Spooky Treat Holders

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These easy treat containers are a great way to hand out Halloween candy this year without kids reaching into a communal bowl. Make a few or a lot, and leave on a patio or table where kids can easily take a single serving. They’re a fun alternative to a standard treat bag.

To assemble, first wrap empty toilet paper tubes in crepe paper or ribbon. I made one version with orange ribbon and another with white crepe paper. Other fun ideas include: green (for Frankenstein!), blue (for silly monsters!), black (for bats!) or even tricolor white-orange-yellow for candy corn.

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As you wrap, you’ll need to work carefully, wrapping one side of the paper or ribbon and then applying glue before wrapping the next section. Wrap, glue, wrap, glue, repeat until the tube is completely covered.

Now add details with pieces of cut construction paper or marker. For example, add wiggle eyes to the blue monster, if you’ve used blue crepe paper or ribbon. Our orange ones became pumpkins and white became ghosts.

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You can then use either cellophane treat bags or regular zip-top bags to stuff candy inside. I filled baggies with a few treats (make sure the stuffed bag is narrow enough to fit inside the tube), and insert into your spooky creations.

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We’re ready for contact-free trick-or-treaters!

Hearty Vegan Meatloaf

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This recipe takes a bit of time to prepare, but it’s a beautiful way to share the love (literally!) with your family. Bonus points for the hidden veggie puree you can sneak inside.

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Ingredients:

For the veggie puree:

  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

For the meatloaf:

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup plain soy milk
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup grated vegan Parmesan (such as VioLife)
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages meatless crumbles

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  1. To prepare the veggie puree, combine the onion, carrot, garlic, spinach, and parsley in a blender and process until mostly smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together the flaxseed and water to make 1 vegan egg. Add to the veggie puree, along with the oats, soy milk, 1/4 cup ketchup, and Parmesan. Add the meatless crumbles and work with your hands until combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large baking sheet and shape into a heart.
  4. To prepare the topping, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup, balsamic, and brown sugar. Spread over the top of the heart.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

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Halloween Countdown Day 27: Doll Trick-or-Treat

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The kids won’t actually be knocking on doors and shouting out “trick-or-treat!” this year, so I wanted a way for them to at least simulate the fun. An easy alternative? Have all the dolls in your house stage a practice round before the big day!

This was a fun way to show Veronika, especially, what the holiday normally looks like since she’s too young to remember last year. We used a pack of Smarties (the perfect doll-sized treat) and sprinkled a few behind the door of her dollhouse.

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The kids were having so much fun with the charade that we set up a whole neighborhood. Soon there was a castle and a stable in town, with treats behind each door. Knock knock!

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I loved watching the kids play this simple game together as our countdown nears the grand finale.

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