Batty Big Girl
|Leftover GF pizza bites, Pirate's Booty, Naturebox Lemon Pucker Pistachios, |
dye-free UNREAL candies, leftover Cauliflower Popcorn, organic strawberries
Pizza Bites are a really easy way to make cold lunchbox pizza fun, so I used a mini bat cutter to make it Halloween-y.
The Cauliflower Popcorn was made with purple and orange cauliflower and green Romanesco - perfect Halloween colors!
I stuck a bat cupcake pick in the strawberries, and hid some Pirate's Booty under a mini paper cupcake liner with a bat design. (Target exclusinve.) And I culled some UNREAL candy-coated chocolates for just the Halloween-y looking colors.
The Naturebox Lemon Pucker Pistachios are a favorite of both girls, and Z likes to shell them herself and share with her sister. But since she'd be at school, I didn't want her spending the entire 20-minute lunch period shelling nuts. So I shelled most of them, and left her a few easy-to-open ones to do herself. (Tip: for hard to open pistachios, use a half shell from a previously shelled one and wedge it in the crack and twist. It's strong enough to hold up, and the twist gives it leverage to crack the shell open!)
At GeekGirlCon, a local comic convention celebrating the female geek and strong female characters, we got each girl a copy of a zombie storybook Are You My Breakfast? signed by the artist, Dan Ault. So I brought them along to read in the car before Trick or Treating.
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|Leftover GF pizza bites; organic raspberries, sugar snap peas, and strawberries; Pirate's Booty, |
Naturebox Lemon Pucker Pistachios and dye-free UNREAL candies, leftover Cauliflower Popcorn
She loved her lunch so much she winked at me!
All Hallow's Eve
All Hallow's Eve
We took the girls trick-or treating at a local outdoor shopping complex. Z does better at places like that, versus door-to-door, despite the crowds. She tends to get scared in the dark, and these things are usually indoors or start early (this one was 4-6pm.) Shops tend not to have "scary" decorations, another plus for us.
And they don't care if you make eye contact or say "Trick or Treat" - or even wear a costume. So ideal for kids with social or sensory issues (unless the crowds bother them.)
Since there was almost no chance of the stores having any "safe" candy, I brought a baggie of dye and artificial-junk-free candies; SurfSweets lollies and gummies, plus UNREAL candy unjunked versions of peanut butter cups, Milky Way, and Snickers. E had no problem swapping, but E was a harder sell. She wanted what was in the wrappers, darnit, and was not fooled by us swapping behind our backs!
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