I know Halloween has now been and gone, but I’ve only just got around to writing about our trick-or-treating fun! This year we went trick-or-treating for the very first time, which was a new experience both for Small Child and for me. Trick-or-treating just didn’t really happen when I was a child, but it has gradually become more and more popular here in the UK, and Small Child was invited to go by several friends this year, so after a bit of thought I decided that it was time we gave it a go.
I thought that it would be good to put a lot of focus on the giving side of trick-or-treating, in an attempt to combat my own uncomfortable feelings about knocking on peoples doors asking for stuff, so we got a bit crafty and dressed up our ‘offerings’ a little. This was a really fun project, which Small Child was able to get fully involved in, and we slipped a few healthy things into the mix too!
First of all we got small bags of yoghurt covered raisins, and added labels to them, re-naming them ‘Ghost Bogies’, in honour of the occasion. Small Child found these absolutely hilarious! I made simple labels using a clipart image of a ghost, printed them off and cut them up. We folded each label over and attached one to each bag of raisins, using a stapler.
I made the labels into a PDF file, so you can download your own copy if you’d like to try this one! (Click here: Halloween Ghost Bogies Label)
Next we got an assortment of small snack size boxes of dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, chopped apricots etc) and covered them with white paper to make ghosts. They were really quick and easy to make. One piece of A4 paper covered 8 boxes; we simply cut up the paper as shown below, folded it around the box and secured with sticky tape at the back. We glued on googly eyes, and added features with a sharpie.
I stumbled across the idea of giving out glow-sticks individually labelled as ‘Witches Wands’ via Pinterest (you can buy downloadable printables for this here), and was planning on having a go at making my own tags, but I ran out of time so I chucked them all in a plastic beaker and got Small Child to label it. He was delighted to oblige, and I think he did a great job!
Of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without at least some special treats, so I got some Cadbury’s chocolate bars and wrapped them in brightly coloured card and paper for Small Child to decorate with a sharpie. We used orange for pumpkins, green for Frankenstein monsters and purple for funny monsters, which we made by adding assorted googly eyes. Small Child really enjoyed decorating them!
Finally we were ready for the trick-or-treaters. We put all our decorated treats into a bowl, along with some individually wrapped jelly eyeball sweets, lit up our pumpkins and Small Child got dressed up in his skeleton costume, ready to hand out treats to all who dared knock for them!
I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun the whole evening was. It was lovely seeing all of the local children coming round in their costumes, and giving them their treats. When we went out trick-or-treating ourselves, we had a great time. Some of the locals really put on a great effort; most memorable was the ‘real witch’, complete with broomstick and black cat, who was giving out extremely generous chocolate gifts.
Something tells me that this was the first of many years of trick-or-treating!