By Pat Volchok,
Editorial Director Besides the traditional Halloween activities
such as bobbing for apples or watching a scary
movie, we’d like to suggest a few additional ideas.
butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and then bake.
(Sugar has a tendency to burn, so check sporadically.)
Children love Tootsie Pop ghosts. Cut
inexpensive white cotton into 8-by-12-inch
rectangles. Drape over the pops and tie each
with a length of black cord to fit snugly under
the candy and around the stick. Draw triangle
eyes on the “ghost heads” and big O’s for the
mouths. (If these are offered to small children,
we strongly suggest adult supervision.)
Party cups full of nuts and candy corn are a
nice dinnertime favor.
What could be better than a little
poetry from the master of fright, Edgar
Allan Poe. Just light
a fire in the family
room, turn off the
lights, gather the
group and have
flashlight in hand and
perhaps some scary
face paint, read first
“The Haunted Palace”
and then “The Raven.”
Or better yet, provide
diners with their own
popcorn hands. To
create, fill each finger Goody Bags
of an unpowdered While it may be impossible to create goody
see-through plastic bags for all the little creatures that visit your home
glove with one candy on Halloween, it’s always nice to craft special treat
corn (white tip pointing bags for the children you know.
down) “finger nail,” The creation of the bags can be a family affair,
add freshly popped corn with members of all ages decorating brown paper
See-through shallow glass containers and tie with black ribbon at the wrist. lunch bags with stars, stickers and faces.
filled with water and gently bobbing apple votives, sporadically placed Decorate the dinner table with candy spiders. Finally, don’t forget the half-frozen adults
around the main centerpiece, are a Take individually wrapped hard candies, glue dots who stand back in the shadows accompanying
nice festive touch. on the edges for eyes, and bend 4 pipe cleaners into the little trick-or-treaters. Prepare steaming pots
furry legs and attach with tape to the undersides. of apple cider and serve in disposable hot cups
To roast pumpkin seeds, toss with vegetable oil to these brave souls.
and a little salt. Bake at 350˚F for 10 minutes. For
a sweeter treat, toss the seeds with a little melted