Happy Halloween

Witch on a broomstickIt’s more than a bit weird to go to Weight Watchers as part of my Halloween celebration. No one was in costume and they weren’t handing out any free stuff. Not that I expected candy from WW! but there weren’t even any Fruitees or little no-food things. They did give me a present, though — only a 0.8 lb gain instead of what I had expected after eating everything not nailed down this week.

I have a bowl of candy on the table, waiting for the little kids in my building to come by, but now it’s 9:30pm and clear that no one will show up. This is good to know for next year; I won’t bother to buy anything at all, but this was my first year here and I didn’t know what to expect. Before I go to bed, the candy will be in the bottom of a trash bag to be dropped off in the dumpster at 6:00am on my way up to the airport in Hartford.

I’m going to Chicago to visit my best friend and – shockingly – am not bringing a laptop with me. We’re going to play and shop and visit and talk ourselves silly. I’m bringing her a tiny pocket Buddha and three bags of Kim’s Light Bagels to try since they’re not sold up in her part of the country.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone, and I’ll check in when I’m back home – getting ready to go get my new kitty. I’ve decided to name her Tessie, for the song sung at Red Sox games. What can I say? We won the series and I have the song going through my head.

Halloween Candy Alert

CandyThe last thing I expected to see today was a huge orange and black store aisle display of Halloween candy. I mean, really — it’s AUGUST, people! We’re not even at Labor Day yet, the traditional end of summer/start of fall. And the bleeping bags of chocolate are sitting in the store, just at eye and hand level, luring the unwary.

Over in the office supply store things are hopping with parents stocking up on school supplies for the kids who are basically ignoring it all and running around to get their last bits of summer. They’re not thinking about Halloween and we shouldn’t be either. Oh sure, I spotted kids costumes over at BJ’s and thought that was a bit odd but it didn’t bother me. A costume can just hang in the closet until it’s time to wear (assuming the wearer doesn’t grow out of it in the intervening two months).

But chocolate candy? No one in their right mind is going to buy candy now for The Candy Holiday! It will just sit in the pantry and call to you and before you know it, one of those little mini bars finds its way into a lunch bag or becomes a snack after dinner – because we all know that food eaten standing up has no calories. Then you look at the bag, realize it’s almost empty, and rush out to buy another one to replace it, without stopping to realize that you’re still weeks and weeks away from actually needing it to give away.

There is no excuse, not one single one, for buying Halloween candy this early. Do not succumb to the temptation. For those who are counting Weight Watchers points, print off this great list of candy points values from Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone. In fact, go do it right now. I’ll wait. Once you have it, put it somewhere very visible. Those little fun-size mini boxes are so easy to pick up and nibble and most of them have two points each. Do you really want to waste your points by eating a bunch of them mindlessly just because they’re there? I didn’t think so.

Beware, the temptation is lurking as close as your grocery store. Now. It’s totally not fair or right but it’s happening so be prepared.