You may have been wondering why I have been so sporatic in my postings lately. Well, I’ll tell you why. I have been so preoccupied with an incredibly important issue and I just can’t seem to think about anything else. And since I have not come up with a solution to this pressing problem, I have decided to take the issue to you kind folks out there in Cyber Land and see what insights you can offer me.
Today is October 7. That means there are exactly 24 days until Halloween. And I cannot decide what kind of candy to give out. I mean, its killing me. It seems trivial. It seems a waste of time. It seems an easy question. But, oh how complicated the art of buying the perfect Halloween candy can be. And it is especially complicated this year because this is our first year in our new house. This is our first impression we’ll make on many of our neighbors. The candy selection is critical.
I am definitely NOT giving out homemade popcorn balls because no matter how good they look, no decent parent will let their child eat a popcorn ball from a new neighbor. And I’m definitely NOT giving out Dum Dums. Those are just a waste of space in a Halloween candy bag. Pixie Sticks are a toss up. The grape ones are always a winner, but if you get a green one you’re out of luck. Candy corn just screams, “Hi, I’m cheap,” and caramel chews are along those same lines – maybe a little more of a “Hi, I’m cheap but I do wonders with my limited budget.”
At first I thought that I’d go with the whole candy bars. Its a little pricey, but worth it when I think about how the neighborhood kids will be talking about the “cool lady on the corner who gave out the big candy bars.” But then I started thinking harder, and I think the whole candy bars are a little much. They could either send the message that we are cool, hip neighbors or it would send the message that we are pretentious and that we are trying too hard to impress them. If I had lived in the neighborhood longer, I would be willing to take that chance. But this is our first year! Our first impression! I just can’t take that kind of risk.
Then I had to choose between the novelty candy, like Ring Pops and Pop Rocks, or the good, old fashioned, always a winner, fun sized chocolcate bars. I just can’t decide. I want the candy to be the candy that the kids trade for when they go home. I want there to be bidding wars over my candy selection. I want friendships to end because someone wouldn’t trade for my candy. I always traded for Reeses Cups. God, I love those. I promised my sister all kinds of empty lies in exchange for all of her Reeses Cups. But is that enough? I mean, are chocolate and peanut butter really enough in this kind of situation?
So you can see my dilemma. I am paralyzed with fear. One wrong purchase and my reputation in the neighborhood is shot. And don’t get me started on whether I should dress up to hand out candy or not…
THE STRESS IS KILLING ME!