Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sorry, Halloween's Postponed

The night before Halloween is always for pumpkin carving and making pumpkin seeds.  Husband and I did this even before we had kids, but what a layer of disgusting mess . . . I mean fun gets added when kids are thrown into the mix. Each child would have the pumpkin they picked out at the pumpkin patch, usually about six times the size of their head and weighing double what they weigh. 


We’d cover the kitchen table with newspaper and have the kids draw out a design on a piece of paper so we could talk about how it would fit on the pumpkin and whether the design was carvable.  Younger Son would do just that.  Older Son would go right at his pumpkin with indelible ink (signs of things to come, in retrospect).  Next comes the fun part, ripping out the oooie goooie guts, and separating out the seeds.  

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Guts: kids’ job. 
Seeds: my job. 
Carving: Dad’s job. 
Fun night, always.  Perfect build up to the following night, Halloween.  That is when it doesn’t get postponed…

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 Candy “Pumpkins”

The first year we lived here, Halloween was actually postponed. There was an ice storm and it was too dangerous to be out. What kind of alternate universe was this Midwest place I had landed in? Hell had frozen over and somehow ended up here. ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT! I spent that night with my eyes closed, wearing my shiniest red shoes, clicking my heels three times, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home . . .”

I think the only reason there wasn’t a mutiny of epic proportions is that it was not canceled, just postponed.  I still would not have wanted to be a Mom that year, that had to be one really fun night to be stuck in the house with kids.  I don’t know what those parents told those kids but I would have said that there was accidentally no candy in the whole state and if they went trick or treating before some was flown in, all they’d get is fruit and vegetables. 

A few days later when we had kids come to the door, those kids were frozen all the way down to their, well, bones.  It seemed that every single one had a runny nose.  First and only time I ever stood at the front door giving out candy with a side order of tissues.  The Midwest, it seems, was every bit as different as I thought it was going to be.


When my boys were young I tried to think of different treats to make for pumpkin carving night.  Since all kids love Rice Krispie Treats, making them into Jack-O-Lanterns was an obvious choice.  They were messy and sticky and gooie, just like the pumpkins we carved.  Although they may look like they were done by a child, I made sure to decorate them before arming Older Son with a Sharpie


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Rice Krispie Jack-O-Lanterns




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Candy Pumpkins
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This is not a recipe, nor does it require baking. It’s just fun to make and they really are cute. Buy the jellied orange slice candies.  On the flatter side, cut off as thin a slice as possible. This will make the flat side sticky.   Then cut a small slice of a green candy (I’ve used green spice drops but I like using the green apple flavored peel-and-eat twizzlers, they’re the easiest). Stick a little piece of twizzler to one sticky side of the orange candy slice (so it’s mostly sticking up), push a second orange slice to the first so they stick together and form a pumpkin.




Jack o Lanterns
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 NOTE: I made these from rice krispie treats. If you are the one person in the world who doesn’t know how to make rice krispie treats, go to my “About Me” page, find my email address, email me and I’ll send you directions.

*Make up a batch of rice krispie treats. After melting the marshmallows, quickly add orange (1 part red, 4 parts yellow) food coloring before adding the rice krispies.  Make these thinner than you normally would (jellyroll pan).  Cut out circles with a circular cookie cutter or the lip of a cup.  Press candy corn in at an angle for eyes. Cut pieces of fruit roll-ups for the mouth.


Opt: You can make the rice krispie treats according to your usual recipe (skip the food coloring) but again using a jellyroll pan. Put the food coloring into home-made or canned frosting.  Frost the rice Krispies, then cut and decorate as above.

14 comments:

  1. I love this, I read it earlier but couldn't comment from my phone. You are so nice. We make one pumpkin for us all to share maybe 2. So cold it it sounds like Shilo Manitoba!

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    1. Can't ever have too many pumpkins! Yes, we had a little Shilo Manitoba weather that year!

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  2. What fun snacks for trick or treaters! Why didn't I think of any of this when my boys were young? :-)

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    1. ...and now my boys have outgrown Halloween but their Mom has not!

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  3. Sounds like fun... Halloween in the Midwest is always hit or miss, it has been snowing or 75 degrees, it's hard to plan costumes!

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    1. I learned that lesson the hard way, LOL.

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  4. I love that Halloween got postponed (great story to tell for years and years). I felt cold just reading about it. I love that you always end with a recipe. I want to come live with you just for the food...

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    1. It's true, I tell this story every Halloween. Funny, I intended not to include recipes on the blog, just pictures of the treats I bake to relieve stress, but recipes were requested. I actually had to go back into the original posts and add them in!

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  5. I'm glad someone else waits to carve until Halloween Eve. My kids think it should be much sooner, but that just gives license to all the teens who want to smash pumpkins in the street :(

    Halloween is also a bit of a touchy subject here it Ut.. If it falls on Sunday, trick-or-treating gets pushed up to Saturday. It causes all kinds of trouble every time that happens. My personal view? We should celebrate Halloween on the last Friday of every October. That way, the kids can party at school, and carry it in to the night. No "Sunday squabbles", and no students coming to school three sheets to the wind from being in a sugar coma.

    Cute jellied pumpkins! I may still email you for your rice krispie recipe. Or for how to make toast. ;P

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    1. LOL, if you email I'll send the rice krispie recipe but you're on your on that toast thing!

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  6. candy pumpkins look awesome! and it sounds great that your whole family is involved into carving the pumpkins!

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    1. It's a tradition I've loved. I'll be really sad in a few years when my kids graduate high school and move on. What will I do the night before Halloween?

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  7. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to stop by and share this project, and any other Fall project, you may have. Hope to see you there :)

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