Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered….Especially Bewildered

Today is the first in our weekly series of tips and ideas to help us not feel “whacked’ this holiday season.  Raise your hand if you’re surprised I remember I even said we were going to do this on Wednesdays. I’ll admit it, my hand is raised!

I thought we’d kick off the series with a discussion about Halloween tricks, treats, and traditions.

First, just a word about family traditions. If you don’t have any, get some. They don’t have to be elaborate, but they are the memories our children will talk about for the rest of our lives and may continue in their own families. For example, I’ve carried on two of my family’s Halloween traditions: corn chowder and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!   Every year my mom would make corn chowder for Halloween. Soup, stew, or chili is a good choice for Halloween because you can keep it warm on the stove. Everyone can have a small bowl before trick-or-treating and warm up with a little more (if it happens to be cold where you are) after the Halloween festivities. I haven’t put our corn chowder recipe online yet, but I do have some other favorite soup/stew/chili recipes to share and I have a few on my Pinterest Looks Good Enough to Eat board that I haven’t tried yet.

This link has my recipe for Ashley’s Tortilla Soup, Mom’s Beef Stew, Hoppin’ John Stew,  and Sus’s Black Bean & Pork Chili.


My favorite chicken & dumpling recipe (from Southern Living)


My new favorite chili recipe: Rocky Top Chili

Back in the old days, we had to watch Linus and the gang whenever the network felt like showing it to us, but now in the day of the DVR, you can tape the show and watch it as a family whenever it’s convenient for you! Pop a bag of popcorn,  make some Whimzie Crack, or if you’re really in the Halloween spirit, roast the pumpkin seeds from your jack-o-lantern. I’m linking you to a basic recipe, but you can jazz it up with any seasonings you like to make it sweet or savory.

A new Halloween tradition we added a few years ago is our candy corn and peanuts mix. You’ve tried this, right? If you haven’t, maybe you shouldn’t, because I’m warning you, once you start eating it, it’s very hard to stop.

Pinterest can be a black hole that sucks all the time out of your afternoon, but it can also be a great place to find and store ideas for new Halloween traditions. I like one having one central location to put my ideas. Here’s a link to my Fall Pinterest board. Now, will I try all of those ideas? Absolutely not. But I will try a few. I really want to try the toilet paper roll pumpkins this weekend. Our neighbors have a four-year-old son. This looks like a super easy, no sew, no glue craft we can all do together. Remember, the goal is not to create the perfect holidays that all the moms in the neighborhood will envy. The goal is to create moments with the people you love that will become the memories you treasure.

Does your family have any Halloween traditions?

Here’s my challenge question for the week: How do you handle the leftover Halloween candy? Do you have rules on how much candy the kids are allowed to have after Halloween? How long do you keep the candy around? Do you allow everyone to keep their candy separate or does it go in one big communal pile? I’d love to hear some of your ideas!

Also, if you have any more ideas on how to make this time of year easier or more special, I’d love to hear them! Email me:



Filed under Family, Kids, No More Whacked Out Wednesdays

9 responses to “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered….Especially Bewildered

  1. Well since moving to Texas and planting the church, our Halloween/Fall tradition has consisted of throwing at least one and sometimes two block parties on the weekend of Halloween. This year the block party will be at our house in our neighborhood and I foresee this being a tradition that we would do as a family even if not a church. The kids love it and we love it. It is a great opportunity to meet our neighbors and the parents of all the kiddos that hang out at our house.

    • whimzie

      I am discovering that I love community even more than I thought I did. We only have three other families on our street but I love it when we all end up hanging out in the street together with the kids. And when we bring food into the mix? Even better!

      I think this is a great Halloween tradition!

  2. I can’t believe you posted a picture of the candy corn peanut delight. I tried it for the first time (thinking I wouldn’t like it) at a women’s retreat a couple of weeks ago. Divine.

    About the leftover Halloween candy: we usually let it hang around for about a week. Truthfully, it is until I’ve eaten all of the mini Twix and dark chocolate and I’ve been worn out from the “may I have a piece of candy” mantra from the kiddos. 🙂
    I love the idea of this series! Looking forward to next time!

    • whimzie

      A lot of people add other stuff to their candy corn mix. I’ve tried it with Reese’s Pieces and even golden raisins, but I think I’m a purist. I like it with just the candy corn and the peanuts.

      Feel free to email me your fun ideas! I’d even let you write a guest post! 🙂 🙂

  3. I must admit that candy sits in the bottom our our “snack cabinet” for months … maybe years. It’s really quite disgusting and I should clean it out. In fact, I think I’ll go do that now. 😉

    • whimzie

      Usually I throw away the Halloween candy to make room for the Christmas stocking candy. I throw away the Christmas stocking candy to make room for the Superbowl snacks. I throw away the Superbowl snacks to make room for the Valentine’s candy. I throw away the Valentine’s candy to make room for the Easter candy. The Easter candy is the stuff that hardens or oozes into nastiness because there are no real candy holidays between Easter and Halloween.

  4. whimzie

    My friend Jamie left this idea on my Facebook page but since all of you aren’t on Facebook, I thought I’d post it here, too, because I think it’s a really fun idea.

    “I bought a small funkin ( a few years back and made rows of holes with an ice pick. On Halloween night while we’re out, i stick Dum Dums in the holes so that kids won’t be bummed that no one is home… and it’s not just a bowl of candy to grab as much as you can. Also, a battery-operated tealight makes the hole designs show up even when the suckers are gone!”

  5. Love your thoughts on Halloween….and I will be visiting your pinterest board. I’m a bit addicted. I’m pretty lame when it comes to Halloween. Last year, I slapped a couple Mario&Luigi hats on them, painted a couple of mustaches and called it good. This year, I grabbed 2 prisoner costumes on our way out of CVS. My mother used to make me wonderful costumes….remember “Shmoo” ? She made the best Shmoo costume, but I digress……..:)

  6. I encourage my girls to eat as much candy as possible on Halloween night. That way they are sick of it and the next day we throw away all the least favorite pieces that are left in the bucket. Our tradition has been to go to Andy’s for dinner because they give free hamburgers to kids in costumes. This year they are too old to trick or treat…they have plans with friends to watch scary movies and go to haunted houses. Maybe I can convince them to at least eat corn chowder with their parents before they go. And voila! a new tradition has been born!

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