The Falcon | Volume 83, Issue 53
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By all means, eat candy this Halloween!
Published: October 31, 2012
In an era where the Cookie Monster has turned into the Veggie Monster, it’s nice to know that there is still one day dedicated to sweets and fun—Halloween. Sure, Halloween doesn’t preach the healthiest lifestyle, but that’s okay.
Today’s kids are bombarded with pressures to eat broccoli instead of Butterfingers. One day of sugary goodies won’t add 15 pounds overnight, but they can create some of the fondest memories of one’s childhood. With a simple drop of too-tense shoulders, everyone is able to sit back and enjoy the simple magic of Halloween.
According to a study by Safe Kids Worldwide, 73 percent of children ages 5 to 12 go trick or treating door to door on Halloween. As we all know from past experience, this results in a ton of candy. While there is bound to be that dentist on the block that hands out toothbrushes or the health nut that gives apples, most children return home with bags full of small-packaged goodness.
For many children, dressing up in costumes and venturing throughout neighborhoods in the dark is the highlight of Halloween. The candy aspect is considered an added bonus.
Outside of Halloween, the abundance of candy drastically drops. Sure, there are candy canes for Christmas, kisses for Valentine’s Day and chocolate eggs for Easter, but nothing compares to the sugar overload of Halloween. And that is what makes it so special. Even though there has been a general increase in health awareness, there is one night a year that nobody cares.
Enjoy your candy tonight… the celery can wait.