Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween at Our House

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Hi ladies!  Its been so long since Ive written a proper post… Ive started a few but never found the time to finish them!  I thought Id share a few snapshots from our busy and fun day yesterday as we celebrated Halloween.

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I know many Christians frown on Halloween, and I certainly understand their concerns with the rather dark and scary tone that the holiday can take on.  In our home we really look at it as a fun fall festival, and we keep things very positive and harvest-oriented, with pumpkins and yummy food and dressing up in fun, cute outfits and nothing that celebrates the evil, darker aspects that some enjoy during the holiday. 

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I like to make homemade goodies to hand out to trick or treaters, and host a party in our home for our friends with kids who, like us, enjoy letting them dress up and have fun, but would rather not take them out to participate in some of the scarier, creepier activities that go on on Oct 31st.  As my kids get older I really have a heart to turn Halloween into an outreach to our neighbors, with a carnival-like atmosphere outside our place, as it is one of he few times in the year when people go door to door and interact with one another. 

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This year I made maple caramel popcorn (I used this recipe and just replaced the corn syrup with maple syrup) and homemade sugar cookies that we cut out in pumpkin shapes. I also bought some little raisin boxes to supplement.  The kids (and parents) were all excited at the homemade treats, and I put these pretty lables that my husband made for me with my name and address, hoping that might calm and fears about letting the kiddos eat homemade goodies.

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We carved a pumpkin and put out some candles to let the trick or treaters know we were open for business!

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We also had a party for our friends and their kiddos and I made a spread with lots of healthy treats like raisins and date bars and veggies and hummus and apple cider.  Halloween doesn’t have to be a total teeth-rotting event; there are ways to make it more healthy!  Everyone ate and drank until we were all quite merry (and the kids quite tired) and all the kids got to take home a balloon.  A fun time was had by all, I dare say.

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Our sweet little Bird borrowed a costume from a friend and went as a ladybug.  She was adorable but moved around so much it was hard to get a good shot, especially with the lower lights.  But Im sure you get the idea of how cute she was.

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What did you all do for the day if you celebrated it in any way?  Does your famly have any special traditions?  Hope you had a happy one and hope your fall is going beautifully.  And of course, if you are reading this and live in the North East please know everyone in Sandy’s path is in our family’s prayers.

2 comments:

mijn simpel blogje said...

nice post thank you for sharing...blessings

Beth said...

Hooray for homemade treats! Great idea having veggies and hummas to off-set this uber-sweet holiday. Those sugar cookies look awesome. Where can I find THAT recipe please?