This post is brought to you by Milo and Healthy Bones Australia.
A few years back the doorbell rang on All Hallows’ Eve and a small group of trick and treaters stood at the door.
We were completely unprepared ~ this was Australia after all ~ and from memory we scrambled together a handful of leftover party bag lollies.
The following year we stocked up, and naturally the doorbell didn’t ring once.
Now this is a busy time for us as the eldest celebrates his birthday on All Saints Day (November 1) so we are already in a bit of a party mood. But Halloween is a school night so there will no trick or treating for them this year.
The eldest is also a milk-hater. It’s genetic ~ I’m not a fan either. Neither of us will drink a straight-up glass of milk. But we’re both a bit partial to Milo.
So when I was sent some party decorations and some spooky Milo recipes, I knew I had to give them a whirl.
With a little stirring and a little creativity, I’ve replaced the after-school Milo for the occasion with a few other themed treats instead.
Best part ~ these treats are easy, quick and a great source of calcium. Perfect for my non-milk drinker. And mango-lover. So double win!
Want to join us for a Halloween afternoon tea?
I also made ghost pancakes ~ choc-chips for eyes ~ and used up the arrowroot biscuits for some pumpkin biscuits. The old icing sugar and water icing with candy eyes and musk sticks for the stalks.
Osteoporosis Australia has a new prevention arm ~ Healthy Bones Australia ~ which is using the connection between skeletons and Halloween and the marking of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20 to remind people of the importance of bone health.
More than one-third of Australians suffer from poor bone health. Calcium, exercise and sunshine are all part of looking after your bones. Family history can also play a part in your bone density. My grandmother had osteoporosis which makes me extra careful.
Some last-minute Halloween tips and tricks:
- Don’t want to give out “candy”? Try glowsticks or some other trinkets.
- Glowsticks also make great “eyes in the bushes”. Cut eyes out of toilet rolls, add a glowstick and hide in the bushes. Get more decoration ideas here.
- Trick or treating isn’t overly popular Down Under. But if you’re smalls are keen, letterbox the neighbourhood to let them know and ask people to leave their light on outside if they are happy to be visited.
- No time to carve a pumpkin? Take to it with a black Sharpie or perhaps some washi tape instead.
- And for more crafty ideas and printables, check out all my Halloween posts here and my Pinterest board here
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