So a while ago, I had the idea to make homemade goodies for the neighborhood kiddos for halloween. I’m a baker. That’s what I do. I love making cookies and candy. So, I posed the question and got a lot of positive responses for it. That is, until one post ruined it all.
When I was a chid, living in Florida, we were in a bigger city, so my mother went through our Halloween candy after trick-or-treating and made us throw out anything that wasn’t prepackaged. When we moved to South Dakota, she did this the first year, and then after that we had a general idea of who our neighbors were and we kept and ate the homemade stuff. I remember getting chocolate covered raisins, cookies, marshmallows, popcorn balls, and caramel apples. It wasn’t a big deal because we were in a small town. Using that logic, I applied it to my current situation, offered to put my name, address, and ingredients on the packaging for the treats and figured it would be fine since the kids won’t be going anywhere else but around this neighborhood. A lot of people were okay with it and thought it was a good idea. I even had a group. We were each going to make something different. One post ruined it all for me. I got angry. To this day, I fail to see the problem.
After talking with the hubby, he even said that if our future little ones came home with homemade goodies he would throw them away. I posed my argument, which I’ll get to a little later, told him what I personally was going to do, the difference between big city trick-or-treating and trick-or-treating in a small community, and he agreed. I can understand being cautious, like my mother, when we lived in a neighborhood that was larger and we didn’t know a whole lot of people, but when you’re in a small town, a small community where you know, have seen, and/or know where your neighbors live exactly, I don’t see the problem. MY issue is that I was trying to go out of my way to do something different and nice instead of giving out candy with dyes and preservatives, to give the kids something SLIGHTLY more healthy and fun, and it’s a big effing issue because I “might be trying to poison your children.” I’m sorry, but I take offense to that. No, fuck that. I’m not sorry. I do take offense to it. What gets me even more, was that the comments started off with “No offense, but…” No. No. Stop right there. If you’re going to start your comment off with those three words, you MEAN to cause offense and piss someone off. So just come right out and say whatever the fuck you were going to say and proceed to kiss my ass. I really honestly feel like not only my Halloween fun is ruin, but Christmas as well. (Thanks Ronald Clark O’Bryan)
Which brings me to my argument. Any other time of the year it’s okay to make cookies or other delicious sweets and give them out, but for some unknown reason, it’s wrong on Halloween. Do you really think I’m that malicious? I don’t understand. To delve a little deeper, to me that says that you think if I’m willing to cause harm to your family I don’t care about my own.
I did some research and there have actually only been 4 cases in the last 48 years of people tampering with PREPACKAGED candy with intent to kill or harm a child. All other reports have been debunked as a hoax. While the research did say the chances of this happening are slim-to-none, that you still need to check over your child’s candy and throw out anything that isn’t prepackaged, like homemade goodies UNLESS YOU KNOW WHO MADE THEM (their words not mine), torn, or tampered. Did you know there’s even a hotline set up that parents can report when candy has been tampered with? Did you also know that that number has yet to receive a call? Hm…just food for thought. Children have a higher likelihood of being hit by a car than getting candy that has been tainted with. You can read that article here if you like. You can also read this one if you’d like. Or this one. How about a news report? And here’s this guy’s blog on the matter, just because.
Back to my argument. I find it hard to believe that you’re okay with going to a pot luck with people you don’t know and eat that food and feel okay with it, but god forbid I dip some marshmallows in chocolate, roll them in graham crackers, put it on a stick, and wrap them up to hand them out. You’re okay with accepting a plate of cookies and candies from your neighbor, that you rarely talk to, at Christmas time, but I can’t hand out chocolate chip cookies on Halloween because I’m supposedly being malicious. You trust the bakers at your local grocery store not to tamper with your cake, cookies, fried chicken, and pasta salads, but I’m just out to get your kids. That makes total sense. Point is, if you’re going to be this cautious on Halloween you might as well be this cautious the next time you go to a pot luck or a neighborhood BBQ and inspect every single element that’s at that party. Also make sure you check out the food your neighbors are bringing over on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter because all that might be poisoned to. Not to mention the Easter candy. Maybe the Easter bunny is trying to harm the children, too. OH! And don’t take the candy canes from Santa at the mall because I heard them talking last year about how disappointed they were that the poisoned candy canes haven’t worked yet. It’s all a big conspiracy and everyone is malicious and everyone wants to see your child get hurt. Sounds a little ridiculous right? Well that’s because the chances of any of that happening are pretty freakin’ slim.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t even feel comfortable making my goodie trays on Christmas that I do EVERY YEAR because I now fear that someone is going to think I’m trying to poison them and their children all because I wanted to make stuff on Halloween instead of buy their children fattening candy. Someone made the comment about us having 3 registered sex offenders and that’s probably why. Here’s my argument to that: If they did something as serious as causing harm to another human being, they wouldn’t be in the military. It’s probably something stupid like their wife was underage when they started dating, or they peed in public. Use your brain, people.
I just fail to see the difference here. If I’m willing to give you my information so that you KNOW and feel more comfortable that I’m not “out to get you” then what’s the big deal? To me, even doing THAT sounds silly. That I have to prove myself to someone that I’m not a murderer is dumb. I genuinely do not understand. Something else was said “you can’t understand because you don’t have children.” Well, no, but I took my nephew out trick or treating and he’s as close to my own child as I’m going to get right now because I feel the urge to protect, care for, and discipline him. I would do anything for that kid. I imagine the feeling is amplified when it’s your own child, but when we went out trick or treating with him last year, he got a popcorn ball, a can of soda, and a baggy of raisins from an older lady and my sister and I didn’t see a problem with it then. When I was little, our next door neighbor would make popcorn balls for the kids and no one had a problem with that. I’m not being naive about the situation, I just don’t see the issue after everything I was going to do to ensure everyone’s safety.
Some of these kids will even be trick or treating WITH their parents. They would have seen me. They would have seen the stuff. One of the girls said “we should do it anyway” and I told her “absolutely not. I’m not going go out of my way to buy ingredients to make this stuff if it’s just going to end up in the trash. I might as well be handing out dollar bills and ripping them up in front of the kids.” Then she suggested we buy prepackaged candy as well. To which I told her I felt like it would be a waste of time and money if all the homemade stuff was going to be thrown out. Oh, and by the way I do take offense to “I’m not going to put my own children’s lives at risk because you want to explore your talents in the kitchen.”
So now, because I’m going to be petty and stubborn about this because I’m pissed off. I’m not handing out candy on halloween. The hubby still wants to and I told him if he wanted to do it more power to him. If HE wanted to spend the money on candy he could, but I would have no part of it. He can hand it out while I sit on the couch.
I’ll say it again. It’s a load of bullshit. I really liked Halloween…it’s a shame I can’t have fun this year.