- Prepare deviled eggs as you normally would (except, seriously, nix the mayo. Gross. Try olive oil instead.). Use cut up olives or peppers as your garnish of ‘spiders on top’.
- Serve a warm soup to take the chill out of trick-or-treating. Here’s a great butternut squash and cauliflower soup recipe from the food network. It’s warm, delicious, and won’t break the bank. F’real!
- Bake apples. Core your favorite variety of apple and spice with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Sink your teeth into this warm, regret-free dessert!
Make the kids decorate the Par-tay! (Plus, keep them busy & out of your way)
- Sharp knives and kids don’t mix. Instead of carving jack-o-lanterns, have your critters draw on the pumpkin with markers or washable paint. Why not include buckets of messy glitter, fabric and tissue paper while you’re at it? Use them as centerpieces.
- Making ghosts, witches, and goblins out of construction paper, tissues and glitter glue will keep them busy for hours. Tape those suckers on windows and doors to ward off evil spirits (and hail the ‘cute’ factor).
- If you’re feeling particularly creative, Martha Stewart is the queen of Halloween. Get all crafty, buddy.
And my favorite part of Halloween, The COSTUME
(Who doesn’t love a little role playing?!)
When going as a ghost by using an old bed sheet is not an option, why not brainstorm ideas from your favorite books, TV shows, movies or childhood characters? Here are some of my favorites:
- Literary Characters: Juliet Capulet, Daisy from the Great Gatsby, Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey, Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
- TV Show Characters: Vanna White, Zombie from The Walking Dead, Carrie from Homeland
- Movie Characters: Laura Croft, Dr, Ryan Stone from Gravity, The Bride in Kill Bill
- Childhood characters: Where the Wild Things are, Madeline, Old Mother Hubbard
Good Luck…and Happy Haunting!