September is quickly coming to an end, which means that very soon ghouls and goblins will be appearing while witches fly on their broomsticks overheard. And, children will begin asking every day if it’s time to go trick or treating yet. And if your house is anything like mine, the hunt for the perfect costumes is already in progress.
We love Halloween at our house and we always go out trick or treating around our neighborhood. My kids always come back with several POUNDS of candy, its really pretty ridiculous how much candy they collect. But its only one night a year and they never eat it all anyway. Last year they picked out enough to fill a ziplock sandwich bag and then we sold the rest of it to a local dentist who paid $1 per pound and then sent the candy to overseas US military. The girls sold close to 10 pounds total. So that’s an idea for all that extra candy your littles may end up getting this year.
But because we go out trick or treating every Halloween, I always turn my porch light off and miss seeing all the trick or treaters come to my door. So my solution? Reverse trick or treating!!! I start off the night with a bag or bowl full of candy and hand a piece to each Ninja turtle or Princess or Darth Vader or Barbie or any other costumed kiddo that I pass on the street. If they are little, I’ll give the candy to their mom or dad, and then I continue on with my own little divas. I still get to pass out candy and fulfill my neighborly duty, but I don’t have to miss out on the fun with my kids. The best part? When I empty my stash, my girls will pour their buckets into mine and start FRESH with a much lighter candy bucket.
I prefer to reverse trick or treat than to leave the bowl on the porch with a sign that says “Please take one” because there is always someone who thinks “one” means “one bowl full”.
I think I might still do the lollipop pumpkin I saw on Pinterest though. It’s cute and will cover any kiddos I might miss on the street.
What about you? Do you go trick or treating with your kids? Or do you stay home and hand out candy?