So a few years ago I had this clever idea that I would save all the various random toys that come into the house, get played with for five minutes, and then just clutter up my life by throwing them into a bag and giving them away at Halloween. Not candy! Environmentally better than just tossing them (if less admirable than not acquiring them in the first place, but what can you do)! Clever!
Of course, I never actually *remembered* to drag out the bag, or if I did, I couldn’t find it, right? But this year, I saw the bag and it’s all ready to go.
Only, HITCH. Pseudonymous Kid is now old enough that he has FIRM OPINIONS on the complete and utter lousiness of this plan. “Mama. Kids HATE the people that give out non-candy crap. And no, you cannot give out sugar-free gum this year, either. Kids want CANDY.” He even tried to talk me out of the $20 worth of ETHICALLY SOURCED NON-SLAVE-LABOR CHOCOLATES* I bought yesterday at the overpriced “health food” grocery store, finally relenting by grudgingly insisting that I could buy that chocolate to give out, but that I would also be required to buy a bag of almond joys and reese’s for us to eat.
Only Almond Joy and Reese’s are both Hershey products, and Hershey is sucky on the chid-slave-labor front. I’m trying to talk him into a homeschool cooking project to make them at home. He is intrigued by the idea of making them for ourselves, but, on realizing that I was not proposing whipping up a ton of these to hand out to every kid that comes to the door but rather proposing to hand out the health-food-store chocolates, he reverted to “NO. You will hand out the regular, unhealthy, bad-for-the-environment stuff. Or the kids will hate you.”
I BLAME THE SYSTEM.
*Endangered Species makes halloween-type chocolates–little individually-wrapped squares. And yes, they are much more expensive. Which is kind of the point.