Healthy Halloween {but still fun!}

I’m so thrilled to be in NY for Halloween–primarily because I’ll get to see my favorite little people in costumes! Last year, I handed out candy, but I also did an experiment on my unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. I was teaching a nutrition class at the time, and I had my students do this experiment too (I also gave them a choice to do something else in case it wasn’t practical to do the “study”).

Here’s what we did…

Make cute little jack-o-lanterns out of clementines.

That afternoon, Joe and I made these---it took a little while, but we laughed and chatted as we sharpied our clems.

Offer kids both candy and jack-o-lanterns.

Oranges vs. Candy Bars!

Tally how many take each (let them take one of each if they want to).

The jack-o-lanterns won in my experiment! The littlest kids were the most excited about them–probably because they actually thought they were little pumpkins. Many kids took one of each, but more kids took a friggin’ orange than a piece of candy alone!

Yes. This did restore my faith in human beings.

I also made these to decorate my front porch with—jack-o-peppers. They were cute. I’d do it again if I was going to have trick-or-treaters this year.

I carved jack-o-lanterns out of peppers. Why? I don't know. But I got the idea from Kristina at Spabettie...she stuffed, cooked and ate hers though 🙂

The roofs were thrown out because they just fell still worked (and probably prevented the peppers from baking...)


The unlit daylight view...

I’m not really the type to be super excited about Halloween, but I did enjoy this experiment (and the peppers!) last year. Like I said above, I’d do this again if I was somewhere receiving trick-or-treaters this year.

I don’t plan to dress up this year, and honestly, I’m not sure if my loves will really be trick-or-treating with the hurricane activities impacting us this week. But I was informed yesterday that if it’s too horrible outside to trick-or-treat, we’d just set up candy stations in each room in my friend’s house…so the kids could at least trick-or-treat room to room. I’m all for it. Last time I trick-or-treated (2 yrs ago) it was freezing!

News/Notes: My stuff was moved today. The movers were just 8 hours late (due to weather), and I felt bad for them having to move things out into the awful weather. However, my move was really super easy. I had 11 bins of “stuff” plus a few pieces of furniture and my bike. I was ready and waiting (all day), which turned out to be ok—I graded millions of papers and was super productive while I waited.

I won’t lie, it’s really sad for me to hit this milestone of having my “stuff” moved—It’s on its way to NYC to catch a train to CA. I haven’t talked much (at all?) about what I’m leaving here, but I just want to say that it’s not easy. I’m positive and hopeful and excited, but I’m also sad. Additionally, today is the 9th anniversary of my sister’s death, which feels kind of symbolic with all of this change (and even the hurricane!).

I’m not feeling quite as mad today as I usually do on this date—I don’t expect anyone to recognize or remember it, and honestly this year almost no one acknowledged it. Just a couple friends. If you’ve ever lost someone close to you, you might understand why that is sad–that someone can be forgotten, sure. But mostly because it means this is really over—it is all in the past. It might seem obvious that life has gone on after nine years, but I do still have to check myself on it too—remembering how long it has been, and the future feels really lonely without her. It feels good when life is less sad, but then it also feels sad that it’s been a few years since I’ve picked up the phone to call her before realizing what I was doing.

It’s just another lesson in being blissful and sad all at once. I’m so glad I am at a place where I can do that—I feel like I’m honoring her and also living life at the same time.

Oh! And Matthew’s birthday 🙂 He had the best day. I talked about it on facebook a little bit, and posted a pic of him on my wall too. I was supposed to see him this afternoon, but then I couldn’t because my movers were so late. He called me though, and out of all the great things he got for his birthday, he chose to wear the Santa Monica sweatshirt I bought him to school today. My heart melted a bit. I may not be able to visit all of my friends while I’m in NY this week, but I will surely spend as much time as I can with that boy.

What do you do for Halloween?

Have you ever moved across the country? (or a long distance)

Are you livin’ in the hurricane?!


10 thoughts on “Healthy Halloween {but still fun!}”

  1. Jess@atasteofconfidence

    First of all, I have been absent from blogs lately and I didn’t know you were moving! Safe travels and good luck with whatever greets you there!

    Second, I completely understand what you mean concerning your sister’s death. The 6th anniversary of my uncle’s extremely premature death comes Nov. 14, and it’s always a somewhat strange experience. In some ways, I “enjoy” the chance to look back on his life a bit more than I do day-to-day, but, like you said, it reminds me that what done is done and, in the end, life goes on (which can almost be a sad thing to me on that day). Anyway, thoughts are with you.

  2. I can remember your post on this day last year, the 8th anniversary of your sisters death. Your ton is much more positive and spirited. I’m sure you think about her each and every day, multiple times, but I’m happy to hear you are doing better and the fact that you have now moved cross country is just amazing! And look…having fun carving gorgeous little peppers! Too cute!

  3. cathy@1970kikiproject

    lisa, so glad the movers got your stuff – better late than never, and you made good use of your time. i loved the fb photos!
    thanks for sharing your feelings about your sister, too. so true how you just want to say, “hey! don’t you remember…??” but life moves on. hugs to you, all the same.
    the wind is howling and it’s to be 90 km winds today – yikes! we were without power for 3 hours yesterday (luckily i was at work where there was power). hope you’re safe and sound! and i hope hallowe’en is still a go (i like your room-to-room back up plan!).

  4. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Oh I love that the healthy treat won out! My niece and nephew love clementines. I had a dear friend who was killed coming up on 13 years ago. Her birthday was last week and some of the friends we were closest with didn’t remember even. It’s hard to think that not everyone remembers. You feel like they should. I’m glad Matthew had a great birthday and that you were there!

  5. You continue to amaze me with your strength and determination to always move forward! I can’t imagine a move like this being easy, especially if you are leaving a specific something or someone behind. New chapters are always a bit scary.

    I do love that most kids took the oranges, that made my morning.

  6. Megan (Best of Fates)

    I hope your move went okay and you made it safe through the storm! And I love your pepper o’lanterns! I tried that one year but mine didn’t come out nearly as cute, you’ve clearly got a gift!

  7. Laury (the fitness dish)

    I LOVE those clementines! Did you make those last year too? I feel lik eyou made those before…or am I dreaming?

    Miss you!! Hope you made it back to Cali okay!!!!

  8. Love you lady. Missing you! So glad you had a great time at home, and with Matthew especially. Will you be home for Christmas?! We must catch up via Skype ASAP. Love ya. xo

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