When my kids were little, we always made Halloween an exciting time. It would begin at the beginning of October with decorating the front picture window with a grave yard scene. Hubby and the kids would venture into the woods and bring home all size
branches that they would turn into "trees". The "trees" would be draped with moss purchased from a craft store and tomb stones would be laid about. A mechanical "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" would move and light up. Snakes would be peeking out, as would rubber
rats be running around the spider-infested scene. Neighborhood kids couldn't wait for the scene to be put up. We lived in a neighborhood where the houses were close and loved this environment for raising our kids. We would often catch little faces coming
up to the window to look in. We were known to do this every year and it is one of the things I miss about our old home.
When hosting Halloween, we dressed the part. Hubby would be "Dracula" and me the "Witch". (Imagine that!) We even dressed our dogs with costumes. There was no fear of a homemade treat as the neighborhood knew us. I drove the school bus and Hubby
was a coach.
Now that our kids have grown up and the grandchildren are here, life has changed. Normally, we go to my daughter's home three hours away. All her friends and neighbors gather together and walk the streets partying with the kids. It's a great time getting
to know her neighbors and Hubby and I never feel we are strangers.
Our most memorable Halloween was one that we spent in Disney World. The kids got to "trick or treat" in the Magic Kingdom. It is amazing the light display they put on with witches and ghosts flying across the buildings. The hunted house seems to come
to Main Street. If you ever get a chance to go, do so; you won't regret it!
Now that I have told how we have made Halloween exciting for our kids and friends, I would like to share a couple recipes that I have turned into "Halloween Fun". It is very simple and easy.
The first is "Classic Caramel Corn" - Just follow the recipe and place in disposable see-through gloves. A spider ring is then placed on the ring finger to make it a little "spooky".
Next is "Chocolate Scotcheroos" - Using an Easter egg muffin tin for shaping, I dipped these into the chocolate mixture rather than spreading it over the top. I used a piece of licorice string for the tail, whole almonds for the ears, and black frosting
for the eyes and nose.
Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all an enjoyable Halloween!
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