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What’s the Opposite of Trick or Treating?

2007-10-167Growing up, we went Trick or Treating year after year, but never to strangers or neighbors. My parents shuttled us around town to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends. Halloween was not just for candy. We had the chance to visit too! Of course, it had to be a scheduled affair to be sure the family we wanted to visit wasn’t trying to visit us at the same time—but I didn’t realize that as a child. The process is a lot more difficult now that I am a mother since we don’t live in the same town as our families. Yet, we continued the tradition.

We drove all over one night to visit the hubby’s family. Then, traveled to my parents to Trick or Treat in my hometown. As the years went on, and we added children to our collection, I became more and more disenchanted with the process. It was no longer a fun night of visiting family. It was a stressful weekend of coordinating schedules and trying to squeeze in time with people we don’t get to see often. Not to mention multiple food allergies eliminating most of the candy options anyway.

Then, the party planner in me stumbled on a new idea. Why don’t we get them to come to us?! Two years ago, with an out of town wedding over the weekend preventing Trick or Treating, we hosted our first Halloween Open House. We invited friends & family to visit our girls in costume instead. It allowed us to spend more time with the family who attends, instead of mere minutes as we blow out the door for our next stop.

And, naturally, the girls don’t miss out on the treats—I’ll take any excuse to make fun, party food! With Halloween on a Saturday this year, I’m looking forward to more of an actual party. We’ll let the girls invite their friends as well as our families for an afternoon event, leaving plenty of time for those who prefer the traditional version of Trick or Treating. I’ll get another chance to make Frankenstein pudding cups, spider cracker sandwiches and strawberry ghosts.

Can a bag full of candy they probably can’t eat even compare to a graveyard cake?

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4 Responses to “What’s the Opposite of Trick or Treating?”

  1. Heather – that’s a great idea! We love Trick or Treating because it’s the one time everyone in the neighborhood is open and friendly to everyone else. I can surely see how the food allergies would even make that part not fun for you guys. Glad you’re able to find your own solution!

  2. Suzanne Mueller on

    Hey Heather!

    I’m enjoying your blog. We did a Halloween party a few years ago. One of cheapest and popular game was to hide die-cut white ghosts (3 in each upstairs room), turn out the lights and give each kid a flashlight. We played the ‘Ghost Buster’ song while the kids hunted for the ghosts in the dark.

    And then there’s the ever-traditionalgames: wrap a mummy with toilet paper, eat a powder-sugar donut hung from a string without using your hands, and Halloween pictionary

    ….good times