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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Forever Festive

The day before Halloween has always been filled with excitement as final touches are made on costumes and goodie bags are readied to be passed out to the neighborhood children. The scene is much different these days since those giggling young ones have now moved away and have wee trick-or-treaters of their own. The neighborhood is quiet and serene, unaware that in other areas of town, door bells are ringing like mad as costumed children scurry from house to house hoping to stuff their paper bags with candy.

This, however, does not deter me from celebrating. I still decorate inside and out: pumpkins on the porch, spooky wreathes on doors, lit pumpkins in the foyer, and my jack-o-lantern pail, perhaps my favorite Halloween treasure, outside on the picnic table. Even the kitchen has its own jolly pumpkin.

Sweets, always a temptation for me, find their way into my cupboards. Of course! True, there are no trick-or-treaters to prepare for, but I do put together and deliver goodie bags to the handful of family youngsters still here in town. I have to buy the treats at the last minute because, due to a tremendous lack of will power on my part, the treats seem to, um, vanish. 

For example, last night, just knowing that there were Tootsie Pops lurking in the kitchen, was more than I could stand; I ate four. Not too bad. Today I hit the cookies. I ate three. Again, not too bad.  I mean, I didn't eat them ALL.

Now the treat bags are filled with their sweets and tied with orange raffia, ready for delivery on Halloween...tomorrow.

That means that I am alone with all these sugary delights for the entire evening.



  1. halloween is exciting no matter how old I get!

    pass the candy corn please...

  2. We don't celebrate it much here so it's rather lovely catching up with all you yankie doodles and your crazy pumpkins.

  3. Have you thought about buying candy you don't like? I tried that but in the end I love ALL candy...

    Love the pumpkin bucket!

  4. Halloween is so fun. I love decorating and making treat bags, too. And of course, I have to sample the treats myself : )
    Your treat bags are so creative and I love the pumpkin kettle.

  5. I totally understand your problem. We won't talk about the little Baby Ruth bars that sit in the pantry calling, calling... I've had to take desperate measures and actually eat a few just to shut them up.

    Tonight, we will be visited by lots of goblins and princesses. I've even heard a rumor about a Gaddafi (Kaddafi? Qaddafi?) zombie. Hope he's hungry.

  6. nice...i would be all over those cookies like sprinkles...smiles....waiting on my first kiddos to get here...mine are already down the block with mom...


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