As a large family with three children, we’ve had our fair share of Halloweens. We would walk our neighborhood for hours at a time because we “had to stop” at every house to pick up more pieces of candy, chocolate bars, and sweet treats than an army of children could eat in a year. All the while fighting to manage our kids’ sugar jitter highs from tying to prove they could eat it all. Now that our children are grown, we have a different role to play. We look more forward to the holiday now, as we welcome all the youngsters (and their parents) that stop by our home. This is how we make sure our trick-or-treaters experience Southern Hospitality.
The week of Halloween, we take a trip to Costco, and we purchase a mixture of candy in bulk. In our opinion, it’s the easiest way to save on cost, while it also provides a variety of options for little hands to sift through. A few years ago we thought we’d try something new, so we bought jumbo marshmallows, king size chocolate bars, and plenty of graham crackers. It was a game changer.
On Halloween, around 5 o’clock, we start setting up shop at the end of our driveway. A few years ago, we invested in a large outdoor metal fire pit, and it has definitely been worth every penny. We put out about some adirondack chairs, a few small wooden tables, and a big metal bucket for firewood and kindling. We drape a 6ft table with linen and display the s’mores ingredients on festive Halloween and fall inspired platters and bowls. (Link) To top everything off, we stock a huge cooler with waters, sodas, and beers (for weary parents) and place it next to a stack of warm blankets (should snuggling need to occur and it always should).
As the sun starts to set, we turn up the music, light the fire, and wait for little monsters, princesses, and super heroes to walk by our drive. As they slowly reach the end of our cul-de-sac, you can see their little eyes widen at the site of “make-your-own-s’mores”. We invite the children to take part in the fun while simultaneously giving their parents a break. There have been countless years that we’ve made new friends with neighbors that lived only a few houses down, and it all started by providing the ability to sit down and share a beverage on the “night of terror.”
The way we see it is, we can either stay inside and listen to our dog bark at the doorbell every minute and a half… and argue over who’s turn it is to get up … Or we can enjoy the company of our family and the little ones still young and carefree enough to dress up. We know that the age of make believe and fairytales goes by way too quickly, so we’ve decided to create a hospitable environment that will help generate memories that will last forever.
We also make a point to have plenty of personalized Halloween and fall inspired products that we hand create! See below some of our fun hostess gifts!
We think that EVERY party or get together needs disposable coasters. What a fabulous way to add a personalized touch to your party. If you’re attending a party, bring a set of 20 as a hostess gift to say thank you!
Southern Hospitality Company