It seems like just yesterday that we had the Halloween decorations out, kids at our door, and leftover candy to munch on when our sweet tooth started acting up. Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds below.
Well lo and behold, it’s that time of year again. With chilly fall temperatures, costumes galore, and pumpkin carving adventures, Halloween can be one of the best times of the year for kids and grown ups alike.
If you’re not careful it can also be a bit dangerous, and not in a good way. In this issue, we’re going to let you know how to keep your kids safe when going out on beggar’s night in your area, as well as some ideas for creative treats you can give if you’re tired of the same old snickers and reese cups (although I’m not sure how that can be possible).
To keep thing interesting, we’ll share a recipe for our sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds, so you’ll have something to do with the insides of your pumpkin before turning it into a jack o’lantern.
Whether you’ve got kids you’re taking out or you’re staying home by the fire, we hope you all have a safe and healthy Halloween, and enjoy it while it lasts it will be gone before you know it.
Have a Great Halloween!
Halloween Tips, Tricks and Safety Concerns
We’ll start with some tips to make your Halloween safe and sound for your kids. Kids love Halloween, and why shouldn’t they? They get to dress up in the costume of their choice, and then they get more candy on this day then any other day of the year.
Halloween is a kid’s paradise, but if you’re not careful, it can get ugly fast. Follow these tips to keep your kids safe while still maximizing their fun:
When choosing costumes, think soft, short and flexible. Steer clear of sharp swords, capes that are too long or shoes that don’t fit.
If you’re going to trick or treating at night, get some reflective tape and attach it to costumes and bags. Yes, they’ll be lots of kids and drivers should be extra careful, but it’s your responsibility to keep your kids safe.
Take a flashlight with you if it will be dark.
If you’re kids are too young to walk to school by themselves or walk to a friend’s in the neighborhood, they’re too young to go trick or treating on their own. Don’t allow them to go alone, even if it means your house sits empty for trick or treat night.
Don’t allow your kids to go to strangers alone, and if you feel uncomfortable about any house, don’t allow your kids to go to the door. Better safe than sorry.
While there may not be an documented cases of candy being poisoned, or razor blades inserted in apples, you should at least give all your kids’ candy a once over. If you have small kids look out for things that may pose choking hazards, and if something is opened or unwrapped, it’s best to just throw it out. Homemade treats are okay if you know the maker, otherwise, it may be wise to just get rid of them. Use your own discretion, but remember, better safe than sorry.
Finally, use common sense. You can’t cover every possible thing that can happen to you your kids, but you can avoid most accidents and tragedies by simply taking a moment to think if something seems right.
Are you staying home to provide treats for neighborhood kids? Try some of these options if you don’t want to give out the same thing as ten of your nearest neighbors:
Boxed juices make great treats, and kids love the unexpectedness of them. Even kids get tired of candy once in a while.
Try non edible items. Halloween pencils, jelly bracelets or other Halloween inspired party favors are great ideas, and kids love them. Just be careful to avoid small items that may pose choking hazards or don’t give them to babies and small children if you think they’re not age appropriate. Have something special for them.
Packaged chips, popcorn or trail mix can also be a good change of pace from candy and other sugary treats.
Avoid homemade items, things that are ‘open’ such as fruit and anything else parents may be suspicious of unless you know most of the kids and parents in the neighborhood. You’d hate to go to the trouble of making goodies only to have them thrown away because parents are afraid they are poisoned or something.
Some tips for keeping your house safe for those coming to your door:
Make sure leaves are raked, and nothing is blocking the obvious path to your door.
If you choose to light candles or lanterns outside the house, make sure you are available to continuously check on them.
Halloween can be a fun holiday and trick or treating can be a blast as long as it’s safe. Things we tend to overlook, such as ill fitting costumes, and walking around on busy streets amongst strangers can be recipes for disaster if you don’t use common sense.
Speaking of recipes, I’d like to share my recipe for sweet and spicy pumpkin sees with you, for a sweet and salty treat you’ll love.
Ingredients: 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, preferably fresh 2 large egg whites 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt Instructions: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and toss thoroughly. Spread the sheets in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Store in an airtight container. Makes 2 cups. Thanks for reading, and have a safe and happy Halloween!
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, preferably fresh
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients and toss thoroughly. Spread the sheets in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Store in an airtight container. Makes 2 cups.
Thanks for reading, and have a safe and happy Halloween!