6 Healthy Snacks for your Halloween Party!

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Trick or Treat! This weekend my family is hosting a Toddler Halloween Party full of children with endless energy. The little ghosts and goblins will be searching for snacks to fuel up their metabolism. I gathered 6 healthy Halloween snacks that are yummy and interesting enough to attract the scariest vampire, fastest ninja, and beautiful princess.

Monster Fruit Salad

cbbf5a72904730903d95e56ec23b744c  Simply carve a monster (just as you would a pumpkin) and remove all of the fruit, to display inside and on a serving tray. Add a variety of fruit options. Watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, apples, anything and everything.

Veggie Jack-O-Lantern

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You can use two veggies or get a bit creative with your vegetable jack-o-lantern, you need carrots and olives. The additional veggies can decorate your platter.

  • Spiders on a log
  • Monster Cheese
  • Spiders on a Log
  • Trail Mix
  • Spider Deviled Egg

Vegan Spiders

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There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and healthy halloween snack recipes. Nuts.com has a great list of superfood, vegan & protein snack ideas for your family to enjoy!

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Olive Garden: Grilled Chicken Flatbread – Copy Cat Recipe

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One of my favorite appetizers, which could be a meal, is the Olive Garden grilled chicken flatbread. It’s so delicious and I’ve figured out an easy copy-cat recipe! There’s not too much to it, you can purchase the ingredients at your local grocery store and head home to make a warm and yummy meal in less than 40 minutes.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 Chicken breast – grilled & sliced or diced
  • 1 Jar of alfredo sauce
  • Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese 2 cups (more or less)
  • Grilled or baked bell peppers – sliced
  • Chopped Basil Leaf
  • Optional: lemon pepper seasoning

Directions
Preheat oven to 450*

  1. Bake your pillsbury pizza crust according to the packaging
  2. Grill Chicken with Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  3. Once pizza crust & chicken is freshly off the grill
  4. Apply alfredo sauce to pizza crust
  5. Mix chicken with alfredo sauce, then apply as 1st layer to the crust
  6. Toss a few slices of grilled/baked red peppers
  7. Add freshly chopped basil leaves
  8. Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  9. Place into over until cheese is melted

This is such a delicious appetizer, you’ll want to make this easy Olive Garden copy cat recipe at home. The kids will love this! Perfect enough to be filling for a light lunch, entertainment snack, there won’t be a crumb left!

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Western Horse Birthday Party

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This past weekend we celebrated Sonny’s 4th Birthday! We found the perfect location, which was a western ranch with some horse riding. Copper Horse Riding Ranch is definitely kid friendly, all of our guest who were 3 years+ enjoyed the ranch lifestyle for the day. Our birthday event was hosted from 1pm-6pm, our guest had plenty of time to roam around, feed the horses, take pictures and ride.

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What’s on the birthday lunch menu? We wanted a simple self serve buffet, that was non-grilling or cooking. I’m sure every parent dreads finding the extra help to grill or serve your guest when you want to enjoy your child’s birthday. Therefore, we ordered two 6 ft. sub sandwiches from Walmart, they were only $32 each! Now that’s a steal! We got great compliments on the sandwiches, our guest mentioned that they were delicious. We all know what comes with an outdoor event, you get the uninvited guest, bugs! Therefore, in order to prevent the bugs swarming our yummy fruit and sandwiches, we bought a few Food Tents, they’re so cheap and did a great job. Not a single bug got into our food. Plus, the tents didn’t fly away with the nice breeze we enjoyed. They can pop open and close for easy storage, they’re my new favorite outdoor item. Copper Horse Riding Ranch (CHRR) already had the whole patio area set up! They have all of the supplies you need, western table covers, bales of hay, cactus decor props, a “Wanted” wooden photo prop with cute mustache on a stick, and of course the animals and beautiful horse property. CHRR has a few different birthday packages to select from, we were so excited that we were able to customize a birthday event and they made everything so helpful. The best part of the whole event, we got to enjoy Sonny’s 4th Birthday Party and the ranch team set up, served our guest cake and ice cream (which comes with the birthday pack!) as well as hosted all of the activities with the children and adults. It was the most “stress-less” birthday we have ever planned.

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Lunch Menu 
[2] 6 Ft. Sub Sandwiches (ham, salami, roast beef)
[3] Trays of Chopped Fruit
[4] Boxes of hot $5 Pizza
[2] Trays of Garden Salads
[1] Box of 50 ct. Frito Lay Chips variety
[3] 35 ct of Coke/Pepsi drinks
[3] Capri-sun boxes
[2] 35 pk of Water Bottles
[1] Horseshoe Cake
[3] Dozen Cupcakes
[2] 1 Gallon size Ice Cream Tubs
[1] 10 lb Bag of Carrots
[1] 5 lb Bag of Apples

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Western Birthday Activities/Games

  • Panning for Gold
  • Feeding Horses (Chopped Carrots/Apples)
  • Pin the Tail on the Real Mini Donkey
  • Mini Horseback Ride in outdoor arena
  • Pictures with Horses and Mini Donkey
  • Paint a Real Horse
  • Lasso Practice

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Horseback riding at any ranch party is always fun and a must! A few tips when you have a ranch party:

  • Inform your guest to dress in jeans and covered shoes
  • All children must be supervised by an instructor/adult
  • Always wear a helmet when riding
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Ask if you can feed a specific horse as some may be on a strict meal plan
  • Inform your guest with easy directions, some ranch locations are on dirt roads with very bad GPS tracking
  • Take Hand Sanitize gel/wipes for quick clean ups
  • Take pictures, memories last forever!
  • Ride with confidence & Have fun!

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Our littlest guest got to pet the mini donkey, take pictures with their family members near the animals and some even fed them carrots and apples!

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We helped clean up after the party, however, the team reassured us that they could do the clean up. With all of their humble hospitality, we couldn’t let them do the cleaning alone! If you’re in the Southern California area, you can give them a call and book your next event.