Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Traditions Countdown #5

The last of the Halloween traditions is to train your children about the important rules of Halloween. Yes, there are a few that cannot be's for the good of the family...actually the good of the community and possible the entire world as a whole.

THE #1 most important rule that I teach my children before they leave the house is to go for two things....the orange and brown.

I try and run through the scenarios they'll face as they approach each house. If they candy giver allows you to reach in the bowl yourself, easy! Simple....just glance quickly across the top for the orange, maybe take 1 or 2 quick swipes across the top to clear the top layer that may be hiding a few orange and brown below. Flash a quick smile, go for the orange first, then flash another smile and they should say...."go ahead and take two." Then go for the brown.....each child should grab quickly, wish them Happy Halloween and be on their way.

Now sometimes you get the people that like to pick your candy for you....those are a little more tricky, but with quick thinking you can win at these houses too. In order to avoid any mishap, always get a good look at the bowl as soon as it comes into view. When approaching the doorway if they begin to put their hand in the bowl immediately...and I mean immediately say, "oh, look my favorite!" That will usually pause them for just a second....which gives enough time for, "Peanut Butter Cups"....or "Snickers". There you go.....they reach down, grab what you asked for and once again you're on your way. As soon as the bag is about half full I allow them stop mom's mad search....but why do I do that anyway? Wouldn't it be easier to just go buy a bag at Walgreen's or Target? Yeah, I guess so, but not nearly as fun! It's all about the challenge...

And so once again, my kids think I'm coo-coo, but we managed to fill up a HUGE-HUGE bowl of orange and brown! Woo-hoo!


Shauna said...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN :) Hope you are having a great night!

Melissa said...

This is too funny! My kids always hand over the peanut butter cups! But I never buy candy we like so that I am not tempted to eat it. So it is easier for them to do your bidding, no quilt!