I will be the first to admit, I really missed growing a pumpkin patch this year filled with heirloom varieties good enough to be the centerpiece of a fall family meal or front porch display. Typically fall on the farm is filled with families picking pumpkins, a fall festival, and corn maze. However, this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic looming, we chose to keep our community healthy and enjoy fall on the farm without all the hustle and bustle. We have still felt greatly connected to our community. Cheering families on from a curb-side and home-delivery distance as we watch folks turn to cooking and eating nutrient dense food. It’s time to get creative and make new family traditions. Here is how I am putting a healthy spin on my family’s halloween festivities.
Pumpkin aren’t just for Carving
While traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins are the go-to for carving, I have also decorated my porch with pumpkins that are delicious to roast and eat. Pumpkins are full of fiber, vitamins, and iron. I have Butternut Squash, Cinderella Pumpkins, Cushaw Squash, Millionaire Spaghetti Squash, and pie pumpkins throughout my house. As the season changes to winter I'll slowly make my way through eating our pumpkin decorations.
Backyard Trick or Treating
We will embrace our backyard for trick or treating this year. Think of it more as a treat hunt. Whether your yard is large or small, there are plenty of ways to get creative with hiding goodies for children and adults to enjoy. I'll be hiding healthier treat options such as dried cherries, Annie’s gummy bunnies, honey sticks, and apple juice boxes. If you don’t have a backyard or the weather is too crummy, hunt throughout your home.
Dress Up & Snap a Socially Distanced Picture
I love a family themed costume. Some might wonder, why dress up if you can’t go out trick or treating? Dressing up is oh so fun and a perfect excuse to see the same ol’ people you’ve been hanging out with for the past eight months in a new light. Talk about a change of scenery! Oh and what about that coveted family picture? Team up with a friend or family member. Invite them out to your front yard to trade off taking socially distanced photos of each other's pods. Airdrop the top pics and off they go.
It’s not Halloween on the farm without pumpkin smoothies! I’ve been making pumpkin smoothies as long as I’ve been growing pumpkins - which started in 2007. Here is my go to recipe.
½ cup of the flesh of a cooked pumpkin or winter squash
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice mix
¼ cut up apple
1 kale leaf
1 tbsp. honey
½ cup water
1 cup ice
Protein Powder (optional)
Optional garnishes- Chia Seeds, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, flaky sea salt.
Instructions: Place all items in a strong blender and blend until smooth. Pour into cups and sprinkle with garnishes. Enjoy!
100% Grassfed Beef Hotdogs around a firepit
Typically we have a big pot of chili for Halloween. There is nothing better than a warm pot of soup on a fall evening. Family members come and go as they make their rounds. However, this year, we will be roasting hotdogs outdoors around our fire pit. The kids love collecting long sticks and watching daddy wittle the perfect point to spear the hot dog just right.
Let’s make the most of Halloween this year! Wishing everyone a healthy, safe, and delicious Halloween.