I’ve been a single mom for about as long as I’ve written this blog. Some years I have my kids on Halloween, and some years I don’t.
I’ve come to appreciate Halloween from a parent’s perspective, a child’s perspective and from an adult’s perspective who has enjoyed a fun evening with friends, delighting in the haunted hooligans who came by my house.
One of my favorite Halloweens (and I’ll deny this to my children, if any of you ever dare to show them this post) was one right after I was newly single. My friends showed up at my house (Adults, drive carefully on Halloween night. Children are out in droves, and you never know how early you’ll see a little Moana or Wonder Woman wandering the streets in search of treats.) for an evening of treats and tricks.
They insisted that we all wear costumes. I resisted, but they had a fabulously bejeweled tiara, a blonde wig (I’m a brunette), a magic wand and a silky cape. I mean, come on, who could resist that? I gave in and donned the sparkly garb.
They also brought treats. Every Halloween party needs a proportionate number of treats to tricks, right? If you’re trying this at home, look at Brookshire’s Real Big Deal this week, valid through 10/31/17.
When you buy one Mars Halloween Candy Variety Pack (which you’ll need for all the little ghouls and goblins who will come to your door), you’ll get an amazing array of goodies for free, not to mention all the M&M’s®, Snickers®, Twix® and Milky Way® candy you can eat.
Start with the Halloween Glow sticks. All your guests must be decked out in glow sticks. It’s important to note that these are also highly coveted trick-or-treat swag. You can give them out to your trick-or-treaters. My kids LOVE getting glow sticks, especially if they can wear them. The good thing to know about glow sticks, for adults or kids, is that after you get them home, play with them, stick them under your shirt and up your nose (don’t ask). If you put them in the refrigerator, you extend their life span, and you can repeat the very next night, when otherwise they’d be faded by morning. Note to self. So, stock up on some glow sticks during The Real Big Deal.
You’ll also get a 2-liter of Brookshire’s BLAST! Soda. To get the party going, also grab a gallon of Goldenbrook Ice Cream, drop a dollop into the soda to make a float. You can stir it with a glow stick for a really creepy effect.
Another item you’ll get in the Deal is a Halloween Shadow Tote, the perfect creepy accessory to stash your loot or your kids’ candy, or to give away to the trick-or-treater who has his candy in a plastic sack.
While the kids trick-or-treated, my friends and I snacked on popcorn, which is also part of The Real Big Deal. I popped what seemed like a ton. We enjoyed some with butter and salt, and some with dry Ranch dressing mix tossed on to coat it. Delicious!
For our “trick” of the evening, we got Brookshire’s Sandwich Cookies (also in The Real Big Deal). We took the ‘lid’ off the cookie and adhered the frosting side to my boys’ bedroom doors. They came home to cookies stuck all over their doors! Totally harmless, people! No damage done to paint and nothing more than a good wipe down with a hot washcloth to clean it up. No harm, no foul.
If you don’t have kids with you on Halloween night and don’t want trick-or-treaters visiting, make sure to turn off your porch light. An illuminated light lets pint-sized haunters know that you’re open for business. If your light is on, you’d better have that Mars Halloween Candy Pack, or at least be ready to fork over every dollar bill in your wallet. If your light is off, don’t feel bad about not answering the door; they’ll get the hint.
When trick-or-treaters do knock at your door, I’d advise against holding out a bowl of candy to them, like an offering. Grab a few select pieces and drop it in their bags. Otherwise, you might be offering a bit more than you’d planned on. Take it from me. Never, EVER, leave a bowl of candy out on your porch unattended with a sign that says something like, “Take One.” You’re guaranteed to only have ONE trick-or-treater that night.
Finally, it’s NOT wrong on October 31 to have a (as my kids call it) “jump scare” skeleton, black cat or ghost hiding in the bushes by your front door (kids of your own home or not), just waiting for unsuspecting revelers to stop by, hoping for a treat but maybe getting a trick as well!