Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to dust off those spooky costumes and prepare for a night of trick-or-treating. But things have changed a bit over the years. A recent survey revealed that a whopping 83% of parents today admit to inspecting their kids’ treat candy before they’re allowed to dive into the sugary, stomach ache inducing stash. That might sound like a buzzkill, but in reality, it’s all about keeping our kids safe.
Growing up, as I mentioned on the radio, my dad had his own little sweet tradition when it came to inspecting our Halloween candy haul. Sure, he’d give everything a once-over to make sure it looked sealed and safe, but the real highlight was when he declared a certain candy bar as my “tribute.” “Dump the bag, kid”, and without fail, the Hershey bar with almonds would instantly disappear. It was like an unspoken agreement between us – that nutty, chocolatey goodness was his way of saying, “I’ve got your back, Tiger!” To this day, every time I see that classic brown and gold wrapper, I can’t help but smile at the sweet memories.
So, why do parents like mine feel the need to play the Halloween candy inspector? It all boils down to safety and ensuring that our children can have a night of fun without any unwanted surprises. While most candy is perfectly safe, it doesn’t hurt to take a moment to check for any signs of tampering or damage to wrappers. In a world where safety is a top priority, that extra bit of caution ensures that the trick-or-treating experience remains a sweet and memorable adventure for all. And hey, if your dad ever declares a special candy as your “tribute,” cherish the tradition – it’s a sweet reminder of the love that’s always been there, wrapped in a delicious chocolate bar. 🎃🍫👻
- Chris Kennedy
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