Wise answers to perplexing questions
Dear Answer Lady
My six-year-old wants to have a Halloween party. I’m not opposed to it in theory, but after one candy bar he bounces off the walls. Needless to say, the thought of ten little kids tearing around my house all hopped up on Snickers does not excite me. How do I score points with him while preserving my sanity? – Mason’s Mom
As a mother of two small children, the Answer Lady can completely vouch for the chocolate/chaos connection – it really is quite remarkable. Though candy is the traditional Halloween treat, a little goes a long way, and you can have fun while entertaining wee ones in other ways. Pretzels and popcorn are fun party foods, providing a carb boost without the crazy factor of chocolate. You could make it a pumpkin-decorating party, or roll caramel apples in some nuts. Visit the library and check out a fun Halloween film or scary book to read aloud. The Answer Lady also saw some cute little activity books for kids at the Whale’s Tale – connect the dots, mazes, coloring, etc.
After they’ve had their Halloween treats, burn off some of that energy with a walk around the block to check out the neighbors’ decorations. You could also be a bit of a devil and turn this to your advantage: make it a decorating party, and enlist their aid in getting your home Halloween-ready. As long as you don’t have them climbing ladders or driving nails, they could get your home trick-or-treat ready safely in no time. You could even probably get them to help you rake leaves while you’re at it – it’s amazing how much energy a little chocolate buzz can produce.
Dear Answer Lady
How old is too old to go trick-or-treating? Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and though I’m an adult now, I’d still like to dress up and roam around town collecting candy. Is that so wrong? – Grown-Up Hallo-Weener
Yes, that is kind of wrong (not to mention kind of creepy). The Answer Lady agrees that Halloween is magical, but she gets annoyed when anyone over the age of twelve appears at her door trolling for candy. She suggests dressing up and hosting your own party, or heading over to Congress Hall for the annual Phantom Ball. All grown-ups, lots of costumes, killer dessert buffet. Cocktails too!