Say It or Go Hungry!


Tonight is Halloween. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday it’s a beautiful time of year where small children are encouraged to pretend to be someone else and come to the homes of strangers and ask for candy.

Ironically the other 364 days of the year we spend telling children NOT to take candy from strangers, especially ones that have a corpse or bloody appendages on their front porch.

Hey it’s never too early to prepare kids for the phenomenon of mixed messages and confusion to all things adult as we usher them into their puberty.

It will be a bitter sweet night for the wife and I as for the first time in 15 years we had neither our son or 11 yr old daughter to walk the blocks with as they collected enough goodies to keep dentists in business for years to come.

(On a side note they say the Celts invented Halloween and after a little research I found out the “Celt” is an ancient Gallic word meaning “ cavity creators”.)

Our kids are with friends this time and so we will sit on the porch and wait for the kids to come up and seek to reap their reward. As much as the missus and I don’t have in a lot in common generally in this one thing we were united; No one got even one tootsie roll without uttering the magic phrase, “Trick or Treat”.

Last year many kids would come up to us not saying a word and simply open their bags as though we were obligated to give them their desires. It’s like the holiday version of teaching kids that entitlements are part of being American.

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