So, ignoring the weather outside :), this time of year is special in that it is where nature bears fruit for the winter to come. Everything seems to ripen in the last of the warmth and the last of the summer sun spins paints the world in the various shades of yellows, golds, reds and browns. You just have to go in to the supermarkets at this time of year to notice how the seasonal produce has changed. Pumpkins, squashes, cabbages and swedes are out and make me think of soups and stews rather than salads and sandwiches. It does make for a nice change, and when the weather is as it is outside at the moment, that is what I want too! Some fun food ideas for kids making the most of the seasons bounty include things like Cheesy-Pumpkin fondue, homemade pizzas, and stuffed courgettes (for recipes, see www.kidssakes.com).
The thought of Halloween makes some people uncomfortable, but for me at the end of the day, I look at it as an opportunity to celebrate a few things like harvest time, changing of the seasons and mischief. Without getting into the extremes of Halloween, I have found that there are a number of activities that you can indulge in that kids absolutely love and that don’t take on the real excesses of the celebrations.
The things I love to do include:
- Play some games that get the whole family involved and competing against each other, like apple bobbing or apples on a string if you don’t fancy all the water
- Making up learning games that use themes of Halloween like bingo (using pictures instead of numbers) and word search
- Making some decorations together, like carving pumpkins, making masks and other things to hang around the house
- Use the excuse to have a party and get your dancing shoes on… there are some party anthems that are great for silly dancing and perfect for Halloween, like the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Timewarp and Michael Jackson’s Thriller
- Make fabulous and creative party food that is both healthy and spooky at the same time… like Witches knitting (Noodle Stirfry or spaghetti bolognaise) and Eyeball punch
- Go trick or treating and enjoy the fact that the neighbourhood is participating (Perhaps take a treat to swap)
- Trying new things to be enjoyed by the grownups like Mulled Cider or real hot chocolate
- Decorating a small part of the house to get into the spirit of things
Whatever it is that tickles your fancy at this time of the year, it is a great time of year and the beginning of all of the end of year festivities, so I hope you enjoy. Happy Harvest Time and Happy Halloween x