Rant with Randi: Halloween Humbug!

By Randi Crawford

Yikes! There’s so much Halloween absurdity to discuss this year that I hardly know where to begin.

Let’s talk about that chick from North Dakota. She called into her local radio station to tell them that she plans on giving out “fat letters” along with candy this year to the kids that she deems “moderately obese.” Her letter will tell the parents that they are acting irresponsibly by sending their children out to seek candy when their kids are already overweight. Her letter reads, in part, “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child to continue these unhealthy eating habits.” EEK! What planet is she living on? Does anyone else think that this gal is overstepping her bounds a little? I’m flabbergasted that anyone would take it upon themselves to interject their opinions onto someone who didn’t ask and probably doesn’t care.

When the radio host asked her why she isn’t giving out stickers or toys instead of candy, her response was, “I don’t want to be the mean lady in the neighborhood.” Hmmm, she doesn’t want to be the mean lady, but she’s telling little kids who come to her door on Halloween that they are fat and shouldn’t eat any candy? I don’t know about you, but “me not like her so much.” I’d really love to be a fly on the wall of one of the parents who receive this letter. I mean, seriously, can you imagine your adorable child all dressed up in their costume, comes home wound up from trick or treating with their friends, and hands you this sealed letter? They dump out all of their “loot” to count, separate and organize (because that’s half the fun), and a random letter falls out of the candy bag addressed to you...the parent. So you open this letter and read, from a random neighbor that she thinks your kid is fat and she’s giving you parenting advice? Oh wow, the more I picture this, the worse it gets. Nobody wants to see obese children, but if you feel that strongly, how about taking a positive approach and doing something that will really make a difference in a child’s life?

This begs the question of why she doesn’t just keep her lights turned off and pretend she’s not home? Why does she want to traumatize and ruin this holiday for these poor kids? No matter how you slice it, she is not coming from a good place. I just found out that my sister didn’t want to hand out candy so, instead, she handed out glow sticks for the kids to wear around their necks, and mini water bottles. One kid came to her door and said, “Wow, I knew this house would be a waste of my time.” Personally, I think the glow sticks were a creative idea, but at the end of the day, it’s Halloween and kids want


! I mean, the whole point of Halloween is trick or treating and getting as much candy as you possibly can. That doesn’t mean you’re going to eat every piece you get, it just means that it’s the process that is fun so let’s just let kids be kids and enjoy this one night!

Have you heard about the new laws (at least it’s the first time I’ve heard about them) in Richmond, Virginia? Apparently they are imposing age limit laws that prohibit kids over the age of 12 to trick or treat door to door. If caught, kids could be fined up to $100. The reasoning behind this law (you’re going to love this one) is that single mothers and seniors complained that they were frightened by “6-foot-tall kids” showing up at their homes asking for candy...on Halloween? BOO!

Your thoughts?