With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to indulge in desserts, candy and fun activities with the whole family. Whether you are trick-or-treating with the kids or celebrating at home, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season of thrills and chills while staying cozy inside — and making unforgettable memories. Put on your costumes to get in the Halloween spirit and enjoy some (or all) of these Halloween activities with your little ones for a holiday to remember.
Make Pumpkin Pancakes or Waffles
Chilly autumn mornings call for warm, delicious breakfasts, and these pumpkin spice waffles will satisfy all your fall cravings. You can even freeze these waffles and reheat for a quick, delicious breakfast. Follow our pumpkin spice waffle recipe to create this fluffy and unique take on a classic sweet breakfast using Green Valley organic pumpkin. Our organic pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A and is the perfect addition to any sweet or savory fall recipe. Let the kids get involved in the kitchen to start fostering a love for cooking — all while starting a new tradition. Top your waffles with our spiced maple butter recipe, made with unsalted butter, pure maple syrup, salt, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
Let kids get in touch with their artistic side by painting pumpkins — either store-bought, or picked from the patch! This fun activity is a safer alternative to carving pumpkin that allows each child to be in charge of their design. Gather acrylic paints, brushes, googly eyes, stickers, glitter and other supplies from your local craft store, or use materials you already have from home. Display their creations on the front porch for all to admire for the rest of the season.
Create Mashed Potato and Peas Ghosts
Mom always said not to play with your food, but this adorable appetizer is an exception to the rule. First, simply make your favorite mashed potato recipe or use instant mashed potatoes to create the ghosts. Put the mashed potatoes in a piping bag or plastic bag and cut the corner to pipe ghosts of all shapes and sizes onto a platter. Use Green Valley organic peas to add vibrant green eyes to each ghost, and decorate with other veggies and ingredients like Green Valley organic whole kernel corn, olives, sesame seeds and more. These mashed potato ghosts serve as a perfect side for your at-home Halloween party meal!
Build Gingerbread Cookie Haunted Houses
Halloween is all about creativity, from the costumes to the decorations and themed menus. When it comes to creativity, there are no rules! Switch up the traditional holiday gingerbread house and create spooky haunted houses instead. Create your houses from scratch by baking a gingerbread or chocolate cookie recipe, or purchase a kit at your local grocery store. Crank up some of your favorite Halloween music or turn on a classic movie to enjoy a fun night filled with imagination, laughter, and lots and lots of icing.
Bake Spooky Treats
Set the bowls of candy aside for a bit and create your own sweet treats from scratch! Let kids decorate their own brownies, cupcakes, cookies and more with orange, green and black icing, sprinkles and other edible decorations. Looking for some healthier ways to enjoy dessert? Try our pumpkin garbanzo bean cookie skillet, peanut butter black bean brownies, or pumpkin zucchini snack cake to incorporate wholesome, organic ingredients into decadent desserts.
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