Halloween Prep

  • Chili made and simmering in crockpot.
  • Candles loaded into carved pumpkins.
  • Pumpkin family placed carefully on front porch.
  • Halloween lights strung around front door.
  • Madeline and Eloise costumes washed (again).
  • Way too many glowsticks purchased (I bought two.  Several times.  Approximately four times.  Oops.)
  • Plans confirmed with neighbors for trick-or-treating.
  • Wagon emptied for trick-or-treating.  (Hilly neighborhood with large gaps of houses that don’t participate in trick-or-treating.  Last year, I thought we’d do like one street.  But so few houses handed out candy that we ended up doing the whole neighborhood to get one street’s worth of houses.  So the people with small legs ride for part of the time.)
  • Candy and trinkets arranged in baskets, ready for trick-or-treaters.  (We do one basket of candy and one basket of plastic junk for handouts.  All the little kids adore getting to choose a toy instead of another piece of candy.  All the teenagers go for the candy.  And if you are shorter than I am, I tell you to take two and let you choose your own.  If you are a teenager, I choose one piece of candy for you.  I learned this after my first year of holding out the basket to teenagers and having them try to make off with all my candy.)
  • Candy baskets locked in the pantry, instead of on the laundry room shelf.  They were on the shelf in the laundry room, until yesterday, when I accidentally left the laundry room door open, Elizabeth went in there, climbed up on top of the washer, looked into the baskets, and started shouting “I FOUND CANDY! I FOUND CANDY!”
  • Disgusted about all the warnings about poisoned candy, just as I am every year.  IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED PEOPLE.  NEVER.
  • Me: suddenly realizing that we start in ONE HOUR and that I still have to clean the kitchen, the toys, and finish making the dinner.  ACK!