It was a busy weekend at our house. First, we carved pumpkins, and painted a few, too, for the Teal Pumpkin Project to show we’ll have nonfood treats on Halloween night. I love this for so many reasons: my kids don’t have to play with knives, kids with allergies don’t have to feel left out, and everyone eats less sugar.
With our pumpkins carved, Halloween season officially began–both fun and frightening as I try to steer Logan away from the ever-present candy and not have him feel left out. I packed a bag full of green apples, cashews, and water bottles for our friends’ Halloween party, knowing the hostess always has amazing treats lined up. But as it turned out, Logan and Sadie were having too much fun running around with the other kids and bouncing on the trampoline to even notice the food (even the pizza!)
Halloween event #1 in the bag. And the kids had so much fun, they didn’t even mind skipping Halloween event #2, which was later that night.
I wasn’t too sure what the odds would be Halloween event #3, on Sunday, would go as smoothly. Luckily, that night, the Sugar Goblin arrived at our house.
Meet Glob. Glob is a Sugar Goblin. He plays tricks every night so kids will leave him their Halloween candy to take back to his goblin village.
While the kids slept, Glob and I covered the kitchen island, where we eat breakfast, in streamers. I swapped the two tall, cushioned chairs with the pint-sized stools from their kids’ art table; even an adult sitting on these wouldn’t be able to reach the counter top.
I didn’t know if they’d really get it. Or if they’d even think it was funny. And maybe it wouldn’t be enough to make them feel good about forgoing Halloween candy. But I figured it was worth a shot–and at the very least, it was super fun for me, planning all the tricks Glob would play over the next week.
Sunday morning, Sadie came downstairs first. She blinked, unsure of what had happened to the kitchen. “Look!” I said. “I think the Sugar Goblin came to our house last night!”
She instantly bought it. “Woo-hoo!” she squealed, then fell over with laughter, pointing at the switched the chairs. She ran to show the rest of the family evidence of Glob’s visit. “Mommy!” she exclaimed, jumping up and down. “We need to leave Glob all our candy on Halloween!”
As we arrived at Halloween event #3 that afternoon, I explained to the kids that would not be eating candy here, but this was tricky. Instead of a party with food confined to one room, this was a big carnival, with games like shooting hoops, running a few hurdles, and kicking soccer balls. After each game, kids were all handed candy for playing. I waved a couple off, but still, Logan heard more than a few times, “here, want a piece of candy?”
“Sure!” he said. “I’ll give to Glob!”
Nevermind the puzzled looks on everyone’s faces as they tried to figure out who Glob was. And nevermind that Logan did ask ever-so-sweetly if he could keep one of the pieces for himself. Glob was a 99.9% smashing success.
Logan and Sadie couldn’t stop talking about Glob all through dinner. They wanted to play a trick on him, too. They wanted to stay up and try to see him. They wanted to guess what his next trick would be. They were so excited, I didn’t know if they’d even fall asleep.
But they did, and in no time at all, our kitchen table and chairs magically turned upside down.