Whether you’re bed-bound, house-bound or just out of spoons for the night, my new Date Night In series should help you come up with some fun ideas for date nights at home. This first date night is inspired by one of my favorite holidays — Halloween!
Right now, because I’m still on the AIP diet, it’s not like I can just grab a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (my fave!), so I decided to sleuth around and find some tasty alternatives for people who are either on healing diet or have food allergies/intolerances.
I haven’t tried them yet (nuts and chocolate are also still off-limits for me) but Mom Gone Paleo’s Dark Chocolate Almond Peanut Butter Cups look like they’d be a great alternative to my favorite Halloween candy. I’ve seen several other variations of these made with different kinds of nut butters.
Now, these Yam O’Lanterns at Apron Strings may not be chocolate, but they are a fun way to eat a healthy snack and completely AIP-legal. With only three ingredients (yams, olive oil and sea salt), these are good choice for anyone on a restrictive diet. You can also swap out the olive oil for coconut oil or add some cinnamon and nutmeg.
There’s nothing better than snuggling up and sipping a hot drink when it’s chilly outside. I normally prefer a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows, but again, that’s not an option right now. Baker Bettie’s Crockpot Apple Cider is a tasty alternative and can be made with or without sugar.
When it comes to Halloween movies, I prefer something funny or corny rather than something that’s really scary. My absolute favorite Halloween movie is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (and hey, it even doubles as a Christmas movie!). This stop-motion musical even comes in 3-D now. Oh, and if you enjoy the movie, don’t forget to also check out Nightmare Revisited!
No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating:
I love the idea of carving pumpkins, but in reality, I just don’t like all the work involved. Slicing through a pumpkin is hard, especially if you have chronic pain or fatigue! So I found some easier ways to decorate — no knives required.
If you like using power tools, Better Homes and Gardens has a tutorial on how to decorate your pumpkin with a drill. And Momtastic has a tutorial on how to decorate pumpkins with black chalkboard paint. The best part about the chalkboard paint is you don’t have to commit to just one look.
So do you have any plans for Halloween?
My family had a Halloween party at my parents’ house last weekend, and it was pretty fun. Here’s a couple pictures from the party:
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