Halloween memories

I’ve been looking back at my memories of past Halloweens.  As a young child, I lived in an apartment house with 104 units…a Halloween paradise…and you didn’t even have to go outside!  Of course, that was over 50 years ago, when there was less of a concern about knocking on a door of someone you didn’t know.  My 8-year old sister, Rho, was put in charge of me and my two best friends, Jane and Marilyn.  We were all of 5-years old and so excited about the candy we would receive…rainbow dots stuck on the white strip of paper, Bazooka bubblegum, Tootsie rolls…just what you’d find if you went to a vintage candy store.  I don’t remember what characters we portrayed, but I know that the costumes were always homemade by our mothers.

My next memories are of Halloweens we celebrated when our children were growing up.  In the beginning, we went trick or treating in the neighborhood of the small Connecticut town where we lived…where almost everyone on the street knows your name.  However, one year, on the morning of Halloween, there were broadcasts on TV and radio about some tainted candy that had been given to children.  I was just finishing tying the ribbons on colorfully wrapped portions of homemade rice krispie treats that were to be given out to the neighborhood trick or treaters.  Of course, there was no way I could give those out…I’m sure parents would examine their children’s goodie bags and throw out anything that wasn’t store-bought and factory-sealed.  That was the last time our children went trick or treating…from then on, we opted to have Halloween parties at our home…inviting friends of our children to share a safer Halloween.

It’s too bad those Halloween trick or treaters didn’t get to enjoy the rice krispie treats, but you can!  Here is the recipe I used:


You will need:  3TB butter or margarine, 1 package (10 oz) fresh marshmallows, 1/2 cup almond butter, 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal, 1 cup organic mini chocolate chips, large microwave-safe bowl, and a 13x9x2-inch casserole pan. 

  1. In microwave-safe bowl, heat butter or margarine and marshmallows on High for 2 minutes.  Stir and heat 1 more minute.  Stir until smooth.
  2. Add almond butter and stir well.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Add the cereal and stir until well-coated.
  5. Spray the 13x9x2-inch pan with canola oil and press the mixture into the pan with a buttered or oiled spatula.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap. Cool and then cut into squares.
  7. Best eaten within 24 hours…I don’t think they will last that long.