In the So Many Fairies "Halloween Story: Part One," Henry and his new friend, Brie, discover the fun of trick or treating at the Davis Heights story houses where, instead of giving candy, the residents tell magical stories.
While I don’t remember trick or treating for stories, I do recall a few special houses we looked forward to visiting every single Halloween.
There was the house that went all-out every year, with creepy lights and ghosts and witches. It was always just scary enough to walk up to their front door and knock, but the reward for the brave was a huge candy bar.
And there were quieter places, too. I can still remember waiting under the porch light—which was gold, unlike Henry and Brie’s silver story lights—for my grandma’s neighbor to answer her door. She’d invite us in to do a full twirl in our costumes, and then she and my mom would talk while we sat around her kitchen table munching on her amazing homemade popcorn balls.
Thankfully, during one of those Halloween chats, my mother was clever enough to ask for the recipe.
While you could make these any size you want, I recommend aiming for a large golf ball so that all of your small elves and black cats can enjoy them in a few quick bites.
Easy Popcorn Balls
(Makes about 20 golf ball sized popcorn balls.)
½ cup brown sugar
4 cups miniature marshmallows
¼ cup (½ stick) butter
4 quarts popped popcorn (takes about ¼ pound unpopped kernels)
Melt the brown sugar, marshmallows, and butter in a large saucepan, stirring constantly. Using the biggest bowl you have, pour the marshmallow mixture over the popped popcorn and mix well. Using clean, buttered or oiled hands, form the popcorn into balls. Place the balls on waxed paper to cool, and store in an airtight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap for trick-or-treaters.
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred-year-old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two preschoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion — showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun — in her Sparkle Kitchen posts.