|Trick or Treat!
Fun Ideas for Halloween
By Jan K., The Proofer
Halloween can be fun and not just a chore of handing out candy to kids who are
dressed in pre-made, off-the-rack costumes.
Put the TRICK Back Into the TREAT
Every year, I find three things that are definitely not treats and I put them in re-sealable
plastic bags (I use Ziploc® bags). I use these for “tricks” and attempt to hand them out
to the kids. I use things like a squashed up soda can, a handful of dryer lint, crumbled
newspaper, chicken fat (I put that in a sealed bag inside of a sealed bag---believe me,
it looked really gross!---and I save it for older kids), a couple of broken crayons, old
Birthday Cake candles that were half-burned, expired cents-off coupons, and a variety
of other junk. I put these “tricks” in a “cauldron” (one of those black, plastic “witch’s
cauldron” buckets that you can pick up at any variety store), and wait for the knock on
Depending on the age of the trick-or-treater, I have the black cauldron in my hand, and
I select a trick. Very seriously, I ask, “How about a nice crushed can?” I usually get a very
puzzled look from Spiderman or KimPossible. Then I select another trick and ask, “Well,
how about some dryer lint?” This time, I generally get a giggle. I’ll pick up one more trick
and say, “OK, here’s some old crayons.” Now, I usually get some kind of response like
“NO!” or “I want candy!”
Finally, I’ll reach for my other black cauldron, and pull out a bag of candy and I’ll fill
everyone’s trick-or-treat bag.
It’s fun and it makes the routine of answering the door and handing out candy a lot of
fun! It is especially fun with the older kids, and you can play it up a little more (and use
“gross” but harmless tricks).
Put On a Costume!
Come on, admit it---you like to dress up as a witch (my personal favorite), or a fairy
queen (wear your wedding dress---and get some fun use out of it!), or some character
that suits your style (be a character from Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings).
Years ago, I made myself a really great witch’s costume, complete with high-necked
floor-length black dress, an overskirt of long strips of black see-through chiffon sewed
on at odd angles, long cape, and high-peaked hat that I crush and crumple so that the
point of the hat hangs over at an odd angle. I do the make-up, spray my hair green, pull
on black lacy stockings, and strap on black tap shoes (with no taps).
Most little kids are just a little afraid of me at first, and with the really little kids I don’t
talk like a witch. Sometimes if I can tell whether it’s a boy or girl, I’ll ask them if they are
Hansel or Gretel (some kids know the fairy tale, and some don’t, but it’s worth a try!) For
the children and then older kids, I get more “into character” (especially when I can
hand out chicken fat as a trick!).
Just remember that Halloween can be fun. Don’t let it be a chore. If you’ve made the
decision to buy candy and hand it out to kids, then don’t let it be “just a job” that you
do every October 31st!
For some fun Halloween free clipart and other Halloween-related free printables, ideas,
and products, please see Mom's Break at: http://halloween.momsbreak.
Jan K., The Proofer is a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. Visit http://www.
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resource sites, and free content articles, as well as Jan’s business services. Be sure to
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