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Halloween Fun 
Oct. 4, 2012 9:26 am 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 11:06 am
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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Oct. 4, 2012 4:17 pm
Thank you for sharing your recipes and story. I love Halloween....No gifts to buy or extended family sitting for a formal meal....Just pure simple fun.
Oct. 5, 2012 6:04 am
I love the holidays. Cute Halloween treats. Thanks for sharing.
Deb C 
Oct. 5, 2012 5:47 pm
I loved your family's halloween history and that mouse is too cute for words!
Oct. 5, 2012 7:23 pm
You're welcome, Marie! You said it right, "Just pure simple fun"!
Oct. 5, 2012 7:26 pm
My pleasure Lela! The recipes can be found on this site by typing the name in the search bar. I hope to soon add a link. I'm new to blogging and just haven't mastered that part yet. They are "Karo" brand recipes. And really they are "oh so good"!
Oct. 5, 2012 7:31 pm
Thanks for stopping by Deb! I love living at the shore and it wasn't until I was writing this blog that I realized there are some things I do miss about the old house. The older my memories get, the more precious they become.
Oct. 6, 2012 5:37 am
Love your ideas and your blog. I too love the simplicity of Halloween. After all, the big expectation is a piece of candy and a fun costume. I will be taking my grand niece and nephew to Disneyland next week so I am excited to see the Magic Kingdom decorated for the little goblins. Thanks for sharing kid!
Oct. 7, 2012 7:23 am
Thanks Jullie! When in Disneyland be sure to check out the 9 ft. gingerbread house with a ghost train running around it. I think it's at the Haunted Mansion. I've been reading about it while searching for Disney World's Christmas gingerbread house at the Floridian. I think it would be amazing to see. If only California was closer!
Oct. 7, 2012 10:03 am
Love your blog and stories, Bobbie! I bet Disneyland was amazing at Halloween. What a great time for your family, and wonderful memories too! Yes, Halloween is such a fun, simple holiday...wish they were all that easy, lol!
Oct. 7, 2012 1:50 pm
So happy to "see" you, Christina! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my stories. Doesn't it seem the more simple the holiday, the more fun it is! Yes, I do wish they were all as easy as Halloween.
Oct. 7, 2012 3:10 pm
When my kids were little I worked part-time for a friend of the family. Businesses in our town hand out candy Halloween afternoon and my kids *always* handed out the candy at our print shop. Then we'd head off to my mom's (we don't live in a neighborhood suitable for walking...have never had a trick or treated in 23 years!) for supper. Mummy dogs, bloody spaghetti, etc. You name it my mom made it over the years. Then my kids and their cousins would all walk my parents neighborhood for treats. My kids are 20 and 24 now...no grand kids, so I miss those times!
Oct. 7, 2012 3:44 pm
That sounds like it was so much fun, TSP! Don't you just love seeing the "cousins" have fun together. When the grandkids come, everything will be twice as much fun.
Oct. 7, 2012 7:11 pm
Your treats look amazing! We love Halloween! We always made the kids costumes as it was cheaper with five of them to outfit. Our traditional dinner is "Witch's Brew" but it is basically beef stew I serve in a pumpkin. Kids would invite friends and have sleepovers since there is no school the next day. Still fun even now they are older. THIS Halloween is our 25th wedding anniversary!
Oct. 8, 2012 7:20 am
I love the idea of the "Witch's Brew", Jan! Home made halloween costumes are my favorite. I had a neighbor who could do amazing things with a cardboard box. Halloween gives great opportunities for creativeness. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you and your hubby for your 25th Anniversary! It's such a special milestone. Thanks for stopping by!
Oct. 12, 2012 7:01 am
i loved the way you made the mouse out of the chocolate scotchroos. i will be making these for my grandkids. i think they will really get a kick out of them.
Oct. 14, 2012 8:46 am
Thank you quilting granny! I'm sure your grandkids will love the taste as well. They didn't last long at my house.
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