Tag Archives: halloween

halloween at the zoo

The Denver Zoo really knows how to decorate for Halloween! When we visited in early October, there were many displays of animals and dinosaurs made out of pumpkins scattered throughout the zoo. This was my favorite of the pumpkin displays.

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halloween party for preschoolers


Here’s a brief summary of the Halloween party we had last year, for a crowd of mostly three-year-olds (with a few older and younger siblings joining as well). We had a number of activities for the kids set up around the house:

And for fun, yet relatively healthy, party snacks we had:

  • pumpkin mini muffins
  • orange and black fruit (cantaloupe and blackberries)
  • popcorn
  • nuts
  • cheese slices cut into pumpkin and ghost shapes (see below)
  • apple cider

an achievable toddler halloween party

The internet seems to be full of people hosting over-the-top Pinterest-perfect Halloween parties for their kiddos. I just don’t have that kind of time or motivation, but we hosted a lovely little party for a bunch of two-year-olds just the same. Here’s how it went down.

We scheduled the party for mid-morning since toddlers are generally least prone to melt-downs at that time of day. We also roll with a pretty healthy-eating group of families (and I didn’t want a house full of sugared up toddlers), so we kept the party food Halloween-appropriate yet simple and healthyish. I made pumpkin mini muffins, orange and black fruit (cantaloupe chunks and blackberries), and ghost toast!

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The ghost toast was just bread cut into ghost shapes with my trusty ghost-shaped cookie cutter, topped with cream cheese and flax seeds for the eyes and mouths.

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For drinks we had apple cider and water.

The kids weren’t old enough for complicated games and activities, so we spread out paper, Halloween stickers, crayons, and some Halloween pictures to color on a coffee table. At another table we set up a foam pumpkin decorating area.

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And perhaps the most fun activity was provided by Mother Nature – a sunny day and leaf piles to play in!

happy halloween!

Happy Halloween from our punkins! It’s our first Halloween as homeowners and I hope that we’ll get some trick or treaters tonight. But if we don’t, I have to admit that I won’t mind eating the leftover candy 🙂

In other Halloween-related news, I’m excited that one of my vegan and gluten-free recipes is included in the Halloween zine shown below that Kala from VeganCraftastic put together. You can buy a copy of the zine from Kala’s etsy shop.