When I was a kid, I remember going trick or treating on a weekend in the afternoon. I’d come home with bags full of candy. It was also nice because it was warmer and you could actually see everyone else in the street walking around.
I’m not sure why, but the cities in the greater Milwaukee area have all decided to change the trick or treats times to 5-7:30pm on October 31st. I see a bunch of logistic problems with this.
- The date will more often than not fall during a weekday. (It did this year.) How are working parents supposed to rush home, make and eat dinner, man their house for treaters AND go out trick or treating?
- It’s already getting dark at this time. Most costumes are dark. Cars cannot see little bodies walking down the street (we don’t have sidewalks in our subdivision).
- Because it’s dark, you can’t see costumes. You miss the best part!
- The younger kids are ticking time bombs for throwing a tantrum this late in the day.
- By the time you’re finished, the kids are tired but insist on eating some of the candy they received. Eating candy late= sugar rush, i.e. too tired but wired to go to bed.
This year we didn’t make it out for trick or treating. Sir had his regular piano lesson and it was literally pouring buckets! We tried to visit two of our immediate neighbors while the down pour lighten but ended up retreating back to our garage after only one house.
I could tell Sir really wanted to show off his costume and get some candy. It’s one of those moments when you’ll do what you need to for your child and not care if it inconveniences you. I looked at my husband and told him if Sir wants to go in the pouring rain then we’ll go. (We do crazy things for our kids don’t we?) Of course, it started to pour even harder before we left our garage. We marched like soldiers to our neighbor’s house across the street. When we knocked on her door she couldn’t believe it. “What ARE you doing? Are you crazy!?” Yep. Pretty much. We received our coveted second piece of candy and ran home.
Everything was soaking wet. We all changed out of our socks, pants and hung the jackets and costumes to dry. But it was worth it. Sir was so excited to examine his entire haul of two pieces of candy. The big smile made it worth all the effort.
Just so you know, I made his map costume! I’ve never made anything crafty and overall don’t consider myself good at crafts. Can you tell I’m a little proud of myself?
And yes, at the end of the day I had to pick him up and sing: “I’ve got the whole world in my hands…”
Here’s the recipe for some great pumpkin seeds. The garlic and paprika add a nice element to the traditional roasted pumpkin seed.
I hope you like them!
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to coat each seed.
- Spread into one layer on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 1 hour. Check seeds to determined if done, center should be slightly brown and dry.
- Store leftover seeds in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.