incredibly resilient.  That's why the good parents know that and know that they have to be the responsible ones, setting those rules and limits for their kids, and teaching them about having things in moderation.
 So "Evil Halloween Candy" ladies and gentlemen everywhere, how about you just let the kids enjoy their day of creative costumes, candy, and fun? They deserve to have fun and enjoy being kids. Let their parents worry about it, because that's their job, not yours.
 Hope everyone has a fun, happy, and safe Halloween!

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