Happy Halloween everyone and Blessed Samhain!
The day of spooks and spirits, that day of haunting and hoofing it , the day all parents dread has arrived. The night of the sugar zombies.
It really amazes me what children will do for candy. Dress up in ridiculous, ill-fitting costumes, pose for picture after picture for their grand parents, suck down just about any meal you put in front of them as long as you promise to head out as soon as they are done. And the conditions these confectionery soldiers are willing to march under! Blowing winds, hail, rain, snow, freezing temperatures! Up hills, down hills, through the woods, mile after mile of endless gathering all so that they can come home and wallow in their spoils like Scrooge McDuck in his money bin.
And what do we parents get for it? Well, we get to raid the candy buckets after they go to bed of course! That’s our reward for the decorating, the costume making, the pumpkin patching, the pumpkin carving, the party chaperoning, the candy giving, the trick or treating, and the culling of the sugar zombie. Because really Halloween is as much of a parents chore as a child’s dream and even more goes into it than one day of frivolity. Lets look at the numbers:
A lot more goes into Halloween than people think about. And the numbers don’t stop there:
In the past, I will admit, Halloween has been the beginning of the end for me. This holiday marks the start of my decent into self-loathing and weight gain that will carry me through the remainder of the year to that glorious night of redemption and resurrection-New Years Day. But not this year. This year I am making a change. No candy after Trick or Treating. None. I am making a cup of tea (ok, you got me, a hot toddy,) and sitting back to enjoy the fire and the beauty of Samhain. Screw the commercialism and insanity of Halloween this year. Care to join me? Here is my recipe for a Hot Toddy. Tonight when you get home from Trick or Treating let the sugar zombies come and when they have eaten themselves sick, put them to bed, put the candy bucket in the pantry, and have a nice drink and celebrate the adult way.
Hot Toddy-the old-fashioned way
- 1 oz (2 tablespoons) Irish Whiskey or Scotch Whisky (or bourbon, if you want to be non traditional)
- 1 tablespoon mild honey
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1/4 cup boiling-hot water
- Put lemon slice, lemon juice, and honey in the bottom of your favorite mug.
- Top with hot water. Let stand for 2-3 minutes. You want the water to cool a bit so that it doesn’t evaporate the whisky.
- Top with your whisky of choice.
As you can see, I make mine a double. What can I say, it’s a long holiday season ahead.