Easy Halloween Ideas

We discuss getting ready for Halloween and some ideas to make it simple and fun. Using your printer and some ingenuity, you can make your house a Halloween haven.  Scroll down to get the Podcast.

EASY TREATS

HALLOWEEN CANDY SWAP

DECORATING  IDEAS

  • Collect your candles and other things to decorate (add a few Dollar store spiders and rats)
  • Add spooky pictures to your family portraits

OTHER GREAT HALLOWEEN TIPS AND RECIPES

Pumpkin Chili

1 medium pumpkin,  4-5 pounds (or 2 cups canned)
1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 T oil
1 lb. ground beef
4 c diced tomatoes
2 c tomato sauce
2 c cooked kidney beans
1 c corn
1/2 c diced green chilis
1 T chili powder
1 t ground cumin
salt and fresh black pepper

Cut lid in top of pumpkin; set aside. Remove seeds, replace lid. Bake at 375° for 20-40 minutes until pulp in soft. Scoop out pumpkin flesh, leaving at least 1/2 inch to hold pumpkin shape. Dice pumpkin and set aside. Reserve pumpkin shell.

In large pot, cook onion, garlic and bell pepper with ground beef. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, reserved pumpkin, beans, corn, chilis, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Serve from reserved pumpkin shell. Garnish with shredded cheese and/or sour cream. Serve over cooked rice. 6-8 servings.