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What is everyones plans for Halloween?

I am having a Halloween Party the weekend before Halloween. My son and I love Halloween time, but not as much trick-or-treating (we do do it, but it is not our favorite part) We like to have a party each year ☺  My asthma, allergies, and fatigue are always in consideration when hosting a party. Plus my son has food allergies, and I know others do too, so providing a goid mix of safe foods is always a challenge.

I am doing the party in my backyard (I try to keep my indoors as a safe space, so I dont host indoor events at my house). So hopefully the weather will be nice. I also have a front room on a separate portable a/c, as well as carport and backyard. 

We are going to have a scavenger hunt for non-food treats. We are going to have a few tents set up with Halloween books where people can tell stories. Some games (like a ghostbusters marshmallow shooting game). I am using my front room to set up a buffet, with lots of a la carte packaged snacks, like baby bel cheeses, mandarin orange cups, assorted chips and crackers (some gluten-free), keeping the ingredient label by each snack. And, I am going to have a pumpkin carving/decorating station as well. I did this last year and it was fun, but I wore myself out too… I am hoping I can do enough prep this year that I dont run myself around at the party!

Is anyone doing anything cool to celebrate, or making any yummy halloween foods? 

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  • Jen

    Sounds like fun, Shea!  

    So….my oldest is 15 and she hasn't been trick or treating in a few years.  The 13 year old is undecided as to whether or not she wants to t or t.  The 11 year old is still all for it – need to get a costume.  My son is 6, with autism and developmental delays.  We will probably take him out to a few houses and then really hit the neighborhood with my youngest daughter once we drop him off at home.

    Other Halloween things?

    Decorating the yard

    Pumpkin carving

    School Halloween parades for the younger 2.  Dh should be teleworking that day, so hopefully we can divide and conquer if the parades are at the same time.

    We, too, need to deal with the 15 yr old's peanut allergy.  We choose lots of safe for nut allergies (and even some top 8 safe) candies. Last year we also had some non-food treats – bubbles, spider rings, slime, etc.

  • Kathy P

    I won't have any kids here this year! In the past, we've decorated sugar skulls, done pumpkin carving and had fun dinner snacks. One year I made DIY pizzas and used big cookie cutters to cut out Halloween shapes out of gluten free flatbread. Last year, I used the same . There are some other fun ideas in that blog like mummy dogs and clementine pumpkins.

    If you are looking for #KeepItTeal pumpkin carving stencils, here are .

    Kids With Food Allergies also has a that includes a drawstring bag, silicone bracelet, and some printouts. It ships with the printouts, but you also get a PDF so you can print more. The stickers in there are great for putting on non-food treat bags! I used those a couple years ago. If you are looking for scavenger hunt things, the are on sale if you purchase 20 or more.

  • Shea

    I love those food and non-food ideas!!! 

    We did bubbles and slime last year too for non-food. This year we have eye ball boucy balls, and Im thinking of other ideas and crafts that are "tricks"…. I might set up a crafting station at the party since its before halloween and give everyone a chance to make nonfood "tricks" to give out on halloween, like little drawings, popsicle stick puppets, painted rocks, etc.

    We are definitely going to do a teal pumpkin!

  • Lemon Harris

    We will be trick or treating with cousins and watching Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown before bed.  Glad to see you are still trying to make it fun for the kids, despite your challenges.

  • K8sMom2002

    We manage food allergies, too! And even though my DD is 16, she still likes Halloween, although now she's on the GIVING end and not the taking end. I need to get my order in for a  to have handy for the little ghosts and goblins that may come to our house this year — rumor has it that some of our neighbors' grandkids may be visiting.

    @Lemon Harris, what a great reminder about It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

  • Pljohns

    Thankfully our DS's are too old to go out and DS#2 has never eaten sweets.  Last year we didn't have any trick or treater's at all so a quiet night for us.  Now, our service manager is having a blast decorating the clinic for halloween!

  • Jen

    My food allergy kid hasn't been trick or treating for a few years now.  But…for those who are dealing with food allergies, the  is a great idea!

  • Shea

    I'm still decorating! Also today I did some major weeding and cleaning the carport out (it is going to be sn outside party, so trying to get everything arranged) and working on where I am going to put chairs and stuff… I got sand for the sandbox, and games, and I have all the non-food scavenger hunt toys.

    I have some good snack ideas… 

    Make your Own spooky chex mix, bowls with spoons tied to each of them  (to prevent cross contamination–although im not using peanut products, just in case anyone else has allergies I'm keeping ingredients separated:

    Rice chex, marshmallow, chic chips, mnms, some halloween bones made of sugar, pretzels, cheese puffs

    Homemade Halloween cupcakes

    Halloween baby bell cheeses

    Fruit snacks

    A few candies

    Pinwheels (one ham, one turkey, one vegetable) wrapped eith with cream cheese and soy-free tortillas

    Bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers (a family favorite)

    Roasted, salted pumpkin seeds

    Need more drinks– I will have Gatorade and water and gingerale… Probably lemonade too

    Pasta salad with choose your own ingredients: asparagus, red peppers, cheese, olives

    I need to put out more lights. Thee front room is nice and spooky (but not too spooky). 

    Getting excited!