Saturday, November 1, 2014



Halloween finally arrived.  It was a beautiful Fall day and the evenings weather was expected to be perfect.  Starting the day with a hearty breakfast then setting everything up for Trick-or-Treating.
A Halloween tradition in this home is take out Chinese (a little weird? maybe?.) Makes for an easy day and great for grazing.

The treat bags are all set.  I usually make 75 and when they are gone they are gone.  I make sure there is always plenty for back up.  We usually get around 125 kids.  They little coffin treat bags around the basket are made extra special for the kids in the immediate neighborhood and a few grand kids of some neighbors.
All the bags have candy and Halloween theme toys or jewelery.  This year friendship or FunBandz bracelets, stickers or crayons, buttons and paddle ball games.  For the neighbor kids---masks, coloring book and crayon sets, bubbles and stickers.
I also keep a few toy filled treats aside in case I run out of bags.  Rubber Duckies, pumpkins and grab bags in case a child with a lot of Halloween spirit comes by.  I did have four sweet, well costumed girls with their moms  who got the grab bags. 

Trick-or-Treating in most communities in our area was from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  By 6:30 p.m. all bags were gone.  Now onto the popcorn balls, then Rice Crispy Treats.  By 8:00 p.m. we were cleaned out.  Everyone had a great time and it was a very pleasant and positive night.  But now for "me" time.

The candles are lit all over the house.  This fun black glitter candelabra with silicone dipped light bulbs, one witch, one ghost and one pumpkin.  The LED flameless skull from Pier 1 Imports and the carved Funkin.  Every room has some lit decor.
So, now to pop some popcorn and brew some hot chocolate with Kraft Halloween shape marshmallows.  Halloween pjs on and curl up in front of the fire and watch some fun Halloween shows.

The morning after, there is nothing like a little pumpkin bowl with left over Halloween candy.  There is just something so nostalgic about seeing the bowl of candy.  Tomorrow the clean up starts.  I will continue to light the Jack-o-Lanterns on the front porch through out the week end.  But Saturday the inside decorations will be put away until next year and Monday the outside will get pack up too. 
Then for Thanks Giving Day (the second of my three favorite holidays, Independence Day being the third.)  Clean up the house and settle in for some more fun Halloween shows and movies Saturday night.
I can't wait to pull out my turkeys, pilgrims and Indians.  I have a few more pumpkins to keep the orange going. 
Then I start cleaning out flowers and picking up leaves  November is a busy month.  Celebrating each holiday in it's own time is important for me.  Each holiday gets it's month.  Life can be to busy not to enjoy all it has to offer.
And remember Tuesday is Election Day, it is one of our greatest rights and it is a privilege.

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