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Who Says Halloween Is Just For Kids? 
Nov. 4, 2012 2:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2013 5:45 pm
When I was younger it seemed such a chore to figure out what I was going to be for Halloween. Most of the time I didn't figure that out until Halloween day, just hours before heading out the door with our pillow cases in hand to gather all our treats. Halloween is much more fun now than it was when I was a kid. 

I've always believed Halloween was for the little ones. But now that I am older and my son is grown with a son of his own I truly believe Halloween is for grandparents!  I love watching the excitement surrounding all the little ones as they get ready to enjoy the Halloween festivities.

Gettin' Ready
Every year we enjoy taking the kids on a Halloween outing of some sort so they can enjoy a fun day filled with a little trick-or-treating or pumpkin gathering and play. Plus it gets us parents and grandparents off the hook from having to decorate! Hah!

This year we took them to Crossroads Village’s Halloween Ghosts and Goodies where they were able to trick-or-treat around the village, enjoy a magic show and take a ride on the Ghost Train.  And the decorations were already done!

Our Little Monsters
We enjoy a nice tailgate party prior to starting our outing - filled with hot dogs and other yummy treats. This year I made some delicious treats to share. These peanut bars were the bomb. (If you click on the link below the pictures it will take you right to the recipe I used.)

 And this caramel corn was to die for. Oh so yummy and delicious.

Some other yummy things I made at home for us not so young folk were Crescent Mummy Dogs.

I think they tasted a little better with crescents than tossing them in a regular old bun. 

And we may not be quite so young but still had a little fun with some Creepy Mini Pizzas.
The dough can be pre-made and tossed in the freezer to make a quick weeknight meal.

And who can resist doughnuts this time of year. I took a doughnut recipe and just made them into mini-muffins. Nothing's better than homemade, right?

And they tasted just as good as the ones you get at the cider mills.

Halloween is a great time of year to enjoy the little ones and also enjoy all the goodies you wouldn't normally get during the rest of the year.

So young or old - or somewhere in between ;) - Get out and enjoy Halloween. The little ones make it so much fun!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.   Product received from an Advertiser is only used for experience based reviews on this site. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of KGora.

Nov. 4, 2012 6:43 pm
hi kg great blog. save some some salted peanut butter bars to send south! oh, and you certainly need to save those costume pictures of your monsters and display them to their friends when they get to be teen-agers! remember the rabbit costume from "the christmas story?"
Feb. 18, 2013 5:45 pm
I am witness to the deliciousness of the Salted Peanut Bars. They are to die for! Kelly is my sister and she is a wonderful cook. I don't know how she does all she does with a full time job. Most women don't want to be in the kitchen after a full day's work but she can't wait. I'm often on the phone with her and she's assembling or cooking up some of her deliciousness as I am wracking my brain to figure out what's for dinner. Wish I had some of her vigor for cooking.
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