Dating Online: Spooked or In for a Treat?

Are you scared to meet someone online? For many, online dating seems to be a safe and efficient way to meet someone. You can scroll through profiles, connect with those you like, and put forth your best image of yourself without spending much time or effort. With social distancing practices this year, online dating has been a way to continue to meet other singles without leaving home. Virtual dating can be a tricky way to build quality relationships, but for some, it can be the treat of meeting the love of their life.

There is next to no obligation involved with meeting someone online. Very little time is needed to prep for an online date. All a person needs to do is find a location with good lighting and a background for a video meeting and schedule a time for a virtual meeting. Conversations start with initial emails and continue to a “virtual date”. Virtual dates, which have become popular, are held remotely through live video meetings and consist of chatting with one another or doing an event together separately such as eating, cooking, art, or watching a movie. Virtual dates have become even more popular with COVID-19. Even groups of singles who typically would enjoy meeting at a restaurant or pub are hosting video events online. Members are invited to bring their meal or drink to enjoy virtually and engage in discussions remotely. Screening potential matches online saves money for those on a budget. As a low risk option to meeting someone, online dating gives parties involved the chance to get to know each other without spending much money or feeling any sexual expectation that might be assumed in person. The ability to engage remotely without these expectations helps screen through people to find a better match while first building a friendship. Couples can enter into conversations on issues that may be deal breakers, before getting more seriously involved, lessening the chance for needless heartaches and wasted time.

Striking a match for one person may fizzle out for the other if the person misrepresents him or herself online. Likewise, a potential relationship can never truly grow if it doesn’t eventually move offline. Anyone can look boo-tiful online and there are plenty of spooks out there who can be hard to identify. Profiles can be setup using fake names, pictures and information. A person can connect with another person and share many details of their life, without the person actually being in the market to date but online for other reasons. For someone who feels they have found a confidant online it may be hard for them to identify deception in the other person, a fake profile, or someone who is online only for entertainment. The online space makes it easy for shy people to reveal information perceiving it to be a safer environment “behind the screen”. It can be easy to misconstrue a remote or online relationship with reality. An in-person meeting between two people needs to happen relatively quickly after initially starting to converse. A person could end up confiding their life through e-mails and chat sessions to someone who just disappears with all of the recorded information. Meeting someone in-person is invaluable to getting to know the other person. Until a meeting is set, there is a greater chance of making assumptions about a person’s personality, features, and the meaning behind what is said. Unless a relationship is substantiated with a physical presence, the relationship can never truly blossom and it is likely it will never go anywhere or become destructive because one person saw it as potential and the other a time filler.

Consideration needs to be given as to how much of a relationship is sacrificed by spending time remotely. We are not androids after all but human people who need to express ourselves in person and have tactical touch. As humans we are composed of spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional parts to our existence. Online dating caters to the emotional and mental aspects of the human condition, but it doesn’t do much for the physical and spiritual sides. While humans may share information visually of their physical and spiritual characteristics, these facets are better learned about and experienced in person. When any of these areas are withheld in a relationship, the relationship is hindered. For a relationship to grow, especially in a romantic relationship, a person needs to bring all of these to a relationship to be learned about. This is something that a strictly online relationship cannot offer. Likewise, a person who knows everything they can find about someone, without actually knowing them in person, also strips the person of their human value. The two parties need to be on equal ground, open to sharing in these areas, and grow the relationship offline, in-person. Without this, in one person’s mind there is potential for a relationship, and in the other person’s mind as entertainment at the expense of another with no intent. People who meet online need to have the goal of taking the relationship offline after an initial screening or else keep searching.  

With virtual dating becoming more popular, one has to wonder how mainstream this will become as a way to develop relationships. As a supplement to a relationship, it can be beneficial in certain situations. If a date in-person is set and a person became sick, the other person might still be able to keep the date virtually. The same thoughtfulness of wanting to be there can apply to other unexpected situations which come up. However, when two people make virtual dating the central way of spending time, time spent in person will lack in all areas until they become accustomed to spending time together. The physical presence is a necessary component of any relationship.

If you are screaming because another year is getting ready to end, and you are looking for a match for the holidays or something more long-term—just remember that online dating could be an option for you. Several online dating websites have affordable memberships and many are catered to specific interests such as religion, politics, or locations. Once a member, profiles can be filtered through by age, hobbies, occupation, and other demographics. Online services such as Facebook also offers free dating sections to their website. Meetup.com offers speed dating events which are currently online due to COVID-19. Facetime, Messenger, Zoom, Skype are also good services to use for video meetings. There are many ways to meet people the trick is to find the one you want to treat and come to their door. No costume required, just be your genuine self!


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Halloween, the Trick of Treating for 2020, and Top Candy Selections

The History of Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Spooks and goblins, or trick or treating, goes back to the 7th or 8th century BC. The change of season from summer to winter was celebrated by the Celts with the Samhain festival, a pagan worship celebration marking the change in the season from summer to winter. The Celts paid worship to pagan gods by giving thanks and sacrifice. Out of fear of the power of the gods, the worshipers wore disguises and masks to remain unidentifiable hoping to chase away spirits and avoid any trickery the gods might inflict upon them. As it was believed that the souls of the dead roamed the earth during this time of the year, the Celts left food for them hoping to appease them and keep them from haunting the living. In the 8th century AD, All Saint’s Day which was celebrated by Christians was merged with the observance of Samhain to create one holiday. Protestants opposed the holiday believing it was too pagan, while the Irish immigrants to the United States in the 19th century contributed to culture with their enthusiasm for wearing costumes to celebrate. Today Halloween has evolved into a secular tradition filled with costumes, decorations, themes of horror and death, spirits, cute and scary pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and parties for all ages. For the more spiritual, those who attend church recognize Halloween as a “hallowed eve”, or a holy night before the celebration of the remembrance of the dead. All Soul’s Day on November 1, to remember those who have died, and All Saints Day, on November 2 to honor the saints in heaven.

The Halloween holiday has evolved the last century to one of giving treats rather than one of trickery. Observing the practice of giving treats or tricking people started as early as the 1920’s in the United States. Children in disguises went in groups door-to-door asking for a trick or a treat. Tricking a homeowner would mean the group of children would do a prank on the homeowner’s property or rob the homeowner. If the homeowner chose not to be tricked, the children received a treat. The goal was to end the evening having received many treats. By the 1950’s trick-or-treating became an established custom for children to dress up and go door-to-door asking for tricks or treats. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the phrase ‘trick-or-treat’ became official. Today children still go door-to-door in safe neighborhoods, while many local children’s events offer group venues for children to safely go trick-or-treating. The tricks associated with the holiday can now be found at haunted houses and house parties with scary moments and surprises. For the most part, the holiday is one of dressing up in creative costumes and giving treats of candy and simple toy gifts to children. Adults also look forward to dressing up for holiday Halloween parties where they too can celebrate and enjoy food, candy, and spirited drinks.

As you get your costume together for you or your children this Halloween, don’t forget to wear your mask and bring your hand sanitizer! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that standard costume masks may not be thick enough for COVID-19 disease control. It is also advised not to wear a mask under or over a costume mask as it could be too thick for breathing. The trick is taking time to adjust costume masks to comply with COVID-19 precautions to ensure it does not overly restrict breathing. Those planning to hand out candy should consider drive-by, drive-way tables where cars can line up to gather candy from. Outdoor scavenger hunts or other activities which maintain 6 feet of social distancing are also recommended. Don’t be scared! Enjoy gobblin’ candy and Happy Halloween!


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CHOCOLATE
If you are looking for fun, creative options for Halloween chocolate candy and packaging, take a look at this list. Hershey’s has bulk chocolate candies in a variety of shapes, flavors, and packaging perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters or to fill a candy bowl at your Halloween party!

Hershey’s Glow in the Dark Halloween Chocolate Candy
Glow in the Dark Snack Size Halloween Chocolate Candy
Assortment 3 Pack
Includes: Kit Kat (9.8 oz), Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (9.45 oz), Reese’s (9.35 oz)

Glow in the Dark Wrapped Variety Mix
150 count assortment pieces
43.28 oz bag of Hershey’s, Kit Kat, and Reese’s

Hershey’s Chocolate Pumpkins, White Chocolate Ghosts, and Chocolate Bats
Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Candy
Chocolate Pumpkins, White Chocolate Ghosts, and Chocolate Bats
10.2 oz each snack candy bags
Includes: 1 White Chocolate Reeses Peanut Butter Ghosts (10.2 oz),
1 Reeses Chocolate Pumpkins (10.2 oz), 1 Reeses Chocolate Bats (10.2 oz)

Hershey’s Kit Kat Decorated Foil Halloween Candy
Kit Kat Halloween Miniatures
Kit Kat Halloween Chocolate Candy, Spooky Miniatures
36 oz bulk candy
36 oz bag of individually wrapped Kit Kat Miniatures
Crispy wafers covered in smooth milk chocolate
Specially wrapped in Halloween-themed ghost, skeleton, and sheriff foils

Hershey’s Miniature Assortment Bulk Bags
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Miniature Bars
Includes: Dark chocolate
3 lb bag

Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolate Candy Snack Size Assortment
Includes: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Krackel, and Mr. Goodbar
56 oz bag

Hershey’ Nuggets Halloween Candy, Assorted Chocolate
Includes: Milk chocolate, Milk chocolate with almonds,
Special dark, mildly sweet chocolate with almonds, Extra creamy milk chocolate
with toffee and almonds
31.5 oz bag


CANDY CORN
Candy corn—an all time favorite classic candy of Halloween is available in a variety of flavors. Try seasonal flavors of caramel apple, apple pie, pumpkin pie or select from non-traditional candy corn colors to add color variety to match party themes!

Candy Retailer Caramel Apple Candy Corn
Color: red, white, and brown
Carmel apple flavor
1 lb bag

Zachary Patriotic Candy Corn
Color: red, white, and blue
Raspberry lemonade flavor
1 lb bag

Brach’s Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie Flavored Halloween/Fall Candy
Color: Orange and white, brown and white
Apple pie and pumpkin flavor mixed bag
5 oz bag

Indian Candy Corn
Color: brown, orange, white
1 lb bag

Candy Retailer Candy Corn
Color: yellow, orange and white
Traditional candy corn
1 lb bag

Autumn Mix Mellocreme Mix Fall Halloween Candy Mix
Mix of traditional candy corn, Indian candy corn and pumpkin candy
1 lb bag


HALLOWEEN MARSHMALLOWS
Marshmallows for Halloween? Send chills up your neighbors’ spines with how creative you are! These snackable flavors of marshmallows are a healthier option than many candy bars and are a unique treat to hand out.

SmashMallow Fun Size Variety Pack
30 Individual Treats
30 individually-wrapped snackable Marshmallows Assorted Flavors
Flavors: Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberries & Cream, Cookie Dough
Non-GMO, Organic Cane Sugar
25 calories each


HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS
Show your thoughtfulness and creativeness by offering healthy Halloween treats as an alternative to candy. Pretzels, chips, or other snack options are perfect for those with special dietary needs.

Utz Halloween Shaped Pretzel Treat Barrels
70 count, 35 oz (2 lb 3 oz) individual 0.5 oz bags
Snack-sized individually packaged pretzels shaped as pumpkins and bats

Halloween Garden Veggie Ghost and Bat Chips
40 count, 20 individual 0.75 oz bags
Sea salt, garden veggie chip shapes of ghosts and bats
Made with garden-grown potatoes and vegetables
Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, no artificial flavors, colors or additives



HEALTHY TREATS
More Halloween Snack Options
Fruit snacks, rice crisps, organic lollipops and gummi bears, crackers, and healthy food bars
Dairy-free, organic, and non-GMO options

Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Berries ‘n Cherries
40 count, 0.9 oz bags
Gluten free

YumEarth Gluten Free Gummy Bears, Assorted Flavors
43 pack, 0.7 oz bags
Allergy friendly, non-GMO, no artificial flavors, organic ingredients

Quaker Popped Gluten Free Rice Crisps Variety Packs
30 count, 0.67 oz bags
Gluten free, Made with corn and whole grain brown rice
Flavors: Sweet BBQ, Cheddar, Buttermilk Ranch

YumEarth Organic Lollipops, Variety Pack
50 lollipops, 10.9 oz
Organic, allergy friendly, non-GMO, gluten Free, vegan
Flavors: Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon, Strawberry Smash, Googly Grape,
Very Very Cherry, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry, Mango Tango

Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears Candy
65 count, 0.8 oz bag
Organic, gluten-free, fat-free

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Classic Mix Crackers
30 count bags
Flavors: Goldfish Colors, Goldfish Cheddar, Goldfish Pretzel
10 single-serving packs of Goldfish Colors (0.9 oz bag),
12 packs of Goldfish Cheddar (1 oz bags) and 8 packs of Goldfish Pretzel (1 oz bags)

Annie’s Organic Halloween Bunny Grahams
22 count, 0.4 oz individual bags
Orange and brown Halloween bunny grahams
Organic wheat flour, non-GMO,
No artificial flavors, synthetic colors or synthetic preservatives,
No high-fructose corn syrup

CraveBox Healthy Care Package
30 count
Natural Food Bars Nuts Fruit Health Nutritious Snacks
Variety Gift Box Pack Assortment Basket Bundle Mix Sampler
Sweet and savory selections of nuts, fruit chews, bars, popcorn, veggie chips


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