Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, not because of the costumes or parties, but because of the joy on the trick-or-treaters’ faces when I hand out the candy. When my girls were younger, I always planned ahead, buying the big candy bars to set me apart from the other houses on the block. I was known as the house that gave out the best candy!

But now my girls are grown and I live in a neighborhood with few children. So I decided if no one would come to my house to trick-or-treat, I would bring the fun to them. I call it “reverse trick-or-treating,” which is exactly as it sounds. I still go to the store and buy those big candy bars, but I also search for cute bags and age-appropriate toys. I make a bag for each special kid in my life, complete with a festive card so they know who it’s from. When halloween rolls around, I drop off the bags and revel in their priceless reactions.  

Such a simple twist on an old tradition that brings such joy to both me and the recipients!