Halloween Treats for ADULTS

Halloween Treats for ADULTS

 

Who says Halloween is just for kids?  After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.

Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.

Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.

Black CocktailThe Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout.  It looks lethally YUMMY!

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Pumpkin cheese ballWhip up this Nacho Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Cincy Shopper, it’s creamy, crunchy, with a bit of spicy!

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Spiderweb DipDip the nigh away with this zesty south-of-the-border dip from Mr. Food.com

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Mummy BrieAdd a bit of sophistication to your Halloween with this Mummy Baked Brie found on Babble.com.

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Smoking MartiniHere’s a lovey Smoking Martini created by Thomas Johnson from Cocktailatlas.com

Perfect for Halloween!
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CocktailThe Grave Digger Cocktail is a concoction of hard cider, whiskey, and ginger ale designed by Boulder Locavore.

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You’ve Been Booed! Halloween 2019 Free Printables

You’ve Been Booed! Halloween 2019 Free Printables

halloween 2016I guess it’s that time of year again!  We’ve already started the countdown for Halloween  at our house.  I’ve been busy making costumes for the grands, Halloween cards and decorations.  We’re also starting to plan this year’s Halloween party for my grandson Jett.  It’s supposed to be a small one, but we’ll see.  Our parties tend to grow as we plan.

One of the activities we love during the Halloween season, in our family that’s pretty much the whole month of October, is the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed!”.  We play it in our neighborhood every year.  It’s a great way to get to know some of your neighbors and a good way to teach kids about sharing and giving.

The older kids love helping prepare the gift baskets, but the highlight is really dropping them off without being seen!

halloween 2016If you’re not familiar with the game I’ll explain.  The object of the game is to anonymously drop off a Halloween treat to 2 of your neighbors without being seen.  You must include a copy of the poem and game instructions with your treat, as well as a sign that let’s everyone know that house has been booed.

The treat recipient hangs the we’ve been booed somewhere visible so everyone knows that house has gotten a treat.   Then each recipient will continue the game by giving treats to 2 other neighbors who haven’t been booed yet.

 

I know I said it’s a neighborhood game, but really you can play it in school or at the office too!

By the way the treat doesn’t have to be just candy, you can include stickers, decor, and other fun Halloween stuff.  You can be as creative as you want!

To help you get started we’re sharing 2 new designs for Halloween 2016!  Each design has the instructions and the sign hung by the recipient.  You have a choice of “I’ve been booed” or “We’ve been booed” .  If you’re playing in school or at the office you may want to display the I’ve been booed sign.

Just click on the link, download and print!  Enjoy!

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Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party Ideas

Photo by Savvy Nana

Halloween is on Friday.  It’s not to late to throw a Halloween party.  When my kids were young we used to throw a pre-trick-or-treat party, it was lots of fun!

Consider inviting friends over for pot luck, it makes it easier to feed excited kids.  And making one dish to share is easier than preparing the whole dinner yourself.

A few games before hitting the streets gets the evening off to a good start.  Then wind things down after trick-or-treating by sharing a good Halloween book or watching a scary movie.

Here are a few ideas to jump start your party.

Dinner Suggestions:

A spooky twist on pigs-in-blankets.  These Mummy Dogs from Raining Hot Coupons are easy to make and will surly be a hit.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Halloween Party Ideas

Courtesy of Delish

Jack-o-Lantern Sandwiches from Delish.com are really just layers of ham and cheese baked in ready made pie crust.  If you prefer you can use slicked turkey or other cold cuts instead of the ham.

Halloween twist on deviled eggs by Delicious as it Looks.

Halloween Party Ideas

Courtesy of Momtastic

This spider web dip is a spooky variation of party favorite 7 Layer Dip from Momtastic.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Party

Courtesy of Just A Taste

Had to throw these adorable Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops from Just a Taste!  They are too cute!

 

 

 

 

 

This Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake from Inside Bru Crew Life looks super yummy!

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Halloween Party Ideas

Savvy Nana

Witches brew is always a hit at our parties.  Any punch will do, it’s the fog that makes this spooky fun.
DIY Dry Ice click here.
How to use dry ice in drinks safely click here.

For more Halloween dinner recipes click here!
For Homemade Halloween treat recipes click here!

 

 

Games:

Halloween Party Ideas

A fall party staple is bobbing for apples, if you don’t want to get wet try tying donuts on strings and let the players chomp away.

Halloween Party Ideas

Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey dis-assemble a jointed skeleton cut out and have the kids re-assembling it blind folded.

Halloween Party Ideas

Instead of a pinata try this Pop Goes the Pumpkin from MarthaStewart.com.  The Pumpkin makes a cute decoration and the kids will love popping the balloons to find their surprise.

Halloween Party Ideas

For some ghoulishly good fun have blind folded kids guess which body part they are touching.

Simply place assorted food in containers and have the blind folded child stick her hand in each container to feel around, she must guess the body part that is in each container.

Use peeled grapes for “eyes”, cold cooked spaghetti for “hair”,  etc.

When the fun and food are over gather your ghosts and goblins to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood.  By the end of the evening you will most likely have a group of over tired kids, wind them down with a quiet activity such as reading a Halloween book or watching a Halloween movie.


Crochet Toddler Halloween Costume – “Eye Candy”

Crochet Toddler Halloween Costume – “Eye Candy”

Eye Candy

Last year my toddler grandson, Jett, dressed up as a “Chick Magnet”; I made  him a chick costume and his parents made him a “magnet” to carry around or wear around his waist.  This costume earned him an honorable mention in their local costume contest.

This year in keeping with this play on words we decided to dress him up as “Eye Candy”.  The eye part was easy, but it took us a while to decide what type of candy he should be and what it should be made of.  In the end we thought candy corn was appropriate for a little boy and that a crocheted sweater will work instead of the sack dresses we saw online, those were just too girly.

So I crocheted him a hat, which he could actually wear any time with or without the “eye” and this sweater.  I show the fringe on the hat both braided and unbraided, either way is cute.  The sweater can be worn later by removing the “eyes” or even for Thanksgiving by replacing the “eyes” with a  turkey applique.

To download free pdf version click here!

The pattern I have here is for a size 2T sweater and a child’s hat that will fit a 20″ head circumference.

I used a large hook size so it didn’t take long to make.

Eye Candy

Hat:

Hook Size K 6.50mm
#4 yarn in Yellow, Orange, White, Black, Brown, Gray

2ch counts as 1 hdc.

Ch 2 with white

Rd. 1:  7 sc in 2nd. ch from hook (7)

Rd. 2:  Ch2, hdc in same st, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st,* repeat *, join (10)

Rd. 3:  Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, join (14)

Rd. 4:  Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts,* repeat * 1 time, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2, join (18)

Rd. 5:  Ch2, hdc in same st, *hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next st,* repeat * 2 times, hdc in next 2 sts (21)

Rd. 6:  Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2*, repeat * around join, (28)

Rd. 7:  Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat * around, join (35)

Rd. 8:  Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat* around, join (42) – Change to Orange yarn on last st.

Rd. 9:  Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, * repeat * around, join (49)

Rds. 10- 19: Ch2, hdc in each st around (49) –  Change to Yellow yarn at the end of Rd. 17, continue same for Rounds 18 & 19.  Do not fasten off you will work first earflap – slst in next 6 stitches and continue as follows:

Row 1:  Ch2, hdc in next 13 sts, ch 2, turn (14 hdc, chain 2 counts as 1hdc)

Row 2:  hdc2tog, hdc in next 9 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (12)

Row 3:  hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (12)

Row 4:  hdc2tog, hdc in next 7 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (10)

Row 5:  hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (10)

Row 6:  hdc2tog, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (8)

Row 7:  hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (8)

Row 8:  hdc2tog, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (6)

Row 9:  hdc2tog, hdc in next st, hdc2tog, fasten off (4)

Count 12 stitches across front of hat, join yellow yarn to next st and repeat rows 1-9 above, but do not fasten off.  Ch 1, sc around the hat, join to the first sc, fasten off.

Tassels: make 2

Cut (4) strands of orange, yellow, white 10″ long.  Fold strands over to form a loop at the top.  Take a small strand of orange yarn and slip it thru the loop and knot.  You will use this to tie tassel to earflap.  Take another strand of orange yarn and wind it to the top of the yarn strands about 1/2″ from the  loop.  You will now have a tassel.  Repeat then tie tassels on to the middle of the earflap.  Trim ends or braid then trim ends.

Inner Eye:

Hook size F 3.75mm

With black yarn Ch 2

Rd. 1:  6sc in 2nd. ch from hook, join – switch to brown yarn (6)

Rd. 2:  ch 1,sc in same st, *2 sc in each st*, repeat * around,  join – switch to white yarn (12)

Rd. 3:  ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, *2sc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat * around join (18)

Rd. 4: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat * around, join (24)

Rd. 5: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts*, repeat * around, join (30)

Rd. 6: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts*, repeat* around, join (36) fasten off leaving 6″ tail for stitching

Outer Eye:

Hook size F

With yellow yarn Ch 2

Rd. 1: 6 sc in 2nd. ch from hook, join (6)

Rd. 2:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, *2hdc in each st*, repeat* around, join (12)

Rd. 3:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, repeat * around, join (18)

Rd. 4:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat* around, join (24)

Rd. 5:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat* around, join (30)

Rd. 6:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hadc in next 4 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4sts*, repeat * around, join (36) fasten off leaving 6″ tail for sewing

Sew inner eye into outer eye.  Sew finished eye to the middle of the front of the hat.

Eye Candy

 

Eye Candy

Sweater:  Size 2 will fit chest size 21″  Size K hook.  Ch 2 counts as 1 dc

BACK:

Row 1:  With yellow yarn – ch 41.  Hdc in 3rd. chain from hook and in each stitch across, turn (40hdc)

Row 2:  Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* repeat * across, dc in last st, turn (40 dc)

Rows 3-5:  Repeat Row 2 (40 dc)

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (40sc)

Row 7 – 8:  Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (40dc) – change to orange at the end of row 8

Rows 9 –  26 repeat row 7 (40 dc) – change to white at the end of row 26

Row 27:  Repeat row 7  (40dc)

Row 28:  Slst in first 4 sts, ch 2, dc in next 31 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, turn (32dc)

Row 29 – 41:  Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (32dc),

First shoulder:

After row 41 you will start the first shoulder

Row 1:  Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, turn – leave remaining sts unworked  (5dc)

Row 2-3:  repeat Row 1 – fasten off

Second shoulder:

With right side facing you count 5 sts from opposite end, join yarn to next st and repeat 3 rows of first shoulder

Front:

Work same as the back up to row 35

Row 36 will start  first shoulder as follows:

Row 1:  Ch 2, dc in next 8 sts, turn – leave remaining sts unworked (9dc)

Row 2:  Slst first 2 sts, ch 2 in next st, dc in remaining sts, turn (7dc)

Row 3:  Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, turn – leave remaining sts. unworked (5dc)

Row 4 – 11:  Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, turn fasten off

Second shoulder:

With right side facing you count 9 sts from opposite end, join yarn to next st and repeat 11 rows of first shoulder

Sleeves:  Make 2

Row 1:  With Yellow chain 37.  Hdc in 3rd, ch from hook and in each stitch across ( 36hdc)

Row 2:   Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* repeat * across, dc in last st, turn (36 dc)

Rows 3-5:  Repeat Row 2 (36 dc)

Row 6:  Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (36 sc) Change to orange at the end of the row

Row 7 – 31:  Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (36dc)  change to white at the end of row 25

Row 32:  Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each st across, 2dc in last st, turn (38dc)

Row 33:  Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (38dc) fasten off

With yarn needle and right sides facing stitch front and back together at shoulder.

Stitch sleeves in body by fitting sleeves into the armholes – see picture

Eye Candy
Stitch sleeve seams and side seams together.  I matched the yarn color to the color blocks on the sweater and sleeves.
Neck line trim:
Attach white yarn to one shoulder at the neckline.  Hdc in each stitch around, join to the first hdc.
Rd. 1:  Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* repeat * around, dc in last st, join
Next round:  Repeat round 1, join and fasten off.  Weave all ends securely.
Eyes:
Make inner eye same as for the hat but fasten off after round 4 (24sc)
Make outer eye in gray same as for had but fasten off after round 4 (24hdc)
I made 6 eyes and attached to the front of the sweater, but you can make however many eyes you want.
Eye Candy
Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie

A warm and healthy Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie loaded with so many beautiful flavors….where do I start? The beautiful beefy filling? The crispy Parmesan cheesy top? Or the creamy layers of pumpkin?

This recipe has been handed down to me by my one and only mother. I may only ever change a couple things, but really, this is perfection.

The beef mixture inside this Beef and Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie is like beast mode a la Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Terminator of Shepherd’s Pie…or Cottage Pie. Whichever one rocks your socks. So much happening it may not be like your normal average Shepherd’s Pie, but since when are we normal anyway?

One slice of this mountain of glory and you’ll be so full and fulfilled in every way possible, you won’t want a nothing else after it.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg | 2lbs butternut or kent pumpkin , washed, peeled seeded and cubed (I usually use 1/2 a kent pumpkin)
  • 3 large potatoes , washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat butter/spread of choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 medium carrots , peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 red capsicum/bell pepper , seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced (or 3 teaspoons minced garlic)
  • 500 g | 1lbs ground/mince extra lean beef
  • 2 ripe tomatoes , diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • salt to season
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock (I use Vegeta)
  • 2 tablespoons gravy powder , whisked in 1/4 cup boiling water (until free of lumps): or you can substitute the gravy
  • powder with cornflour/corn starch.
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves , washed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C | 400F. Combine pumpkin and potatoes with just enough water to cover them, in a large saucepan/pot over medium heat, and boil until tender. Alternatively, microwave or steam them until soft. Drain well, add the butter/spread and mash until smooth and creamy. Season with salt to suit your tastes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a separate large pan over medium – high heat. Add onion, carrots and capsicum, and cook stirring for about 5 – 10 minutes, or until onions become transparent. Add the garlic and cook stirring again, for about 2 minutes. Add beef and fry until meat is browned on all sides (break up all lumps with your wooden spoon). Add the tomatoes, cover pot with lid, reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes soften. When tomatoes are soft, add the peas, salt and vegetable stock powder, and simmer again covered with lid for about 10 minutes, or until all vegetables are soft and cooked through. Add gravy powder or cornflour/corn starch mixture. Cook stirring to combine all ingredients together until a sauce forms, reduces and thickens. Stir the spinach and parsley through, and take off heat.
  3. Evenly spread half the pumpkin/potato mash into a large oven proof baking dish. Spoon the beef mixture over the top, and spread remaining pumpkin mash over the top of the beef.
  4. Sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake until the top of the pie turns a golden brown and sauce is bubbling underneath (about 20 minutes).
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6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

It’s that time of year again!  Yup it’s almost Halloween, one of our family’s favorite holidays.  (And you know we love all holidays!)  To get into the Halloween spirit, pun intended, we like to usher in the holiday by reading Halloween Books with the grandkids.

We have grands ranging in age from 2 months to 16, so clearly we don’t read the same Halloween Books to all of them.  Although in years past the oldest one sometimes sits in during the pre-schoolers story time if only to tease his brother about the baby books.

Anyway for this post I’m going to tell you about 6 Halloween Books our pre-schoolers love.  In fact they like them so much we’ll be reading them many more times between now and Halloween, and perhaps even after.

This post contains affiliate links to the recommended books

halloween booksPete the Cat: Trick or Pete

My 4 year old twin grandkids love Pete the Cat.  They think he’s super cool!

Pete the Cat:Trick or Pete is the perfect Halloween book for them.  It’s a lift the flap book that follows Pete as he goes trick or treating in his neighborhood.  As he goes from house to house the flap opens to a fun spooky surprise.

It’s a fun book and will be loved now and the years to come!

 

 

halloween booksRoom on the Broom

My 5 year old grandson loves the Room on the Broom!  It’s good a witch on a broom, 3 helpful animals, and a hungry dragon, what more can a child ask for?

Is there room on the broom for the 3 helpful critters, and can they save the witch from the hungry dragon?  Read the book to find out!

 

 

 

halloween booksLittle Blue Truck’s Halloween

The 4 & 5 year old boys love this book.  Of course they’re currently in their cars and trucks phase and this book is perfect.

The popular Blue Truck is picking up his animal buddies to go to a costume party.  Lift the flaps on this board book to find out who’s wearing each costume.

Will the Little Blue Truck wear a costume too?  Lift the flap to find out!

 

 

halloween booksThe Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

My 4 year old granddaughter loves this classic Halloween Book, but mostly I think she loves the stickers.  She loves stickers!

We’ve read this book with all the grands and will be reading it I’m sure next year to the now 2 month old grandson.

It’s a fun book that teaches kids right and wrong.  The bear kids are excited to go trick or treating with their friends but when someone decides they should play tricks this go quickly awry!

 

 

halloween booksCorduroy’s Best Halloween Ever

Here’s another beloved character!  Follow along as the cute bear plans his Halloween Party.  There’ll be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and of course trick or treating.  But wait!  What will he wear?  Help Corduroy decide on his costume!

 

 

 

 

 

halloween booksSpider Sandwiches

What pre-schooler doesn’t love monster?  Specially those that eat yucky gross food?

Come eat with Max, a monster with a monstrous appetite!