Sunday, October 31, 2010

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is my Christmas - the holiday I still get excited about for at least a month in advance, and spend a seemingly excessive amount of time planning and executing. This year was no exception, with lots of energy focused on transforming our front yard into a spooky graveyard to delight our neighbors and trick-or-treaters. But we also took a queue from our old neighbors, who welcomed us to Beacon Hill with a plate of homemade cookies delivered when their daughters trick-or-treated at our house.

Using that inspiration, Dan & I decided to whip up some Halloween themed baked goods, make up plates, and take them around to many of our neighbors - those we've met and some we've not. I figured that Halloween is one night when people are expecting people to knock on the door, so we wouldn't be intruding.

I made a couple batches of sugar cookie dough, and Dan & I rolled it out and cut it into Halloween shapes and little circles. After they'd baked and cooled, we topped them with royal icing, chocolate, candy corn and Nerds.

We did end up surprising a couple neighbors, as we went out a little early to deliver our treats, but all were excited by the surprise and very complimentary of our transformed yard. It was great to meet so many folks on our street, and I hope I can find more reasons to connect with our neighbors.

Despite the addition of a full sized coffin, an 8 foot tall gateway arch, more lighting and an animatronic bat, we had just 37 trick-or-treaters this year, a few less than last year, but they all seemed really excited by our decorations and the gift bags we give out (which included candies, stickers, Halloween rings, and chocolate eyeballs - a personal favorite).

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