Trick or Treat – Smell My Feet – Give Me Something Healthy to Eat!

Halloween brings out the kid in all of us. It’s fun to get dressed up in a costume and parade around the neighborhood or go to a party. Treats are a part of the fun. However, treats don’t have to be sticky, gooey candy. The words “healthy” and “Halloween” don’t appear to fit together in the same sentence but can! If you are the type of mom who is concerned that Halloween isn’t the most nutritionally healthy night for your children, there are some steps you can take to help minimize the “candy craze”.

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Halloween!

Here are some Spooktacular pumpkin recipes I found and wanted to share with you! They would be great for Halloween!


For the topping:

  • 2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup raisins

For the pancakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup 1% low fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt

In a small mixing bowl, briskly combine vanilla yogurt and raisins until yogurt becomes looser texture. Reserve. For the pancakes, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, egg, pumpkin, and yogurt, mixing well.

Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir until just moist. Do not overmix. Batter may be lumpy. For thinner batter, add milk. Lightly coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium. Using a quarter-cup measure, pour batter onto hot griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to burst, then flip pancakes and cook until golden.

Serve warm, topped with yogurt-raisin mixture and dusting of cinnamon.

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 (30-ounce) bag frozen cheese ravioli
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Place a large saucepan of water over high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. While the water is coming to a boil, combine the pumpkin, broth, sugar, butter, garlic powder, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the mixture is heated through, about 10 minutes.

When the water comes to a boil, add the ravioli and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Just before serving, stir in the sour cream as desired. Serve the ravioli on individual plates, top with pumpkin sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 can (14 ounces) pumpkin, chilled
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 container (6 ounces) lowfat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 teaspoons graham cracker crumbs, optional

Place all ingredients (except graham cracker crumbs) in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and top each serving with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs, if desired.

ISSMA Competition from the Sidelines

2009 ISSMA Marching Band State Finals

On October 31, 2009 high schools from across Indiana competed in the Indiana State School Music Association marcking band state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Halloween 2009 was not only a day for trick or treating, it was also a day to watch some of the most talented high school music students in Indiana vie for the state marching band championships at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Ten bands in each of 4 classes competed on a number of occasions during October to reach the finals.  So, why are we talking about marching bands on the American Dairy Association of Indiana’s blog?

The American Dairy Association of Indiana and the dairy farm families of Indiana have been the corporate sponsor of the Indiana State School Music Association and the state marching band competition for 18 years.  As an employee of the dairy association and a parent of two former marching band members, I feel I have a somewhat unique perspective on this great event.  Even though fall is marching band season, I know the hard work begins long before, usually in the hot summer months during band camp.  Lots of sunscreen and water are needed then!  There is plenty of behind the scenes action, as well.  Props, uniforms, instruments and accessories all need attention, and this is often provided by parents.  There are a lot more people involved in any marching band than those you see on the field.

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Chocolate Milk Official Drink of Halloween!


Bone Appetit!

Did you know that Chocolate Milk is the official drink of Halloween? Why, you may ask…because it is Nutrition in Disguise! I know you chuckle because it is a little cheesy, but it is very true. This is one treat that moms can feel good about giving their children on Halloween, or any day, plus kids love to drink it. Continue reading

Healthy Halloween Tricks

Chocolate Milk The Official Beverage of Halloween

Chocolate Milk The Official Beverage of Halloween


The words “healthy” and “Halloween” don’t appear to fit together in the same sentence. Isn’t Halloween the time when kids run house to house to see how much candy they can gather? Then they come home, dump out their bag of goodies on the floor, and overindulge until they turn green. Any hip ghoul or ghost would turn up their nose at a health bar or apple on Halloween night. Well, if you are the type of parent who is concerned that Halloween isn’t the most nutritionally healthy night for your children, here are some steps you can take to help minimize the “candy craze”. 

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