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Halloween Treats

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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 have fun with them.

The 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 (or a mocktail) 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 (because of the pandemic, we’ll be putting our Halloween masks on, too) 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...


Monster Mouths


A fun and delicious snack for Halloween!


For the Lips:
Granny Smith apples (these will make ghoulish green lips) or
Red Delicious apples (these will make red lips) a lemon

For the Gums:
peanut butter

For the Teeth:
white chocolate covered raisins
a few dark chocolate covered raisins for black teeth (optional)


Remove the core from the apples and slice them. Squeeze fresh lemon on the slices to keep them from turning brown. Then, to make your mouths, smear a nice helping of peanut butter on one side of an apple slice. Nestle four or five peanuts (or chocolate covered raisins) into the peanut butter. Finish the mouth by adding another smear of peanut butter to another apple slice and softly press them together. Don’t press too hard or your mouth will explode!