- Kathryn Patterson
My Halloween Mission: Chocolate Chip Cookies
When I was growing up, my sister and I went trick or treating alone, from house to house, all around our neighborhood or town (depending on where we lived at the time). We received packaged candies, apples, and homemade treats such as brownies or cookies. Mom and Dad never checked our candy or treats for "tampering" nor did they limit how much we ate. (They believed a stomach ache cured all children of overeating candy. It did.) Then the fear mongering began. Suddenly, only psychopathic child haters gave out homemade treats or fresh fruit. Parents needed to accompany children of all ages trick or treating, since children somehow magically lost the ability to do this alone. Packaged candy needs to carefully examined by a responsible adult to ensure the candy isn't poisoned. Where did our common sense go? How did it get to be so bad? This year, I am going to rebel against the fear mongering, against the insanity of it all. This year, I am going to make homemade chocolate chip cookies and hand them out in sandwich bags as treats. I may even include my phone number, so that concerned parents can call and ask me questions. Why am I doing this? Because someone has to. Someone needs to point out the wrongness of this situation. And it might as well be me. The only question I have is, how many people are willing to join me? Will you give out homemade treats or fresh fruit this year? If the answer is "yes", please leave me a comment and I'll cheer you on. If the answer is "no", I'd like to know why.