Every October, my boys would begin to discuss the perfect costume for Halloween. Most years, they were superheroes, with Batman, Robin, Power Rangers and Spiderman making frequent appearances. I always made an attempt to carve a “scary” pumpkin, which usually looked more funny than fearful.
We practiced our routine a time or two. I reminded them to walk, not run, up the path to a home and try to stay off of the grass and out of the flowerbeds. Next, we discussed a soft knock and, of course, the proper greeting: “Happy Halloween!” or “Trick-or-treat!” I told them to take only one piece of candy and to remember that the most important part was a big “thank you” for the generous neighbor.
We always enjoyed how so many of our friends would not recognize our boys and “really” believed that Batman and Robin just happened to be in Savannah. It was a night filled with fun, imagination and tons of candy for my sons to count before they went to bed.
Here are a few tips for less tricks and more treats:
1. Parental supervision is a must. Observe the times that your local authorities and neighborhood associations suggest.
2. Do not let your little goblin be greedy. One or two pieces of candy per house should be his or her limit.
3. Help your children practice their manners. When the host answers the door, the children should say, “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or treat.” Children should always say thank you, whether or not they like their treats.
4. Discuss the limitations of the night with your children. Include safety reminders and make sure that they respect the property of others.
5. If a porch light is off, then most likely the homeowner is not participating. Encourage your children to respect the choices of those that do not participate.
One of my best, and most talented, friends is Donna Eichholz. For as long as I can remember, she has made white chocolate “ghosties” for her daughters and their friends for Halloween. Below is my interpretation of this fun activity that you can do with your child.
You will need:
12 ounces white chocolate
6 candy or craft sticks
12 mini chocolate chips for eyes
Parchment or wax paper
Cellophane bags and ribbon
1. Use tape to secure wax paper to your countertop or to a cookie sheet.
2. Melt chocolate in a glass bowl for 30 seconds and stir. If it is not completely melted, heat for 15 more seconds and stir again. Repeat this process until it is smooth. Do not overheat.
3. Using a small spoon, drop the melted chocolate onto the wax paper, beginning at the top with the ghost’s round head. Gradually move chocolate down to create two arms and flair out to create a gown.
4. Add the candy sticks and cover with more chocolate. Use your fingers or the back of the spoon to spread the chocolate evenly and make it smooth.
5. Place two mini chocolate chips on the face to make the eyes.
6. Let cool. Remove from paper. Use cellophane bags and ribbons to package your “ghosties.”
7. Store in a cool place.
I hope that you enjoy this quick, easy and inexpensive craft with your little ones.
As always, thanks for reading.
Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am
I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am
Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm