OK, so I know you were all waiting on pins and needles to hear what I decided to do for Halloween.
In the end I decided on a grand compromise... well, OK, I was at Costco and there was a giant box of York Peppermint patties which I LOVE, and I caved.
In my defense, I thought they would be foil wrapped like they used to be...
So, I got them home and opened the box to taste one... you know, just to make sure they weren't stale or anything (wink, wind, nudge, nudge) and discovered to my dismay that they now come wrapped in plastic like everything else. Sigh.
But anyhow, I decided that I'd put the peppermint patties, the two small bags of chocolate kisses and peanut butter cups that I'd bought the other day along with some leftover party favor type toys that I had from previous years all in a big box on the front porch with a "help yourself" sign and see what happened.
I figured that way I wouldn't traumatize the cats, but I wouldn't be being a Halloween Scrooge either.
CatMan thought this was hilarious. He assured me that the first kid would simply dump the entire box of stuff into their pillow case and that would be it.
Undaunted, I maintained faith that the children would approach the situation with grace and politely take just a few pieces each. Or I at least figured that their parents would encourage a moderate amount of restraint.
Sooooo... at around 9pm I decided things had probably wound down so I opened the door to peek...
You guessed it, the vultures had picked the thing clean!
And we're not talking about a trivial amount of candy here. All told there were probably about 250 pieces of candy and an equal number of things like glow in the dark teeth, plastic spider rings, Halloween bubbles etc.
I was blown away! I mean, I had even included about half a dozen things for babies like rubber ducks and pacifiers and every. single. thing. was taken! Even the pencils! Seriously?
I suppose I shouldn't draw any sweeping conclusions from this little experiment. I mean it could have been just one kid who spoiled it for all the rest - I'll never know. I guess that's the thing about greed - it just takes one or two people to ruin things for everybody else.
But on some level it just makes me sad. I dunno... what do you think? Are kids just like this when candy is involved? Is greed just a part of the human condition? Is this just a manifestation of our crazy materialistic society? I'd love to hear your take...