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I have such fond memories of my childhood. Fall, in particular, is one of the happiest, coziest, tradition-laden times of year for me. I know that a lot of this can be attributed directly to my mom. Fall was her favorite and she always made sure that we had a great one. We picked pumpkins, we made scarecrows, we carved pumpkins. I do these things and more with my kids and I hope that someday they have happy memories like I do.
Halloween was always a fun event to look forward to in our house! From the costume choosing (when each kid typically changed their minds a time or two before settling) to the trick-or-treating to the oh-so-important job of sorting candy and trading for favorites with siblings. Of course, one thing that I remember very vividly was what a time crunch Halloween night always was. Especially on years when Halloween falls on a weeknight… I got off the bus around 4 pm and it was always a rush to finish homework, eat dinner, get into our costumes and get out the door.
Unfortunately the Halloween night time crunch is still very present in my life. Though this time I’m the parent and it’s Lily who is in school until late afternoon. Fortunately, I have learned a few tricks to help move things along.
- We always enjoy a bake at home pizza for dinner on Halloween night. They cook up super fast, are tasty and filling. Lily can finish her homework while the pizza is baking and then we can get the kids’ costumes on after dinner.
- I always buy our candy for trick-or-treaters well in advance of Halloween so that I’m not racing around at the last minute. (Yes, yes, the trick is to NOT EAT the candy before Halloween!)
Last week Landon and I cruised into Walmart in search of our Halloween dinner and treat must-haves. We picked up a TOMBSTONE® Original Pepperoni (in fun Halloween packaging!), NESTLÉ® Jumbo Assorted Fun Size Candy (58 oz) for trick-or-treaters and NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels (Halloween variety) for another treat idea I’ll tell you about below.
We headed home with our goodies!
First up – a candy bowl project! I cut some vinyl and turned this orange bucket into an adorable Halloween Jack O’Lantern! This is the perfect container to hold all of that candy I bought.
Time to fill ‘er up!
Another little tradition that I have on Halloween is to bake up some tasty cookies. If I have a good pocket of time, I’ll make them from scratch. If I’m pressed for time, I’ll buy refrigerated cookie dough and bake that. One thing that I always grab are Halloween Nestle Toll House Morsels. These orange and black chips are PERFECT for a Halloween theme. This year I grabbed some dough and topped each one with Halloween morsels. They look as good as they taste!
Another perk of having cookies on hand – when we return from trick-or-treating, I can distract the kids with delicious cookies. They go to bed happy that they got a treat and I can check their candy for safety without them hovering over me.
My candy bucket is filled to the brim and ready to go. Dinner is a snap. Yummy baked cookies await my little trick-or-treaters. Happy Halloween!
What are YOUR Halloween traditions? Do you give the same kind of candy out every year or do you change it up from time to time?