Monthly Archives: October 2014

HAPI HAPI Halloween!

Halloween is upon us once again. Here are some tips to help you maximize fun and happiness on this holiday.

    1. Get creative!

If you set your mind to it, you’ll never run out of fun quick-to-do ideas that trick or treaters will love. Don’t have the time? You can create something simple: s’mores with marshmallows microwaved in between chocolate graham crackers and layered with hazelnut choco spread. Add touches like orange sprinkles to get into the Halloween spirit. For something healthier, make tangelo pumpkins with celery sticks for stems. How easy does that sound? If you have extra time on your hands to prep something intricate, all the better! You don’t need a Martha Stewart magic wand to whip up a few out-of-the box too-cute-to-eat concoctions. The good news is, since it’s the time for sweets, kids will eat it even if doesn’t look perfect. It’s the season after all when it’s easiest to patch up kitchen blunders and simply create something ghoulish even when it’s unintentional–and no one will say a word.

halloween-fork2You can also try heading over to Pinterest for some awesome ideas.

2.  Prepare ahead of time.

Cramming is the easiest way to take the fun out of anything, even this extra high sugar glazed holiday. Taking a few minutes a day at least a week ahead to plot out your plan of attack will save you a lot of headaches and keep the fun in the event. It’s a good idea to use that planner you have not touched since the beginning of the year. Or better yet, use a planner app on your phone, so you can map plans conveniently wherever you are. You can check this list of some great planner apps to download this year.

3.  Find the best spot for the trick or treaters in your household.

trick or treatIf your neighborhood is less friendly to kids in costumes at this time of the year, do not hesitate to have your kids join their friends and visit a nearby street where the Halloween activity would be much higher. Chances are, you would already hear about the best go-to places for this occasion ahead of time. If in doubt, the density of Halloween decorations on front porches around town will give you a clue. The kids will have a much happier time parading in their goblin or superhero garb with more kids roaming the streets. And of course, more candy!

4.  Recipes for leftover candy.

Get ideas from this article for things to try. It’s the only time  in the year when you have a surplus of sweets in your home. Sure, candy doesn’t go bad easily, but how about using these to create something a lot more fun your kids will not get tired of? It’s also an opportunity for you to slowly use these treats up to brighten up a healthy but kid repelling meal. This way, you can integrate the sweets into something more healthy, spreading out empty calories over nutrient-rich meals.  If they’re stuck in your fridge or cupboard they’d just stay there for the entire year, lest you snack on them every day for the next few weeks.

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5.   Get into the Halloween spirit!

Few other occasions offer the chance for people to dress up in outrageous costumes and even act the part for a night. Think up of some funny costumes, soak yourself in the spirit, and be part of the fun. No other night offers a free pass for being silly, so you have few excuses to hold back.  Nothing gets you in the mood better than trotting around in fun costume you yourself prepared.  And of course, don’t forget to post all your Halloween moments on your HAPI.com app to share with your family and friends!

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The HAPI Team 🙂