We had our first Halloween in our new neighborhood. I was nervous because I do not like the unexpected, but it turned out nice. Busy, but nice!
Thursday was the actual day, but due to the weather our city “rescheduled” it until Saturday night. Some people some how missed the memo and I had two trick or treaters about 4:00. They rang the door bell so I went and opened it bc I was really expecting one of the neighborhood kids for the boys to come outside and play. I was wrong!! I opened the door and there stood two little boys! They weren’t in costume so I still thought they were here to play. (I recognized them from school) Nope! They held their backpacks open and said “Trick or Treat!” in regular clothes!! Seriously? But, what do you do? So, I went to my pantry and grabbed some candy and threw it in their backpacks.
Really parents? I am as lazy as anybody but there are to many things you can do that are cheap not to slap a costume on a kid! Luckily, we only had one on Thursday night.
Saturday I decided to make gumbo for dinner. My daddy use to make gumbo every Halloween. We would take the kids trick or treating and make his our last stop to eat. I’m not a fan of Halloween but this was a favorite tradition of mine. My daddy passed away in 2010 so it has been difficult to find a new tradition. This year I decided to make my own. Matthew has a friend from New Orleans so I had him call her for a recipe and then tweaked it a bit from a recipe I found online. It was very good!! (I’ll post the recipe at the bottom)
I had been warned that our neighborhood is pretty busy Halloween but until you see it I guess you just can’t really understand. We took the boys around first and got back home around 6:30 to watch the Tennessee game and pass out candy. Noah was getting tired too. He said “My brain is telling me that I need water”. I laughed and told him most people just say they are thirsty but that will do too I guess!! We get home and within seconds of getting inside it started, one “ding” of the door bell and Wyatt was ready!! He loves passing out candy. The only thing that would have made him happier is if all those kids went upstairs to play. I will have to say that would have been over my dead body but I swear at some points I thought it would come to that! It was the craziest thing! These people just kept coming and coming!!! I love the show “The Walking Dead”!! It reminded me of “Walkers” on that show invading my house! Through all the excitement I felt like I should run and get a kitchen knife, charge them, and stab them in the head!! I quickly came to as I noticed Buzz Lightyear waddling down my steps! But, it was crazy!! Surprisingly, fun though!!
I was disturbed by the diversity of the trick or treaters. Which it does take all kinds to make the world go around but I didn’t really want to see them all on my front porch!! So I have come up with a set of rules to trick or treat at my house
1.) Don’t ask me for extra candy for your siblings at home. If you can’t make the trip, no candy. Perfect way for you to learn to share!
2.) If you are smoking I think it might be time to retire from trick or treating.
3.) If you have an infant I know the candy is not for it Mom and Dad! Just go to grandma or an aunts house and call it a day!
4.) Don’t ask for candy for someone sitting in the car. Refer to #1.
5.) Say “Trick or treat”! Don’t just hold your bag out and stare, it freaks me out.
6.) Say “Thank you” or “Happy Halloween”. It’s just polite.
7.) If your boobs are bigger than mine, it might be time to hang it up.
and last rule….
8.) This one is for my neighbors, but only a few, it’s one day. Either make plans to be away or stay in and turn your lights off. Don’t fly through and rev your engine out of irritation. It’s one day! Lighten up!!
All in all this was a good, fun night! Next year it will be on Friday night so I am thinking I’m going to do a fire pit, set up a little table to hand out candy, have a bunch of friends over, and make a huge pot of gumbo!!

The Walkers!!!!!!!

                                                 Seafood Gumbo
7 tbsp. vegetable oil or bacon grease
7 tbsp. all-purpose flour
Heat oil in small heavy saucepan. Stir in flour, cook over medium heat until roux is dark brown. Do not undercook. Set aside.
4 tbsp. butter
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 lg. onions, chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 cloves minced garlic
1 lb. frozen okra
3 c. strong chicken broth
1 tsp. red pepper
4 tsp. salt
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Melt butter. Saute celery and onions until soft. Add tomatoes and okra. Cook 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Stir in roux.Cover, simmer 30 minutes. (May be done ahead at this point and refrigerated.)
2 lb. fresh deveined shrimp
1 lb. fresh or 2 cans white crabmeat
May add 2 cups cooked chicken in bite-size pieces or 1 pint oysters with seafood. Serve over white rice.
(I also added andouille sausage. It was very good. Johnsonville brand.)


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