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I know this sounds weird -but- I started trick or treating around 14 years ago, when my daughter was around a year old.
You see, growing up in Sri Lanka and in Abu Dhabi, October 31st was just another day; there were no #SpookySnacks, or creepy costumes, or haunted corn-mazes (actually, I don’t recall there ever being any sort of corn maze for that matter) – in other words, there was no Halloween back when I was a young ‘un. And when I came here to Atlanta to attend college, why, I was just too “cool” to trick or treat – right!? Though that first year of being in college an ocean away from my folks sure challenged all level’s of my supposed “coolness”!
Then, when my daughter came along, and I took her out trick or treating for the very first time – I began to realize how much I had missed out on! I mean, people were giving candy away – FOR FREE! If I had done this in college – I could have had breakfast covered for months!
As she got older and more fearless and began trick or treating for longer periods, we began to find that it wasn’t just candy that was being given away for free – there were some houses that used to put on a mini haunted maze in their front yard, some that would have #SpookySnacks for parents, and some that would even put on a mini creepy show before they handed out treats!
I hate to admit this but, I was one of the few adults I knew who was hooked on Halloween!
Then last year, my daughter decided she was going to quit trick or treating – cold turkey!!!
Wait – whaaaat????!!!
As a parent, was I not given a tapering off period???
I mean, maybe we would go to fewer houses … maybe I wouldn’t chat up the folks who put out the #SpookySnacks to find out how they made their “cut-hands-in-punch” … maybe …
We did dress up last year and hand out candy. But, this year, this year my daughter says she doesn’t even want to dress up!
This year for Halloween, she wants to do what we usually do for New Year’s Eve – and that is: make a bunch of dips and treats and get a few snacks and a lot of almond milk and sit around and eat and drink and watch scary movies!
So, crestfallen, I brain stormed a Halloween type dip and came up with this pumpkin and chocolate one. Of course, I had to give it a test run; and the first time I made it, I did not add an egg and did not bake it – and my daughter wasn’t too crazy about it. The second time though, I added an egg, some olive oil and I made one with chocolate and one without and baked them and they both got a thumbs up.
When my daughter has her friends over for eats and treats, we usually head over to our neighborhood Walmart to pick up a stash of sweet cookies and savory/spicy crackers and when we saw these Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s and these Spicy Buffalo Wheat Thins, well, they just simply had to come home with us!
So, after I made this sweet dip, we decided to do something strange and balance it off with something spicy – and that’s when we ended up dipping the Spicy Buffalo Wheat Thins into this dip! If you are a fan of balancing your sweet with your spicy, then you will love this; however, regular Wheat Thins would work equally as well, if you don’t.
This creamy pumpkin and chocolate dip is made with cashew creme and is free of lactose and refined sugar.
I am curious – if you are not still trick or treating – at what age did you stop?
Is there an unspoken-yet-official cease trick or treating age? 😕
Please head on over to your neighborhood Walmart store (check this list) to check out a demo featuring Fanta, Oreos and Wheat Thins this Saturday, October 25th!