Monday, October 4, 2010

Wicked treats!

{our sidewalk, Halloween 2009}
For some reason our street is a mecca of Halloween goodness (that is me being positive). It is actually completely insane. People come from all over town en masse. Hundreds and hundreds of children (and some who are clearly not still children, but that is another post entirely). They literally line the street forming a constant stream up to our door. We certainly don't go inside and wait for the bell to ring. We simply sit on the front stoop and pass out the treats. All. Night. Long. Even when we turn off the lights and shut the front gate (clearly the universal sign that we are done), we have people knock at the door. Numerous times. This year I am making a sign that reads as follows: "I spent $200 on Halloween candy. I'm so sorry you were not one of the first 5,000 people to trick or treat this evening. Next year stop by before 10pm!" (I'm not still sounding positive, am I?!)

{my little guy and little miss thang, 2009}
If I had to sit outside alone I would have a hard time thinking it was at all enjoyable. So instead, we have a party! Every Halloween a few of our favorite families join us for the madness. The dads take the kids trick or treating and the moms generally hang back and manage the crowds. Cocktail in hand, of course! When the kids return from their outing with the dads we take shifts on the front stoop and have an quick and easy dinner together. We generally don't serve sweets for obvious reasons, but these savory items caught my eye.

Now this is positive -- something darling for me to create to serve the little people for whom I endure this madness at all!  

Ghostly Pretzel Sticks
Dip pretzel sticks in melted white chocolate about three inches.  While pretzels are still wet, arrange mini chocolate chips to create eyes and a mouth.  Let dry until firm, about 30 minutes.

Mummy Dogs
2 8-oz cans of crescent rolls
14  5 to 6 inch hotdogs
Heat oven at 375.
Unroll each can of crescent rolls, then separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles from each can. With scissors, cut each rectangle into 7 long strips, making a total of 28 strips from each can of dinner rolls (56 strips total).
Wrap 4 strips of dough around each hot dog to look like bandages, stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2-inch from one end of each hot dog, separate the bandages so hot dog shows through for the “face.” Place wrapped hot dogs on two baking sheets and bake until until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Using mustard, draw features on face.

{photos and recipes via Kitchen Daily}


Connie said...

$200 on candy?

Your party sounds like a blast!! There was a family that did something like that on my old street in Utah and I was always jealous of them.

I like your sign idea....

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

I realize it sounds obscene, but truly, I'd be stoned if I did not participate!!

Ali said...

i think i'd move. wait. now I'M not sounding positive, am i?!

Blogs said...

now those are unique treats:) my girls would actually love your neck of the get no action! it's boring...even when we go to spook's something about FL. Just doesn't go well with the season:( but we enjoy hanging, and having our own parties:)

Janet said...

Wow, I'm lucky to have 15 or so trick or treaters! Sounds like you have a great plan for handling it all though, and your snacks look adorable! I may have to try those this year.

Katie Lane said...

Wow, that's a lot of kids (and candy). How cute are those treats though?!

Rachel said...

I LOVE Halloween! I wish that my neighborhood was more rural and that the kids' parents weren't afraid to go trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, the stores get a lot more business than my house does, for that reason. Damn city ;(

But those treats all look absolutely awesome. Especially the white chocolate pretzel ghosts. Sweet and salty. Yum.


Veronica Lee said...

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Love your blog.
Have a nice day!

Kasey said...

I would actually love to have a halloween like that! There are never any kids in our neighborhood trick or treat and my we can't figure out why because there are a lot of kids who live here. A halloween party with some cocktails sounds perfect! I love those snack ideas!

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