Monday, November 1, 2010

Homemade Halloween

This is all that's required to make one little boy a very happy Halloween participant. Since he can't eat most of the (junk) candy one finds in the supermarket, we do what we always do. Make our own. 
The Enjoy Life chocolate chips are gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut-free, and contain no artificial ingredients or colors. 
The best part? They taste like chocolate.
We made scarecrows for Halloween and these babies are thick, solid chocolate! It's a great project to do with your kids, as it incorporates math, reading and motor skills into a fun activity. 
While my lil' guy is not much into cooking per se, he is happy to help with these gems!
We have molds for most of the big holidays, so he does not feel deprived. The step-by-step instructions will be posted on the recipe page. 
It's so easy, and takes no time at all!
This year, Wall-e was the chosen costume for Halloween. Fortunately, I had been saving large cardboard boxes for the lasagna layering in the yard. This project took about 8 hours over two weekends. 

We made the lunchbox using a cardboard box, paper fasteners (so the top would swivel), and a logo we printed off the puter. 
The body of the costume is a large box, painted and detailed with Wall-e's buttons and gauges. 
The tires are a rectangle of corrugated cardboard stripped on one side to give you the tread-like appearance. 

The whole thing cost probably less than $10, as we had most of the materials on hand. The only thing I purchased was a long-sleeved shirt for him, so we could fasten the side pieces onto it with velcro. 

He even decided to record Wall-e's voice from the movie into a hand-held tape recorder, so he could sound like him too!
He got lots of compliments on his costume and he had a blast going door-to-door with his friends. 

We love creating those good memories!

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