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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Halloween candy buy-back is just wrong

By Aaron Morrissey

First, retailers pushed "Black Friday" specials back to infringe on the prime costume-making season. Then, Halloween displays started getting pulled earlier and earlier to prepare for the winter holiday seasons. But in this burgeoning war against Halloween in America, this is where I draw the line: Halloween Candy Buy Back programs. From the program's Web site:

Every kid loves Halloween! So do adults.

As responsible dentists, community members, and US citizens, Halloween Candy Buy Back dentists have found a way to keep the fun, while helping kids and our troops deployed overseas.

Uh, walking around all night in a mask that pinches your cheeks and then breaks halfway through the evening, leading people to wonder why you're wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle outfit but no mask, only to have to look at a pillowcase full of candy all night before handing over all of your hard-earned goodies to a dentist who will likely lecture you about not getting cavities -- yeah, that is pretty much the definition of unfun, guys.

I don't know how long this kind of program has been in place. And I don't want to know. They are flawed on a level so basic, I can hardly contain my disbelief that this kind of thing actually exists.

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | November 2, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network  
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