One trip to the stores and it’s obvious that it’s Halloween.
Piled high next to the pumpkins are mounds of trick-or-treat candy, stealing the spotlight.
It’s not by accident the stores strategically place candy displays near the checkout lines.
It’s cause for major rubber necking traffic for kids — a minefield of the gimme’s that can detonate parents at a moment’s notice.
It’s hard to blame the kids, after all.
When I think back to trick-or-treat as a child, Halloween was always about FREE CANDY!
There was so much anticipation about the loot I’d score that night, I couldn’t wait to charge out to sweat like a pig in my costume. Not to mention the mask that I’d want to destroy by the end of the night.
It wasn’t always worth it, though. Once in a while you’ll find a pack of raisins thrown in, or heaven forbid, an apple.
But there was always hope for that bag of M&M’s or better yet — a bag of Whoppers (score!).
It turns out that Halloween isn’t the only time for this grab-bag experience.
If you look beyond the candy, you’ll find Christmas lights blinking behind turkey displays.
It’s reality. The holidays that follow are just like a trick-or-treat bag — you don’t know what someone will throw in there.
Nevertheless, Thanksgiving and Christmas remain the Fun Size Snickers bars that really satisfy.
In anticipation, I’m preparing some posts for the holidays.
In hopes of whipping up some Faith Barista drinks that you’ll enjoy, I’d like to hear from you.
Please share your holiday trick-or-treats:
What are your holiday stress points?
What are you hoping to find in your holidays this year?
What are some other topics you’d like to see covered (doesn’t have to be holiday related)?
As for Halloween, I wish you many M&M’s and Whoppers.