As with last year, and the year before that, Halloween this year was another great night of fun with kids and candy, and as always, the adults loved the beer. Candy, I give away a lot of it, I mean A LOT, but it’s for the kids and they love it!!!
My family comes over and we have pizza before the evening of kids comes trick-or-treating to our door. I forgot to get a picture of the pizza before everyone started eating.
I had about 120 kids stop by and went through all of the candy as well as about two and a half cases of beers. It’s fun watching the adults decide which beer they’re going to try. This year’s Sam Adams sampler pack had Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Ruby Mild, Hazel Brown, Octoberfest (which I also had a case of), Latitude 48 IPA, and Boston Lager. The Harpoon sampler had Octoberfest, Rich and Dan’s Rye IPA, IPA, and UFO Pumpkin. I also had four packs and six packs of Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, and a growler of Ellicott Mills Brewing Company Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Ale.
This year, for the first time ever (I have been doing this for about 10 years), someone brought me a beer. I had a woodchuck pumpkin. It tasted a lot like the inside of a pumpkin, not really my kinda beer, but I was happy to get one I haven’t tried!!
I bring up my projector and put It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on my garage door. A lot of the kids end up hanging around for 10-15 minutes watching while their parents have a beer.
I give away lots of candy every year with a slight twist. There is a game I have all the kids play where they reach into a bag and pull out a poker chip. Most of the chips are white (and I change the odds as needed), but if they pull out the black chip they win an entire sleeve of candy. This year I had a bunch of halloween themed toys, too, and they were a big hit.
What was your setup like this year? Does anyone else give out beer or do prizes?