Every year, on the Sunday before Halloween, my neighborhood hosts a Halloween parade, costume contest and trick-or-treating. What makes this event extra spooktacular and fun is, nearly every neighbor participates and decorates.
Houses are decked out with tombstones, cobwebs, ghosts, witches and spiders. Hundreds of pumpkins decorate porches and front stoops. Bales of hay and corn stalks brighten up street signs. Neighbors hang out and have beers and snacks in-between refueling the crowds of candy-crazed ghouls, goblins and superheros. Topping off this idyllic scene is the foliage… The neighborhood is full of oak, elm and maple trees, leaving beautiful, vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange painted throughout the streets. It’s the perfect backdrop for a super scary Halloween creepshow-freakshow.
This parade reminds me of my small town Halloween days as a kid. Every Halloween at nightfall, we’d venture up and down our neighborhood streets, trick-or-treating for hours. We’d end up receiving all kinds of delicious treats from beloved neighbors, like homemade popcorn balls, handmade chocolates, fudge and caramels from a local candy maker or special treat bags from relatives that lived nearby. There were kids everywhere, all dressed up and running from house to house, laughing the whole time. Those are some of my favorite memories – I’m so happy to be able to relive that in my own neighborhood today!
My best friend never gets any halloweeners and every year she is bummed out and left with a full bowl of candy. This year, she came over to help me with my trick-or-treaters. As a treat to ourselves, we decided to have Oktoberfest in celebration! She came supplied with pumpkin beer and fresh apple cider doughnuts. I made a homemade batch of extra large, super uber, soft pretzels. I paired the pretzels with a simple cheese dipping sauce and a few pieces of Emmentaler and we were set! It was a fun way to celebrate Halloween, October and Fall. I love this time of the year!
Give these extra-large Oktoberfest pretzels a try, your stomach will surely thank you. To be as Oktoberfest-y as possible, get yourself an extra-large German beer stein, some bratwurst and spicy mustard and enjoy. This is a really fun way to have dinner or as a party tray!