Halloween was never a big deal when I was a kid. Sure, we went trick-or-treating. We did the whole stuff-your-face-full-of-candy thing that most kids do. We even got dressed up like you’d expect most kids to do. In our household, our costumes were never that exciting. As a little girl who took ballet classes and had yearly spring recitals, I had a lot of tutus around the house that my mom had to pay for.
One year, I was a chick for Halloween. A bright yellow leotard with feathers on it. The next year, instead of putting the tutu skirt on, I just wore a leotard, some strange sparkly pants (akin to Hammer pants back in the day) and my mom cut out some “wings” from a piece of cardboard that I got to draw on with markers. Ohh the excitement. You are probably seeing a trend here with the tutus..
Another year, I wore the giant pumpkin costume (which was really a huge orange sheet that my grandma had turned into a sack to wear with a jack-o-lantern face on it) that each and every person in my family wore one year or another. Sometimes we’d stuff it with pillows, other times we’d let it be big and baggy. It’s hilarious to think back on how my mom made it work despite the fact that we didn’t have much money.
The one year that I remember in particular was the year I was invited to a friend’s house for trick-or-treating and I dressed as… wait for it… a bum. Yes, my mom let me dress as a bum and I was clad in overalls, a thermal shirt and she smeared eyeliner and eyeshadow on my face saying it was dirt (as a side note – who dresses their kid like a bum?? Hahah! Thanks mom).
As I got older, I never really dressed up – always feel like I was too cool for it. Into my teenage years, I went to community events and didn’t dress up then either. My family just wasn’t too keen on the idea of Halloween in general so we just didn’t celebrate much. The one thing that rings true still is the loads of candy that I’d eat every single year, despite the age or the costume I was in. Halloween was all about the candy – there was no way around it.
Generally, I’ve seen a shift in how holidays are handled since I was a kid. I don’t see too many parents letting their kids eat as much candy as I did when I was younger. And I also think that with the rise in blogs and the widespread use of Pinterest – that people are a lot more aware and looking for more alternatives for celebrating than downing a whole bunch of refined sugary sweets.
In the past few years, I still like to celebrate a little bit – although getting dressed up is still off the table. I like to bring my celebration in the form of healthy foods that still feel festive but won’t, as my great-grandma used to say, “rot my teeth.” In the past, I’ve done things like “brains and eyeballs” (spaghetti & meatballs) and “blood soup” (tomato soup). Here are my top 3 healthy Halloween recipes this year:
- 1/2 grapefruit
- 1 orange
- 2 carrots
- 1 beet
- 1/2 inch ginger
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink as is or turn into a juice by straining using this method.
Ooey Gooey Slime Soup (aka Lentil Soup)
Get the recipe here.
Bug & Fingernail Pudding (Chocolate Chia Pudding)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut milk (or other milk)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tbsp agave nectar
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or other jar with a tight-fitting lid.
- Shake the dickens out of it.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least four hours, shaking the jar every two hours. You can also refrigerate pudding overnight for a thicker texture.
- Divide into two serving dishes. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes. Will keep up to three days in the refrigerator.