I know not everyone celebrates Halloween but it is one of my favorite holidays. I guess I’m being nieve to see past the “evil” and scary part of it but I do. I see the time that the families get together and the neighborly “treats” and a time where kids get to use their imagination and be someone or something totally creative.
I thought for my blog post this week I’d share my favorite halloween treat. I LOVE popcorn balls! My friend Cindy makes what she calls “White Trash Popcorn”. It has been one of my favorite Halloween treats for a few years now. You take popcorn, nuts, m&ms (or I use reeses pieces), and then you make the “goo” to stick it together with marshmallows and butter (like you use for rice crispie treats). Just mix it all and put it in a big ole’ pan. YUM!
And..I know it’s probably cutting it close but I also wanted to share the article I wrote on Holiday care package ideas for Halloween. So here you go!
Spooktacular Care Packages
© Tara Crooks
Do you feel the chill in the air? I love fall. The leaves are starting to turn colors and tumble to the ground. It’s time for chilli, sweatshirts, and fall crafting. October is one of the most fun months because we get to celebrate Halloween! You all know I am the queen of care package ideas so I thought I’d give you some great ideas for Halloween.
We spouses know our soldiers are just giant children at heart. Celebrating holidays across the miles can be a lot more fun if you pack up the perfect bash in a box! Several of my husband’s soldiers still laugh and talk about the Halloween treats I sent them when he was deployed! I encourage you to surprise your soldier with something “spooky” this holiday.
Halloween candy (and lots of it!)
Halloween decorations (streamers, caution tape, etc.)
Plastic rat, bat, or snakes
Purple or orange lights
Markers & stickers to decorate
Spiders & spider webs
Halloween crossword puzzles
Family pictures (of past Halloweens)
Halloween themed paper and pens
Halloween themed games
Pillsbury Halloween themed cookies
Orange and black rice krispie treats
Really jazz it up and make a “trick” box and a “treat” box. Use your imagination on what to include.
DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com) has a template for a Pumpkin Picking Mini Memory Book. You don’t have to wait for the pumpkin patch to come around to make this book.
Hershey’s has some great ideas, recipes, crafts and more at www.trickortreats.com.
Here’s some Halloween riddles: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/Halloween/riddles/index.htm and some Halloween coloring pages www.coloring-page.net/halloween.html.
Whatever you do, have fun with it. Your soldier will be able to tell the love and joy that went into creating their package!