The Halloween Riddle: How Do I Let My Daughters Enjoy Halloween With All of Their Friends Without Going Overboard?

October 27, 2014 2:38 AM

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With just a week to go before Halloween, I thought it fitting to share my take on the holiday and the answer to the question -- to indulge or not to indulge -- with candy that is! Those of you who know me, or have read any of my books or blogs, know how I feel about confections and sugars of any kind. Rest assured there isn't a cabinet in my kitchen filled with bags of bite sized Milky Way or Kit Kat bars. Truth be told, growing up on Long Island, New York in the '60s and '70s was a different time and my sisters and I did our fair share of trick or treating. I have fond memories of my sisters and I sitting on a curb tallying up and comparing our pumpkins filled with candy. Mom didn't allow us to eat anything until we came home and she inspected everything. She carefully checked to make sure everything in our pumpkin seemed safe, and then allowed us to pick our three favorite candies while she took the rest of our loot for safe keeping. I'm not quite sure where the balance of the candy ended up going, but we were satisfied with the ones we got to eat.

Fast forward to present -- my daughters, Emilia and Francesca, are 5 years old and excitingly preparing for Halloween. At last count, they have three parties to go to! Somehow I know this is the universe's way of "pay back" for letting their first four Halloweens go by relatively unnoticed and "unsw...

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