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13 Spooky Halloween Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

13 Spooky Halloween Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

Halloween is one holiday both kids and adults can agree is totally awesome. A day that celebrates thrills, chills and candy, no Halloween celebration is complete without some creepy delicacies. To give your Halloween gathering a new spin, these 13 utterly delightful Halloween recipes will surely leave you satisfied.

Fruit/Apple Teeth Treats

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    These fruity Apple Teeth should be among anyone’s favorite Halloween recipes. Quick to put together, these bite-size fangs make wonderful – and healthy! – appetizers or snacks. 

    Spooky Witches Fingers

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      Another excellent snack or appetizer, this Halloween recipe is creepy and delicious. An easy recipe for kids to help with too, these spooky biscuit sticks are the perfect complement to any Halloween-themed event. 

      Skeleton Brain Dip

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        The perfect Halloween snack or starter if little ones want to help you get ready, this simple vegetable dip is a healthy companion to balance out your more sugary creepy meals. This fun take on vegetables and dip is a simple way to add more to any Halloween occasion.

        Mummy Spinach Dip

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          Another great recipe, but one that takes a bit more time to prepare, is this bread mummy spinach dip. A deliciously spooky twist on a classic appetizer, this bread bowl spinach dip is particularly great for large Halloween gatherings.

          Mummy Hot Dogs

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            Whether you’re making a light meal or just want a quick and easy Halloween lunch, this Halloween chili and mummy wrapped hotdogs are the perfect snack. Another simple recipe so the children can have fun too, if you make it in tandem with the next recipe on the list, the two recipes complement each other and are easy to make.

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            Mummy Face Pizza

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              These single-serve pizzas made to look like mummies are another excellent option if you’re looking for a substantial snack or light meal. Because each person gets their own, it’s also a recipe where kids can contribute and have fun.

              Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup

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                If you’d like a sweeter option for your spooky night or simply want to go all the way all day, these pumpkin waffles with apple cider syrup will start any Halloween with a bang. The rich taste of pumpkin goes surprisingly well in this classic breakfast food, and the homemade syrup is the perfect complement.

                Bats and Bones Pizza

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                  This sweet dessert pizza is a delightful option for your sweeter Halloween foods. Another good one for kids to help decorate, this pizza is rich and delicious.

                  Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

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                    For those looking for a more decorative option, these bloody broken glass cupcakes are an inspiring recipe. The sugar glass looks impeccable atop the convincing icing blood. This recipe requires a little bit more skill, but is worth the effort.

                    Mummy Cookie Balls

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                      Another excellent seasonal dessert are these mummy cookie balls. The batter is much like cookie dough, so it is quick to make, plus kids can decorate their own. 

                      Gooey Brain Cupcakes

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                        If you’re looking for a good dessert for large groups or school functions, this delightful Halloween twist on cupcakes is perfect for sharing. The icing is not only delicious, but makes an effective brain – sure to thrill kids and adults alike

                        Green Grog

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                          Okay, this one’s not for the kids! This delicious and creepy recipe is an excellent twist on the traditional witches’ brew. This recipe is a must for any Halloween gathering.

                          FrankenMallows

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                            The last Halloween dessert to make our list, FrankenMallows are quick and easy to make yet incredibly impressive looking. Another excellent recipe for kids to decorate their own, these quick treats make a big splash at any Halloween occasion.

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                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                            Boundaries are limits

                            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                            • When do you feel disrespected?
                            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                            • When do you want to be alone?
                            • How much space do you need?

                            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                            Sample language:

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                            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                            Final Thoughts

                            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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