Special to the Tribune
Tonight, thousands of area kids will hit the streets, or the local safe Halloween events, to collect as much candy as they can haul. It's an event of gustatory greed on par with Thanksgiving, which, post-meal, finds over indulging adults prone on the couch or the floor.
I love sugar, but I spend a lot of my time trying to ignore it. We don't bring it home (well, rarely), and in the market or convenience store, I virtuously attempt to turn my head away from the candy aisle while heading for my caffeine fix of choice - Diet Pepsi.
We don't get too many Halloween trick or treaters in our neighborhood, which is probably good, because a) it makes the dogs bark more than usual, and b) it limits the amount of goodies I'm required to have on hand in the house. Yeah, I know, you buy for the kids. I buy what I like, and if the kids like it, too, well, good.
As young trick or treaters, our favorites were the houses that gave away miniature candy bars.
Those handfuls of (imagine that little traddemark symbol on all of the following) Snickers, Baby Ruths, Butterfingers, Hersheys bars, Kit Kats and Milky Ways were worth the costume change and subterfuge to try and get a second helping.
If you want to impress those little goblins, stock up on Peppermint Patties, and Reeses cups. Tootsie Rolls are still a crowd favorite. Heck, if you do, I'll even show up at your house in costume. I don't know about kids, but in our office, those massive sugar-hit candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins go better than hotcakes. Now M & M's has come out with a candy corn flavor. We're sunk.
What about Whoppers and Rolos? Faves for the bucket, bag or pocket. Milk Duds, Bit 'O Honeys and Sugar Babies are great if you have really tight fillings.
Some of the best candies are a little harder to find these days. Remember Necco Wafers? Big Hunk candy bars? Those Big Cherry chocolate chunks with cherry filling?
Some folks are fond of the sour or tart candies like Sweet Tarts or Jolly Ranchers, but that just seems like cheating at Halloween. Chocolate is tops, at any time of year. Starbursts and similar candies are tart and chewy - the perfect combination.
Our company has held a costume contest for years, and I pulled out all my creativity one year, dressed as Miss Piggy, and won the big prize. (I stopped traffic on Cortez Street in Prescott, too, but that's a whole 'nother story). I'm not much into dressing for Halloween anymore - it's kind of hard to put out a newspaper in a fake pig nose, pink ears and a giant tutu.
They won't let me come to work in my jammies these days, so I just enjoy seeing what my co-workers create.
I don't have any young children to buy costumes for, but I was recently spotted browsing the costume aisle at Walmart. I purchased a pirate costume for, who else? Pirate the dog!
Have a fun and safe Halloween tonight, and parents, I know you'll be checking out those bags 'o candy for your favorites. Give it up, the kids will never believe you're doing to make sure it's all "safe" for them.
Send me some photos of your costumes at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll publish the best of them online. While you're at it...what is your favorite candy?
Now that I'm finished with this column, I'll go back to my organic, unsalted almonds and unsweetened iced tea. I'd rather have an Almond Joy...
Heidi Dahms Foster is editorial manager, non-daily publications for Prescott Newspapers, Inc.