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Lynda Loveland: The Candyman

Posted October 27, 2010

Lynda Loveland

At our house, we call him Caiden. He’s my five-year-old son. Out of my three kids, he is the one who considers candy an essential food group.

I routinely find candy wrappers under the sofa, behind chairs and under his bed. You’d think I deprive this child of sweets, but I don’t. He gets dessert every night because he almost always eats all his dinner, veggies included! He’s just got a sweet tooth like no other.

The first Halloween that he was really aware of and “got," he dumped all his candy in the middle of the floor the second he got home. He figuratively and literally dived in. He didn’t come up for air for at least seven minutes. And he didn’t come down for another 70 minutes.

Last year, we started trick-or-treating at the front of our neighborhood. The kids were walking and I was pulling our little red wagon. After just five houses, Campbell and Carys were mapping out the other streets while Caiden hopped in the wagon. He whipped off his mask and stuck his face in his bag o’goodies.

I said "Caiden, are you done?" I heard what sounded like a garbled, candied, yes. He couldn’t hold off any longer. He got just enough candy to eat while his sisters trick-or-treated.

And I pulled him through the neighborhood, like a King, on a throne of wrappers … smiling all the way home.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • LMRA Oct 28, 2010

    My brother figured out how to hit as many houses as possible by running between them! My sisters and I would be home long before him with just enough candy to be happy. He would come home, run to his room and HIDE his candy. Every once in awhile he'd yell for one of us and give us the stuff he didn't like! Now that he's a Dad he makes sure to 'check' the kids candy and slip a few pieces for himself!

  • aloflin Oct 28, 2010

    I love it! I am the exact same way about candy, it IS a food group! Let him enjoy! My 2 year old loves the candy corn pumpkins. Life is too short not to have some enjoyment!

  • missparrothead Oct 28, 2010

    Yes, I recall the sneaky empty candy wrappers under my son's bed, etc, despite us allowing him to have a few pieces a day. Last yr, he did that one too many times and all of the candy went to work with me. Don't know what will happen this year.
    BTW- chocolates freeze well. Throw them into a ziplock bag then, to the freezer.

  • Killian Oct 28, 2010

    This was a cute column! Our kids always got to keep 25 pieces of their candy (after the initial just-got-home binge), and the rest of it was dumped into a bowl and left by the door for the Halloween Fairy. She would take the rest of the candy and leave each kid a new book.

    Now, my kids are kinda weird; they preferred a trip to Barnes and Noble as a reward over a toy store any day of the week. So this worked for us. But my brother, who's a dentist, thought it was a great compromise! =)

  • thinkb4speak Oct 28, 2010

    The way I look at this, you got off lucky. He was happy after getting candy at only 5 houses. Wait until he figures out that he can get enough candy to last him a year!! Then there will be no stopping him! Happy Halloween!!

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  • snowl Oct 28, 2010

    Have you noticed at your home, the day after trick or treating, there are empty candy wrappers left behind on your lawn, driveway and sidewalk? I think they belonged to the children who knew their candy filled day was about to end when they returned home with the goodies! Your candyman has the right idea! Enjoy.

  • chicky Oct 27, 2010

    LOL! My son had a sugar high for 3 days after Halloween last year.

  • kittiboo Oct 27, 2010

    People are going to call you all sorts of things for letting your kid have candy. But I love your honesty and that you let him indulge! We only live once, and candy is surely one of life's pleasures, IMHO!