Healthy Treats for a Happy Halloween Party

Sweet treats are a Halloween staple, but unfortunately, candies and other sugary delights can be a tad bit unhealthy for children. Instead of buying those processed snacks, why not make your own healthier and yummier alternatives. Here are some delicious and mouth-watering options children will love:

kids in fun and spooky costumes

1.  Apple Pie Slices

delicious bite-size apple pie treats

A constant favorite among kids and adults, apple pies are a choice dish especially during the cold fall season. Whip up this goodie and cut it up into small mouthfuls for children to enjoy. For a delicious take on this well-loved dish, try out this wonderful recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter and place several handfuls in decorative bags. This filling snack will be much appreciated by kids.

2.  Chocolate Chip Banana Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies

gooey chocolate chip banana sandwich cookies fresh from the oven

Cookies are always a sure-fire hit. Elevate this dish with bananas and turn it into a sumptuous and delectable fluffernutter sandwich cookie with this great recipe from Pin Cookie. This marvel has a thick and yummy white frosting that kids will not be able to resist. Make sure to make extras. Kids will definitely come back for seconds.

3.  Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Sauce

delicious baked pretzel bites

These soft pretzel bites from Kevin and Amanda are a healthier and more delectable alternative to the usual deep-fried pretzels widely available in the market. Soft and buttery, these pillow-like bites are to die for. Dip it in syrup for a more heavenly experience. Be sure to bake a big batch. You will want to save some for yourself and your family.

4.  Chocolate Caramel Apples

delicious apples covered in chocolate and sprinkles

These chocolate caramel apples from She Wears Many Hats combine gooey chocolate, delicious caramel and crunchy apples without any of the additives and high fructose  levels of typical candy bars that can ruin children’s health. Kids will enjoy chomping on this classic and addictive treat while they continue with their Halloween adventures.

 5.  Crunchy Granola Bars

Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Granola bars are fun crisp snacks that provide a quick energy boost, making it an ideal chow during the exciting festivities that usually surround Halloween. These tasty granola bars from The Pioneer Woman Cooks make use of both grains and various types of cereals, which kids will gobble up in no time. Make sure to wrap these wonders in fancy paper so that children can save them for those lazy autumn days.

Do something different this Halloween and try out these recommended recipes from Tree Classics!

Photo Credits

[1] Photo by Paranoid Black Jack via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[2] Photo by dopub via flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0.

[3] Photo by iferneinez via flickr. CC-BY-ND-2.0.

[4] Photo from Kevin and Amanda

[5] Photo from She Wears Many Hats

[6] Photo from The Pioneer Woman

DIY Classics: Creative Ideas for Your Jack-o-Lantern

Halloween captures the imagination of people who just love to turn fright night into a fun night with family and friends. People often fill their homes with spooky decorations, such as ghosts, goblins, wraiths, and witches for an evening of terror and laughter! The most popular of these characters is the classic Jack-o-Lantern. But the often grisly yet comical pumpkin head deserves a new face on old Hallow’s Eve.

In this edition of DIY Classics, we give you four simple ways to highlight your home with the all-time favorite Jack-o-Lantern.

Pumpkins with a Message

Welcome guests into your haunted mansion by transforming the favorite Jack-o-Lantern into the ideal Halloween greeting. Carve out a special message or a creepy warning on pumpkins and gourds to turn them into unique and personalized holiday décor.

Ideas for carving out a message on your Jack-o-Lantern
Photo from mauricesvay via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Pumpkin Luminaries

Accent tables with these adorable pumpkin luminaries. With this simple and artistic re-imagining of the timeless lantern, these baby pumpkins will highlight the spooky corners of your home with an otherworldly luminescence.

Small Halloween Lanterns
Photo from MarchieCTID via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Pumpkin Topiary

If you’re an avid gardener, you can create your own garden of fright by shaping wire into large spheres with that mean old goblin face. You can also stack a few pumpkins on top of each other to produce a ghostly topiary of Jacks. These towering creepers not only add character to your garden but also help illuminate your walkways.

Halloween Pumpkin Topiary
Photo from Free Flower via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

Pumpkins as Canvases

Express your creative side by using pumpkins as your canvas! Aside from the traditional Jack-o-Lantern face, you can also carve out other timeless Halloween characters. Create your own unique patterns or check out some easy-to-follow designs.

Carved Halloween Pumpkins
Photo from anonymous to you via flickr. CC BY 2.0

 

This Halloween, give old Jack a face lift! Try our easy, spooky, and silly ideas for your Jack-o-Lantern!

Top 10 Silly and Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fun time to get creative with your home decorations. Whether you are planning to set up a scary scene, or finding a way to show off your silly side, there are lots of ways you can wow trick-or-treaters. Get inspired by these silly and spooky finds!

1. Twisted Vine Wreath with a Vintage Photo

Who knew such a simple, easy-to-make wreath could give your home the nostalgic appeal of American Horror Story? Twisted vines, spiders, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and a ‘Boo!’ sign give this Halloween décor undeniable spooky (and, well, seasonal) charm! Plus, that old mysterious photo provides the creep factor!

2. Bloody Hands Bathroom Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain
Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Build up the suspense in your home by creating a shower scene reminiscent of the Hitchcock horror film Psycho. Featuring gory hand stains and the words ‘Help Me’ written in blood red ink, this bathroom shower curtain will give anyone a good fright!

3. DIY Graveyard

Makeshift Graveyard for Halloween
Photo by Tammra McCauley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Make eerily realistic tombstones with scary epitaphs using wooden boards or plastic foam. Accents like skulls, chains, and a zombie bride will amplify the spine-tingling effect.

4. Pickled Brains as Edible Decorations

Bring the Halloween jitters to your dining room with a spooktacular hors d’oeuvre that is sure to satisfy every zombie or hungry monster on your guest list. Make pickled brains by soaking cauliflower in a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions.

5. Spiders on Cobwebs

Spiders on cobwebs Halloween decor
Photo by akfoto via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Halloween is not the same without spiders on cobwebs! This classic Halloween décor is cheap and easy to make, and is great for draping furniture and covering windows. You can use store-bought spider webbing or an old net. Either way, these arachnids will give your guests a hair-raising experience.

6. Scary-looking Pumpkin Carvings

Take fright night to a whole new level with ghoulish pumpkin carvings. Put your own creative spin and let their fearsome faces peer out from porches and doorsteps. Illuminated by candles, these jack-o-lanterns will stare out at passersby.

7. Spooky Eyes

Spooky eyes for Halloween
Photo from indulgy.net

Add fun to your Halloween lawn décor by putting chunky eye balls in your trees and bushes. This pair of peepers can be made easily out of old beach balls or pumpkin buckets. With this creative decor, trick-or-treaters are sure to do a double take as they pass by your watchful trees!

8. Witch Flying into a Tree

Witch Flying Into Tree - Halloween Decoration
Witch flying into tree Halloween attraction

Head on over to the silly, humorous side of Halloween by displaying funny yard decorations. This witch who has flown straight into a tree will give kids and grownups a good laugh, and will help you create that grim ambiance on this fun holiday.

9. Ghoul Hiding in Tree

 

Ghoul hiding in tree
Scary looking tree

Create a hauntingly realistic yard décor by hiding a ghoul in your tree. This clever décor will trigger screams as guests find themselves looking into a creature of the night just when they least expect it.

10. The Classic Ghost

Classic ghost decoration
Photo by this lucid moment via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The classic ghost makes a perfect family-friendly decoration that gets you into the Halloween, er, spirit. Hang this happy ghost silhouette in your lawn or beside your front door as a fun welcome to trick-or-treaters!

Whether they’re for a fun or fright night, our picks for Halloween decorations are guaranteed to bring out the screams. Start prepping your house for Halloween with these creative ideas.

DIY Classics: Halloween Costumes for the Family

The best thing about Halloween – apart from all the treats, of course – is the chance to dress up the whole family in fun costumes. Yes, that includes everybody in the household. But always purchasing such fancy outfits year after year for everyone can be a problem. Most coordinated outfits that are available in the market are expensive. On top of that, it’s also quite challenging to find a themed costume for the whole household. Luckily, with a few simple items, parents can whip up outfits for everyone in a jiffy. Here are some of our favorite Halloween costumes you can make at home:

one way to celebrate Halloween is to dress up in fun costumes

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5 Heartwarming Gifts for Teachers

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Tree Classics joins everyone in saying ‘Thank you!’ to the people who have shaped our minds and helped build our character. Show your appreciation for your own mentors and teacher-friends with these thoughtful gifts.

1. Baked Goodies with a Lot of Heart

Teachers deserve a sweet treat on World Teachers’ Day. Express your appreciation by spending a little time in the kitchen to whip up a scrumptious gift. Remember to place the baked goodies in a decorated bag or cute box tied with a ribbon, and add a personal note saying: ‘You are the sweetest teacher ever!’ This sample from Canada’s Sweet Flour Bake Shop is perfect for the world’s #1 Teacher.

Baked goods for teacher - A great gift for World Teacher's Day
For the world’s sweetest teacher!

Have fun and be creative in your presentation. You can bake special apple-shaped sugar cookies that say: ‘Thanks for making me a smart cookie!’ You can also give away S’mores and attach the note: ‘We need S’more teachers like you.’

2. A Fancy Flower Pen Bouquet

Give your favorite teacher a set of pens whose tips blossom into a colorful bouquet. This heartwarming gift featured on Kreations by Kendall carries a message of gratitude and provides useful supplies in the classroom.

A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations By Kendall
A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations by Kendall

Create flower pens by gluing your choice of silk flower on top of the pen and wrapping the tube casing all the way to the base with green floral tape. Place the flower pens in a cute watering can or mason jar decorated with a fancy ribbon. Finish it up with a special note that says ‘Thanks for helping children bloom!’

3. A Bright and Groovy Sun Jar

Teachers enlighten young minds. Give our mentors these colorful DIY sun jars to symbolize their own brilliance. Choose a fancy shape and an enchanting color of lights. It’s as easy as applying frosting to the jar then gluing to the lid a self-contained solar unit, which can be found in any hardware store. Make your gift more meaningful by writing a note on the jar that says ‘You light up our world’ or ‘Thanks for making us bright!’

4. A Cute Owl Mug Cozy

For years, the owl has come to represent wisdom and teaching. Show your appreciation for your mentor with this meaningful owl mug cozy from BellusThreads on Etsy. You can also knit your own nice and thick owl hug using a three-millimeter crochet hook and DK yarn. Choose your teacher’s favorite colors to make it more attractive.

An owl mug cozy as a gift for teachers
A cute owl cozy for your teacher’s mug

A cute way to dress up a mug, this little owl not only protects your teachers’ hands when holding a hot drink but also reminds them of the fulfillment they get from their profession.

5. A Classy Chalkboard Journal

Simple, meaningful, and useful, a personalized journal is a great gift for any teacher. Wrap a plain composition notebook with chalkboard contact paper. Get creative as you scribble stories, quotes, and anecdotes on the cover of this lovely journal. With a chalk pen, you can decorate the notebook with different sayings, such as ‘Teachers have class’ or ‘Teachers rule’. Tie a bow around the notebook and place a pretty note card that says ‘Write on!’

Teachers deserve only the best for molding the minds for our future generation. Bring a smile to a teacher’s face by giving any of these heartwarming gifts on World Teacher’s Day.