We handed out candy in our new neighborhood for the first time this year and started a fun tradition we plan to build on every year going forward.
Happy November 1st! Halloween is officially wrapped up (see what I did there?) and our first trick-or-treat event in our new neighborhood is in the books as a huge success. We have always wanted to live in a neighborhood like this. Before we even closed on our house we were already talking about Halloween. We were dreaming of neighborhood block parties and a steady stream of adorable costumes running in all directions. And our storybook visions totally came true last night.
We set up a fortune teller’s booth in the front yard, complete with a legit crystal ball, and DIYed a curtain backdrop to really set the scene. I’m all about crystals and woo-woo stuff, so I really didn’t have to buy too much for the setup. A lot of it came right from my fireplace mantel.
We had a massive basket of candy and a small penny jar of fun toys for kids who have food allergies. We weren’t sure if anyone would even need them, because two houses ago we never had any takers. But this year we ended up having four different kids with allergies who were extra grateful for a toy in lieu of candy. It helped that we put out a teal pumpkin sign by the road, so we’ll definitely put that out again next year.
Nigel had a genius idea to put the crockpot of taco soup I made in the back of his truck bed along with all the toppings, so we had a cozy little tailgate soup buffet. (I totally forgot to take a picture. Blogger fail!) It was really nice to have a grab-and-go option in a crockpot so guests could help themselves whenever they felt like eating. That’s going to be a recurring tradition for future Halloweens.
And speaking of traditions, everyone in the neighborhood loved the fortune teller setup, so we have decided it’s going to be an annual thing. Next year we’ll add a tent to the mix, and maybe throw in some spooky carnival vibes. Some teenagers even asked for horoscope readings last night, so I might actually do some kind of crazy performance for kids next year.
I know I should be thinking about the winter holidays now, but the Halloween ideas are flowing like crazy, so I’m going to hang out here in October Land just a little while longer and draft up some plans for next year’s trick-or-treat extravaganza. I’ll meet you with sugar cookies and pine garlands in a week or so. 😉