Scare Up Some Fun With A Halloween Care Package
I miss our boys. Don’t get me wrong; I love our empty nest. A school calendar does not tie us down, and we have the freedom to come and go as we please. But. I miss the laughter, snarky jokes, loud music (singing, drumming, guitar playing), and celebrating Halloween with our crazy crew.
Last year, when Autumn rolled around, I got a bit melancholy for the years of trick-or-treating and kid Halloween parties. So, I decided to make the guys, and the youngest’s girlfriend, a box of ghoulish goodies to share with their roommates.
I dubbed these Scare Packages.
Each kid had two roommates, which meant that I would be doing a total of nine Scare Packages. As I had packages going in several directions, including LA, I considered how things would travel.
I began by making a list of what I wanted to include so I could organize my shopping and determine what types of packaging I would need.
Halloween Mix, aka candy corn and roasted peanuts, made the cut. If you have not tried this combination before, you are missing out. This stuff is an addictive union of salt and sugar and a major contributor to the “Halloween 15”. Our guys love it, and it’s easy to ship.
Rice Krispie Treat Pops are so simple. Just make the treats according to the recipe and insert an orange and black Halloween stick for each square. After it’s cooled and set up, dip the bottom half in melted chocolate followed by some edible spooky sprinkles.
I placed Halloween Peeps, graham crackers, and miniature Hershey’s chocolate bars into snack-size baggies. Just stack ’em up, and with a quick burst (10-15 seconds) in the microwave, you have Halloween S’mores.
Two types of cookies made the trip; Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies and Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies. Both are delicious and requests still come in for an encore.
I also included a Monster Energy Drink complete with wiggly eyes, assorted miniature Halloween candy, and a Halloween napkin featuring pugs, of course.
For the candies, I crafted boxes from scrapbook paper and tied them closed with orange twine. Next, I slipped the cookies in paper Halloween treat bags, and I used cellophane bags for the candy corn mixture, and the Rice Krispie treats.
As the packages made their way to their final destinations, we followed their progress online, updating the kids along the way.
There are no rules here. Add whatever you wish to your Scare Package. Shipping your package can get a bit pricey, so be aware of the total weight and dimensions.
I had such fun making these, and based on the feedback, the recipients enjoyed them as well. We might have a new tradition because I will be making Halloween Care Packages for the college students (and our guy in LA) again this year. I’ll share the 2020 version here soon.