Nurture - October 23, 2020

How-To Make Halloween 2020 Extra Spooktacular!

It’s that time of the year!

Halloween!

Hands down, my favorite holiday of all the holidays. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know and are probably anticipating my all-night-long shenanigans hand making the kid’s costumes. This year though, like so many other annual celebrations, Halloween 2020 looks somewhat different from prior years.

So what’s the Queen of Halloween got up her sleeve for this untraditional year?

I’m turning up the spook factor with help from my Amazon Devices and bringingfor my little ones.

Here’s how you can too…

Turn Your Home Into A Haunted Smart Home

The first thing on the agenda was turning our place into a haunted home—a smart haunted home that is!!! I set up a Routine using Amazon’s Alexa app to automatically turn my Halloween string lights on (with the help of a few Amazon Smart Plugs) and have my Echo Show start Spooky Sounds. All I have to say is, “Alexa, make it a spooky Halloween.”

You can also create a ghostly Routine where you set the lights to go on or off at a specific time of day. Dinner in the dark, anyone?

Make It Ghoulishly Kid-Friendly

Grove out with your little ghouls by launching a kid-friendly playlist by uttering, “Alexa, play the best Halloween music!”

Turn up the fun and ask Alexa for Halloween jokes. They’re so ridiculously silly, my little one could not stop giggling.

 

Cuddle Up on the Couch and get your Halloween Flix Fix

Create the ultimate spooky movie marathon right from your couch with Amazon’s all-new Fire TV Stick. You can stream Halloween movies from Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and more.

Don’t Forget The Treats

Finding boo-tiful fun treats to make is a breeze thanks to Alexa. You can ask for recipe suggestions based on ingredients, by using a particular dish name or by specifying the holiday you’re cooking for. 

This ridiculously super easy-to-follow recipe for Halloween marshmallow pops took all of five minutes to make, and the kids can totally get in on the fun by making these pops for themselves.

They are definitely a monster hit!

 

Halloween Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows

 

Marshmallows (I used vegan marshmallows)

Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Bar (I used a 70% Cocoa bar)

Sprinkles, or edible decorations of your choice

Lollipop sticks (I used decorative straws)

 

  1. To melt the chocolate: Place the chocolate inside a glass or stainless bowl and sit the bowl over simmering hot water. *Be mindful to use low heat when melting the chocolate in a glass bowl. **Allow the bowl to cool down before the kids get involved. 
  2. Use separate bowls for your sprinkles or edible decorations. The smaller the bowl, the easier it will be to cover the marshmallows.
  3. Push a lollipop stick or decorate straw through your marshmallow.
  4. Dip into the melted chocolate.
  5. Dip into the sprinkles/edible decorations.
  6. Let your pops sit for ten minutes to set.

 

Halloween 2020 is absolutely going to be unlike any other Halloween we’ve ever experienced, I can only hope these tips and tricks bring big smiles and fun memories to you and your family. 

Happy Halloween!!!

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