I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and share some of our Halloween festivities and some of the treats we had (to go along with the tricks of course) It was a chilly low 30's temp that night so all the little ghouls and goblins had to bundle up well! I kept a pot of spiced apple cider going (I also added a little bit of fresh squeezed orange, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves as it simmered) to hand out to parents in the neighborhood that would stop by as well. For those that wanted it I added a little butterscotch schnapps for caramel apple flavor and a kick. Lol We had some friends of ours over and their kids and my BIL and SIL and their younger kiddos over for the evening too. We had some easy order pizzas and lots of fun goodies. The teenagers all hung out down in our media room. Another Halloween in the books!
The motley crew of youngin's that went out trick-or-treating. Annie is the one dressed in the Average Joe's gym attire getting ready to throw a dodgeball. She loves the movie Dodgeball so that's what she wanted to be this year
Me and my dodgeball player hamming it up. Daddy got home from work just in time to take her out trick or treating so I could hand out candy and cider - so he didn't make it in time to be in photos. I'm sure he was so disappointed...NOT ;)
My poor freezing SIL warming by the fire after taking her kiddos around to get candy
And of course there is always the big "candy swap" when they get back to trade their favorites with each other. Lol
Annie and I carved jack-o-lanterns we put out on Halloween night. And I had fun with some instagram filters too. OOooohhhh spooky!!
First treat to share is this Halloween almond bark recipe I found on pinterest. It's very easy. You basically take 3 cups of semi sweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips) and melt them in the microwave on high for 40 seconds then stir and keep doing 15 second intervals and stirring until it's all melted and smooth. Pour it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and spread until desired thickness. Press different Halloween related goodies into it and chill in the fridge for 45 minutes until solid. Break into pieces and store in airtight container. I added some candy bars, candy corn, m&m's, and google eyes I had on hand.
And then I made strawberry ghosts I also found on pinterest. Take strawberries and dip them into white chocolate chip you melt in the microwave with the same instructions as the halloween bark above. Once white chocolate is smooth and you've dipped strawberries place them on parchment lined cookie sheet and press mini chocolate chip eyes and mouth in them before they start to harden. Place them into fridge to keep chilled until time to serve.
I also made a platter of caramel apple nachos. Simple cut up apples....and I toss mine in pineapple juice before placing on platter as then they will not brown... and once placed on platter drizzle caramel over the top and sprinkle on mini chocolate chips and toffee bits. The added "worms" are optional ;)
Veggies and dip included some plastic bugs (at least I hope they were all plastic!) Lol
Just some fun goodies to go with the pizzas, cider, and other drinks ...and I had Halloween radio playing on our speaker for perfect ambiance as well - always such a fun night
I hope you had a fun and spooky Halloween too! And then November 1st came in this way:
Yep, more snow. Before you know it I'll be wishing you a Merry Christmas xoxo