Honestly, I've never been much of a Halloween person. Don't get me wrong, I personally love dressing up in costumes and eating all of my children's candy, but it's never been anything that I looked forward to. This year is different though. With so many families choosing not to trick or treat, it inspired me to think about what this holiday could look like if I let go of the expectations of what it should be.
I wanted to make something extra special for the girls to get this weekend and was inspired to make these little Waldorf inspired pumpkin patch dolls. I made up the pattern as I went and I topped them off with some little acorn caps that we found on our most recent nature walk. They are such a special addition to a seasonal table too! These pumpkin patch dolls are some of the cutest dolls I think I ever made and would be a great project for beginners! Now the question is, should I make a tutorial for them?
My plan is to hide these chocolate ghosts, the pumpkin patch dolls and maybe another sweet treat, and then let the girls dress up and run all around looking for their goodies. I love this idea because we will have sweet family memories, lots of time outside and we won't be loaded down with too much candy.
I also want our focus to be on Día de Muertos since this will be the first year that the girls can really remember it. It has been so special already making crafts, sharing stories and getting our altar decorated and set up. This is such a special time of year, when the changing seasons inspire us to look inward and reflect on the beauties of life and death. I hope you have a cozy weekend ahead with lots of family time and quiet moments.
How are you celebrating this year?
Want to make these chocolate ghosts at home?
Here's the recipe:
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbs melted butter
Splash of vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup-3/4 cup powdered sugar
Mix the melted butter and peanut butter together with vanilla and salt. Then, slowly add your powered sugar. You want the mixture to be a little dry so you can shape it.
I wet my hands a little and then shaped them to look like wonky little ghost bodies. Pop them in the freezer for an hour so they are solid.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler and then dip the peanut butter globs in chocolate, shake off the excess and put them back in the fridge to set the chocolate. While that's setting, start to melt marshmallow in a double boiler (or microwave).
When the marshmallow is melted, use a spoon to spread it gently over the chocolate covered peanut butter to make your ghost. Let it set in the fridge before you use more melted chocolate to add spooky eyes and a mouth!
Wondering about these other goodies on the shelf?