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Healthy Halloween treats and crafts

We love Halloween as much as the next family but with childhood obesity on the raise and talk of tooth brushing lessons entering the school curriculum, I wanted to make sure Jacks Halloween was not just a sugar-fest.

As he is only two years old Jack is too young to go trick or treating, but that doesn’t mean he has to miss out on the fun.

Jacks first ever Halloween 2012.

Jacks first ever Halloween 2012.

We have spent the last few days creating our own toddler friendly Halloween.

We made paper pumpkin lanterns using chalk to colour in circles of sugar paper which we then stuck googly eyes and a sugar paper nose and mouth onto, the glue sticks better if you brush off as much of the chalk residue as possible.


Other craft ideas you could try are hand prints which you could decorate as ghosts or monsters, make your own witches hat and spooky paper chains.

We love an afternoon or evening spent snuggled up on the sofa watching spooky movies but Jack and I did some moving and grooving first to a Halloween hits album. Jack loves dancing and we made an afternoon of it pretending to be a werewolf to “clap for the wolfman” or doing the timewarp.


For a devious dinner we are having a go at these fabulous mummy sausages by organix food, which will go brilliantly with a serving of frogs brains (peas) and a dash of blood (ketchup).


How about trying this tasty teeth? They are easy and quick to make, just spread peanut butter on one side of some slices of apple, pop a few mini marshmallows in between the slices and voila!


Or these ghostly bananas? Freeze your bananas over night then chop in half, spread a little yogurt over the banana and roll in desiccated coconut. Dont forget a raisin for the mouth and chocolate chips for the eyes, a lolly stick works brilliantly for keeping little fingers free from mess.


How do you celebrate Halloween with little ones? Do you let them get the sugar cravings out their system and deal with the grumps or do you try to keep a healthy balance?

Maybe you have more healthy treat ideas, share with me in the comments below.

Happy Halloween!

Second Halloween 2013.

Second Halloween 2013.



Gingerbread biscuits

Today Jack and I made gingerbread biscuits (and conquered his fear of messy hands, bonus).
Unfortunately our kitchen is tiny so I had to commander Jacks play table in the living room so that he could help. The recipe is nice and simple, perfect for making with your 2 year old.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • I used greaseproof paper as a surface for Jack to roll out the dough because we were using the kitchen surface, you probably won’t need it.

 Gingerbread ingredients

"I'm ready Mummy"

“I’m ready Mummy”

Combine the flour, ginger and soda and rub in the butter.


Add the sugar and stir in the syrup and egg to make a firm dough.


Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut into desired shape.



Place onto a greased baking tray (spaced out as they spread during cooking) and pop in the fridge for 15 minutes to help the dough firm up and keep its shape.


Bake in a preheated oven (190c) for 10 to 15 minutes.

Leave to firm for a few minutes before putting on a wire rack to cool.

I then had the difficult task of trying not to snaffle any of the lovely warm biscuits while setting everything up for Jack to decorate them.

We used red, blue and white icing and star sprinkles as well as 100’s and 1000’s (oh the mess!)

My little chef

My little chef



Daddy decorated a biscuit too


Then for the taste test.


Jack certainly enjoyed the biscuits he had made and decorated, if only he helped with the clear up 🙂

Have you made any tasty treats with your little ones?


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