A Sweet Halloween Memory (And Non-Candy Treat Ideas)
One of my sweetest memories of a Halloween Party was when my children were wee. Knowing the kids were only good for 1-2 hours of trick-or-treating, I planned a Halloween party to follow. It was the perfect excuse to bring it back home and get some food into them that wasn’t candy, before digging into the loot!
Now, I certainly understood that it was Halloween, the holiday of candy, but in an effort to be a good mother and host, I went through the paces of planning some “non-candy” snacking for the kids. I had laid out a buffet of kid-friendly foods including veggies and dip (you can’t blame a mom for trying). As we came in from trick-or-treating, the kids washed up, while the adults got to chatting. When we came up for air we all noticed the kids gathered around the veggies, chowing on them – the trick was on us as the kids made the veggies their primary treat (note: after they filled their bellies with veggies and a few other items of real food, they dug into their treat bags).
Although our kids have grown into pre-teens and teenagers, to this day we still chuckle about our veggie loving kids on the capital candy celebration of the year. The lesson here: don’t assume your kids aren’t looking for some real food on Halloween, just catch them before they get too hungry and resort to eating candy out of their trick or treating bag while on the road. Have a fun buffet waiting for the crew when you take a break, like these yummy Mummy Muffin Pizzas.