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A Paleo-Approved Halloween for Kids

By Stephanie Vuolo, B.A.
October 19, 2015
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Boo! Halloween doesn't disguise itself. This holiday is clearly all about candy, costumes, and community. The last two are certainly positive and Paleo lifestyle approved, allowing children to use their imaginations, while fostering connections with our neighbors, with the added benefit of everyone getting outside to walk around for a few hours.

Halloween doesn't have to be all about candy, even if you want to indulge in some sweets for the night, there's an opportunity to take Halloween to the next level, Paleo Diet style. Instead of being known as the house who hands out the biggest and most amazing candy bar, why not be known for throwing the best party on the block. Transform your Halloween into a festive, community focused celebration by hosting a Paleo- approved party. We’ve provided the entertainment and the food to get you inspired.

Paleo Tricks

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are versatile to be held indoors, in your yard, or around your neighborhood, and fun for all ages. Stock up on Halloween themed items like skulls, fake spiders, eyeballs, tombstones, witches hats, and brooms. Create a list for your little goblins to fill out and let them loose to discover what's lurking!

Apple Bobbing

Arguably one of the oldest Halloween games, bobbing for apples is sure to be entertaining. Stay dry and avoid sharing germs by suspending apples from a tree by securing a string to their stem. Adjust the height and the size of the apple to match the children's proportions, and remind everyone no hands allowed.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Even the youngest ghouls can enjoy decorating a pumpkin with washable paints or markers. For older children and those who are still kids at heart, let their imaginations run wild carving their Paleo treats.

Costume Contest

Create enough categories so every trick-or-treater that participates can be recognized for their costume. This contest can also be turned into a block parade so everyone can enjoy seeing the youngest to the oldest dressed up for the holiday.

Paleo Treats

Halloween eats don't have to be limited to high fructose corn syrup and chocolate. Our favorite black and orange Paleo foods are olives, poppy seeds, raisins/currants, orange bell peppers, oranges, carrots, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. You can get inspired to use these with your own recipes or check out our Halloween menu with ghoulish Paleo eats sure to appeal to everyone, and this time we even left out the organs!

The Paleo Diet Halloween Party Menu

Spider’s Web Eggs

This Spider Web Egg recipe is sure to excite the kids at the party, as they have a spider web pattern all over them.

Shredded Ginger and Carrot Salad with Raisin Eyes

Using a cheese grater or the grating attachment of your food processor, shred 1 pound of carrots and a 1-2 inch cube of ginger. Dress the salad with a small amount of walnut oil, season with black pepper to taste, and garnish each serving with raisin eyes.

Smoky Stuffed Sweet Orange Peppers

Stuffed peppers are almost shaped like human skulls. Top with a deep, rich, homemade marinara sauce to resemble blood. Recipe for Smoky Stuffed Sweet Orange Peppers can be found in The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook or use your favorite Paleo stuffed orange bell pepper recipe filled with seasoned ground beef and cauliflower rice.

Roasted Golden Cauliflower and Olives

Take 1 pound of golden cauliflower florets, toss with a generous amount of olive oil until well coated and season with black pepper to taste. Roast in a 400° oven in a shallow baking dish for about 20 minutes. Add ½ cup pitted black olives and roast for another 10 minutes or until cooked through. Garnish with fresh, chopped, flat leaf parsley.

Chocolate Covered Apple Chips

Easy enough for kids to make and a Paleo approved way to incorporate chocolate into your festivities! Grab the recipe in The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook.

Happy Halloween!

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