November 1st might be my favorite day of the year because…Halloween is over. I strongly dislike Halloween.

By the time I was passing out these at work…


I was feeling like the Grinch who wanted to steal Halloween!

That’s right, full size candy bars.  Evidently the word has gotten out, with a little help from at least one child who lives in the house, because they kept coming.  They were saying things like, “I told you they gave out full-size candy bars”.  They kept coming, in spite of the fact that it was raining.  Buckets.  Torrential  rains.  But they came.  Now my grumpy self was not amused when several kids said, “only one” (in a whiney tone of voice) to my invitation to take “just one”.  Are you kidding me???  That is a king-size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, by far the favorite.  And yes, you already get FOUR peanut butter cups…what’s not to like?!

By the time I got to passing out candy, I had organized costumes for four children, taken pictures at one preschool party, helped out at another third grade party, stopped in at the fifth grade party, gone out for emergency candy in case we ran out and organized dinner for post-trick-or-treating.  And the rain didn’t help.  So I was admittedly C.R.A.B.B.Y!

Then there were the kids, (old enough to know how to behave) who pushed and shoved at the door, grabbed the candy and turned around to go, without so much as a “thanks”.   I followed up with a “you’re welcome” in my sweetest voice.  I’d say that prompted about 60% of them to then say thank you.  Bah humbug.  I always remind my kids when they leave, “what do you say after you get that candy”?  I mean, really.

Then there was the kid who came back for another round.  “Weren’t you just here?”, I asked.  His Mother was mortified. (She wasn’t there the first time he came by.)  Hey, if you are going to try to “game the  system”, don’t wear a very recognizable rubber mask!

Finally I was relieved of my duties and drove home.  The freeway was bumper-to-bumper, the rain falling hard, and daylight was long gone.  After an hour and 15 minute commute I pulled into my garage.  I snuck into my house and turned on a single light in the back of the house.  I stretched out on the couch and tried to forget the day, the whole Halloween season.

The king-size Reese’s I had for dinner helped!