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Ideas on how to make your Halloween safe while celebrating the holiday.
Nashville, Ark. – Soon it will be the night of scary ghosts and goblins when kids
put on their favorite costume and hit the streets in search of treats. No matter
what age, Halloween is a favorite holiday for many people. However you celebrate the
holiday, make sure it is safe.
Treats are another big part of Halloween fun, but they don’t always have to be sticky
candy. Nutrition and Halloween aren’t two words that normally go together, but it’s
possible to promote healthy eating habits even during the Halloween season.
Think beyond the traditional candy bars, suckers and gum. Great treat offerings include
Halloween magnets, erasers, pencils, temporary tattoos and rubber spiders or insect
jewelry. Offering non-food treats is healthier for the trick-or-treater.
If you do choose edible treats, consider handing out packages of peanut butter or
cheese and crackers, sugar-free gum, small packages of raisins or other dried fruits.
You might consider giving out bite-sized versions of larger candy items or granola
bars. Individual packages of popcorn are also great for older children.
If you want to have a party at your home, you can hold a pumpkin party for your child
and their friends a few days before Halloween. That way, their pumpkin creations can
be enjoyed in advance before the big day.
For more information on pumpkins or alternative treats, contact the Howard County
Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of
Start your Halloween weekend off with delicious pancakes. These fluffy,
pumpkin pancakes are tasty, and kids will love them! Top them with sliced banana or
applesauce as an alternative to syrup.
2 cups flour
6 teaspoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 ¼ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup canned pumpkin
1 ¾ cups low-fat milk
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a large mixing
In a medium bowl, combine egg, canned pumpkin, milk, and vegetable oil, mixing well.
Add wet ingredients to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Batter may be lumpy.
(For thinner batter, add more milk.)
Lightly coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium.
Using a ¼ cup measure, pour batter onto hot griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to
burst, then flip pancakes and cook until golden brown, 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes. Repeat
with remaining batter.
Yield: 1 dozen 3 ½ inch pancakes
Safety Tip: You will know your griddle is hot enough for pancakes by
sprinkling a few (3 or 4) drops of water on the surface of the pan. If they dance
and sizzle, you are ready to cook. Be sure handles of skillets and pans are always
turned toward the center or back of the stove, to prevent the pan from catching on
hands or clothes and causing burns.
Nutrition information per pancake: 130 calories, 3g fat, 354 mg sodium, 21g carbohydrates,
1g fiber, 4g protein. Good source of calcium and potassium.
Note: You can make your own pumpkin pie spice. Just combine ¾ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼
teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each of ginger and cloves.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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