Treat tradition defangs Halloween chomping

Happy Halloween!

The kids and I still don’t know for sure whether we’re heading over to Manchester University this evening to trick or treat at “Haunted Garver,” Rowan’s dorm, or going candy hunting closer to home.

We know what we’re doing tomorrow, though: taking the kids’ treat bags to the gym to deposit most of the contents in our “candy locker.”

It was interesting, in the course of putting together this weeks’ News-Sentinel column, to realize what an impact this silly game has had on our lives the last couple of years. We can go weeks or even months without thinking about it, especially during warmer weather, but I think we all feel better knowing our candy is much safer there than it would be here at home. (And if it’s been a while since I’ve hopped on the treadmill, a couple of Hershey’s Kisses or a fun-size Almond Joy makes me much more enthusiastic about running in place.)

I don’t feel bad about keeping candy at the gym because I don’t think there’s that much difference between a Snicker’s bar and some energy bars. But I am curious as to whether other people keep snacks in their gym lockers.

Anybody care to ‘fess up? (I’m sure yours are healthier).

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