The Running Realtor: Trick or Treat - Am I Sweet?

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Trick or Treat - Am I Sweet?

 

Not sure why but my viewpoint seems to be opposite most people on many subjects.  Halloween is one of those special days where I tend to be heading in a different direction and this year I am questioning my own logic.

The background on this story goes back 15 years or maybe more.  I cannot help but notice trends and I was amazed at how "cheap" the people got year after year with the candy.  Full size went to half size that lead to fun size which ended with what to me looked more like spec size.

Those that know me also realize I have a hefty appetite.  Since I enjoy eating and like to have fun I decided to take my treats in another direction.  For a few years I gave out the full size Hershey Bars, that was like the jackpot when I was a kid.

As candy got smaller I went larger... It dawned on my that beyond the "jackpot" were GIANT SIZE bars that were only sold individually in the supermarket for about a buck a bar.

Chocolate has skyrocketed and last year the cost was about 1.39 each and I'd toss in 10 a week while food shopping until I had 50-60 in stock.... This year my usual b ars were 1.69 but they had 8-packs of fun size on sale for a dollar.  Figured I give an entire package to each Trick-or-Treater.

Now my table is filling up with treats and I am second guessing my logic.  All these years my personal protest to miniature Halloween candy has been to go larger...  This year a nagging little voice, actually an imaginary voice since I've never heard the fitness queen coo, is in my head questioning whether I am being nice to the children giving them candy or helping feed obesity by overindulging them.

So.... Am I sweet provided a jackpot for the children or an I foolishly feeding them fat?    Now that I'm more aware of the fun of fitness I may change the treats.  Wonder if Granola Bars will get me egged....

In the meantime I'll be running around the Connecticut Shoreline.  If you need assistance Buying or Selling a home in my territory give me a call or drop me an email.  Dan Cummings, The Running Realtor.

Email:  Dan@CummingsTeam.com      24 Hr. Access Line:  203-672-2455

 

Comment balloon 27 commentsNo Longer Active • October 22 2007 06:22PM

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you should wrap those cady bars with custom wrapers like the one Sarah talked about months ago.... I use them for open house - I use them on Hershy Bars and Crunch Bars - they are pretty cool...
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago
by the way - I love the full size version much better - we do not have trick-or-treaters - all the kids hit the businesses not the houses -
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago
I personally prefer larger.
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Yes, you should use Sarah's wrappers.  ;o)  

Heck, they walked to your house, give 'em candy!  That was exercise.  

Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) about 11 years ago

"nagging lttle voice" those are fighting words....

About the candy there is something really cool about the full size candy bars, kids will think you rule! I say go ahead and give them what they want....they will be bouncing off the walls but not yours! If you don't give it to them someone else will, the danger is in the left over candy around the house. LOL! ;)

 

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago

What this from the fitness queen - someone needs to wash your mouth out with veggies.....lol

Sarah - always use those lovely little candy wrappers! Love Them

 

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan, geeeeeeee I did not notice that you have a "hefty appetite" :)

My only question is what do you have as your "two sides" with your candy bar :) 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago

Sandra,

I'll take the veggies like a big girl...much better than soap! LOL!

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan... you've been exposed! Now we know what's up with the candy!
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Thesa... We do have the wrappers for Open House candy but I'd be reluctant to commercialize the kids fun on Halloween.

Jennifer... The larger ones seem to have more appeal but a double dose of the smaller size might be more satisfying.

Sarah... Not so sure about the wrapper reception in this case. Glad a mountain mama approves of candy.

Suzanne.... Not fighting words when used with the CMA technique...  In this instance Nagging Little Voice was canceled out with the Fitness Queen Coo.....  So sweet and soft... 

Sandra... Don't think those little bags of veggie chips would have the same WOW affect that lights in the little ones eyes..

George...  I can think of two sides but this is a public post..

Jennifer... Huh?

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Now that's what I call a sales pitch! So this is about real estate after all ;-)
Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan,  I'm a little surprised at you, showing a soft spot!  I say go for the big ones. I know my kids would practically fall over themselves with excitement after visiting your house  :)  I love that you think about it waaaay ahead of time and plan ahead.
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) about 11 years ago
OH Comm' on it's one night out of the year :0) Anyways if their parents are anything like us, the kids are probably left with all the smaller candies.
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Jennifer...  It all comes back to business... Gotta pay for the sweets!

Sandi... I can still surprise you?   Yes... even I know enough to mix it up a little.. Don't want to get known as all work and no fun...  The kids really do light up... Only real problem is sometimes their little pumkin container is so small the bars don't fit!

Mana... Glad to know California hasn't gone anti-candy yet....  I continute the Good Stuff!

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Everything Wrapped in Sarah is tasty!!!  And fat free too!!!
Posted by Bob Carney, Licensed MD/PA Real Estate Agent (Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales) about 11 years ago

Dan--We go for the big bars for the neighborhood kids....But we live in a small neighborhood. Kids love the big treats. We used to give Fruit Rollups and never got egged...Of course with all of the sugar they are like candy anyway. :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 11 years ago
Dan--As far as the obesity thing is concerned, many schools in our area have trade days to bring in candy that they do not want to be given to kids in other areas. And it is one day a year...Let the parents do the parenting and policing. You can be the good fun neighbor with the big treats!  
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 11 years ago

I'm with Jen...the bigger, the better!

Egged, papered...what's the difference?  Be safe, my friend...give the critters what they want!

Posted by Lisa Rapose (ReDesign To Sell (TM)) about 11 years ago

Bob... Haven't sampled myself... honey style is best otherwise it gets a bit salty...

Teri... I do keep a box or two of regular size for large gangs of older kids just coming for the Jackpot.

Teri..  Yea, I get to be fun for a day..

Lisa... Actually looked at the labels and giant bar has more calories then the 8-pack so by giving out the whole package of candy that appears bigger it does save calories...  And since the get 8 portions even if they take them two at a time it provides several satisfying snacks.

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Dan I wonder what soft spot that Sandi is talking about.  Is it the a soft spot in your heart of the kids, or the one that the candy bars create around the mid section ........ LOL
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 11 years ago
George... Back in the day I'd nibble away but I have learned to resist temptation...
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Dan,

I'm impressed with your being able to run, and Exercise often. I wish I had the energy for it, but nothing but Sheer Exhaustion for me. Now!!!! I think i'm going Trick or Treating at your House, Good Candy :0) that reminds me of how my wife shops Months Early for Christmas Gifts.. It's a great Idea.

Take Care Dan,

Tom Weiss

Posted by Thomas Weiss (Thomas R. Weiss) about 11 years ago

All right. I be the solo taking the other side... go for the small ones, PLEASE.  I actually throw away half of my kids candy when they aren't looking because 

a) it is bad for their teeth

b) they don't need all that sugar

I do let them have some but the big ones, no way jose!! 

Please, don't throw tomatoes at me. 

Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) about 11 years ago

Tom... Candy shopping is easy in advance.. Christmas gets tougher every years to the point I'd rather just take a weeks vacation and forget about all the junk we don't need....  But.... I'm in the minority.  Christmas items are already in the stores around here... It's nuts.

Ginger...Your "other side" opinion is what I expected to be the majority.  It takes years to shift public acceptance and I thought the candy issue was a bit further along.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

FULL SIZE CANDY BARS means you never have to worry about having your house get egged or toilet papered!!  You will eternally be KNOWN for your generousity for the kids at Halloween! 

KEEP IT UP!!  (fight the nagging little voice)  If I lived anywhere near Connecticut I would make a special trip to stop at your house!! 

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) about 11 years ago
Just stick your real estate label on them, and deduct them as a business expense.  Then you are only paying about 70% of it.  I forgot who   blogged about this as a great marketing idea....I've been searching for the blog... can't find it.... but its very creative tax planning.  If anyone can remember who wrote it, please give him credit. 
Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) about 11 years ago

Susie...  You know she'll never over power me.... Unless I let her !!!    LOL

Judy... That thought has crossed my mind but I don't want to commercialize the kids outing.  Always wondered why know one came up with the idea of label the source of candy so there wouldn't be as much concern with tampering.... Maybe someday...  In any event I think you are searching for Sarah's Sweet Idea.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 11 years ago

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