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My husband and I
believe in the importance of establishing traditions with our sons like our
parents did for us. It gives our
children something to look forward to year after year, something to depend on and something for them to remember long after they realize we aren’t as cool as
we pretend to be. Every holiday is
marked by its own special routines in the Garcia-Conrod household. For example, each Halloween we always throw a
party for friends and family. Guests
come dressed up in their costumes, and we have activities and treats for the
kids—and some special treats
for the adults. Leading up to that
party, we also have several other traditions, which I have listed below. Please share some of your favorite Halloween
ideas and recipes in the comments section!
Go Pumpkin Picking
Find a pumpkin patch near you and plan a day where you and your
family can all spend the afternoon choosing your own pumpkins for decorating
and carving. Make sure to bring your
camera—there really is no better photo backdrop in October. Click here for state
by state listing of pumpkin patches—some of these places include hayrides, corn
mazes and other Halloween fun.
If you are like me, you have already been lost in the black hole
of the Internet with some of the crazy and craft Halloween food ideas. A few favorites that we are trying this year
include Scary Eyeball Cookies, Popcorn Balls, and Candy Apples. And you can always resort to adding candy
corn and M&M's to regular old cupcakes if you’re too busy creating homemade
costumes (or running back to the story for more candy because somebody—not
you, of course—keeps eating the stash for the trick-or-treaters).
Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It really isn’t Halloween until you have snuggled up with your
kids to watch this classic. Unbelievably, it first aired in 1966 and it just never gets old. ABC airs it every October 31 at 8 p.m. EST,
but if you can’t wait that long, order a copy to have on hand year
Linus: You've heard of the fury of a
woman scorned, haven't you?
Charlie Brown: Yeah, I guess I have.
Linus: Well, that's nothing compared to
the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of trick-or-treats.
-excerpted from It’s
the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown