As I was preparing my blog post about celebrating Thanksgiving for just me, I realized it’s important to review what worked for Halloween so I can make any necessary adjustments. I actually had a lot of fun even on Halloween though I didn’t spend it with my kiddos. Not everything turned out like I had planned but it was still okay.
- I ruined my costume when I tried to clean it.
- My mummy pizzas weren’t as much of a hit at the work potluck, but my kids enjoyed the leftovers.
- The pumpkin contest was a flop with only two entries. Mine is non-traditional enough that I left it up as a fall decoration.
But several things were really good.
- My boyfriend and I spent the afternoon decorating the driveway for the trick-or-treaters. Including a ginormous chalk jack-o-lantern drawn on the driveway.
- We played several rounds of Trivia Crack in between the waves of crowds.
- All but one kiddo played along with our giant bean bag toss. We asked them if they wanted to toss the bean bag for a chance to win bonus candy or prizes. If the bean bag landed in the nose, mouth or eyes they got extra candy. If they landed on the eye brows, they got a banana. We gave away 2 bananas. If the bean bag landed on one of the pumpkin’s eye balls, they got a pineapple. We still had the pineapple at the end of the night.
Our activities kept me busy and interacting with the kids, but it brightened the night of those who stopped by my house. I loved watching the change in their faces from trudging down the street robotically saying “Trick of Treat” to their eyes lighting up for something different. Some of the teenagers were the most fun, they wanted the rules repeated for clarity and focused intently on their tosses. The celebration when one of them won a banana was impressive.
Overall Halloween was a success. I enjoyed my activities and interactions with my neighbors. It’s good to have a baseline game plan for next year.