One of my favorite holidays is a week away and I have just one question…

When did Halloween become so lame?!

Trick-or-Treat was a serious event when I was a kid.  My mom made a lot of costumes for me and my little brother.

Me, as Rainbow Brite.  Yes, my mom MADE that!
Me, as Rainbow Brite. Yes, my mom MADE that!

Then, when I was too old for my mom to be making my costume for me, I made my own!

Lucky Charms!  I was the blue diamond...
Lucky Charms! I was the blue diamond…

See those things in our hands?!  PILLOWCASES!  We filled them, at least twice! We didn’t run around with those crappy plastic pumpkins that hold ten pieces of candy.

If Halloween fell on a school day: 1.  We got to have a Halloween parade.  I’ve been hearing about all kinds of school districts in my area canceling these events because some asshat is offended.  Give me a freaking break.  What is offensive about playing dress-up and getting free candy?!  And 2.  We were out roaming the streets in droves as soon as school let out, and we didn’t come home until well after 8-9 o’clock.  Now, no one shows up at my house until after dinner and the last kids usually arrive around 7.  LAME!  If Halloween was on the weekend, it was on like Donkey Kong.

We were allowed to wear masks (the creepier the better) and we didn’t have to have our parents lurking on the sidewalk as we went up to ring doorbells.  We were running wild and free, and we had a ball!

These days, I have maybe a dozen kids come to my house to Trick-or-Treat, and half of them don’t even bother to put on costumes.  They just ring my doorbell and then sullenly hold out a bag when I open the door.  They don’t even yell “TRICK OR TREAT!”  I’m often tempted to ask what the hell they are doing on my doorstep, but I’m afraid my house will be paint-balled if I do.  So I give them their candy and send them on their way, all while mourning the loss of what used to be an AWESOME tradition.

So, to honor the good old days, I made some cupcakes with my favorite Halloween candy – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

I used a boxed chocolate cake mix.  I poured a little batter into the bottom of the cups, then added a peanut butter cup.  I poured the remaining batter on top and baked per the box instructions.  I made a chocolate buttercream, and topped the cupcakes with crushed Reese’s Pieces and a mini PB Cup.  Total candy coma!





Doesn’t this make you want to stick a sheet over your head and go beg your neighbors for candy???  Bring (the real) Halloween Back!!!


20 thoughts on “Halloweenie

  1. I remember those days, too. Today’s parents seem to think that “Trick or TRUNKing” out of the back of a van in a church parking lot is somehow the same. I’ve lived in my house for eleven Halloweens and have never had a kid knock on my door. Maybe it’s because kids nowadays get all the candy they want whenever they want it so it’s not special any more. Sadness.

  2. Love that Rainbow Brite costume! Your mom was the bomb for making it and you rocked it 🙂
    I hope you get some great trick-or-treaters this year!
    ~Alice @ thrillofthechases.com

    1. Thanks Alice! My mom was (and still is) totally awesome! I hope I get more trick or treatera too! It’s not good for the fit of my jeans to have all that leftover candy! Lol!

  3. Awesome fun to read! And your pictures are delicious looking. I’m heading to the grocery store to get the ingredients for those cupcakes!

    1. Thanks Adrienne! I know there are some good reasons that things have changed so much over the years, but it still makes me sad. Halloween was always such a blast when I was a kid!

  4. I came across this randomly and I was thinking of making lucky charms costumes for a performance. I was wondering what materials you used/how you made those charms costumes! They look great and absolutely hilarious!!

    1. Thanks! We made templates from cardboard and cut the shapes out of big rolls of foam we got from a fabric store. We stitched the front and back pieces together (I don’t remember what we used for the stitching – it was a LONG time ago lol!) and left open spaces on the sides to put our arms through. Then we just spray painted them. They were actually pretty easy to make! Thanks for stopping by!

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