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C'est la Vie: The Sweeter Side of Halloween

Ask my parents, I've never been a big fan of Halloween. I can't explain exactly how or where my distaste began, but somewhere between pre-school and middle school I knew that this was definitely not my favorite holiday.

Now as a parent myself, I'm walking the fine line between allowing my kids to know I don't love Halloween without spoiling all of the fun for them. Truth be told, it's really the gore and guts, the spooks and screams I can't get on board with. Why would I subject myself or my children to fear in the name of fun? I find it ridiculous.


On the other hand there are plenty of things I do enjoy... I mean who can argue with miniature candy?? I'm not ashamed to tell you that I feel a whole lot better eating 10 mini- Kit Kats over the course of 3 days than I do about eating a full-sized one in a single sitting! And the crafts and other goodies are more my speed too. Costumes? So long as it doesn't look like something that would make a toddler cry, I'm good. So this weekend was perfect for some of the pre-Halloween fun.


The kids and I started with popcorn balls - yum! I found this recipe at Food.com and it's a keeper. It is super simple and absolutely delicious. We tinted ours orange to look like pumpkins, but it turned out to be more yellow. Ooops... I guess I'll have to make another batch. We wrapped ours with plastic wrap, but I'm picturing them wrapped again with some orange tissue paper and tied with a green ribbon for a special Halloween treat!

We also found time to carve a pumpkin. My daughter is at the age where she understands that you can do some unique designs with pumpkin. With a little help from HGTV, we came up with a fun owl design using one of their templates. I've linked you to their beginner templates, but they also have intermediate and advanced for older kid and even "older kid" fun.




We do have one special costume this year that has come together quite nicely (it's still a secret until Friday for the school parade). We'll now be roasting some pumpkin seeds and at the very least making a few other crafts and treats. I'll be sure to post if we come up with anything else noteworthy.

Please share your favorite traditions and ideas! Happy Halloween Week!

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