Last night holds some of the best memories in Halloween history. We started some new traditions in our family (like homemade root beer!), as well as celebrated old ones (Halloween movie marathon, oh yeaaah!!). It was a joy to witness my children’s excitement over the course of the night, as well as my own. I had the chance to catch up with family I hadn’t seen in many years, and it was really nice to make a connection with my roots. It felt really good to be surrounded by so much love and laughter. We shared stories, food, and of course, lots…and lots…of candy, candy, candy.
This year was the little guy’s 2nd Halloween, and the first since he’s been mobile. It was hard to capture pictures (it’s the only thing moms live for during the holidays), and after many failed attempts, I was able to get him to sit still for half a second while I snapped some shots of him and his big sisters. As soon as I was done though, he broke free from the grip and made a run for it lol. He was good at being a little sneak too, silently digging into the candy bowl and ripping wrappers off lollipops. It was hilarious!
Meanwhile, my girls had a blast overdosing on treats and hot apple cider. While I visited with family at the table, they paraded around the house waiting for trick-or-treaters to arrive. However, due to previous trauma from much-too-scary-costumes, Daddy and I had to “preview” each guest lol. Luckily, we had an overflow of princesses and angels, and only had one run in with a creepy clown (aren’t they all kinda scary?).
The highlight of our night though had to be our first homemade root beer experience. We basically spent all day Wednesday trying to track down root beer extract, which was absolutely impossible to find. We went with the next best thing, root beer flavoring, and it did its job well. I know root beer isn’t a “healthy” treat, but is anything good for you on a holiday like Halloween? Making our own root beer made it memorable and fun, and it was like we really were creating our own witches brew on the scariest night of the year.
You can make your own root beer too, and I’ve got the directions for ya. This was adapted from a recipe I found on “All Recipes,” and you can easily view the original post here: All Recipes Homemade Root Beer
Like I said, we never were able to track down root beer extract, so below is our version using root beer flavoring (which is 4 times stronger than extract). Even though Halloween is over, it’s never too late to brew up your own batch of homemade root beer.
Oh, and by the way, this makes A LOT. So make sure you have extra gallon jugs or pitchers to store the leftovers in!
DIY Root Beer
Directions: In a large cooler, mix together the sugar and water, stirring with a large spoon until the sugar has dissolved. Next, stir in the root beer flavoring. Lastly, very carefully, place the dry ice in the cooler (do not make contact with your skin!!) and cover loosely with a lid (closing it will cause pressure to build up and cause a root beer explosion!). Let it brew for one hour. Serve.
Last night I went to bed, feeling extremely tired, but at the same time, feeling extremely blessed. I know I’ll always remember the joy that I felt, spending precious time talking to my family, and at the same time, creating fun and exciting memories for my own children. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful and wonderful life is, if we really stop and take a look at what we have. Sending blessings and love to your family, and hopes for a wonderful November.
Happy November 1st!
- 6 Cups organic sugar
- 3 1/3 gallons filtered water
- 1 oz root beer flavoring
- 4 pounds dry ice
- In a large cooler, mix together the sugar and water, stirring with a large spoon until the sugar has dissolved.
- Next, stir in the root beer flavoring.
- Lastly, very carefully, place the dry ice in the cooler (do not make contact with your skin!!) and cover loosely with a lid (closing it will cause pressure to build up and cause a root beer explosion!).
- Let it brew for one hour. Serve.
Do you have any Halloween traditions? Share in the comments below!
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