Hope you had a happy Halloween. We’re recovering from all the fun.
It started on Halloween eve with the traditional carving of the pumpkin. Admittedly, we almost ran out of time this year, so what you’re about to see is “How to Make a Jack-O-Lantern in the 20 Minutes Before Bedtime.” After we chopped off the stem and gutted it, S went to work with his handy-dandy pumpkin carving tool:
And then Halloween day arrived. Fueled by the hyper-energy of the classroom parties, the kids spilled off the bus, and the low buzz started. Did you hear it at your house too? It sounded like this: “Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Mom? Moooo-ooom? Can we go? Can we go? Can we go now?” And it was followed by, “Mom? Mom? Mom? Mooooo-oooom? Everyone else is already out! Can we go?”
All this happened at about 3:45 and way before anyone had even begun ringing doorbells.
We did eat our slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches (recipe in this post) so that the kids wouldn’t explode from all that sugar.
Then I bundled up to take the kids running through the streets. Key word — “running.”
My son M and my husband S outfitted the “Treat Table,” complete with fire pit, to take the edge off the cold. M had decided a while back that he would be handing out the candy this year (and, you know, eating a little of it too … for “quality control,” he assured me). They also sipped on warm spiced cider as they let the trick-or-treaters come to them. Smart.
Back at the homestead, the kids divvied up their haul. M, S and I all nonchalantly swiped pieces while they weren’t looking.
Two kids managed to net all that in just under two hours. We’ll have candy for weeks… no, months!
I do, however, have a plan for sugar disposal. Our local food pantry will happily take any/all donations of extra Halloween candy. I’m going to ask the kids if they would be willing to pass along some of their loot to those who just might need a little treat. Win-win.
How was your Halloween? Did you get lots of trick-or-treaters coming by? Or, like us, did you create your own perfect Halloween candy storm: overbuying candy to hand out AND taking in all that sugar from the kids’ trick-or-treat haul? (Oh, my stomach hurts just thinking about it….)