Readers — We take a break from reminding you to remind everyone else that Halloween is a safe, good holiday (not a candy-poisoning, child-snatching BAD holiday) to bring you two newspaper stories that I just loved:
…[Skenazy’s] all for bike helmets, seat belts and reflective gear, but not X-raying candy. “This holiday is about kids practicing being grown-ups,” Skenazy said. “One night a year, they get to dress up and go out … at night. They get to practice at being an adult, which is so rare in a time when we constantly do everything for our children.” …
*This one’s from the LA Times by Amina Khan isn’t about Halloween fears, it’s just cool. It’s about Dean Karlan, a Yale professor who studies trick or treaters. For instance, one experiment involved determining if more kids chose fruit over candy after they saw a poster of Michelle Obama:.
…No need to be spooked. Karlan, a Yale University behavioral economist, just taps into a rare study population with a guaranteed turnout: trick-or-treaters.
For seven years, hundreds of children have been lining up in front of his home to answer questions from clipboard-carrying college students, and then choose their candy. Though they may not realize it, the answers they give and the sweets they pick offer the scientists fresh insight into theories about children’s thinking, development, even their politics.
Have a great holiday and please take photos/videos of your KIDS EATING UNWRAPPED CANDY! Send these to me at [email protected], for use in a future fear-busting video. Boo! – L.