Saturday, October 27, 2007

Trick or Treat?

Here's The World According to Eggface's small effort to help the childhood obesity crisis. Hope you or someone you know find these ideas useful:

Forget the candy. Stay home and have a Halloween Party

Make Tortilla Pizza "Monster Faces"

Bob for Apples

Carve Pumpkins

Roast Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/3 cups Pumpkin Seeds, cleaned and rinsed
2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the pumpkin seeds with the garlic powder, salt and black pepper on prepared baking sheet and toss to combine. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until seeds are crispy and light golden brown. Remove from the oven and stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to release any seeds that have stuck to the baking sheet, and cool completely before serving. Roasted seeds will keep in an airtight storage container for up to 1 week.

Make Deviled Egg Spiders

Make Shelly's Pumpkin Spice Playdough

3 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
3 cups Boiling Water
4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
Couple of drops of Red and Yellow Food Coloring

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl then add boiling water. Add oil and coloring and mix. Knead when cool enough to handle until smooth dough. It smells awesome too.

A batch of this with some cookie cutters, a garlic press, a rolling pin, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, etc. and you've got your own monster making factory.

Read a Spooky Story

Put on Michael Jackson's Thriller and dance

Candy alternatives to give out to trick or treaters

• Pencils
• Bracelets
• Coins
• Bubbles
• Playdough
• Magnets
• Figurines
• Maze games
• Kazoos
• Key chains
• Whistles
• Trading cards
• Stickers
• Toy cars
• Coloring books
• Crayons
• Yo-yos
• Mini Notebooks
• Rubber Hi-bouncing balls
• Plastic Animals and Insects
• Frozen Yogurt Single Scoop Coupons
• Healthy snacks (mini bags of popcorn, nuts, fruit mix, factory sealed of course) has some great stuff

Trick-Or-Treating With a Cause

Use Halloween to teach your kids about helping other kids. UNICEF sponsors a "Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF" program where trick-or-treaters collect change instead of candy. The money raised goes to UNICEF's worldwide aid programs. You can get collection boxes at local Pier 1 Imports and Hallmark stores or through their web site,

Also through its "Coins That Count Donation Program," Coinstar coin-counting machines, allow kids to contribute to organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and the American Red Cross. Kids can take their change to a Coinstar machine (find one in your area at donations are made when coins are deposited or get your cash and donate to a cause you hold near and dear. Kids might like to donate to the zoo or animal shelter.

Just an FYI: eat four "bite size" candy bars and you've consumed approximately 320 calories.

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