This blog usually revels in the holiday with a month’s worth of posts about The Pumpkin King’s favorite day, but not this year.
I blame it on the pandemic, which has taken all the joy out of getting to wear a mask around for a day. Now that a mask is perpetually plastered to my face, Halloween has lost one of the traits that made it so unique.
Of course, the other big draw of October 31 is the free candy. It’s the one day of the year you can ignore the Nuns’ sage advice and actually take candy from strangers. On the flip side, it’s the one day of the year that you don’t freak out when masked strangers pound on your door and demand you hand over your property.
It does not look like Trick or Treating is on the agenda at The House on the Hill this year. While I’ve seen a few posts in a neighborhood Facebook group stating that some folks are willing to pass out candy like normal, the general consensus seems to be that it’s in everyone’s best interest to discourage such activity while the virus runs unchecked through our communities, egging our lives with sickness and death.
I’m bummed, but if you are a regular follower of my blog, you know the checkered past of Halloween at The House on the Hill. Every year, I buy a ton of candy and get pumped up for all the trick or treat visits, and then I end up bringing the candy to work because I get like six kids at the door.
And when I say “I end up bringing the candy to work”, what I actually mean is that I eat a large portion of it myself as I glumly wait for goblins and ghouls who never end up haunting my front porch, and then bring to work whatever survives the candy purge.
Even though Halloween might not be out in full force this year, I still wanted to keep the spirit of the holiday alive. When I went for my run this morning, I cut through different parts of the neighborhood to check out the decorations.
There was still a hint of Jack Skellington in the air, so that lifted my spirits. I thought I’d pay it forward with a post about the Halloween topic nearest and dearest to all our hearts. So in this, the year when the Great Virus is displacing the Great Pumpkin on our social calendars, I ask you:
What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
I had to give that one some Deep Thought to be honest. There wasn’t a slam dunk winner like I’d thought there would be. And that might have been simply because I wanted to distract myself with as many Deep Thoughts about candy as possible.
As a kid, I would have answered that question with candy corn. For some reason, I really used to love the stuff. I’d eat it slowly, chomping off one layer of color at a time. For some reason, it didn’t bother me that it was ridiculously sweet and disgusting.
As an adult, my taste buds have become much more sophisticated. Which is probably because I’ve done so much eating in my life. And you wonder why I run so much!
My popular vote went to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups because of my love of anything chocolate and peanut butter.
However, my inner Electoral College went in another direction and named Mounds as my Favorite Halloween Candy.
I know that decision is going to lead to some hurt feelings and discontent, but we have to trust that our forefathers set up the Electoral College for a reason.
After reflecting on it for a while, I’m at peace with Mounds being the winner. After all, it’s a candy that I really only eat during the Halloween Season. Even though it’s available to me all year, I ignore the chocolate coconut deliciousness until the Witches and Ghosts are roaming the streets.
I’m glad I took the time to really ponder this one, Modern Philosophers. Not only did it give my grey matter an excellent workout, but it also led to an uptick in Halloween Spirit according to my latest polling.
What’s your favorite Halloween candy?