Jason A. Schermer October 2018


October 2018


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Dr. Schermer! 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003

Many Memories of Halloween

Halloween is coming up in a few weeks, and every year, patients come in and ask, “Hey Doc, do you give out floss and toothbrushes for Halloween?” Only if I want to get my house egged! Let me set the record straight: Yes, we give out candy. It’s Halloween! And really, candy isn’t a bad thing when eaten in moderation. Brushing and flossing are important, but on this one night a year, it’s okay to go a little crazy. That’s part of the fun of Halloween. When I was a kid, we got all dressed up in our costumes and made the rounds of our block. The streets were packed with kids, and it took a good two hours to hit every house. Then we looped back home, changed into different costumes, and went back to hit the good houses again. And we had good candy back then, not these tiny “fun-size” treats that kids end up with today. There’s nothing fun about a little Snickers — you burn more calories by opening the wrapper than you gain by eating it! Back in the day, even my parents got into the spirit of things. My dad decorated our garage with black lights and big sheets covered in fluorescent paint. We also had this old vacuum cleaner that he rigged with special switches. Dad would dress up like some monster and sit on a lawn chair

Halloween remains one of my favorite holidays because it reminds me of being a kid.

about 5 feet from a bowl of candy. When trick-or-treaters walked up, they would eye my dad suspiciously, certain he was going to jump up and try to scare them. What they didn’t expect was for Dad to flip a switch when they got close. The vacuum roared to life and shot out a paper bag with a monster painted on it. This stuff was high-tech for the ’80s, and the kids got spooked every year. Of course, it was all in good fun.

theorists claim. I love Halloween because it’s fun! Halloween is like opening day for the holiday season. After Halloween we have Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day all within a few weeks of each other. It’s a crazy time of year, but there’s always something fun to look forward to. Halloween remains one of my favorite holidays because it reminds me of being a kid. Every year, I make the family watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” when it airs on TV. We have this special on DVD, but for me, watching it during this time slot is what makes it Halloween. My kids are getting older, and I imagine our Halloween traditions will look a little different in a few years. I think this will be the last year that I go trick-or-treating with my youngest, and you can bet I’m not going to miss out! We’ll be hitting the street on Halloween night, ready to bring home at least one more big haul of candy. –-Jason A. Schermer

I do enjoy Halloween — and not because it gives people cavities, like conspiracy


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