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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Happy Halloween!

I realize not everyone celebrates Halloween. So, if you don't, my wish for you is that you had a beautiful autumn day. I also realize that most of you will see this post tomorrow, after Halloween.

Gone are the days of helping my kids dress up in costumes. But then again, gone also are the days of freezing in the night air while I took the kids out into the neighborhood.

Here's our family's Halloween this year.

We get about 30 trick-or-treaters each year. This year's treats are a choice between individual packs of Circus Animal Cookies or mini containers of dinosaur slime.

Outside, by the door I've set up the fake pumpkins. Real pumpkins kept outdoors are a snack to the local squirrel population.

The real pumpkins are indoors on the dining room windowsill with my other fall decor. I bought 5 medium size jack-o-lanterns to supplement our homegrown small pumpkins. I likely won't carve a jack-o-lantern today, as that would mean I'd have to cook up the pumpkin tomorrow, and I don't have time for that this week.

We decided we'd each contribute something to tonight's dinner. One daughter is making hamburgers, another is making a batch of brownies, my husband is cutting up celery sticks, and I'm making broccoli with cheese sauce. Dinner will be tasty, and no one person has to do all of the work.

One of our family's traditions is to watch a movie while we wait for the trick-or-treaters. So we'll do dinner and a movie this evening.

Halloween wraps up around 8:30 in my neighborhood, so I will still get my early bedtime.

Wishing you all a lovely afternoon and evening. Be back tomorrow evening!


  1. Hope you had a fun evening!

    We had a bit of excitement here. We got a surprise dumping of snow (at least 8 inches, possibly closer to 10 inches) this afternoon and lost power due to the heavy snow on the trees. Our trees still have a lot of leaves on them, so I wasn't surprised that the power went out. I'm very thankful that we got it back on a little while ago! My niece stopped by with her two little ones, so I did have trick or treaters. It was a very strange Halloween, for sure. This is the first year I've ever had a snowman in my yard on October 31!

    1. Wow! That's a lot of snow for October, Kris!

    2. Hi Kris,
      Snow for Halloween sure is a change from the usual, especially with a snowman! I'm glad your power was restored for the evening. How very nice that your niece stopped by with her kids. I love seeing all of the tiny kids who come to our door.

  2. That sounds like a fun Halloween night. Did you have to stop the movie much to answer the door for the Trick-or-Treaters?

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      As it turned out, we decided to eat dinner in the kitchen (near the door where trick-or-treaters come), so we could watch as they approached. We only had 24 kids, and they came in groups. But our first 2 came at 4:30 and the last 2 at 8:45. So we sat and watched for flashlights coming down the road, ate our dinner and dessert, and just talked about all of the fun Halloweens my kids remembered from their childhoods. In other years, yes, we've paused the movie so someone could answer the door. But we never do get a lot of kids, so maybe 8 times pausing for a whole movie isn't too bad.

  3. Temperatures dipped below freezing here, so we had fewer trick-or-treaters than normal. So not many interruptions while we watched the World Series. BTW, I've obviously missed something: is Dinosaur Slime edible?

    1. Rainy weather is what deters the kids in our area. With the less pleasant weather, I can understand why the parents wouldn't want to stay out in the cold or wet very long with their kids.

      Dinosaur slime is thin putty-type slime with a tiny plastic dinosaur inside. With super littles, we gave them cookies, but older kids we gave them a choice. The slime was a huge hit and gone half way through the evening. I think having something non-candy is appealing simply because it's different from everything else kids get on Halloween.


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