Halloween Candy Bowl Basics

No tricks today!  This is the first of a few short, Halloween related posts I’m going to share today. 

Do you celebrate Halloween?   We have traditionally not been home on Halloween.   Every year since we’ve been married, my husband and I have had the debate.  Do we leave candy out on the porch with a note or turn off the porch light?   Can you guess who favored turning off the light and who favored putting out the candy bowl with a note?  I have always won!  It helped my argument along quite a bit that our porch light clicks on automatically with motion sensors.  The argument then became whether a kid would dump the whole bowl in his bag and call it a night.  We are usually impressed by the  goodness of our neighborhood goblins and arrive home to a candy bowl that is not empty!   I like to give credit to the poems I used whip up for our note in the candy bowl.  Last year I finally figured out I could save my poem in Microsoft Word and NOT have to try to think up a new poem every single year!   Credit for that thought actually goes to my older son.  Here is our candy bowl all ready to be set out later:

We like to offer a variety of candy options!

The poem reads:

Take one or two if you dare!

 However, please take care

And think about the persons behind

Please leave them something to find!

Happy Halloween!

If you’d like a copy of my note, you can download your own pdf version for free right here:  Halloweennote  

If you are curious what is in our candy bowl, it contains the following:  Halloween granola bars (I had a couple left over from soccer snacks and threw them in there), Kitkats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Pretzel M&M’s, Three Musketeers, and Milky Way candy bars.  I also have individually wrapped gum balls in there that were to be used in a special Halloween project that didn’t work out as well as skeleton stickers and a few other non-candy choices that I like to include.  The non-candy items are mostly leftover from previous years when we had Halloween parties.   Okay, maybe one trick to end this post!  I have discovered the ultimate way to NOT eat the Halloween candy purchased prior to Halloween.   It is not to buy the Halloween candy you find most disgusting.  My vote for the most disgusting Halloween candy would go to those orange and black wrapped peanut butter kisses.  Buying those would probably work but I really do not want to be stuck with leftovers of candy I do not like at all.  My plan last year was to buy mini-Snickers bars early and hide them downstairs in the deep freezer.  That did not work although you might note I did not pick Snickers for our Halloween bowl this year.  Ahem.  We bought our candy last week and I was concerned that it would be too early for those among us who lack willpower.  The ultimate solution?  We left the Halloween candy in the trunk of the car!   Worked wonderfully.  Of course, it has been cool enough lately we could do that.  If you live in a warmer climate, I guess go with my other option of not buying the Halloween candy until the day before or the day of Halloween!   What’s your favorite candy?

(Disclosure:  A Milky Way and a Three Musketeers bar were consumed in the writing of this post)

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7 thoughts on “Halloween Candy Bowl Basics

  1. Beverly

    I was pretty proud of myself this year. I did wait until a few days before Halloween to buy the candy but then I left it in a bag and put the bags on a high shelf. I am proud of the fact I did not eat any early. However i probably should take away points for buying way too much and having a LOT of candy after halloween

    1. Jean Post author

      Ha! Good for you in not eating it early. We had some left but not a lot. I probably need to take away a lot of points myself for buying MORE candy on clearance at the grocery store yesterday. Of course, it was the husband’s favorite and quickly hidden in the downstairs freezer.

  2. Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    Haha! I bought spider rings this year, just so I wouldn’t eat the candy and it was waaay cheaper too. My husband didn’t like the idea. He said the kids wouldn’t think it was very cool….I think he wanted the candy. 😀 Downside to it all…Tick or Treat was switched to Saturday because of the “potential” bad weather. Sandy gave us a LOT of rain and some snow on Monday night….but the county postponed it on Monday morning. Go figure. Anyway, I go to church on Saturday night, so that means my spider rings will have to wait until next year. (sad face) They did come in handy for my little gathering on Friday night. Um. You just might be seeing them in an upcoming post.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Glad you didn’t get too much of the awful weather and I can’t wait to read the post and see what you did with the rings 🙂 By the way, I think spider rings are cool!

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