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We are attempting to throw a potentially large Halloween party for kids. Our biggest challeng is finding things that are 1) pretty inexpensive and easy to make/serve/eat that 2) aren't pure sugar. Any ideas? I am especially stumped as to what would be the beverage.
 

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How about juice spritzers for the beverage. I don't normally serve a lot of juice to kids, but hey, a party's a party. Just mix 100% fruit juice (cranberry flavors are nice for autumn) with sparkling water (about 3 parts juice and 1 part water is usually good).<br><br>
For inexpensive autumnal snacks without a lot of sugar:<br><br>
Popcorn<br>
Toasted pumpkin seeds<br>
pumpkin bread or muffins<br>
fruit kabobs<br>
"ants on a log"<br>
veggies and dip (either bean or sour cream or both)<br><br>
more sugar, but still a little healthy:<br><br>
apple slices dipped in caramel sauce (I do this instead of carameled apples because most kids will eat more apples and less caramel this way).
 

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Here's a couple of thoughts. First of all, for beverages, you could mix 100% fruit juice with carbonated water, flavored or not (not the sweetened stuff, though). Also, you could serve hot (or warm, since it's kids) spiced apple cider (or unfiltered juice works fine, too). The spices I like to add are cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves (not too many, though, or they take over), and star anise. It makes the house smell very festive, too.<br><br>
For ice cubes, you could put a grape in each ice cube space, fill with water, freeze, and call them eyeball ice cubes. There's probably a way to make them look more like eyeballs, but I can't remember (maybe peel them? but that would be a lot of work).<br><br>
You could arrange a vegetable platter to look like some animal (snake, dinosaur, lizard, spider, whatever).<br><br>
You could serve pumpkin bars. You could even cut the sugar, if you want to. Usually you can cut the sugar by as much as half without anyone noticing. And since they're made with pumkin, they're good for you. You could also use whole wheat pastry flour (but not regular whole wheat flour) to make them, and no one would even notice, since the pumpkin makes them darker anyway.<br><br>
Anyway, those are the ideas I could come up with now. I'm sure others will have other good ideas.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Christie
 

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Here is a terrific recipe I used for last year's Halloween party:<br><br>
Carrot Spice Muffins<br>
Ingredients:<br>
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour<br>
1 t baking soda<br>
1 t baking powder<br>
salt to taste<br>
1/2 t cinnamon<br>
1/4 t nutmeg<br>
1/8 t ginger<br>
1/8 t allspice<br>
1/3 C honey (may substitute with brown sugar)<br>
1 egg<br>
1/2 C buttermilk (may sub. with yogurt)<br>
1/3 C oil (may sub. with butter)<br>
1/2 t vanilla<br>
1 1/2 C grated carrots<br>
1/2 C raisins<br>
1/2 C chopped pecans or walnuts<br><br>
Directions:<br>
Combine dry ingredients and spices in large bowl. Mix honey, egg, milk, oil, vanilla, carrots, raisins and pecans in medium bowl. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. (you can also use paper cups)<br>
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.<br><br>
I think it came from the Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook. These muffins are delicious!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Mmm! Sounds yummm..<br><br>
I've never baked with whole wheat flour before. Is it always a good idea to use the whole wheat pastry flour as ChristieB mentions? Is that just a general rule?
 

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To answer your question about w.w. flour, yes it's good to use w.w. pastry flour in anything that isn't yeast risen. You can use it for all of the unbleached flour called for in a recipe. And many recipes call for half w.w. flour and half unbleached, but if you use w.w. pastry flour, you can use just that and no unbleached flour (if that makes any sense <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ). But for anything yeast risen, you need to use regular w.w. flour (the w.w. pastry flour doesn't have as much gluten, which is what makes it so good for non-yeast risen things, but also makes it bad for use in yeast-risen breads).<br><br>
Hope this answers your question.<br><br>
Christie
 

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It does! Thank you!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I used to have a recipe for "Green Eyeball Pie", and I can't find it. But, it was just a graham cracker crust (or any crust you like to make), and vanilla yogert on top of it, and then a pile of nice green grapes on top of that. And then I used to make a little sign with a popsicle stick & paper, that said, "Green Eyeball Pie".<br><br>
But, I'm thinking there might have been something with the yogert to make it more solid & hold it's shape when you cut it. It wasn't gelatin or anything like that. I'll look again for the recipe for you.<br><br>
The other thing I used to do when I worked with children, is we used to make "pretzel animals". The recipe has very little sugar, if any, and it's sort of like playdough - which would actually be a fun activity AT the party for the children to do together. They would simply mold the dough into Halloween shapes, and then you'd brush a little butter on, and sprinkle a little salt, and bake. I remember that these are best right after you bake them, though -- not really done ahead of time. I'll keep looking for that recipe, too.<br><br>
Also, a good old stand by are the muffins/cupcakes in the Whole Foods for Whole Families cookbook (LLL endorsed), with the cream cheese icing. The recipies are very healthy & low in sugar.<br><br>
For a drink --- I think you could do any juice, and just to some cool Halloween ice cubes, like someone said. If you put the juice & spritzer in a big Halloween punch bowl (or couldron) with a cool ladle, it'll look really great.<br><br>
Happy Autumn!
 
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