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.
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm