Oct 142021
 October 14, 2021  Book Reviews, Halloween Comments Off on New Halloween Books for Kids

It’s almost Halloween, which means new Halloween books for kids! Here are some of our favorites, from board books and to a middle grade novel about a zombie cat!

New Halloween Books for Kids | Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: I received copies of some of the books below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. 

New Halloween Books for Kids

Enjoy these new Halloween books for kids! What is your favorite Halloween read?

Owl Has a Halloween Party is an adorable Halloween book for little ones. It is a sweet story that follows Owl as he visits all of his friends to invite them to his Halloween party. At each stop, we get to preview the animals’ costumes by using the sturdy pull-tabs, which are chunky enough for little hands to grab. A cute first book about Halloween that young readers will love to read again and again.

Vegetables in Halloween Costumes is a fun story that addresses that classic childhood dilemma: what to wear for Halloween? The vegetable friends help us think through all the different possibilities, and children will love the indecisive Carrot’s creative solution to the problem! A fun book all kids will be able to relate to.

Poultrygeist is my daughter’s new favorite book! It has been on constant rotation at bedtime and often a few times during the day as well. It is a fun twist on why the chicken crossed the road – and what happened when he got to the Other Side (thanks to a passing truck).

New Halloween Books for Kids | Alldonemonkey.com

The illustrations are spooky without being too scary, and the story is so cleverly done that my older kids enjoy it as well.

Twitchy Witchy Itch is a great read to help children appreciate that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to be perfectly bewitching. Itch the Witch rushes around to get her house ready for visitors, but when they arrive she gets a lesson in accepting imperfections – in herself and in others.

Eenie Meenie Halloweenie is another adorable new Halloween picture book. It is another look at the difficulty of deciding what Halloween costume to wear. I love that it gives children (and grown ups!) lots of ideas for DIY costumes, as the main character thinks through all the different animal costumes she could make. In the end she comes up with a creative solution that incorporates all of her favorite animals!

Trick or Treat, Crankenstein a follow up to the popular book Crankenstein. Kids will relate to the awful feeling of being cranky on a day, like Halloween, that you’ve been really forward to. Somehow it is much worse than being cranky on any other day! The illustrations are so clever, that kids will love poring over them for all the fun details. And it is a good way to talk to kids about how sometimes things don’t go as planned, but in the end it can still turn out to be fun after all.

Older kids will enjoy reading Return of ZomBert, a middle grade read that is the follow up to Rise of ZomBert. When Mellie adopted a stray cat, she didn’t realize that he had actually escaped from a laboratory. The lab was secretly testing on animals, which would explain the cat’s amazing strength and smarts. While Mellie is just focused on getting Bert ready for the pet contest at the local Harvest Festival, the lab workers (backed by a powerful corporation) are working on re-capturing their prize experiment. Can Mellie discover the plot in time to help Bert stay free of the lab’s clutches? A great read that incorporates a lot of science (some of it a little gross!) and sensitive portrayals of family dynamics and bullying.

Related Posts:

Halloween Books about Working Together

Lift-the-Flap Halloween Books

Silly Halloween Books

Oct 112019
 October 11, 2019  Book Reviews, Halloween Comments Off on Lift-the-Flap Halloween Books for Spooky Fun!

Our family loves Halloween, and that of course includes enjoying some spooky reads as soon as the weather starts to cool off! Young readers love interactive books, which is why today I’m sharing some wonderful lift-the-flap Halloween books we are loving reading this season. Do you have a favorite Halloween book? Let us know in the comments!

Lift-the-Flap Halloween Books | Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: I receive a complimentary copy of Monsters Come Out Tonight for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.

Lift-the-Flap Halloween Books for Spooky Fun!

Lift-the-Flap Tab: Spooky House is great for kids that really love to lift those flaps! All of the page spreads in this book have multiple flaps, sometimes up to five! It is also a tab book, which means that kids can go straight to the page they want by using the colorful tabs along the book’s exterior. The book takes you through the rooms of this spooky house, where you get to meet tons of fun Halloween characters. My kids’ favorite room is the bathroom, where you can even find a monster hiding in the toilet!

Monsters Come Out Tonight! was an instant hit in our house. It is a wonderful new Halloween board book about monsters getting ready for a big monster ball! The flaps are large and sturdy, so they are easy for little hands to manipulate, and there are plenty of silly suprises to find. I love the juxtaposition in each page spread between a child, dressed up in their Halloween costume, knocking on a door, which is then answered by the actual monsters that the child is pretending to be. The best is at the end, though, when the both pages open up into one large spread showing kids and monsters partying together!

Ghost in the House is another of our favorite lift-the-flap Halloween books! This time around, the monsters are the ones getting spooked by the strange noises they hear in the house. Each time it is just another monster, who joins them as they creep from room to room – until the twist ending, when they are surprised by the scariest creature of all, a human boy!

Seriously, who doesn’t love Pete the Cat? That groovy feline returns in a not-too-spooky Halloween book for kids that are a bit anxious about Halloween. Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete helps kids who are worried about Halloween by showing that trick or treating doesn’t have to be too scary. In fact, often what we think is something scary is just a friend in a costume, or something familiar hidden in the shadows. Full of all your favorite Pete the Cat characters and lots of flaps to lift, this book shares the message that Halloween is full of sweet surprises.

Related Posts:

Silly Halloween Books Kids Will Love

Halloween Books and Activities that Encourage Working Together

Spanish Halloween Activities

Runaway Pumpkin Halloween Experiment

Apr 162019
 April 16, 2019  Book Reviews, Education, Halloween Comments Off on Telling Time: Resources for Parents and Educators

Even in today’s digital world, learning to tell time on an analog clock is an important skill, as it helps children learn about the passage of time as well as important math facts. Yet it is increasingly difficult for children to learn as fewer homes today have analog clocks. Here are great resources for parents and educators to teach children telling time, including an amazing new book launching today and tons of activities!

Telling Time: Resources for Parents and Educators | Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.

Telling Time: Resources for Parents and Educators

Children’s Book

When the Clock Strikes on Halloween
Hands down, my younger son’s favorite holiday is Halloween, so I was thrilled to learn that author Lisa Ferland and illustrator Pei Jen have just created an amazingly fun Halloween book – that actually teaches kids how to tell time! (I reviewed one of Ferland’s books for grownups over on Multicultural Kid Blogs).

When the Clock Strikes on Halloween is a spooky – but not too scary – rhyming book for kids ages 4-8. It takes young readers through every hour of Halloween, including a large analog clock and a spooky (and sometimes silly) rhyme about what happens at that hour. What a fun way to teach children how to tell time!

When the Clock Strikes on Halloween

I have to say this beautifully illustrated story was an instant hit with my son! I mean, how could he resist a book that talks about goblins having to pee?? This book definitely keeps the attention of older kids, but the text is simple enough that younger kids can enjoy it, too.

And of course I love that at the book are questions for discussion that take the learning beyond just basic clock reading skills to discuss more in depth concepts about the passage of time as well as building literacy skills.

In other words, this charming book really packs a punch for readers and educators alike! It is available for pre-order with exclusive rewards for a limited time between April 16-May 15, 2019 on Kickstarter, so don’t miss it!

Telling Time: Resources for Parents and Educators | Alldonemonkey.com

Telling Time Activities

Printable clock face: MyPrintly

What’s the time clock free printable: Artsy Craftsy Mom

DIY paper clock activity: Natural Beach Living

Printable dice game and activity sheets: Board Games for Learning

Telling time worksheets: Fun with Mama

Time telling mazes: 123Homeschool4me

Telling time tic-tac-toe game: 123Homeschool4me

Insect telling time puzzles: 123Homeschool4me

Story telling time game: What Do We Do All Day?

Time telling activity (trip to the theater): What Do We Do All Day?

Telling Time: Resources for Parents and Educators | Alldonemonkey.com

The Grouchy Ladybug Hour of Code algorithm drawing page: JDaniel4’s Mom

Telling time mats: 3 Dinosaurs

Printable flashcards telling time to the hour: Look! We’re Learning

Spanish telling time worksheets: Look! We’re Learning

ASL days of the week and telling time: Look! We’re Learning

Sidewalk chalk outdoor clock game: Creative Family Fun

Telling time activity for preschoolers: Sixth Bloom

Simple clock activities for preschoolers: Preschool Toolkit

Hickory Dickory Dock time telling game: Kindergarten Worksheets and Games

Hickory Dickory Dock craft and time telling activity: Still Playing School

Toddler watch craft: Red Ted Art


Related Posts

Hula Hoop Math Activity

How to Get Kids Excited About STEM

Sep 102018
 September 10, 2018  Book Reviews, Halloween 2 Responses »

All you looking for some not so scary books to share with your kids this Halloween? Here are some wonderfully silly Halloween books that will make your kids giggle, not scream (though there may be some groans at a few of the jokes)! And this post is part of a Halloween blog hop, so don’t miss the links to other fun Halloween themed posts at the end.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Silly Halloween Books Kids Will Love | Alldonemonkey.com

Silly Halloween Books Kids Will Love

Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? is the perfect read for any child who finds all the trappings off Halloween just a tad too scary. The young protagonist, when she gets too frightened of all things spooky, brilliantly turns the monsters and ghouls in her head from creepy to silly by asking pertinent questions, like whether Frankenstein gets hungry, or if Dracula flosses his fangs. (My son’s favorite, of course, was whether the boogeyman has boogers!) A great technique for teaching littles to conquer their fears!

AlphaOops: H Is for Halloween is such a great book for a range of ages – my toddler loves it she’s currently obsessed with the alphabet (and she gets to make her silly ghost noises), while my 5 year old laughs at all the jokes, like the running gag that the other letters keep stealing the letter B’s costume ideas. It’s a fun follow up to AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First.

The Scariest Book Ever made us all laugh out loud, as we soon discover that this is absolutely not the scariest book ever. It’s actually a cute story about a ghost who is scared to go outside of his haunted house but eventually gains the courage to go to a Halloween party – with hilarious results! (Don’t worry, they all enjoy their Halloween cupcakes together in the end!)

Monster Trouble! has been a bedtime favorite for a long time now, and my son still laughs every time. Of course, I love the spunky heroine who is plagued by monsters who just want to play with her every night, so that she falls asleep in class the everyday. She tries every trick she can think of to get them to leave her alone so she can get some sleep, until one night she accidentally stumbles on the perfect (and very sweet!) solution.

Skeleton Hiccups is one of our favorite silly Halloween books and will definitely have your kids giggling, as the poor Skeleton attempts all the tried and true methods to cure himself of the hiccups. (Spoiler: Drinking water doesn’t help if the water just pours right back out!) It’s left to his buddy Ghost to come up with the perfect solution and prove that even Skeletons can get scared silly!

Related Posts

Halloween Books and Activities that Encourage Working Together

Spanish Halloween Activities

Runaway Pumpkin Halloween Experiment

15+ Skeleton Crafts and Activities

This is part of a Halloween Theme Blog Hop – Check out these other fun Halloween Ideas! Click on photos!

Halloween Blog Hop

DIY Caramel Apple Lip Balm

Halloween Mug Cozy

Silly Halloween Books Kids Will Love

Halloween Rock Painting Ideas

Making Spiders Using Physics

Oct 072015
 October 7, 2015  crafts, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving Comments Off on Balloon Print Pumpkin Garland

Thanks so much to Jaime of Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails  and All Things Kids for sharing this wonderful fall craft for kids.  Be sure to stop by her blog for more great activities and crafts!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love all the pumpkin decorations, pumpkin picking, pumpkin treats, and of course the pumpkin crafts. The kids and I love getting the craft supplies out and finding simple crafts to use as decorations. We had pumpkins on our minds so we made a fun balloon print pumpkin garland to hang up in the house. It was easy to make and fun for all of us as well.

balloon print pumpkin garland craft for kids

Balloon Print Pumpkin Garland



Supplies/what I used:


white cardstock

orange paint

paper plate

orange yarn

hole punch




To start we made our pumpkin craft. We took blown up balloons and dipped them in orange paint. The kids pressed the balloon down on the paper to make a “pumpkin”. The kids made several pumpkins with the balloon. We left them to dry overnight.




The next afternoon I grabbed the scissors, sharpies, yarn, and hole punch. I used the sharpies to draw a brown stem and green leaves. Now the prints started to look more like pumpkins.




The kids helped me cut out the pumpkins. We cut them to look like the pumpkin print was on an index sized card. Now for one of their favorite parts. Using the hole punch! This always gets my kids excited. They love to make holes with the hole punch. We put a hole in each corner on the “card”. We did this till we had them all finished.




Now take the orange yarn and cut a piece long enough to fit the size banner you want. We used 6 pumpkin cards to make our garland/banner. This was the perfect size to hang up on the cabinet. We threaded the yarn through the holes. Now we had a balloon print pumpkin garland to hang up. We used tape and taped each end down on top of the cabinet. The kids love telling anyone that comes over they made it.


balloon print pumpkin garland

Sep 182015
 September 18, 2015  bilingualism, Education, Halloween 2 Responses »

Spanish Halloween Activities | Alldonemonkey.com

I am always on the lookout for fun activities I can do with my kids to learn Spanish, and what is more fun this time of year than Halloween?  Here are some of my favorite Spanish Halloween activities to help you and your kids have some learning fun getting ready for el día de las brujas!

Note: Most of the activities and printables included below are free.  Those few that are paid are very inexpensive and well worth it!


Halloween Story Cards and Letter Match Printables – Mommy Maestra: These super cute printables are a fun way to practice letters and encourage storytelling with your preschooler!  Also includes a video and list of Spanish Halloween books.

Spanish Halloween Printable Picture Cards – Spanish Playground: Here are printable vocabulary cards in Spanish, plus a matching game.  I love all of the extension activity ideas!

Spanish Halloween Memory Game: Have students that resist learning vocab words?  Try this fun pumpkin memory game to teach Halloween vocabulary!

Spanish Halloween Vocabulary Activities – Spanish Playground: Collection of fun Halloween activities you can adapt to practice Spanish.  Includes a comprehensive list of Spanish vocabulary related to Halloween.

Spanish Dual Language Kindergarten Halloween Pack: I put this 26 page mini pack in the “vocabulary” section, but it has lots of math activities as well.  Chock full of learning activities for kindergarten, with no English on the student pages!

Spanish Halloween Read and Draw Printable – Spanish Playground: Practice seasonal vocabulary with this read and draw activity!  Great for practicing reading and listening skills.

Spanish Halloween Jokes – Spanish Playground:  My son loves telling jokes, so I cannot wait to try these Halloween jokes with him!  This is a really fun way to practice vocabulary!

Halloween Printable Spanish Minibook – Mundo de Pepita: Follow along as Pepita and her friends dress up and get ready for Halloween!


C is for Calabaza – For the Love of Spanish: I adore this calabaza (pumpkin) craft!  Don’t miss the song and activity at the end to practice counting, vocabulary, and feelings in Spanish.


Pumpkin Life Cycle Mini-Book in Spanish – Kid World Citizen: Get into Halloween science by making a pumpkin life cycle mini-book!  Wonderful way to teach fall related vocabulary and practice reading in Spanish.


5 Educational Things to Do with (Halloween) Candy – Mommy Maestra: Once you have all that Halloween candy, try these math activities to put them to good use!  Includes a link to a bilingual candy bar graph.

Pumpkin Size Ordering Activity – For the Love of Spanish: This activity is a fun way for kids to learn relative sizes in Spanish – with pumpkins!

Gross Motor

Spanish Skeleton Song – Spanish Playground: My kids and I have already been having fun dancing to Los esqueletos thanks to this post!  It is great for practicing numbers, time, action words – and of course, your best skeleton dance moves!

Of course, Halloween is not traditionally celebrated in Latin America, though it has become popular in some places in recent years.    From what I’ve heard from my Costa Rican family, for example, it was something of a fad a few years ago!  Just for fun, you can share with your kids how people have started celebrating Halloween in Spain!  (Day of the Dead – or el día de los muertos – is not just a version of Halloween but an entirely different tradition, though it also stems in part from All Saints Day).

Looking for more Halloween fun?  Don’t miss my Fall Fun for Kids board on Pinterest, plus check out these amazing posts from the All Things Kids Halloween Blog Hop!

Potato Print Spider Craft – Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Halloween Chalk Art – Craftulate

Bat Yarn Craft – Sugar Aunts

Floating Ghosts – Rainy Day Mum

Pumpkin Ice Painting – Crayon Box Chronicles

Oct 062014

Halloween Books and Activities that Encourage Working Together | Alldonemonkey.com

I’m excited to be participating in the Halloween Crafts and Activities for Kids series from All Things Kids!  See details at the end of this post.

This post contains affiliate links.  If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission.  I appreciate your support!

Halloween Books that Encourage Working Together

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

A trio of animals lives together in harmony, enjoying their daily meal of pumpkin soup, until one day the duck decides he doesn’t want to measure the salt, as he normally does.  He wants to stir.  In the ensuing battle, the friends discover the importance of valuing everyone’s contribution – and sometimes changing things up so that everyone has a good time!  I should add that it was thanks to this book that Monkey tried pumpkin soup for the first time!

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

A witch dreams of pumpkin pie, but when her pumpkin proves too big to pick on her own, a cast of scary Halloween ghouls comes by to try their luck.  Each fares no better than the witch, unless a bat has a clever plan, which requires that they all cooperate.  Will their desire for pumpkin pie overcome their dread of working together?  Spoiler alert: the book ends with a party!

Turtle and Snake’s Spooky Halloween (Easy-to-Read, Puffin) by Kate Spohn

Speaking of parties, this gentle story of Turtle and Snake preparing for a Halloween bash is perfect for beginning readers.  The book follows as step by step the pair go through their to-do list (made of pictures plus simple words).  Monkey loves reading along as they check items off their list, building anticipation until at last it’s party time!

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

This beloved book is now a favorite of ours as well.  It is a tale of a generous witch who always has room on her broom for new friends.  Her kindness is repaid when her companions team up to scare away a terrible dragon who threatens the witch.  In the end, the witch makes a new truly magnificent broom perfect for all of her animal friends.

Halloween Activities that Encourage Working Together

Playing a Halloween game

Decorating jack o’ lanterns

Doing a Halloween craft

Making a favorite treat, like Halloween cupcakes, pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies

Throwing a Halloween party

Handing out treats to trick-or-treaters

Doing a fall family service project, such as visiting a senior center in costume!

How does your family have fun together at Halloween?

Halloween Activities and Crafts for the Kids - All Things Kids

Looking for some great Halloween Activities and Crafts for your kids?  Be sure to check out these wonderful posts from the members of All Things Kids!  And don’t forget you can also follow All Things Kids on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest!

Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tail on All Things Kids: Fingerprint Pumpkin Art for Five Little Pumpkins

Craftulate: Halloween Window Decorations

House of Burke: Candy Corn Shaving Cream Sensory Dig

Where Imagination Grows: Halloween Math Games: Counting with Ghosts

All Done Monkey: Halloween Books & Activities that Encourage Working Together

The Sugar Aunts: Hanging Ghosts Craft with Recycled Containers

Little Bins for Little Hands: Quick And Easy Slime For Halloween Sensory Play

Mamas Like Me: Straw Blow Painting Spider Web

Oct 012014

Runaway Pumpkin Halloween Experiment | Alldonemonkey.com

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission.  Thank you for your support!

It’s October, so now we can officially go crazy for Halloween!  Okay, okay, we’ve already been getting excited for the past month, I admit.  But now I feel like I can really go to town!

One of our favorite Halloween picture books is one we discovered a couple years ago, The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis.  This is a marvelously fun book to read.  The text bounces along, just as the runaway pumpkin does as it thumps and bumps its way down the hill of the Baxter farm.  As the enormous pumpkin crashes through the barn and splatters through the pig sty, the family members try to catch it, as they dream of pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup.  Yet it is the father who comes up with a clever plan to stop the pumpkin’s rolling and move it into the kitchen so Granny can begin cooking.

The boys and I adore this book, and it’s hard to read without bouncing in your seat, at least a little.  So I thought it only appropriate that we should do a pumpkin rolling experiment to explore the book further.

I wasn’t brave enough to let the boys have at it with a full sized pumpkin, so we used several mini pumpkins instead.  Our quest was to find the “best” way to roll pumpkins using our couch cushions.  Where did the pumpkins roll the straightest?  The furthest?  The fastest?

(This would be even more fun to do outside; unfortunately we were stuck indoors because of bad weather and colds).

Runaway Pumpkin Halloween Experiment | Alldonemonkey.com

The Monkeys tried rolling their pumpkins over the arm rests (not very successful) and along the surface of the cushions (better) before we pulled the cushions out at tried them at different angles.  Needless to say, they enjoyed racing their pumpkins down the cushions and around the living room!

Runaway Pumpkin Halloween Experiment | Alldonemonkey.com

What We Learned:

  1. Pumpkins roll straighter on a smooth surface.
  2. Pumpkins roll more quickly the steeper the angle.
  3. Pumpkins can roll far even if they aren’t going very quickly – as long as a little brother doesn’t stop them first.
  4. Rolling pumpkins – and climbing on the couch – is fun!

Runaway Pumpkin Halloween Experiment | Alldonemonkey.com


This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop.  Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!

Betsy’s Photography- Popcorn- Making Popcorn Bars
Where Imagination Grows- 5 Little Ghosts- Ghost Collages
Rubberboots and Elf Shoes- Skeleton Hiccups- Paper Chain Skeleton
Little Bins For Little Hands- ABCs of Halloween- Sensory Bin
Wise Owl Factory- Bunnicula and others- Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes
Study at Home Mama- 10 Halloween Books and 50 Activities Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!



Oct 272013

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

Yes, I am the mom in the neighborhood that passes out organic lollipops and toys instead of candy.  Yes, I used to tell my son that the candy he got trick-or-treating was “yucky.”  (He’s old enough not to believe me anymore!)

It’s not that I’m against sweets.  Far from it!  I’m just against all the artificial, chemical nastiness in most candy.  So when we have sweet treats, I just try to make them natural, simple ingredients.

I have had a lot of success using natural dyes in baking, so this year for Halloween I decided to make some healthy (but still yummy!) cupcakes for Monkey and his friend.  (You can find more Halloween ideas on my Fall Fun for Kids Pinterest board!)

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

I started with a delicious recipe for sweet potato muffins from one of my favorite cookbooks: Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes.  Monkey and I both love them, and they already have a warm, brownish – orange tone.

I wanted to use this recipe for another reason – it uses grated, not cooked, sweet potatoes.  I added some raisins and told Monkey and his friend the cupcakes had bugs and worms in them!  I thought their eyes were about to pop out!  I finally told them the truth because I wasn’t sure they would eat them otherwise 😉  A good carrot cake recipe would also serve the same purpose.

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

To make them into cupcakes, I created a variation of the cream cheese frosting I did for our fruit pizzas last spring.  I made half a batch of frosting as usual to make the “ghost” cupcakes.  (I did substitute agave for the honey, so Baby could try some, too).

The other half batch was my experiment.  I really wanted to make orange frosting for “jack-o-lantern” cupcakes, and I read in several places that carrot juice could be used for this.  I was concerned, though, that the juice would make the frosting too runny, so I experimented with using what’s left over after you juice a carrot.  The color from this alone wasn’t bright enough, but it let me use less carrot juice and added an extra nutritional boost!

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

I was so happy with how the frosting turned out that I added a little dollop in the middle of each cupcake before baking – mmm!

Here’s how you can make these healthy Halloween cupcakes yourself:

Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye 

I will continue to tinker with this formula, but I was pleased with how it turned out on my first go:

Juice enough carrots to make about 1/2 cup of juice (you won’t need this much, but while you’re at it you might as well make a little extra!)

Mix 3 T of the carrot juice with 1 – 1/2 t of flax seed meal.  Set aside.  (The flax seed meal will help the juice to thicken).

Take about 1/2 c of the carrot pulp and spread it in a thin layer on a baking sheet.  Bake at 200 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, until dry but not toasted.

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

Let cool then grind it.  (I used my baby food grinder, though a spice grinder should also work).  It won’t quite be a powder but it should be in very small, fine pieces.

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com


Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

(for one dozen cupcakes)

4 oz cream cheese, softened

3 T carrot powder (see instructions above)

3T carrot juice

1 T coconut oil

3 T agave nectar or to taste

1 – 1/2 t flax seed meal

Note: If you want to avoid artificial dyes but don’t mind using sugar, skip the flax seed meal and agave and use powdered sugar instead.  This traditional ingredient in frosting also works as a thickener.

Healthy Halloween Cupcake: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

Mix flax seed meal and carrot juice and set aside.  Mix cream cheese, carrot powder, and coconut oil in a medium bowl on medium speed until well blended and fluffy.  Add carrot juice mixture slowly, mixing well.  Add agave to taste.

White Cream Cheese Frosting

(for one dozen cupcakes, thinly spread)

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1 T coconut oil

3 T agave nectar or to taste

Mix cream cheese and coconut oil in a medium bowl on medium speed until well blended and fluffy.  Add agave to taste.

The white frosting I used for the ghosts, of course, and the orange for the jack-o-lanterns.  I decorated some of the orange cupcakes with dots of white frosting, and other cupcakes with raisins and dried cranberries.  The kids loved the “spooky” faces.

Healthy Halloween Cupcakes: Make Your Own Natural Orange Food Dye - Alldonemonkey.com

These Halloween cupcakes were a big hit at our house, so we will definitely be making them again!

This post has been shared at the Kids Co-op.

Oct 112013

15+ Skeleton Crafts & Activities - Alldonemonkey.com - Perfect for Halloween or Day of the Dead

Last fall Monkey was fascinated with scarecrows.  This year?  He loves skeletons!  I guess my little boy is growing up! 😉

Luckily he’s not into the spooky stuff yet (not sure I’m ready for that!).  He likes skeletons mainly because he thinks x-rays are so cool.  The fact that they are also associated with Halloween just adds to the fun!

(See my X-ray post, part of the 31 Days of ABCs series!)

So here are great posts from some blogging friends about skeletons – perfect for Halloween and Day of the Dead!  For more ideas, check out my Fall Fun for Kids Pinterest Board or the Day of the Dead Pinterest board from Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase after clicking through to Amazon, I will receive a small commission.

Skeletons Everywhere!


To get us started, For the Love of Spanish has some wonderful crafts and activities, as well as book recommendations, for teaching the letter “E” for esqueleto (skeleton).

Of course, skeletons can also be used to teach about the human body, as shown with this Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Unit on Living Montessori Now.  You will find lots of great resources here!


Red Ted Art - Skull Cake Pops - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

You can learn how to make Skull Cake Pops at Red Ted Art…

Candy Bones - FSPDT - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

… or candy bone snacks from Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails.


You are the roots - Halloween Crafting - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

I already have my Q-tips and glue ready for Monkey and I to do this skeleton craft from You Are the Roots!

Dinosaur-Skeleton-Fantastic Fun and Learning - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

How much fun are these play dough x-ray skeletons from Fantastic Fun and Learning?

Marshmallow Skull - No Time for Flash Cards - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

And what kid wouldn’t want to make a skull out of marshmallows, like this one from No Time for Flash Cards?

Crystal's Tiny Treasures- Skeletons in the Closet - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

Ooh, do you have skeletons in your closet?  They do over at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures!

Easy-Skeleton-Costume - Red Ted Art - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

And here’s an easy skeleton costume from Red Ted Art.   They also made these great skull and cross bone cards!

Teach your kids Spanish with this fun skeleton song from Spanish Playground!  She also recommends the book Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes. “It has Spanish Halloween words woven into the text and is just scary enough that certain kids love it. It is not strictly about skeletons, but there are plenty in the book.”

Day of the Dead

Ever wonder why there are so many skeletons and skulls for Day of the Dead?  Here is a great explanation of the holiday from Kid World Citizen.

Skeletons Everywhere!  Popsicle Stick Calaveras Craft from Spanglish Baby on Alldonemonkey.com

I love this adorable popsicle stick calaveras craft from Spanglish Baby!  It really shows how Day of the Dead is not meant to be scary.

You can also find great coloring pages and other printables for Day of the Dead at Spanish Playground.

Fancy Day of the Dead Skulls - Kid World Citizen - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

Love these fancy Day of the Dead skulls from Kid World Citizen.  As her daughter says: “Glitter makes everything better!”

Green Owl Art - Packing Peanut Skull Day of the Dead - Skeleton Crafts and Activities on Alldonemonkey.com

I never would have thought to make skulls out of packing peanuts like these from Green Owl Art!

Toddling in the Fast Lane made a fun matching game to go with the Calavera Abecedario.

For more on Day of the Dead, visit this wonderful slideshow from Kid World Citizen.

Thank you to all of the bloggers who let me share their amazing posts here!  Are you ready for Halloween and Day of the Dead?

This post has been shared at Pinning for Play, Share It Saturday, and Crafty Moms Share’s Sharing Saturday.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial