Since the kids don’t go trick or treating due to allergies, we always throw them a Halloween party at home, filled with all of the costumes and unhealthy goodness that every child enjoys on Halloween. 😉 This party’s been a couple months in the making…we decided this year to make sure our party was eco-friendly and as healthy as it can be (well, as healthy as a party can be when you’re indulging in chocolate and treats! 😉 ). All of our decorations had to be made from materials from our recycling bin or be things that either had been reused from previous Halloweens or could be reused for future Halloweens. And above all, the kids had to have fun, of course!
So, on to the pictures….
Jedi attacking his pumpkin. Apparently he is a little knife happy sometimes. Should I be worried?
Bug getting ready to paint her pumpkin. I think it might be bigger than she is!
Monkey loved her pumpkin and didn't want to carve it. She chose to paint it (but we'll dissect it and take the seeds out to roast in a few days. 😀 )
The girls painting their pumpkins
The painted pumpkins in the back (Monkey's is red, Bug's is blue), then Jedi's pumpkin, my "food chain fishes", and Dave's traditional jack-o-lantern face
Dirt Pudding...homemade coconut milk chocolate pudding with chocolate cookie crumbs and gummy worms. All of our food was dairy/gluten/egg/nut free due to allergies, and free of refined sugars/artificial dyes/artificial flavors due to behavior issues. And as much as possible, we tried to get things made close to home (the produce and meat was)
Chocolate couldrons--chocolate cups with yogurt (plain with fresh squeezed orange juice & orange zest) and a chocolate covered pretzel "stirring stick"
Ghost & Pumpkin chips made of corn tortillas, olive oil, & himilayan sea salt with a pumpkin dip made with one of the poor pumpkins that didn't fare well the night before.
Jack-o-lantern oranges filled with banana slices & orange segments
Faux peanut butter cups made of sunbutter & allergen free chocolate chips
Vampire teeth made of apple slices & broken jagged banana chips
Blood punch, made with an organic super fruit & veggie juice, SoDelicious coconut water sorbet, organic lemon lime soda, & ice cubes made in a jack-o-lantern muffin pan
Worms. Made with an organic beef hot dog & a homemade BBQ sauce
Sloppy Joe Jack-o-Lantern pie
The food spread
Ghost made of cheesecloth
The party room...it's not very often you see a 7 month old house covered in massive spider webs. 😉
The haunted houses the kids painted, and the signs Jedi made
One of Jedi's toilet paper roll bats
The digging pit. A huge bucket filled with sand, fake spiders, and fake skeleton bones
What's Halloween without some candy goodness?
Hunting for the hidden candy
Dr. Claw (Jedi) as the party DJ
Bug & Monkey tossing beanbags into the pumpkin pail
Feeling the items in the mystery box--a bunch of squishy toy snakes & frogs, some fake spiders, ears of corn, etc.
Digging in the pit
Jedi looking for bones blindfolded