I thought this Halloween tradition was normal (apparently not)

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Photo by sydney zentz

Americans are projected to spend 9.1 billion (yes, with a b) on Halloween this year. This is nothing compared to the $655.8 billion we spend on Christmas, but still, we love us some holidays.

Thanks to my mom, there was one Halloween tradition I did every year that I thought was normal. Apparently, it wasn’t. Not even close.

Here’s how every Halloween in our house went (step 5 is where is gets weird).

1: Dress up

No “evil” costumes allowed in my house, so we had to get creative. My personal favorite was when I dressed up as a red crayon.

2: Go trick or treating

Hint: the bigger houses usually give out bigger candy bars. Unless they are dentists. Then you get cheapo floss.

3: Dump all the candy out on the floor and sort out what you got

This is where it starts to get a little weird. My brother and I did this to set us up perfectly for the next step.

4: Trade with your siblings

We spent a solid hour bartering back and forth for more Snickers and Reeses bars. I could usually get him to cave when I offered up my entire pile of Twizzlers that I didn’t really like anyway.

5: Now graph it!

Wait, what?

Yep. Every year we would make bar graphs of our candy piles.

My mom, who used to be a math teacher, would pull out the graph paper and the colored pencils and we’d draw our little bar graphs based on how many of each type of candy we had. I wish I had an example to show you guys because they were so dang cute.

Here’s the funniest part: this was by far the highlight of my Halloween night.

It wasn’t until I spent Halloween at my friend’s house in 5th grade that I realized this wasn’t everyone’s Halloween highlight. When I asked my friend’s mom where the graph paper was so we could graph our candy, I was only met with a blank stare of confusion.

I know it is weird, but it is brilliant! I’m totally carrying this tradition down to my kids.

Do you have any weird holiday traditions? Ever felt like something you did all the time was normal, only to realize, nope, it’s not at all normal?

I’d love to hear it!

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