Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween Recap

We have very few young children in our neighborhood anymore, and I prepare treat bags for the ones we do have and deliver them to their door before trick-or-treating begins so I can drive out to our sons house for his annual 'open garage.'

Steve and Sharon have done this for almost as long as they've lived in this neighborhood [16 years]. Everyone looks forward to it.  In addition to candy, an assortment of Krispy Kreme Donuts, Cider, Hot Chocolate or Coffee [for the moms and dads] are given.  A disc jockey plays music for a festive atmosphere, and the garage gives kids and parents a chance to get out of the weather and warm up a bit before moving on to other houses.  

Below, the garage is all set up and ready for the trick-or-treaters and their parents to arrive. Since Daylight Savings Time doesn't end until this weekend, it was still light outside when trick-or-treating began.

In Washington Township a horn/siren sounds at 6:00 o'clock signaling the beginning of trick-or-treating, and again at 8:00 o'clock when it ends.

Mother Nature was kind and gave us 50 degree, dry weather, but as the evening wore on the warmth from the portable fire pit was welcome.

Steve added free grilled hot dogs this year.  It went over very well.  Dr. Henry [a school classmate of Steve's, and our dentist] was grill master.

Lined up for a hot dog.

Trick-or-treaters sat down on the driveway to eat their hot dogs before resuming their candy quest. 

Granddaughter, Brianna.  The cutest hot dog you'll ever see!

~ Bri and Brooke ~

~ Host and Hostess - Steve and Sharon ~

~ Bri and Brooke ~

This dinosaur costume was too cute to not photograph.  He had to take his head off in order to get into the garage for his donut and hot chocolate.  ;-)

Over on the other side of town [Livonia] our three youngest grandchildren were trick-or-treating in their other grandma's neighborhood.  Jeremy and Samantha live in the country so they can't trick-or-treat there.

~ Landon was Slender Man, Ellie was Super Girl, and Izzy was Grand Mama ~

~ Grandson Brandon & Venessa's fur baby, Charlie ~ 

A fun night was had by all.  Here's some scary statistics from Forbes for Halloween 2017: Americans spent $2.7 billion on candy, $3.4 billion on costumes [$44 million for pet costumes], and $2.7 billion on decorations.  It was projected that a total of $9 billion would be spent during this 2018 Halloween Season.  Amazing!  Halloween is BIG business.

Now to include tea somewhere in this post, here's a cute cartoon Tea Lover Denise posted on Facebook.

Today we welcome November 1st.  Happy November everyone!  Thanksgiving will be our next major holiday, and it'll be here before we know it!  

1 comment:

  1. What a fun tradition your son has! I'm sure it's a "must" for the area trick-or-treaters. I didn't get to see my grandchildren in costume but I surely enjoyed pictures of them. It was a nice evening here for trick or treating, but it is windy and rainy today. I'm looking forward to a nice cup of tea when I get home.


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