When I was a kid, I loved going Trick or Treating. My friends and I used old pillowcases to collect all our goodies because they could hold way more candy than those small plastic pumpkins. We hit all the houses in our neighborhood and then hurried home to empty the bag to see all our treasures. In my world, chocolate candy was the best, can you say Snickers, M&Ms, Reese's, followed by sweet tarts and bubble gum. I know this is a dentist's dream.
Fast forward to when my kids and nieces were little. We had a family dinner at Tony's parents' house before Trick or Treating so Grandma and Grandpa could see all the kids dressed in costumes. Then, the adults would take the kids around the neighborhood, letting them collect their goodies. Just like Tony and me, our kids used pillowcases for their haul. With full loads, the kids would head back to Grandma and Grandpa's house and spread their bounty all over the living room floor, making sure to keep their loot separate from each other. The adults always instituted a "tax" as the cost of taking the kids trick or treating. The "tax" was, of course, in the form of a few pieces of chocolate.
Another fast forward and my kids are grown with kids of their own now and are carrying on the same traditions. Tony and I look forward to seeing the "littles" in their costumes.
This is a lovely story. But what does any of this have to do with tea, you might ask?
Well, my store is in this great little town called Waxhaw in North Carolina. It's very family-friendly. Every year, the local downtown merchants, of which I'm a member, host a Fright Night.
This is an opportunity for the local community to come out and let their kids Trick or Treat at the local stores. We give out lots, and I mean lots, of candy, and we get to see all the darling kids in their costumes.
This year's Fright Night is on Saturday, October 28th, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Besides handing out candy, we also do something called Witch's Brew. This is where the tea comes in.
We brew up a huge batch of caffeine-free Orange Creamsicle Rooibos. We cool it down and refrigerate it until we use it. Right before the event starts, we pour the cold Orange Creamsicle Rooibos into a large cauldron or bowl and add cold ginger ale. We also use dry ice around the cauldron or bowl to create a fog or mist, adding a spooky atmosphere. This is what we call Witch's Brew. It is refreshing without giving the kiddos any caffeine. Moms and Dads enjoy it, too. Of course, you could make this into an adult beverage by adding your favorite alcohol to create a new Halloween drink.
Feel free to add Witch's Brew to your Halloween fun.
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