Halloween Family Friendly

It’s ALL About Halloween

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Halloween Family Friendly

Everything Halloween, food, crafts, fun and all family friendly!

It’s ALL About Halloween!

It’s ALL About Halloween and I have a fabulous round-up of recipes, crafts for you and the kids, easy to make unique gifts and so much more. 

Because It’s ALL About Halloween in a family-friendly way for the best Halloween FUN! 

Simply click on the title to go right to the post for easy navigation for ALL Halloween ideas such as:

  • food
  • crafts
  • activities
  • family-friendly drinks
  • how we celebrate
  • how to keep your pets safe
  • a post about traditions to keep and some to avoid

and so much more because It’s ALL About Halloween



Make Your Own Halloween Panini Bar
I love making soups and chili’s for Halloween, but this is a wonderful alternative so your family and guests can make their own food, to their liking while you visit and enjoy.

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches













SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Easy Caramel Apples




Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn
You can’t go wrong with chocolate – ever.  So orange and green of course bring out the Halloween spirit and this is a quick and easy treat.
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Halloween Sugar Cookies
Letting the kids get involved in making and decorating cookies is all about Halloween.  This is a great recipe I think you will enjoy.

Cut out sugar cookies in halloween shapes with a glaze and decorated with gel frosing

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies



Halloween Pet Safety
Halloween can be a scary time  for pets, and not in a fun way.  You’ll find really good tips for keeping your pets comfortable and safe during this Halloween season.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Pets need to be watched out for on holidays
















Halloween Sugar Corn – Mother Goose Popcorn
Aawww the memories of sugar corn and Halloween, how sweet it is.  You’ll want to make up batches of this, and I’ll show you how with my step-by-step tutorial.
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DIY Spooky Halloween Garland
This fun garland is easy-peasy to make and customized to your decorations, or style because you choose your fabric!  You are going to want to make up a few extra to give away to your friends who are all about Halloween.

Halloween mini lights strung with fabric and netting




Kids Halloween Craft – T.P Scary Monsters
This is so simple and yet the kids and grand kids LOVE these!  I kid you not, they want to make them by the dozens!  But you’ll need to save up, lol.  Halloween T.P. Monsters are crazy cool. 

Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Halloween Kids Craft Monsters from Toilet Paper Rolls













Quick & Easy Halloween Wreath
Looking for something to hang on your door, OR to use as a grave marker if you decorate for Halloween?  This is perfect because it will weather outside.  
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Halloween Mummies
Kids and teens will really enjoy making these fun Halloween treats to give away to their friends, or you can make them for gifts yourself.  Every MuMMy will want one!
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Halloween Candy Lei
It’s so hard to come up with an inexpensive Halloween special treat to give to your kids, teens, grand kids or maybe coworkers, but I’ve got you covered! Now if you want ideas of how to send this creative all about Halloween gift in the mail, click HERE
A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Lei made from candy, netting and in Halloween colors



WHY Avoid the DARK Side of Halloween
There are pro’s and con’s to everything.  A balance is always best.  Come read my post on Halloween and see what you think. 

How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful













Friendly Spidery Web Frame
How fun is this Halloween quick and easy decoration to get everyone in the mood for celebrating.  A great girls-teens night/activity too. 
it's all about Halloween



Amazing Spidey Tacos
I wanted to have Halloween food that wasn’t just sweets, but still ‘all about Halloween’ and so Spidey Taco was created.  It’s simple, but festive and I’ll show you how to make them.

A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

A taco specially made for Halloween festivities












Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection
My friend Dorthy told me about some very special candy – with a little sweet, some pop and a little heat.  It is AWESOME!
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Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween is …..well….creepy sometimes, so these cupcakes will fill that side if you are looking for ‘just the right’ spookiness, here you go!
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Spooky Halloween Layered Cake
Layers of purple, orange and chocolate cake decorated with purchased embellishments make it come together quickly. Great for all about Halloween desserts.
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Halloween Crunchy Bread Bones and Dipping Sauce
Here’s another Halloween food for your family and guests that’s not sweet. it’s super simple ‘bones’ made out of bread sticks and a dipping sauce from ranch sauce and food coloring!  Come see how easy.
it's all about Halloween



These are Halloween fun in a cup with pudding and cookie crumbs on the top.  
it's all about Halloween



Monster Mouth Apples
Finally a healthy Halloween treat! Come see how this comes together for everyone to enjoy. 
it's all about Halloween



Boazone the Snake Calzone

A calzone or pizza formed like a snake for Halloween fun food

A stuffed pizza dough in the form of a snake












S’Mores Chocolate and Marshmallow Pops

A great treat to make as a family – no campfire needed












Attack of the Pumpkins and our Revenge 
Stan and I came home to 82 pumpkins!  WHAT? But we got our revenge, lol,  More Halloween fun at our house. 



Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture
I love this picture my daughter-in-law Ashley made for me using the thumbprints of all the grandkids as the pumpkins in the Halloween picture.  It’s a keepsake I bring out every year.
Kids thumbprint made into a pumpkin in a Halloween picture



Carrie’s Cold Apple Cider
I wanted to bring you an apple cider that’s cold (link to a hot one also there) for Halloween family friendly drinks that are non-alcoholic.  Enjoy
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Halloween Buffet 
This link will show you all the goodies of all about Halloween food in the buffet.  Great ideas for your celebration!

Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

Carrie Groneman’s recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017, 2018

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WHY Avoid the DARK Dangerous Side of Halloween

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How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful


WHY Avoid the DARK Dangerous Side of Halloween?

There really are many reasons and I’ll explain 

I recently learned that Halloween has surpassed every other holiday in the amount of money spent to celebrate this time of year.
At first glance that didn’t surprise, nor phase me. We have the candy to hand out, the parties, the fun foods, the costumes, decorations for our homes and yard, we even have fun dressing up our pets
Then I began to ponder this a bit.
The next holiday in line for most spent is Christmas. I do not know if the statistical amount includes these: but consider if you will – Christmas financial spending to comprise:

  • Gifts for others
  • Service projects
  • Donations for worthy causes
  • Sub for Santa to ensure others have a Christmas
  • Food contributions of all sorts so families can have a meal, and children have food during the holidays
  • Halloween spending, to my knowledge does not do deliver any humanitarian aid nor relief. Well, possibly to dentists, or to those who are given the candy in the trades for sweets by the dentists; which is brilliant! Again, I am not saying we should do away with Halloween, so please stay with me.



Halloween can bring fun, parties and lots of good times.

If you have looked at my blog you will see I enjoy making food festive and theme related.

I sewed my kid’s costumes as they grew up and even a grandson’s costume.

The rule was/is the costume had to be family-friendly. Nothing gory, inappropriate, supernatural in nature, etc.

Stan and our kids thoroughly enjoyed decorating the house and yard with lights, cotton webs, wood and ceramic figures, pumpkins and the like to bring in the celebratory mood.

 – Halloween can bring communities and neighborhoods together through ‘Trunk or Treats’

 – When visiting as people come to your home with their children.

These opportunities are tremendous because often in our busy life we don’t have/take the time to chat with those who live close by, or friends that we see on these occasions other than this holiday.

In fact I try to have hot chocolate, cider, scones, cookies or something to hand to the adults (of course candy to the kids) so we can say HELLO.

Make new friendships or renew old ones.

Halloween provides this possibility where none others do.




The tradition of Halloween is well….nothing too good……that I could find anyway.

For example, Easter and Christmas have definite Christian reasons for celebration. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are sacred Jewish holidays.

Beginning as soon as the decorations are out for Halloween we spend a ton of money, plan like crazy, and yet is it just a party? Is there nothing more to it?

Sources I read stated that going clear back to the Celtics, they declared November 1st as Day Of The Dead since the weather was cold, the leaves would fall and it was getting dark earlier; everything was dying. It was thought that a “Lord of Death and Evil Spirits”, we now know as “The Grim Reaper” was coming.

It was believed that on October 31st the Lord of Death and all the spirits of those who had died that year, were allowed to return home and visit the living. As a way to keep these spirits pacified and be able to not harm them, or any other humans, the Druid priests held diabolical worship ceremonies; in which animals and even people were burned to death.

As time past, early Christians, desiring a part in the traditional festivities though not desiring a part of the original traditions, created All Saints’ Day to coincide with the pagan rites. Satanists–acting true to form–reversed the Christian procedure. Because November 1st was All Saints’ Day (All Souls’ Day, November 2nd, memorializes the dead), Satanists established October 31st as an”All Demon’s Night.” As surely as the Christian martyrs and saints dominated their own holiday, so did the demons permeate the preceding evening. All Hallows’ Eve predictably became a time of spells, curses, and horrors for those who did not believe, but for the Satanists, particularly the witches, it was a joyous festival and major sabbat. So it remains in a diluted form, ironically celebrated by Christian society far more vigorously than All Saints’ Day. (* Quoted from The Occult Conceit – A New Look at Astrology, Witchcraft and Sorcery, by Owen S. Rachleff, from page 189-190.)

 So with this information, some Cautions to consider

You can research quite easily the origins behind the symbols we use for Halloween (I found none inspiring, but all depressing actually).
The occult’s that sprang because of Halloween include many appalling fixations and introduce corrupt and immoral behavior and ideas never before thought of or seen such as*:

  • Black & heavy metal music
  • Fantasy Role playing games
  • Slasher/horror movies & sadistic pornography
  • Reading occult & satanic literature
  • People who would not ever involve themselves with the occult at any other time will experiment at Halloween parties with séances, Ouija boards, levitation, rituals and ritual sex.
  • Arson tends to become a huge problem in many areas across the country the week of Halloween.
  • What about the candy itself? In most cities hospitals and medical facilities open their doors encouraging parents to bring their children’s stash in to be x-rayed for precaution that there are no foreign objects such as pins, razor blades, etc.
  • Pranks that are malicious are common practice at such as tossing pumpkins off of overpasses onto passing cars. People have even been harmed and killed this way.
  • The desensitizing and violence is rampant in all its forms as it’s associated with haunted houses, movies, etc.


Keep Going or Stop?

I personally will continue to enjoy the fun parts of Halloween.

However, I will use it as a learning analogy, as I like to do with everyday situations.

In fact, the story, ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’ is a classic and fits my purpose here perfectly.  (I thoroughly enjoy the old black and white movie and is a regular at our home.)

From internet description:

“The Devil and Daniel Webster” is narrated as a folktale told in the border country of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, regarding the famous American orator Daniel Webster. Like so many folk legends, this one contains some exaggeration and several important lessons.

Jabez Stone is an unlucky New Hampshire farmer who, in a moment of frustration, sells his soul to the devil. His farm prospers, but when the devil returns near the end of the seven-year contract, Stone sees the soul of his neighbor Miser Stevens in the devil’s pocket, and his dread grows. Although the devil grants him a three-year extension on his contract, the time weighs on Jabez Stone and, in desperation, he goes to see Daniel Webster, who was born near Stone’s farm but who now lives and practices law in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Webster says that he has not argued such a “mortgage case” in some time, but he agrees to take it. The two return to New Hampshire to await the arrival of the devil, who comes at midnight to claim his property.
The heart of the story is the debate between the devil and Daniel Webster. At the beginning, it looks as if Daniel Webster has met his match. He argues that no American can be pressed into the service of a “foreign prince,” but the devil cleverly demonstrates that he has a long American history: “When the first wrong was done to the first Indian, I was there. When the first slaver put out for the Congo, I stood on her deck.” Not to be outdone, Webster stands on the Constitution and demands a trial for his client, with an American judge and jury. Mr. Scratch…

Why this story?

Is there a way to find a positive to the tradition of Halloween celebrations?

I do personally believe that there is a devil and that he is real.

In this fictional story, the devil shows just how much he wants a person, actually each one of us on his side, to be his, and to serve him and not God.

The main character in the book – movie, Jabez, in desperation put himself and his family in a terrible situation. 

Luckily it was a fictional story and a hero, Daniel Webster was able to rescue him.

It can be enticing to look to the darker side whether on Halloween, or any day of the year.

The unknown, the tantalizing a different way of life that is not wholesome.

While in reality, the repercussions of poor choices will reverberate and affect you and others for years, even generations to come.  

  • Of course, we can be redeemed and change!
  • But why go there in the first place? 
  • Why even consider the sinister, evil and sinful aspects? 
  • It will never bring good.  
  • It will never make us happy. 
  • It will never help us be a better person, one that others can trust, or one that can be followed as a guide for a life of integrity and  moral strength. 
  • By experimenting in the foul and vile immoral ways, it only brings unhappiness and  deep misery.

Let’s use caution and intelligence when choosing what to participate in during the Halloween festivities

  • as well as any activities
  • and what we see in movies
  • and hear in music that could affect our good standing.  

Passing up the provocative and anything that does not ‘feel right’, is truly worth the self control.

It’s worth the sacrifice to be a good example and one others trust to do the right thing even when it’s not easy.


Everything has its opposite; light has dark, flat has round, happiness has pain, etc. 

As I pointed out above I believe there is a Satan, you may also believe there is a force of bad or wickedness that tempts us to stray from God or the good/right.

If you agree, then you believe there is a struggle for our loyalty, devotion, allegiance.

Let’s look at how it applies to Halloween for our purpose here:

Halloween time particularly promotes psychics, spirits, mediums,  seances and such over looking to God and Him only.

The promotion of violence and death is especially focused this time of year, desensitizing our mind and spirit.  During the rest of the year we would probably not consider going to certain places or putting our family in certain situations, yet pay for these experiences in October!  Think about what Haunted Houses, horror movies and the like encourage –

  • torture
  • mutilation
  • satanism
  • bizarre murders
  • sexual practices that exploit
  • none of these would be permissible in normal daily life!

When children, teens, even adults, are exposed to the evils that are prevalent at Halloween can do incredible physiological and emotional damage that may be irreparable.

Halloween is a time to be very vigilant and aware of looking at what is going on at the parties our family members/we are attending, the movies they/we are watching, avoiding any appearance of evil basically.   


When you let your children know that you are striving with all your might to protect them spiritually, emotionally and physically, the bond of trust and love is unbreakable. 

So by having an open and continuous conversation about good and evil, choosing right and wrong, Satan and God. teaching them the scriptures and how to protect them-self, you are doing an remarkable and extraordinary job as a parent, helping them to have a happy and joyful future and life.



My point is, we live in this world.

Halloween is generally celebrated with the family-friendly emphasis,.

Only allow that approach in your home,  than we can have fun with the festivities while not succumbing to the malicious aspects.

I say YES to Halloween, and great memories!

Be watchful to ensure that only wholesome family traditions and activities are the result.

Never fear of peer pressure, no matter your age. That’s how there will be happiness and good feelings all around. 

I hope you will enjoy your time as family and friends, with positive and uplifting events, get-together’s and lots of GOOD will come.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful

Halloween themed food

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

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Halloween themed food

Pudding cups that have a Frankenstein face painted with chocolate on the cup!



FRANKEN Pudding Cups  Great make ahead family friendly Halloween treat.  And so good too!


FRANKIN  Pudding Cups


Pistachio pudding prepared according to directions


Vanilla pudding prepared according to directions with green food coloring added to make it goulish.

Chocolate animal cookie-crackers

 Melting chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

Paint brush

Clear cups, 5-8 oz is preferred



Crush chocolate animal cookies, chocolate teddy grahams or any chocolate cookie

Prepare pudding

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

Melt chocolate in a microwavable bowl, stirring till melted, but do not burn. 

With the paint brush draw a face inside the cup with the chocolate.

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

Do not have the face come up higher than 1/3 from the top to allow room for the pudding to cover the face which will make it stand out more.

Allow the chocolate face to harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes, then pour in the prepared pudding

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

FRANKEN Pudding Cups

Pour crushed cookies on top about 1/2 to 1 inch thick.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recipe by Carrie Groneman, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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Apples decorated to look like monster mouths

Monster Mouth Apples

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Apples decorated to look like monster mouths

Monster Mouth Apples Halloween food


Looking for a healthy family friendly Halloween treat?  This is it!  Apple, peanut butter and yogurt covered raisins combine for a yummy treat for the season. I’ll show you a few easy tricks to put this together.



Apples – you should get 4 mouths from each apple

Peanut butter

Yogurt covered raisins

In a bowl combine 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups water.


Monster Mouth Apples

Monster Mouth Apples

Cut apple into four sections and cut out the seeds

Monster Mouth Apples

Monster Mouth Apples

Turn the apple to the back and cut slits at an angle to form a mouth.Soak the apples in the water and lemon juice mixture for 5 – 10 minutes. When ready to use, pat dry with a paper towel. This will prevent the apple from turning brown for several hours.

Spread the inside section where the mouth was cut with a thin to medium layer of peanut butter.

Monster Mouth Apples

Monster Mouth Apples

Cut the yogurt covered raisins at angles and place for crooked and decayed teeth. Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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