But on Halloween, can’t we please ease up on our candy-is-evil paranoia?
Some dentists, including my son’s, offer to buy back Halloween candy to keep it away from kids. Really? Yes.
Let the experts rail against candy 364 days a year — but not on Halloween. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of returning home from trick-or-treating, dumping my stash of candy on the floor, and selecting random pieces to enjoy.
What if, instead, I had memories of my parents seizing the candy when I walked in the door, hiding it and then delivering it self-righteously to the dentist the next day for a few bucks?
Ease up, parents
Let kids enjoy their Halloween candy. Then tell them to brush their teeth like crazy before bed to get rid of all that evil sugar.
I’m willing to say it’s OK for parents to throw away the Halloween haul the next day. But on Halloween night — like on Christmas morning — let kids be kids and do what they enjoy.
Let’s celebrate the moments of gleeful abandonment in childhood — not try to restrict them. Our kids will be adults soon enough. They’ll have to worry about work and bills and getting fat.
For now, let’s limit buy-back programs to handguns.
Not Halloween candy.