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Sharing the Halloween spirit with kiddos (+ a Target giveaway!)

Hi friends! This post is sponsored through my partnership with Bitsy’s Brainfood and includes an awesome Target giveaway! 

Even though I think Liv has always *enjoyed* holidays, she really has the hang of it this year. She is looking forward to Christmas, her birthday, and won’t hesitate to tell you what she’s going to be for Halloween. (“You have to guess first!”) I’ve always been a fan of the holiday season, and find that it’s even more enjoyable and magical with a little one. It’s so much fun to share traditions with her, create our own, and share in the holiday spirit.

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(Liv’s first Halloween as a little sushi roll.)

Since Halloween is on the way, here are some of the things we’ve been doing to enjoy this season:

Crafts

Martha Stewart I am not -in fact, if she saw my caramel apple abomination in the fridge she would die laughing- but I love doing simple crafts for each holiday.

Some of our favorites:

Q-tip skeleton. 

Mummy jars. Our babysitter got this at the One Spot in Target and brought it over to do with Liv. She said they have a ton of different Halloween characters.

Mummy craft

Painting pumpkins. We had a pumpkin painting party when Liv was itty bitty, and last year, painted pumpkins on the patio

This easy and whimsical bat craft. 

Simple cut and glue work: I cut out the pumpkin, stem, eyes, nose and mouth, then gave her a glue stick and she put him together.

Pumpkin craft

(Proud mama moment: Liv only needed help making the “V” and the “A” in her name. Blown away!)

Fun with food

Injecting some spooky spirit with these little mandarin orange “pumpkins” and banana ghosts

Lunch plate

Cake batter rice crispies

Rice crispies 2

We’re officially obsessed with this recipe, and added Halloween sprinkles to the latest batch

Rice crispies

Decorating

For us, just dragging things out of storage is exciting!

Decor 2

While I don’t go too over-the-top with Halloween decor (Christmas is another story), it’s fun to have some Autumn-esque touches here and there.

Decor 3

Decor

Pumpkin patch

It doesn’t feel like fall until you’ve made it out to the pumpkin patch! There’s a nearby town called Julian that we’ve been wanting to check out, too. Not only can you pick your own pumpkins and apples, but word on the street is that they have the best pie.

Music

I’ve had way too much fun introducing Liv to “The Addams Family,” “Monster Mash” and “Thriller.”

Costume parties

Oh wait. That’s every day around here. 

Books

Some of our favorite Halloween books:

Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat

Franklin’s Halloween

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse!

Picking out treats!

Liv was SO excited to see her beloved Bitsy’s cookies at Target amongst the Halloween snacks, and that’s what we’ll be giving out this year.

Spooky snacks 2

(She insisted on having a pack to “test them out” haha.)

Not only are they nut-free and certified organic but it’s a nice way to switch it up from the overly sugary sweets. These cookies taste amazing, and are also a great way to get in some bonus nutrition through fruits, veggies, healthy fats and fiber. An awesome deal if you’re shopping for Halloween trick-or-treaters: the Bitsy’s products are 15% off this week via the Target Cartwheel app. 

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I think our trick-or-treaters will be very happy. 🙂

And now, it’s giveaway time!! Bitsy’s Brainfood kindly offered a $50 Target gift card to one lucky winner. Enter via the widget below and the winner will be announced one week from today.

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Ready, set, go!
xoxo
Gina 

This post is sponsored by Bitsy’s Brainfood. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies who help support our family. <3

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331 Comments

  1. Brittany on October 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Passing out candy to trick-or-treaters is my favorite part 🙂

  2. Carla S on October 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I like seeing all of the different costumes.

  3. Shauna on October 22, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing all of the adorable costumes and attending the All Souls Procession 🙂

  4. Beth on October 22, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I love Halloween decor especially outside – pumpkins on doorsteps, wreaths hanging on doors, ghosts dangling from trees…

  5. Nikki on October 23, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I am a teacher, and I enjoy seeing my students dressed up for Halloween at school. They love when they get to show their costumes off to all of their classmates. It makes their day 🙂

  6. Elle P. on October 23, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I love going trick or treating with the family.

  7. Evie B. on October 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I love the decorations on peoples’ houses.

  8. Amanda F on October 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    As a kid we always had a giant fall festival at my church. That was always my favorite. Now, it’s definitely seeing all the trick or treaters. Though, carving pumpkins is a close second.

  9. Madeline on October 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Dressing up my little girl! And the candy, of course 🙂

  10. yasmin on October 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    i love halloween decor

  11. Lindsay on October 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I am excited for halloween this year because a group of friends and I are running a halloween race in a group costume. Then a get to take my 2 year old niece trick-or-treating. Can’t wait for next saturday!

  12. Alaine on October 23, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    i love seeing my kids excitement about their costumes and all the fun fall festivals we have to go to that day!

  13. Brenda Haines on October 24, 2015 at 8:19 am

    My favorite thing is seeing how happy my son gets. Thanks for the chance!

  14. debbie on October 24, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I love the littles in their costumes and how excited they are.

  15. Amy Orvin on October 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I love watching scary movies on Halloween. That’s my favorite thing about it.

  16. Rochelle on October 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite thing about Halloween is getting to see all the neighbor kids in their costumes! I love the creative things that they come up with for homemade costumes 🙂

  17. Sarah L on October 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love seeing all of the kids so excited about their costumes and the treats.

  18. Andrea Rust on October 25, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    My favorite thing about halloween is seeing babies in costumes!

  19. HilLesha on October 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite part is dressing up!

  20. Janice on October 26, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I love planning out Halloween costumes with my friends. It’s something we start discussing in the summer!

  21. Kate Z. on October 26, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love the idea of a ‘non-candy, but still totally a sweet treat’ for your trick-or-treating little neighbors! 🙂

  22. Sarah r on October 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I never loved Halloween..until this year and I’ve been able to see my daughters excitement ❤️

  23. Lindsay on October 26, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    My favorite part of halloween is when you run out of candy, turn the porch light off, and hide out on the couch digging through all the kiddos’ loot! They even share some 😉

  24. mysweetiepiepie on October 26, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    My favorite things about Halloween are all the cute kiddies in their costumes and candy of course.

  25. Mel H on October 26, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Love the lower sugar options! Haha, Liv is so adorable!!!

  26. Denise Arnashus on October 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Love that Halloween is on a Sat and will be hoping for good weather for my kids.
    Thanks for the cookie recommendation!! My son is diabetic and healthy cookies are hard to find. He is going to love these.

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