Halloween is my favorite holiday. Get dressed up, hand out candy and see all the cute costumes for kids, what's not to love? Next Halloween we'll have an 8 month old and I saw the cutest 'sock monkey' outfit for a baby.
My friend Natalie (see her blog here: Soiree Bliss Event Planner Blog ) had a small Hand Out Candy party at her house this evening and it was a great idea! Here are the ingredients for a successful Hand Out Candy party for those of you who will be, well, Handing Out Candy next year!
- Food for friends
- She made a Curried Butternut Squash Soup with French bread (yum!)
- Recipe for the Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- 2 Tbs unsalted butter
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
- 1 medium russet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 Tbs curry powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup milk (low fat or fat-free is fine)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt, for garnish
Optional: Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Or mash the soup in the pot so there was still some texture. Or eat it as is. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on top.Also, here is a picture play-by-play: Photo Play by Play for Curried Butternut Squash Soup
- Have yummy sweet snacks for the friends
- We referred to this treat as "Ghost Poop" but it's generally referred to as "White Trash"
- 6 cups assorted unsweetened cereals (we used rice and wheat Chex)
- 3 cups salted nuts
- 2 cups pretzel sticks
- 1 1/2 cups m&m's
- 1 1/2 cups candy corn
- 2 - 12 ounce packages (4 cups) white chocolate chips
Preparation:Cover large surface with waxed or parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cereals, nuts and pretzels. In a microwavable bowl, melt white chocolate chips in microwave on 70 percent power for 1 minute. Stir. If necessary, continue to microwave in 10 to 15 second increments until melted. Stir melted chocolate into cereal mixture until well coated. Quickly spread out over covered surface. Once cooled, break-up and store in resealable containers or bags.
- Buy a bag of candy every time you go to the store for a few weeks ahead of time so you have enough
- Have a few Halloween movies on hand to watch before the kiddos get there
- Have each guest bring a bag of their favorite candy to add to the 'stash'
- Have a few cute masks or hats or crowns for guests to wear
We hung out on the porch for about 2 hours and handed out candy to all the cute kids. We had so much fun and I really felt like I got to experience Halloween the 'old fashioned' way!
|Casey and Leah masked up and ready to go!|
|My DIY pregnant costume and Katie the Rabbit!|
Next on Fabrycated Mom: Are we roasting the pumpkin seeds now?