Halloween has always been a very special time for me. As a child, growing up in Glen Cove, NY, I have very fond memories of getting dressed up and roaming the streets in search of the house giving out the best candy. We lived in a neighborhood where everyone knew everyone. Our parents never took us door to door. We would just meet up with our friends and from about 4 pm until it was so dark you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face, we would terrorize the streets. We looked forward to Halloween for weeks. Besides Christmas, it was the best time of year for us.
Now keep in mind, this was the early 70s, and things were much different then. But I always remember that freedom. The trust our parents put in us to do the right thing and not get into trouble. The generosity of our neighbors giving out some of the best candy around (think Snickers), and the unadulterated fun of dressing up as something else for just a few hours.
When I would come home, hands weighted down with bags and bags of treats, my dad would supervise as I spilled my bounty on the table. He would quickly separate the questionable items (who gives out candy corn anyway) from the good stuff. He would then further divide the stash into HIS pile. These were the uber gooey, the uber sticky, and the downright terrible for you candies, like Charleston Chew. The best part is that my dad was a dentist, and he adored this crap. I remember being able to have a handful or two of treats before I went to bed. And the joy of riding the bus the next day and trading with all my friends.
Cigar smoking to me shares a lot of these same qualities. You get a tremendous amount of freedom from sitting down and enjoying a fine cigar. The world seems to sit still, even for a little while. We all have those great cigars, and the dog rockets laying around in our humidors. We look forward to when we can cut out of work a little early, and meet up with our friends to enjoy a cigar or two. We get great pleasure sharing our favorite cigars with our friends and trying some of theirs. While some equate Halloween as nothing more than a Hallmark holiday designed to sell candy and teach kids how to beg, I think of it as a life lesson in sharing, anticipation and one hell of a sugar rush.
Here is hoping your Halloween is fun and safe!
by Dave Sabot / CEO Cheaphumidors.comHalloween Memories: Sugar & Smoke by David Sabot