Halloween this year was very special to us – it was the first year we’ve ever run out of candy!!!
Last year, we closed on the house at the beginning of October (the first morning in our new home was actually my birthday!) and we used the holiday as a way for our new neighbors to meet us. The week prior we had sent out an “About Us” letter to all the houses surrounding ours. We then purposefully sat outside that evening with all of our lights blazing and ended up meeting A LOT of them.
Being unabashedly introverts, it was something neither my husband nor I had ever done before and didn’t really want to do, but I was ready for a change. Plus, being new to the state, I wanted to make some friends and thought “I was friends with all the kids in my neighborhood growing up, maybe it works that way with adults too!”
Turns out, it does! We live in a mixed-generation (think: grandparents or new parents) neighborhood and as luck would have it, every single one of the houses that touch ours are owned by those in the grandparent generation. All are absolutely wonderful and while I am proud to call them friends, it wasn’t quite what I had in mind… Needless to say, we did not go through all of our candy last year.
This year, we kind of procrastinated until the day-of to do our holiday decorating. Which is a shame, because I think Halloween may be my favorite holiday (candy leftovers!!!). We DID, however, use this really awesome feature on a new social networking site and told all of our neighbors that we were handing out candy. The site is called Nextdoor and it is a free and private network just for your neighborhood so you can stay in the loop. The town has only been using it for about a year and so far, I am satisfied with the features and security.
So here is what you need to do a 1-hour decorating job for your house’s yard next Halloween:
- 1 bag of Fake Spider Webbing
- 1 Bag ‘o Bones (aka fake plastic skeleton parts)
- 1-3 Tombstones (plastic – not styrofoam!)
- 2-5 pumpkins, varying colors or sizes