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I heard on the news the other day that Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday. That’s a lot of money and, while I don’t think you need to spend money to celebrate Halloween, it did inspire this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic: 10 Ways to Enjoy Halloween.
- Decorate! Nothing gets you in the Halloween frame of mind like pumpkins and fall leaves and candles.
- Have a party. We haven’t had a Halloween party in ages but we’re having one this year and it’s been really fun planning and prepping for it.
- Eat spooky food. We traditionally have American Chop Suey on Halloween but I have been known to serve dinners near Halloween that include things like maggot casserole, witches fingers and moldy biscuits. It’s really just rice, chicken and biscuits but you can see a photo here.
- Give out candy. We don’t get a lot of trick or treaters in my neighborhood but the ones that come are usually kids we know and I love seeing them all in their costumes.
- Dress in costume. We made costumes mandatory for our party and we are also having a Halloween party at our regular Kiwanis meeting this week. It’s fun to pretend to be someone else for a while.
- Watch scary movies. Halloween is a must for me.
- Carve pumpkins. This is all part of the decorating thing. I’m not very creative with this but Dale is awesome.
- Roast pumpkin seeds. Toss in a bit of oil and roast them and then dowse them in salt. Mmmm.
- Listen to scary music. I still think the Disney sound track “Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House” is the best one out there. Except for the barking dogs. That’s just dumb. Okay, and maybe the alien space ship sounds. Also dumb.
- Be with the people you love. That’s still the best way to celebrate any holiday, in my opinion. And on Halloween you get the chance to scare ’em!