In the midst of the serious issues Americans have been facing – financial turmoil, domestic violence, contentious elections, weather-related disasters, economic downturn, family pressures – along comes a holiday that allows – even encourages – us to ease up and have some fun.

Halloween isn’t just for the kids – it’s for you too. Let yourself enjoy the playful silliness of the day and evening. As a Sandwiched Boomer, usually bogged down by the responsibilities of caring for growing children and aging parents, grab the opportunity to set aside some of your worries today. Instead, let your childlike joy and enthusiasm come up to the surface. You’ll be surprised at how much it lifts your spirits.

And remember, dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants -so save some of the candy for yourself and have a happy Halloween!

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