Thursday, October 30, 2008

The First Rule of Halloween

With Halloween begins my fall/winter bacchanal. Halloween candy followed by Thanksgiving turkey, Channukah latkes, and the many sweets and treats leading up to Christmas and New Year's (ah, to be a polyreligious eater). It's a fun time, but these are important traditions, and gosh darn it, there are rules.

Rule Number One of Halloween: Give chocolate. I know you see that pack of 5,000 Dum Dum Pops sitting alluringly on the shelf of the 99 Cent Store, but come on. If you were a kid would you want to end up with a bunch of Dum Dum Pops? It's only once a year, cough up the dough for some Snickers, mini-Hersey's or M&Ms. Even one of those micro-sized half-bite Snickers is better than a Dum Dum.

Okay, I'll give you half-credit for Skittles, Starburst, Milk Duds, Juji Fruit, candy corn and Tootsie Rolls because at least they are real candies, but it still ain't chocolate.

And remember kids, do what this guy says and stay safe:

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