Trick or Treat!
Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for young and old alike. I remember the joy of collecting a sack full of candy that was all mine. Halloween was a day when my parents really didn't restrict what treats I ate - so I pretty much got to eat what I wanted. Dressing up in costume and seeing others as they perceived themselves made the evening all more magical.
On Halloween night, my siblings, parents and grandparents capped it off with a pizza party and Halloween cake. A little fright was always part of the fun, too. My parents put different foods in bowls and blindfolded us. Then, they had us dip our hands into each of the witch's potion supplies - grapes were eyeballs, stuffing was brains, spaghetti was, well you get it.
There has been a movement away from traditional trick or treating in some areas. Distance between homes, fears of tainted candy and poorly lit streets have led families to try new ways to make Halloween a special and fun day. However you celebrate, Halloween will become a tradition your children grow up with and remember always.
I am a big fan of the Halloween gift basket. Whether you have a gift bag or basket, fill it with goodies, treats and toys you know are safe. There are so many cool choices of containers and baskets out there. Of course The Chocolate Goddess says filling them with chocolate treats are best, but there are endless options: lollipops, gummy worms, candy corn, books, match box cars, Play-Doh, crayons and coloring books, gift cards for older kids - the list goes on and on.
Let the kids put on their costumes at night (and so can you!) and give them their baskets, play games, make things, and tell spooky stories. Invite friends and relatives to share in the fun.
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!