With Halloween happening in our homes this year, the idea of sugar-fuelled ghosts and ghouls in lockdown is quite the scary thought, isn’t it!?! Thankfully, there are lots of ideas floating around this ghostly month to entertain the kids and here are a few of our favourites….
Make some healthy treats together – avoid the sugar spikes and look after their teeth (and our sanity) in the process – bonus! And with food deliveries in high demand, you can have fun with whatever you already have in the house; fruits such as apples, oranges, kiwi and bananas are super to use as a base, while choc chips, mini marshmallows, strawberries, grapes, raisins and seeds make super googly eyes, teeth and tongues! For a little extra gore, you could smoosh up some strawberries or raspberries or if you’re looking for a more zombie-Frankenstein vibe, take a fork to an avocado… Mwahahaha.
Jamie Oliver’s and his son Buddy also has some super tips and a mini tutorial on their channel.
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Looking for more inspiration? These delicious vegetarian Halloween recipes from BBC Good Food have tempted us…Eyeball and Hand fruit punch anyone?
A few simple rules will keep you right on the day:
– Try to stick to a time period for treats and tempting as it is, avoid snacking all day
– Remember things like raisins can be sticky and coat teeth, pay extra attention as you brush & floss
– Taking time to create healthy treats embeds super habits for the future
– It is ok to play with your food !
A few other ideas that aren’t about food, or teeth and we loved are ….
Take an early evening walk in the garden, park or the woods with something that glows (balloons, sticks) or in a more open space, a sparkler. Make up a ghostly story, each taking turns. Roast marshmallows. Make a playlist, each picking your own songs to add, burn off some energy to the favourite tracks by making up a family routine (if you follow our instagram or Facebook accounts, you’ll know we practise what we preach – have a look at our MGDC family TikTok!!)
Or, if it’s all feeling a bit too much? An @lizclimo cartoon always has the answer …