I received a lot of emails this week asking for Halloween advice and healthy party hints, so here are a few tried-and-true suggestions.
Glow-in-the-dark accessories are helpful for trick-or-treaters and a flashlight is a definite plus, but most kids hate flashlights. This hint makes them more acceptable. First, make sure the flashlight is not too heavy or big to carry. Second, decorate the lens!
Trace the head of the flashlight onto black construction paper and cut it out. Draw a ghost or scary figure keeping ¼ inch from the edge. Cut out your design and tape your circle onto the flashlight. An alternative is to cut out face shapes and glue those onto the flashlight lens. Now when the light is on, they can shine a scary face or fun drawing while providing a very important light source!
Next, decorate with shrunken heads! The kids can help, and you can eat them later! Use apples, potatoes, beets or rutabagas and help the kids carve out eye and mouth shapes. Cuts should be about ½ inch wide and deep enough to make a “melted” face. After carving, put them on a baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil and place into a 150 degree oven. Leave them overnight. Place your shrunken heads onto decorations, skewer with a stick and place into plants, or string with fishing line and hang from the ceiling. Later, using a sharp knife, you can slice the heads, dip them into a favorite sauce (including chocolate), and munch!
How about Wormy Apples? Core six apples without cutting through the bottom and peel the skin from about 1/3 of the top of each. Place the apples in a baking pan. In a saucepan, mix together:
- ½ c. maple syrup
- 1/3 c. water
- Dash of salt
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 2 one-inch strips of lemon peel.
Bring to a boil and then pour mixture over the apples. Cover loosely with foil then bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Add 1 tsp. butter to the core of each apple. Baste apples with pan juices; cover and bake 15 minutes or until tender. Cool. Once the apples are cool, cut 1-2 small holes from outside of the apple toward the core and thread soft candy worms halfway into the holes.
My last suggestion addresses bed time challenges. After fun parties and trick-or-treating, tummy aches are not unusual, plus it’s hard to fall asleep. There is an herb that is safe for children and adults, can settle an upset stomach and helps induce sleep! When ready for bed, prepare chamomile tea, sweetened with stevia or honey (not sugar) and watch everybody drink, gently droop and sleep.
Happy Halloween to all my readers! I hope your festivities are nothing but fun. Till next week, good health to you and loved ones!
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