Our Halloween Traditions and a Spooky Halloween Lasagna

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, taking the kids trick-or-treating, and making fun Halloween-themed snacks and crafts.

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However, I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses. I’m such a scaredy-cat! Although believe it or not, Josh and I saw The Ring on our first date back in 2002. Soooo creepy! (The movie, not our first date. Ha!)

Before we had kids, we’d always either dress up and go out bar-hopping, or host a small Scary-Movie-Night party at home with some friends. The past few years we’ve just had a couple of close friends over for a Halloween themed meal, and then headed out to trick-or-treat either in our neighborhood or at a local trunk-or-treat.

Here are a few pictures from Halloweens of the past:

Circa 2008. We look like babies!

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2009. The one and only time I wore one of the “sexy” Halloween costumes. At the time, I thought I looked great. Now I’m rolling my eyes and wishing someone had told me to me put on a sweater…

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A few pics from a party we hosted in 2011. (Excuse the quality of the photos. This was obviously before we had our good camera!)

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2012 – Graham’s first Halloween!

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2013 – The cutest little lion!

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2014 – Maddie’s First Halloween!

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A few pictures from 2015 when we had a blast at a local trunk-or-treat.

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2016 – The first year when both kids picked out their own costumes. Graham was all about this spooky skeleton costume and Maddie wanted to be a “pink monster.”

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Josh and I dressed up too last year. Ugly witch and Clark Kent!

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We haven’t figured out what we’re all dressing up as this year. Gotta start brainstorming!

And, of course, my favorite Halloween tradition – our spooky Halloween Lasagna! We actually call it Lasagnaaaaaaah because it’s so scary it’ll make you SCREAM!!! I always use the Pioneer Woman’s lasagna recipe – it’s super tasty. Then we use grated Parmesan for the face, pepperoni and black olives for the eyes, and green olives for the teeth. My kids always get a kick out of the finished spooky face, and we all love digging into the lasagna!

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These eyeball oreo truffles are also a perfect spooky dessert!

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What are you planning on doing for Halloween? Do you have any Halloween traditions?

 

If you love this post, you should also check out this Jack-o’-lantern Pumpkin Pie!

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Jack-o’-lantern Pumpkin Pie for Halloween

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You know when you want to make a pumpkin pie, so you go to the grocery store and buy everything you’ll need, except for a can of pumpkin because you’re positive you have one at home?

And then you get home and realize that cans of butternut squash look very similar to cans of pumpkin…

Yeah.

So full disclosure – this isn’t actually a picture of a pumpkin pie. It’s really half pumpkin and half butternut squash. *facepalm*

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Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Caramel Butter

Ok – I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret…I’m not the best baker. I can cook pretty well. But baking? Not my forte. Too much exact science, measuring, and worrying about altitude and weather. That’s all way too complicated for this #lazymom! But since I’ve had kids, I’ve had lots of practice making muffins. For some reason, muffins aren’t as intimidating to me. And my kid’s absolutely love muffins, so we try to make them at least once a week. Muffins are also the perfect snack to bring to playdates, or send in to a preschool bake sale. These whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins with caramel butter are a fall favorite in our house, and we can pretend they’re healthy since they include whole wheat flour, ground flax, and apples!

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Tasty Treats to Whip Up When a Friend Comes Over

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There’s nothing better than eating good food with good friends, am I right? Before kids, Josh and I were always entertaining! We loved throwing dinner parties, cocktail hours, and seasonal parties. One year, my best friend Lauren and I threw an epic scary movie night for Halloween. These days, I mostly just host play dates and small groups from church. But I still love planning out snacks for my guests. If you’re looking for a few good recipes that will show your friends you care, here are a few ideas for tasty treats to whip up when a friend comes over. 

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3 Easy Ways To Make A Nutritious and Delicious Packed Lunch

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I don’t know about you, but I hate packing lunches! We all want our kids to be eating a balanced diet, but constantly coming up with new, healthy, and exciting lunches is no easy feat. In fact, Frodo’s march on Mordor was probably a more desirable challenge. Ha! It isn’t just because our imagination is lacking or time is short, but also because most of us can’t imagine our kids would be happy to open up a lunch box full of edamame beans, kale, and spinach.

So if you’re stuck in a rut with your kid’s lunches, check out some of the tips below. I’ve got some “simple to make” and “scrumptious to eat” ideas that can take your lunch boxes out of the realm of dull and unhealthy, and into the world of delicious and nutritious!

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