Happy Halloween!

Everyone seems to love Halloween, from little children to big grown-ups. This past Sunday we had our annual Haunted House and it was a hit! We tried to serve as many healthy snacks as we could, which included Clementine Jack-O-Lanterns and bran muffin cupcakes. We were left with only crumbs at the end, so I’m guessing our Halloween Sweet Table was a hit! Here are some pics from the big day!

We’ve really enjoyed getting into the Halloween spirit this year, we’re particularly excited about going trick or treating for the first time!! My little one is dressing up as a monster (or a shark, we’re still undecided) and will be walking the Halloween streets for the first time! I’m slightly nervous about the temper tantrums that may ensue regarding the eating of candy, but I’m bracing myself for them.

Happy Halloween everyone, wishing you a safe and fun evening!

<img src="halloween-candy-table.jpg" alt="Halloween Candy Table" />

Halloween Sweet Table

<img src="drawing-on-pumpkins.jpg" alt="Drawing on Pumpkins" />

Drawing on Pumpkins

<img src="halloween-cupcakes.jpg" alt="Halloween Cupcakes" />

Shhhh, we’re bran muffins dressed up as cupcakes

<img src="pumpkin-patch.jpg" alt="Pumpkin Patch" />

Pumpkin Patch

<img src="haunted-pirate-cave.jpg" alt="Haunted Pirate Cave" />

Haunted Pirate Cave

<img src="clementine-jack-o-lanterns.jpg" alt="Clementine Jack O Lanterns" />

Clementine Jack-O-Lanterns

 

Halloween Treats

Our Annual Haunted House is just around the corner and we’re getting ready by making all our own treats for the event. We are trying to stay on the healthier side of things but it’s not so easy at Halloween. We made organic gingerbread dough for our Skeletons and used a very small amount of brown sugar in the recipe. I did find a recipe after the fact that had no sugar in it, so if anyone has a chance to try it please let me know!

Mini Gingerbread Skeletons

Mini Gingerbread Skeletons

Gingerbread Skeletons

Gingerbread Skeletons

For the Ghost Pops you could definitely use sugar free Lollipops. We’re also going be decorating bran muffins to look like yummy cupcakes! One of our healthier snacks will be the return of Clementine Jack-O-Lanterns.

Ghost Pops

pumpkin clementines

Jack-O-Lantern Clementines

A quick and easy DIY project to help decorate your treat table are Mason Jar Mummies. This took me all of ten minutes and most of that time was waiting for the glue gun to get hot enough. I simply wrapped the jar in gauze (which I purchased from the dollar store) and then glued on some black construction paper with the hot glue. I added some googly eyes and voila! The Mummy looks really spooky once you add a candle and dim the lights.

Mason Jar Mummy

Mason Jar Mummy

Mason Jar Mummy

Mason Jar Mummy

Guilt-Free Brownies!

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThese brownies were super easy to make and absolutely delicious, plus they’re pretty much guilt free as there is no added sugar and they’re very high in fiber.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (about 200g) dates, pitted
  • 1¼ cup walnuts, ground finely
  • 1 cup almonds, ground finely
  • ¼ cup pistachios, shelled and ground finely
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoons Coffee Grinded
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • dash of cinnamon
   Instructions
  1. In a food processor, ground the walnuts, almonds, and pistachios until fine.
  2. Next add in the pitted dates, a few at a time helps, repeat pulsing and blending until the mixture has come together. Add in cocoa powder. Pulse to combine again.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, pour this mixture, add in melted coconut oil, cacao nibs, and remaining ingredients.
  4. Using a spatula or your hands, stir.
  5. In a lined (with parchment paper) 8×8 square pan, spread the brownie mixture in and start to evenly press down until you form a brownie layer.
  6. Chill for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  7. Cut into squares.
  8. Store in the freezer for a later snack or serve immediately!Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Kleenex Box Monsters

Kleenex Box MonstersThis is an easy DIY craft for you to do with your kiddies! There’s so many great things about this craft, not only is it made using recycled parts it can also be used for fun games after, like skeleton toss or really just about any kind of “toss” you want.

Supplies

Kleenex box (with plastic sleeve intact)

Paint (your choice of colours)

Construction Paper

White Paper

Scissors

Egg carton (you just need 2 dimples from the carton)

Hot glue

Googly Eyes

Directions

  1. Paint the Kleenex box and 2 sections of the egg carton, let stand to dry.
  2. Cut circles (or shape of your choice) out of construction paper.
  3. Once paint is dry glue your eyes and shapes on, using hot glue. You can also glue the googly eyes onto the egg carton at this point.
  4. Cut teeth out of the white paper and glue to plastic sleeve on Kleenex box.