1. You can give away non-candy treats and no one will egg your house . . .
2. . . . but waiting for the bell to ring is less fun without a little candy to dip into.
3. Teenagers invariably (and inexplicably) will choose Play-Doh from your selection.
4. Unlike extra candy, if you have toy treats left over you can save them for next year. Genius.
5. Extracting seeds from pumpkin guts (for roasting) is tedious, smelly and messy . . .
6. . . . but if you follow your daughter’s suggestion and add melted butter to the olive oil, it will all be worth it. (Genius again.)
7. You can reduce candy mania by giving kids their most favorite dinner – they’ll thank you for it and never suspect your ulterior motive.
8. You should follow the example of TLT reader Susan Tang (of Little Ladies Who Lunch) and next year set up a prosecco bar for the parents. (Beyond genius).
9. You must allocate at least one half hour for the post trick-or-treating sibling candy swap, which rivals the SALT II treaty talks in intensity of negotiations.
10. You’ll know you’ve trained your children well when they return from trick-or-treating and immediately hand over their Whoppers, without you even having to ask. 🙂
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