Fabey Dental - October 2019

Halloween at the Fabey House Traditions and Special Memories

October 2019

If you believe the popular narrative, dentists and Halloween are sworn nemeses. Once a year, the story goes, Oct. 31 shows up to destroy the oral health of kids nationwide. Dentists, powerless against the deluge of candy, resort to being the Halloween equivalent of a Scrooge, doling out toothbrushes and floss instead of MilkyWay and Snickers bars. Savvy kids, always on the hunt for the maximum candy-per-house ratio, plan their trick-or-treat routes to avoid the dentists they live near. While this popular myth makes for a compelling image — and may even be true in some cases — it’s far from my reality. Believe it or not, this dentist loves Halloween. There are many reasons I enjoy the holiday, but most of them have to do with my family. Halloween occurs at a great time of year, when the Lehigh Valley is at its most beautiful. I have fond memories of afternoons spent pumpkin picking and struggling through corn mazes with my wife and daughters. I also use the holiday as an excuse to indulge in one of my favorite treats: the American icon that is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Honestly, I have no problem with kids enjoying some candy on and after Halloween. Just don’t let a couple days of moderated indulgence turn into a season of unmitigated sugar. Instead, the honor goes to the Fabey house itself. Since the girls were tiny, we’ve had a family tradition of decorating the house before the trick-or-treaters arrive. Usually, the kids in town celebrate Halloween the Friday before the 31st. The girls would have a half day at school, and we’d spend the afternoon decorating before they headed out in search of treats. Even though we’re empty nesters these days, Joanne and I still dutifully turn our house into a spooktacular When it comes to dressing up, it’s not a member of the Fabey household who takes the prize for best costume.

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destination every year. It’s always a joy to create an atmosphere that puts smiles on the faces of the young trick-or-treaters and their parents. But my favorite Halloween memory has little to do with costumes or candy. In fact, it has little to do with Halloween at all, except for the fact that it occurred on one of those fabled Friday evenings. One year, Joanna and I were getting ready to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters when I got her attention for a moment. In a move I had planned for a long time, I took her by surprise and asked her to marry me. Popping the question on trick-or-treat night may seem like a recipe for a response out of a horror movie, but the only shock I received was the one of delight I felt when she said yes. I could live to experience another thousand Halloweens, but no moment could ever eclipse that one. Halloween is a time to celebrate fall, have some fun, and kick off the holiday season in style. Whether you’re more into horror movies, intricate costumes, or delicious candy, I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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Happy Halloween from the Fabey Dental family!

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