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.

Halloween 7

(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:


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


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


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.


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. 


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. 🙂

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  1. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on October 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Reese’s PB Cups are my favorite part about Halloween. 🙂

  2. Ally Bardill on October 20, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I love the book suggestions!

  3. Joanna on October 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    my favorite thing about Halloween is our tradition of eating pizza and handing out candy!

  4. Susan on October 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I love the costumes on Halloween!

  5. Kelster on October 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I love all the chocolate.

  6. Chelsea on October 20, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Seeing all the spooky decorations in people’s yards or on their houses is my favorite part!

  7. Allison M. on October 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Carving jack-o-lanterns with my boyfriend is something I look forward to every year 🙂

  8. Kristen D. on October 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I love carving a pumpkin and then roasting the seeds!

  9. Stephanie on October 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Dressing my daughter up!

  10. Ali on October 20, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    My favorite thing about Halloween is decorating and carving pumpkins with my kids.

  11. Kristen on October 20, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    All the cute kids in their costumes and carving pumpkins!

  12. Priya on October 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Dressing up, definitely 😀 😀

  13. Danielle B on October 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Favorite thing about Halloween = dressing up!

  14. Amanda S. on October 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    My favorite thing about halloween is the activities for families that start to pop up all over town!

  15. Diana H. on October 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    My favorite thing about Halloween is definitely the excuse to dress up as something silly!

  16. Lindsay on October 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    the little sushi roll! that is so cute. love seeing littles dressed up, especially the really little ones.

  17. Isabel on October 20, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love scary decorations and Halloween crafts 😉

  18. meredith on October 21, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I love getting my child in her costume

  19. Jenn on October 21, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I love dressing up my kiddos.

  20. Kelsey S on October 21, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Dressing up my son for halloween is my favorite part…. oh and having an excuse to eat extra chocolate! 🙂

  21. shaunie on October 21, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I would have to say that it is dressing up

  22. Erika @ Barbells & Bookends on October 21, 2015 at 10:26 am

    My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing the different pup costumes

  23. Stephanie Kooistra on October 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Roasted pumpkin seeds

  24. Alissa on October 21, 2015 at 11:31 am

    My favorite thing is our church’s Halloween party. I love seeing all the families dressed up together. The best.

  25. Ronda Six Garnett on October 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Going to the pumpkin farm!!

  26. Ashley Keinath on October 21, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Love all the kiddos dressing up!!!! And spooktacular parties

  27. Erika S. on October 21, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Love halloween kiddie costumes…so cute. I’m still struggling to find a cute costume for myself…something creative but not too much $$$

  28. Cassandra Eastman on October 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I love picking out my kids costumes, and we have a annual family Halloween party we always look forward too!

  29. amy guillaume linderman on October 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    i love when my kids help me decorate inside with my grandmother’s vintage decorations

  30. Stephanie M on October 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    My favorite thing is making my toddler’s costume!

  31. Julie Wood on October 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I love the decorating for Halloween, and carving the pumpkin, and taking the kids trick or treating! So much fun!

  32. Lisa Clarke on October 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I love doing themed costumes with my family, Halloween is the best!

  33. J.Jackson on October 21, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I love seeing the homemade creative costumes. I always joke that I am going to give out toothbrushes. Bitsy’s Brainfood would probably be better received! 🙂

  34. Tina p on October 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    We love the costumes of course and decorating our house!!

  35. Kimberly on October 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Cute kids in fun costumes!

  36. Danielle on October 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    A local day care brings a busload of kids to where I work and they all look so cute in their costumes!

  37. Hilary on October 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Since I am in that stage of life where I don’t go to Halloween parties and I don’t have kids yet, I really enjoy seeing all the kids costumes at trick or treat!

  38. Thaiany Ng on October 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    My favorite thing about Halloween is dressing up!

  39. Jordan D. on October 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    The best part about Halloween is definitely picking out a fun Halloween costume. I like to get creative and try to make my own costume every year.

  40. Gabby @ gogabbith on October 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    The candy!

  41. Ana R. on October 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite thing about Halloween is ALL the free candy of course! 🙂

  42. Bianca on October 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    i love dressing up! and giving myself a free pass on whatever processed sugary treats i want 🙂

  43. Randyll on October 22, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I need to go to target and give these a try!

  44. Michelle on October 22, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Dressing up and seeing all of the fun costumes on the subway Halloween night is definitely my favorite part.

  45. Aida Madrid on October 22, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’ve tried the Bitsy’s gummy candy, it was yummy!! Would love to try the cookies 🙂

  46. jules on October 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I love dressing up.

  47. april on October 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

    i love seeing the neighborhood kids dress up!

  48. Urban Wife on October 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    My mom’s birthday is on Halloween – that’s my favorite part. 😉

  49. Maggie on October 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I love giving out candy to trick or treaters!

  50. Kelly D on October 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I like going to Halloween parties.

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