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Sweet and Sour Pork

Halloween Treats

My husband and I have always enjoyed Halloween. Years ago I declared it my favorite holiday. I like Halloween more than Christmas.

Early in our relationship my husband and I decided to celebrate the Trick-or-Treaters. Instead of seeing them as an interruption we decided to make adult fun out of the process.

First thing we do each year is set up a small table by the door with two chairs. Usually I grab a hall table. That way we can sit in the entryway of the house. We have our basket of treats all set to go. We make a cocktail and set up a snack for us too. Maybe some nuts.

Then we get out a game we want to play. Usually it’s a card game that is not spoiled by the ringing of the doorbell. Each time the bell rings one of us gets up to greet the kiddies and we let them pick out what they want for a treat. Because we are both sitting by the door we both get to see the costumes and enjoy the ceremony of the little ones chirping out “Trick-or-Treat”. We get to greet the moms and dads that are accompanying the kids too. It’s really a treat for us, truth be told.

For dinner we order a pizza. Don’t freak. Even I eat pizza. I just only eat one piece of crust. For the rest I just pick off the toppings with a fork. My husband is an expert at piling even three sets of toppings onto one piece of crust and eating that. But I digress.

Since starting Plan Z I no longer give out candy. I used to pride myself on having the best candy bar selection in the neighborhood. I’d get the good stuff.

Now I get even better stuff. I have taken to giving out toys!

I wanted to get this column to you early in the month to inspire you to go buy non-candy treats this year too.

I have found the perfect place to buy Halloween treats is at the craft store. This year I bought Halloween themed pencils, whistles, kazoos, crazy glasses, flying frog toys, spider rings and stretchy skeletons. How fun is that!

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