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My Halloween Mission: Success!!!

Mission accomplished!!!

Okay, let me back up a bit.  This weekend, I discussed my Halloween mission with my dear husband, who pointed out that homemade cookies would turn into homemade cookie dust in a trick-or-treat bag.  So, I decided to give away homemade cookies to kids who wanted to eat one immediately, and give away candy for their goody bag.

This afternoon, I whipped out my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and a bag of Toll House chocolate chips.  Following the recipe on the bag, I made a double batch of cookie dough.  After the first batch of cookies expanded too much, I changed the baking method to create cookie bars.

Then, I waited.  Usually, we have a small horde of preschoolers show up between 4:00pm and 5:00pm, dressed up as ladybugs and firefighters and accompanied by their moms.  Today, no one showed.  Not one single kid knocked on our door between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.  If fact, it was almost 7:00pm before we got the very first trick-or-treaters for the night.

However, once we had trick-or-treaters, everything went smoothly.  We gave out homemade chocolate chip cookies to the trick-or-treaters to eat now (with permission from the parents for the wee ones), as well as giving out candy to take home for later.  Not only did we run out of cookies, but a friend of my son who was not going trick-or-treating called us, asking if we still had cookies left.  He was going out to trick-or-treat at our house, just to get a cookie!

No one called the cops.  No one accused us of attempting to poison their children.  And all the children enjoyed the cookies.  In fact, given the feedback we've gotten so far, I think we may make this a new Halloween tradition.


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  2. I know my daughter was most excited about the houses that were doing something slightly different: Your cookies, another neighbors mini-soda cans (she was very thirsty) and the ones with fancy decorations. I think it's more about the fun of the process than the candy itself.

    Our cul-de-sac tends to look dark from the bottom of the hill, and my next-door neighbor and I discussed next year putting out some lawn chairs and a table so the kids don't have to walk all the way to our doors (and my steep driveway). I think I might also offer a water cooler and some paper cups along with the candy. Hiking our hilly neighborhood is hard work.

  3. Tara M. - I agree - hiking our neighborhood is hard work. I think it would be fantastic if you set out a table with a water cooler. I'm thinking that maybe next year, we'll sit outside with a table, the cookies, and the candy.


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