Halloween is nigh, and with it my annual struggle to leave a little candy for the kids as I snack throughout the night. Sometimes this means a dreaded second trip to the supermarket to stock up for the neighborhood kids. At least, we think they’re the neighborhood kids. Each year more and more children arrive at our doorstep having been chauffeured from house to house by their parents. At least, I think it’s their parents. Halloween is starting to look like the red carpet at a movie premiere, only with tamer costumes. At least, I think they’re costumes.
We’re paying our share of the $6 billion the National Retail Foundation estimates Americans spend annually on Halloween costumes and candy. If I had to guess, I’d say a few hundred million will be going toward Miley Cyrus masks alone — if you’ve seen the video for “Wrecking Ball,” you know there’s no other clothing necessary for her costume.