Each Halloween, we love hosting trick-or-treaters at our apartment.
The way it works in our Upper East Side apartment building is that residents sign up at the front desk to let them know that trick-or-treaters are welcome. A list is then distributed to families, and children who live in the building (and a few friends) come by. The later it gets in the evening, the older - and louder - the visitors get.
If you come by, we always give out the good stuff - things like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Kit Kats. Snickers. Our next door neighbor does, too, so people always leave our floor feeling very happy and looking like they just won the lottery.
The tiniest princesses and superheroes come by with their parents early in the evening. While I ooh and ahh about how adorable they are and admire their costumes, the parents often look warily over my shoulder. Not because there are any ghosts and goblins here - or because Scott looks scary - but because our Christmas tree is usually up.
That looks pretty scary to some people, I know. But decorating early gives me time to enjoy the lights on the tree, since I am out traveling on TV tour most of November and December.
Early Christmas trees notwithstanding, that doesn't stop us from also decorating a bit for Halloween. I load up on tiny pumpkins and gourds as soon as they appear in September, and keep bowls of them around to decorate through Thanksgiving.
Here are a few ideas I am sharing on behalf of several companies on Halloween TV segments this month. There is no reason kids should have all of the fun on Halloween, and it's easy and affordable to stock up for a grown-up gathering!
Skeleton and coffin candy dishes, and a spider lace table runner, from Target's Hyde and Eek collection.
Exclusive candies from Target. Noticing the peanut butter theme here?
That chocolate is a nice match for the smooth finish of Hob Nob's Wicked Red or Wicked Chardonnay.
For a refreshing, low alcohol beer, Schofferhofer Grapefruit even fits in with the Halloween decor!
I don't need a holiday to brew up a cup of piping hot Pumpkin Spice Coffee or Hot Cocoa on my Keurig.
Who says flowers are just for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day? Love these arrangements from Teleflora!
When do you put up your holiday tree?
* Product photos courtesy of featured companies.