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A Special Treat for Halloween

Lora loves to celebrate Halloween with her family by making spooky cookies, healthy treats, festive crafts, and word jumbles.

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A Spook Filled Halloween

Halloween, Halloween,
oh, the ghosts and gobblins I’ve seen;
howling and screaming in the night,
they give me quite a fright!
With eyes glowing in the dark,
their cries piercing and stark.

On this windy autumn night
my imagination takes flight...
Is that a sound of an owl that I hear
or a gobblin which is near?

Is that a haunted house
up the way
with a real ghost looking from
a window... I say!
Or is it a child dressed in white
preparing to go out on this night?

Spooks abound everywhere,
so, take care, take...care,
with their glowing eyes
and shrill cries...
Just beware!

Halloween, Halloween-
a night in costume
of frightening fun,
with identity in disguise...
full of shrieks and surprise!

A masquerade,
of costumes on parade,
with trick or treat,
a fun-filled escapade!

-Lora Hollings

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“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” - Robert Brault


Haunting Treats for Halloween

Better gobble these cookies down quick. They've been known to disappear!

Gingerbread Ghosts

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/3 cup molasses
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

In a large bowl, blend together the sugar and butter. Add the molasses. Fold in the sifted flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough until it is 1/8-inch thick. Cut out the cookie with a ghost-shaped cookie cutter and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove form the oven and let cool thoroughly on a wire rack before decorating with Frosting.


Frosting:
1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 to 4 tablespoons of soymilk
1 (8 ounce) package miniature chocolate chips

To half of the sugar add the vanilla extract, salt and 2 tablespoons of the milk. Mix well. Add the remaining sugar and mix again. Add as much of the remaining milk as you need to reach the desired consistency for spreading. Spread the Frosting on each cookie until it is totally white and looks like a ghost. For eyes, use two chocolate chips on each of the cookies.

Makes 2 dozen.



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Healthy Kid Snacks For Halloween

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Fruit Spiders Recipe

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Creepy and crawly but deliciously cute, these healthy Halloween fruit spiders are so much fun, your kids will be begging for more. For easy instructions on making these Halloween critters go to http://eatingrichly.com/10/healthy-kid-snack-for-halloween-fruit-spiders-recipe/

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Fruity Frog

Ingredients

Green apple (such as a Granny Smith)
Tofutti
Chocolate chips
Green grapes

Instructions

1. Cut the apple into quarters and remove the core. Cut a thin wedge from one quarter for a mouth. For the eyes, shape tofutti into two half-inch balls, and set them in place. Insert a chocolate chip, point-side in, into each tofutti ball.

2. Use the grapes, cut in half, for the legs and feet. Slice four halves to create toes. Arrange the pieces as shown and serve on a paper lily pad.

Parents should cut and prepare the apple quarters and grape pieces used for frog's body, hands, and feet. Children will have fun shaping the eyes, setting them in place, and arranging the pieces to make the frog. Children will also have lots of enjoyment drawing the lily pads on which the frogs are served on. You can also get creative here by having them make white, pink, or yellow flowers out of tissue paper to use as an additional decoration on these lily pads especially if they are serving them for a Halloween party.


A Halloween Craft for Family fun

pom pom pumpkin patch

pom pom pumpkin patch

These pom pom pumpkins are fun and easy to make, very festive, and make wonderful decorations for Fall and Halloween. They can also be used for place cards at Halloween parties.

For easy to follow step by step instructions go to this site.

Make An Adorable Paper Owl Tree

Whooo's the cutest Halloween decoration around? These winged creatures! More sweet than scary, they make a great tabletop centerpiece when perched on a branch.

For making these fun and adorable owls, go to http://www.parents.com/fun/arts-crafts/kid/give-a-hoot-owl-craft/

Give a Hoot Owl Craft

Give a Hoot Owl Craft

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Halloween Jumble (PDF download)

Have fun unscrambling the words in the Halloween Jumble! Most of these words can be found on this page. Click the link above to download the printable PDF.

© 2019 Lora Hollings

Comments

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 23, 2020:

What a load of fun and food. I love that you have offered vegan recipes just for me (haha). Thanks so much. I loved the poem. It was pretty awesome and full of fun imagery. My last trick or treat experience was a bad one. I was 13 and really "too old" for trick or treat but I talked my mom into letting me take my younger siblings. That night we encountered some hoodlums speeding up and down the street, throwing eggs at kids. I protected my siblings but got an egg right in the center back at about 30 miles per hour. It raised a terrible welt and didn't go away for days. Mom never let us trick or treat again. After that, we could have a party but we went to no houses. Isn't that a shame? My youngest sibling was only 5. He never saw another magical night of going to stranger's houses and getting treats. It's pitiful that there are people who feel compelled to destroy the fun of others.

Blessings,

Denise

Lora Hollings (author) on November 28, 2019:

Thanks Bill. And I wish you, your family, and your beautiful dogs a very happy Thanksgiving as well!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 28, 2019:

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Lora Hollings (author) on November 25, 2019:

Thank you Devika for reading my article and leaving a comment. I'm complimented by your favorable response. I hope that you enjoy the crafts and the recipes! Have a wonderful week.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 09, 2019:

Wow! A hub as this one can be used on every Halloween. A well presented and informative hub for this day. he recipe ideas are useful too.

Lora Hollings (author) on November 02, 2019:

Thanks Alyssa for checking out my article and your comment. I made these treats and crafts with my family and we had much fun doing it! The treats are not only very cute but very tasty as well. The pom pom pumpkins are fun and the owl tree is just enchanting! They make wonderful Fall decorations. Have a great weekend.

Lora Hollings (author) on November 02, 2019:

Thank you Denise for dropping by and commenting. I'm glad you liked the poem and I'm sure with your artistic ability you will have much fun creating the treats especially the frogs and the spiders since I know you are vegan. You can also convert the gingerbread ghosts to vegan very easily by just using a plant derived margarine or butter. Have fun with these!

Alyssa from Ohio on November 02, 2019:

What a fun poem and those gingerbread ghosts sound delicious! I will definitely have to try making those. I love the craft ideas, too!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 30, 2019:

Okay, that was a surprise. The recipes and crafts, what fun! Beautiful poem too. You really put a smile on my face this morning.

Blessings,

Denise

Lora Hollings (author) on October 26, 2019:

Thanks Cattaleya for reading and I'm complimented by your comment. Glad you enjoyed the poem and I hope you love the cookies and the other treats. Have a wonderful day!

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on October 26, 2019:

Love the poem. It's vibrant and I can imagine the images so clearly.

The recipes look yummy. I am going to try the ghost cookies first..

Lora Hollings (author) on October 21, 2019:

Thanks Chitrangada for your beautiful and insightful comment. I'm happy that you enjoyed the poem, the drawings, and the recipes. Your words have much wisdom. We should all keep the child alive within us and value the spontaneity, the joy and magic of being as children exemplify! Have a wonderful week.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 21, 2019:

Thanks so much Pamela for stopping by and for your gracious comment. I had a lot of fun writing this article and wanted to share some of these fun activities with others. Have a great week!

Lora Hollings (author) on October 21, 2019:

Thanks Lorna for reading and for your wonderful comment. My daughter and I made the owl tree and had much fun doing it too.

It really is a lovely craft and makes an ideal centerpiece for guests or just for your own enjoyment. It's a great Fall craft that you can use throughout the Fall season not only for Halloween. Happy Halloween to you!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 21, 2019:

Lori, I wrote a comment this morning but it must have not posted. So, I really like you poem, the cookie recipe and all the wonderful Halloween art. This is an excellent Halloween article.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 21, 2019:

Thanks Flourish for dropping by and for your enthusiastic response. I hope that many will find this article helpful in making Halloween a very special occasion. Have a great week!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 21, 2019:

Excellent article, the poem as well as the recipes. Your sketches are beautiful.

Your haunting treats are worth trying. Thanks for sharing the details.

There is a child within everyone of us and let’s keep that child alive. How true!

I do believe that we all should have that childlike characteristics —innocence, kindness, carefree, stress free and being full of happiness and laughter, for no reason.

Thanks for sharing and good day to you!

Lorna Lamon on October 21, 2019:

Such a wonderful selection of all things Halloween Lora. I love the owl tree which could be brought out for lots of celebrations, or kept out as a lovely table ornament. Really well thought article and a definite 'go to' for great ideas.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 20, 2019:

Thanks for dropping by and for commenting John. Halloween is a special time in our home for making fun crafts, decorating the house, and making treats to share with neighbors and friends!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 20, 2019:

From the poem to the crafts and snacks this was a delightful way to celebrate Halloween!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 20, 2019:

What a wonderful article, packed with Halloween fun, the poem was good and the recipes a great idea. Well done, Lora.