With the neighborhood ghosts and goblins preparing to descend upon your doorstep in a couple of weeks, it’s time to share my Halloween Porch Party & Trick or Treat stand with you.
I’m not sure if I’m most excited about the ghosts and goblins, or the fact that this year I have a porch in which to watch all the ghosts and goblins.
In previous years our neighborhood was anti-trick or treaters. It was comprised mostly of older couples who turned off their lights and pretended they weren’t home. And then there was us, nestled in all the darkness with a decorated front patio (no porch to do anything great with) and color coordinated treats. Treats that mostly got consumed by my husband and I because if we got 5 trick or treaters that was about all we got. And we did get a trick or treater, we handed over so much candy that we got strange looks by the parents.
This year, we’re settled into the new house and I’m hoping I’ll have a better story following this year’s Halloween’s festivities.
I made the ruffled, monogrammed pillow last year and it’s always fun to forget what you have from year to year.
I was planning on having to make some pillows for the Halloween porch bench, but opened the box and was delightfully surprised…and relieved.
No need to spend time making pillows if you already have some!
The vintage ladder was a new addition.
I purchased it while out antique shopping with the intent of putting it on the back porch to use for small plants or an herb garden.
It was a worn ugly gray color.
So I chalk painted it and called it good.
When I was thinking about snacks it dawned on me to move it to the front and use it for non-traditional, non-candy snacks.
Hence the Trick or Treat Snack Stand was born.
Glass containers filled with Cheetos and Cheese Nips (because they’re orange) and plastic scoops allow for kiddos to fill treat bags with a snack to get them through their trick or treat hunger without having to fill up on candy alone.
And you’d be amazed what a little bit of Halloween ribbon on an inexpensive plastic scoop will do for your Cheetos.
Of course, it’s not Halloween without candy so I put out some of that too. I find that if you use treat bags, it helps with portion control. It keeps the shy kids from only taking just one piece and the greedy goats from grabbing two handfuls.
I simply put them in my monogrammed tub and take control of handing out 1 bag per kid.
I also elected to have some cocktails on hand for the adults, and I’m 99.9 % sure that I’ll be receiving the award for having the most hospitable Trick or Treat amenities. Not that we have an award or anything, but if we did, I’m betting my name would be on it.
These cocktails couldn’t be easier and the fact that they’re two-toned and orange mean that they need to be included into your plans, because well…they match.
Rim them with black sanding sugar and you’ve created a lovely and festive cocktail with minimum effort. I was out of sugar, but I’m betting it would’ve looked really good if I had some!
Spooktacular Halloween Cocktail
Adapted from Martha Stewart.
- 3 ounces tangerine juice
- 1 1/2 ounces coconut rum
- 3/4 ounce grenadine
- Crushed ice
- Black sanding sugar
- Pour a small amount of sanding sugar onto a small saucer and lightly wet the rim of cocktail glass. Turn the cocktail glass upside down and rim the top of the glass with the sanding sugar.
- Combine the juice and rum into the cocktail glass & top with crushed ice being careful not to knock off all your sugar. Top the cocktail with grenadine for a layered look.
So, what do you think? Would you trick or treat at my house?