Mmm, Halloween. What does that word conjure in your mind?

M&Ms?

Juju Fruit?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

Twix?

Jolly Ranchers?

Laffy Taffy? How about dem jokes?

Do you have a sugar high yet, just from reading this post?

Yeah, today we’re talking candy. Not scary movies or horror novels or even Halloween costumes. Nope. Candy. Because what’s Halloween without that precious commodity?

Seriously, when you were a kid, did you ever go to a house that offered up something other than candy? How about the dentist who gave out toothbrushes?

Toothbrushes?

Even the houses that gave money weren’t as exciting as the ones that dropped a packet of Swedish Fish into your pillowcase (and I don’t even like those chewy red fish).

Or was it that little plastic pumpkin? Or some elaborate felt contraption your Great Aunt Helga made? Or the age-old fallback plan, the plastic grocery bag?

When I was a kid, there wasn’t a time limit on trick or treating. We rushed out the front door as soon as the sun went down (which was like five o’clock since back then, Daylight Savings Time ended a couple weeks earlier than it does now) and we didn’t come home until the last porch light had been flipped off. I remember trick or treating when I was in seventh grade and still knocking on doors at ten p.m. (the neighbors weren’t overly pleased with my friends and I that year). Hey, they shoulda turned off their light!

Sidebar: Now that I’m an adult, I’m glad my community limits trick or treating to an hour. With the amount of kids trekking through our neighborhood, I’d go broke trying to purchase enough candy to last any longer than that. I’m also grateful that the end of Daylight Savings Time now occurs the week after Halloween, because my neighborhood doesn’t have street lamps or sidewalks, and now that I’m on the other side of this whole trick or treating gig (read: a parent), I’m grateful all those cars can actually see those adorable, costumed little kids running across the road.

Do you steal your kids’ candy when they aren’t around? Do you negotiate with them, having saved a stash from the give-out candy so you can trade them for your favorites?

Speaking of give-out candy, I bought ours this year, and I bought plenty, but I failed to purchase Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which are my husband’s all-time fave. Do you know that man went out and bought another bag, just so he’d have his Reese’s? Somehow, because it’s Halloween, it’s perfectly acceptable to overindulge in such sweet treats.

Normally, he’d just wait until our daughter finished trick or treating, and she’d separate out the Reese’s and hand them over because she doesn’t like them (we’re still analyzing her DNA; we suspect she’s an alien). But this year: She isn’t going!

What???

Yeah, I was blown away when she announced it, especially considering how much I spent on the costume she had to have. To be fair, she did go to a party with friends last weekend, which included a small, exclusive trick or treat session. So I guess she got her fill. Her plan is to give out candy this year. Which I’m totally cool with, especially if she wears that costume so I can feel like I got my money’s worth out of it.

Nope, she’s not planning to wear the costume while giving out candy.

I should mention she’s a middle schooler. Did I not mention that? Yeah. Can we say indecisive? Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if next year she decides to go trick or treating after all.

Or even this evening. The day is still young.

Happy Halloween!

Tami Lund is an author, wine drinker, and award winner. She writes happily ever afters and yes, she even has a few Halloween reads, if you’re interested in indulging: http://tamilund.com