Monday, October 31, 2011 – Halloween with pasta

Today is Halloween and it has been pouring rain off and on all day. We decided to do an “Italian Buffet” and invite family and friends over to help pass out the candy. Suzanne lives on a dead-end street and gets maybe 3 trick or treaters, Jeanne lives in a gated community and the kids who used to come by are now grown and in college. Darren, Michelle, Diane, and Dave all live in Boca Square and the kids there are also now grown and don’t come knocking. Craig lives on a street where there are no children so he came up from Ft. Lauderdale to help out with the photography and candy-dispensing chores.

It turned out the rain stopped and I thought the young trick-or-treaters would start coming by around 6 the latest, but the night started out late, and it was almost 7 before we got our first visitor. After that it was a steady stream of kids and parents knocking on our door. All told, we opened the door to an estimated 100 kids. Another surprise was that all the kids and parents were willing to have their photo taken. In a few cases, the parents had their cameras and took photos of us and their kids. We almost ran out of candy, so Darren ran over the supermarket to restock. We wanted to make sure we didn’t get any tricksters.

For the buffet we served sausage and meatballs, gorgonzola gnocchi, mini-rigatoni, beef manicotti, asparagus, green salad, and garlic bread. There was virtually little to no leftovers, so the food was a hit.

All-in-all, it was a fun night with all the kids, family and friends. You’ll see how creative the kids and their costumes were when you go through the photos. We think we should do an “Italian Buffet 2” next year.

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