This Halloween, dare to be square

If you’re like me, this is the month where your children start talking about Halloween incessantly—what they’re going to wear, what kind of candy they hope to get, what sort of candy should we give out, Mom? and so on and so forth. You’d think that Halloween was National Give In To Your Child’s Whims Night, the way the kids get into it as the ultimate night of excitement and endless sugar.

Now don’t get me wrong, here. I love Halloween. I’m a fan dressing up and scaring people. (Wait. That didn’t come out right….) And I’ve been known to eat a candy bar or two (okay, twelve) in my day. I just think it’s funny that my children get so amped up over a single night. And it’s not even like I can use it to my advantage, the way I can Christmas. (Because Santa is watching you, you know. I think you’d better be nice to your brother. I’m just saying.)

My children have grown up with the Great Pumpkin, but it wasn’t until they opened the Spookley Store here at Ty’s Toy Box that I became acquainted with a different sort of pumpkin. You see, Spookley is square. He’s the only square pumpkin in a patch full of round pumpkins. And he’s worried that he doesn’t fit in. But as it turns out, Spookley has some very special talents of his own.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer this sort of story to a sack full of sugar with no underlying, character-building lesson. I’m just crazy that way.

If you’re so inclined, take a break from the pre-Halloween madness to check out Spookley. The store currently has an assortment of books (including the original The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin signed by author Joe Troiano) and Spookley plushes as well as the DVD.

When my son was little he had a wide assortment of food allergies, so we started “buying” his Halloween candy off of him at the end of the night. That way he got to go trick-or-treating and still got a treat. He’s long since outgrown his allergies, but now both kids often opt to “sell” their candy either for cash or for a larger prize. If you’ve never done this with your children I highly recommend it (all the fun with less of the tooth decay), and something like a Spookley DVD or plush might be a perfect swap for a pile of fun-size chocolate bars.

(Plus, you know, they probably won’t catch you eating their chocolate if they’re busy watching the movie….)

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