My 1970's Halloween Party
Nov. 5, 2012 11:23 am
Updated: Nov. 11, 2012 11:04 am
I hate to admit it, but the last time I threw a Halloween party, (other than kiddie get togethers), was in 1973. This was before my son was born and I had more time for baking, canning, & party planning.
I baked homemade bread braids and made peach jam for game prizes. I served bowls of hobo stew and buttered biscuits for dinner.
Since my Mom & Pop came down from Reno (2 hrs away)for the party, I wanted to include making his 100+ year old family recipe for molasses popcorn balls and taffy. He cooked the syrup and everyone took turns making the balls..Then we had a taffy pulling contest
in which the one with the lightest colored taffy wins. My Pop won since he's had alot of practice thru his lifetime. His mom used to make and pull the taffy on a hook in her kitchen, and sold it to the local merchantile.That was in 1920 when he was a little
I organized a scavenger hunt ahead of time with some local businesses. We divided the guests into teams of 4 each per car. Some of the tasks I arranged for them were: to get a raw donut from Winchel's, a new car contract from a car dealership, a raw weenie
from Wienersnitzel, an unfrosted cupcake from Albertson's, and a piece of film strip from an XXX rated movie theatre. LOL..The guys were all comparing and checking each others film strip out..Men are too funny.
We played bingo, dunked for apples from a galvanized wash tub. Everyone was trying to get the apples in their teeth by biting the stem so they wouldn't get wet. That never works very well...my Pop was determined to win, and submerged his whole head in the
water trying to chase the apple to the bottom of the tub...not caring if he got soaking wet. He got the apple and came up with it in his teeth. He thought we were all laughing because of his apple dunking skills...well we were..but what sent us into hysterical
laughter was that he let out a big fart when he bent over the tub & dove for the apple...his head was under water and he didn't even know he did it...LOL..it was so funny.
We ended the evening sitting on the patio by the fire pit and making smores and drinking hot chocolate. Some spiked theirs with Kahlua or Irish Cream. It was a great and memorable party, and everyone had a wonderful time.
pop's molasses popcorn ball & taffy syrup
Pop's popcorn balls