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.