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To Infinity and Beyond!

Halloween is 29 Days Away! 
Oct. 2, 2012 11:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 20, 2012 4:04 am
My parents never made a big deal about Halloween and we lived in a remote area where we got no trick-or-treaters.  So I never understood people going all out for this "holiday".  When my kids were little I made more effort and even made most of their costumes.  The kids are grown now and out on their own and we now live on a small cul-de-sac where the trick-or-treaters don't venture.  So again, the "holiday" is no big deal to me.  However I have two fun memories of things I did with my children that I thought I'd share.

When my oldest daughter was six years old, we had just moved and she got very sick.  During the summer between her first and second grade years, she spent some time in the hospital and then had home nurse visits for a few weeks.  Because of that, we had lots of medical supplies around after she recovered.  Going back to school that year, her class was having a Halloween party and I was asked to make the punch.  I'm not sure where the idea came from as there was no internet to look on at that time, but somehow the idea of using the leftover rubber (possibly latex?) gloves to make frozen hands for the punch came about.  The kids went crazy for it!  Rather than a usual ice ring, I froze punch in the clean gloves and then just peeled off the gloves for the punch bowl when the time came.  Here's the link to something similar that I found:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Witches-Brew/Detail.aspx?prop31=1<

Another year I somehow found a recipe for making dinner (I think it was something like beef stew) in the pumpkin.  The recipe was actually prepared and baked in the pumpkin.  My kids were never adventurous when it came to food so this didn't go over real well but it was a fun idea.  This is something like what I did:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Stew/Detail.aspx?prop31=1<

A great thing we've made already three times this year is:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-corn-treat-bags/detail.aspx< .  This stuff is truly awesome!  Thanks Karo!!

This year we already have our pumpkins although we probably won't carve them.  They look so pretty on the front porch.  We have one for each member of our family.  My newly married daughter asked me the other day if I had any ideas for a costume because she's going to a party at her church that night.  She's a nurse and doesn't want to wear scrubs.  I'll have to see what my internet searching can find. 

One other thing we discovered last year was that there are organizations around that will collect your leftover Halloween candy and they ship it to the troops.  We went out to the stores the day after Halloween when all that stuff is on clearance and bought a large box full of candy to donate.  Please do a Google search if you are interested to see if there is such an organization in your area.  It is such a worthy cause.

Happy Halloween everyone!  For those with little ones, enjoy and be safe!

I, Maridele, am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I'm not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from this month's advertisers Karo are only used for experience based reviews on the Allrecipes site. The reviews, content, and thoughts expressed in this blog are purely my sole opinions.
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Oct. 2, 2012 1:43 pm
I have always thought that the beef stew in a pumpkin sounded so good. I will really have to make it while there are still pumpkins around. I like the 'hand' ice trick too, the kids would love that. Now, if it would cool off here I might buy some pumpkins and get into the mood. Right now it is still over 100 degrees today and it just doesn't feel like Autumn.
Oct. 2, 2012 2:54 pm
I'm with Baking Nana, cool ideas. I would like the stew in a pumpkin. I'm not in the 100 degrees though, and the leaves are turning here so it is easier to enjoy the Autumn.
Oct. 2, 2012 6:24 pm
I had a popcorn ball today, it always reminds me of Halloween.
Oct. 3, 2012 5:41 am
I love that "icy" hand idea! I used to take food safe gloves and stuff them with gummy worms and gummy bugs and give the creepy crawly things to the neighbor kids.....much to their delight :)
Oct. 6, 2012 4:48 am
I love Halloween night and handing out treats to all the kids in my neighborhood. I too made the ice glove for the punch bowl when my son was in kindergarden. At one point the teacher told me to look in the bowl. Three of the fingers and the thumb had mostly melted. Can you guess which finger was still pretty thick? lol
Oct. 6, 2012 10:16 am
I too miss the trick or treaters as I live in a cul-de-sac. My neighbor informed me that she is having a party for her two children. I am excited to make witches fingers (recipe on this site) I use greed food coloring in the dough, it turns out a great color, use dried currents for warts, and "paint" the blanched almonds with red get food coloring. I will also make witches fingers using string cheese and using bell peppers for the finger nail. Thanks for the idea of the hand...I have seen it before but I forgot all about it. Happy Halloween!!
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