Halloween Traditions and Candy Cravings
As a child, I liked Halloween, but then I got over it. I moved on. It became more about watching my 4 younger siblings and seeing the fun things they dressed up as. Marrying my Halloween-loving husband had lasting effects. Yearly costume parties were had. Elaborate costumes were created.
When I had my own kids, it took on new life and meaning, that of the doting mother, assembling costumes and walking around the neighborhood with glow sticks and extra mittens and of course, Halloween Parties.
You've probably been to a Halloween party at some point and there were your usual eyeball platters and witchs' fingers served up for all to...enjoy?
Here are a few of my standby Halloween treats and a few more from around the neighborhood that trick-or-treaters of young and old will enjoy.
Harry Potter Halloween Party | A themed party is great for fans. This Harry Potter variety features pumpkin pasties, butterbeer, licorice wands, cockroach clusters and more. Make a theme party for your child's costume. Think of all the fun you could have with a Star Wars party or a superhero party.
Rice Krispies Treats | Quick and easy and versatile too, I love to make crisp rice treats into shapes and molds and top them witht things that kids find fun and exciting like candy and chocolate coatings or edible marshmallow fondant.
Shape it, mold it, dip it | Making tiny treats that are cute and festive are a great way to get in the spirit. Whether you're stuffing the insides with cake balls or granola bars, these treats are sure to please. Just dip your frozen treats into melted chocolate with a small amount of oil (think 1/2 teaspoon for every 12 ounces of chocolate) to smooth and thin the coating slightly. Then allow to dry and decorate. Need inspiration? Bakerella has you covered.
Candy Corn | Try making your own candy corn. It's not as hard as you'd think, and the results are better than that tired stuff you can buy in a bag.
Soup it up | I recently talked to a fellow food blogging friend who has soup suppers with the neighbors on Halloween to fill up all the trick-or-treaters will something warm and good for them before sending them on their candy scavender hunt. I love this idea.
It's not all about the candy | Make Halloween a fun time for reasons other than the candy. It could be the dressing up, the crazy ZooBoo at the neighborhood zoo, the family time as you eat soup or many other things. Try to set a few limits for your children if they are going to go trick-or-treating, and set the groundwork early to avoid fights later.