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What to bring to a hay ride/bon fire?

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So every year my family rents a bon fire at a local haunted hay ride. I don't know what to bring. So far there will be chili, kielbasa and sauerkraut, hot dogs, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, fried chicken, invariable store bought junk like cookies and chips etc. There is no electricity and no heat source other than the fire. It'll be dark out and we'll be at picnic tables, so it needs to be something easy to keep and easy to eat. Any suggestions?

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    1. re: c oliver

      Exactly! When I read the subject line I thought, "Graham crackers, Hershey bars and Marshmallows. And a whole bunch of wire coat hangers!" '-)

      Great minds.

      1. re: Caroline1

        We're of a certain age, you and I :) Old Camp Fire Girl here!

        1. re: c oliver

          Get some of the dark chocolate with chili and use instead of Hershey bars. Traditional style is now much too sweet for me to bear, and when I made the switch to the chili-chocolate last year, it brought back the S'mores joy for me.

    2. Sounds like you need some sides: potato salad, grilled veggies, cole slaw...

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      1. re: mojoeater

        Maybe prebaked potatos wrapped in foil...could bring some toppings like homemade bacon bits, cheese, sour cream, scallions, butter. Maybe people can reheat on some kind of skewer, carefully remove the foil and then top w/their choice...

      2. If there will be younger kids there, split a banana in the peel, fill w/ peanut butter, chocolate chips, marshmallows, pretzel pieces, etc. Put back together, wrap in foil and bake on the edge of the fire. It's like a sundae w/out the ice cream. Personally, I find it too sweet but the kids devoured them.

        1. maybe a flask with bourbon in it

          1. I was gonna say...at the old hayrides/bonfires/barn dances etc of my youth there was always a jug or two hidden under a wagon seat...just a little something to take the chill off the night air you understand... ;)

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            1. re: Uncle Bob

              Fond memories of hot buttered rum just wafted boozily through my thoughts.