When I was a kid we could go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with some cautioned freedom. My family lived in a San Fernando Valley burb where we knew most families on the street. Mild coatless weather, we dressed in an array of homemade costumes to ring doorbells and collect sugar treasures. Upon return home, Dad and Mom enforced a sharing ritual. The rule assured everyone would wind up with the same quantity of candy.
Here’s how the prescribed procedure played out. We kids sat cross-legged in a large circle on the living room floor and dumped our candy into our own pile in front of us. We were allotted a few minutes to quickly segregate the best loved candy from the ‘not so much’ loved candy. The best candy was strictly guarded in a pile right in front of us. We hand-bulldozed the ‘not so much’ candy into a community pot in the center. Then turn-taking began. Going clockwise around the circle, each person could take one piece of candy from either their own hoard or from the community pot. We each ended up with even amounts but we’d also kept the best fruits of our trick-or-treat labors.
Do you have a Halloween memory to share? Perhaps you may enjoy a few holiday recipes and start some new traditions. Try my Three Sisters Baked Sugar Pumpkins (10/13/2011) for your Halloween dinner. Cook up an easy pot of caramel (10/23/2011) touched with anise and black food coloring for lovely Licorice Caramels. Bake off some circular Spider Web Sugar Cookies (10/25/11) and decorate with slithery spider webs or Frosted Maple Spice Cookies (10/29/11).
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