The “holidays” have begun in the Marketman & Family household. From here, the pace accelerates towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and it is a time of extensive food, wine and entertaining. Halloween is a good starting point, with thousands of kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. We always like to have a bowl of appropriately themed chocolates laid out for guests in the run-up to Halloween, though I think the Teen and I often consume more of it than we would readily admit! :) Many of the chocolates in the photo above were from Rustan’s grocery, at reasonable prices, considering their short “shelf life” and holiday nature.
I also brought several large bags of other Halloween themed treats in my luggage after a recent trip to the U.S. It amazes me how groceries and other stores in the U.S. get so hyped up for the holidays, but the flip side are these wonderful, colorful treats which NEVER FAIL to brighten up kids’ faces when they drop by our home.
For family, friends and kids of crew members, we prepare “loot bags” filled with as many orange colored goodies as we can find locally and elsewhere. Chocolates are handed out separately (and straight out of the fridge) as they tend to melt in our tropical heat. A heavy merienda is set out for the late afternoon festivities. Even though some of the “kids” are now well into their teens, I doubt that we have ever registered a voluntary “absence” from the holiday that practically guarantees they go home with several thousand calories worth of sugar and artificial food coloring. :) I have to admit that there are two tiers of goodies, those for friends and family, and for everyone else there is a handful of assorted candy.
For a bit of the “icks”, how about a plastic cockroach nestled in with the chocolates. Just PHP3 for each ipis in Divisoria. Real roaches would be cheaper, I know. Hahahaha… Happy Halloween to all of you!
Previous Halloween related posts:
The Kid’s Couture Halloween Costume – complete with very minor rant in the comments section when a reader takes exception to adopting foreign holidays…
Triple Chocolate Halloween Cookies
More foil-wrapped Halloween chocolates
Happy Halloween 2007
Happy Halloween 2008