Hi everyone! Happy almost Halloween! As a fan of fall and pumpkin flavored anything, I’m excited that fall’s biggest holiday is finally here. Today’s Friday Five Linkup with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia is a “free Friday”, so I’ve decided to write about five things to do this Halloween weekend:
1. Carve pumpkins: This is hands down my favorite Halloween activity! I love getting together with friends to carve pumpkins. We had a pumpkin party a few weeks ago and had a blast carving pumpkins. I always stick with a typical Jack O’Lantern face! Insider tip: always make sure to get one of those cheap carving sets from Target. It makes such a difference!
2. Roast pumpkin seeds: Once you’re done scooping out the insides, make sure to save all the seeds for snacking! My favorite way to bake them is just with olive oil and salt. This year we also tried some with butter and others with brown sugar (which I sadly couldn’t eat). There’s tons of recipes out there if you want to get fancy!
3. Make a healthy pumpkin treat: Usually this is the day where I go all out with the PSLs and pumpkin cookies. This year, I’m eating gluten free and sugar free so that’s not really an option for me. So I’ve been searching all over Pinterest for the perfect recipe that’s still sweet and flavorful (because news flash: pumpkin is not sweet at all on its own). I think I found it with these pumpkin muffins! I made some for work tomorrow and I’m hoping people like them. Another insider tip: go hard on the cinnamon!
4. Run in a costume: This year Halloween falls on a Saturday, which means that Halloween races will actually be held on Halloween! Me and a group of my coworkers are running the Skinny Raven Frightening 4k on Saturday and I’m so excited about dressing up for the race. it’s going to be in the 20s for the first time all season, so we decided to go with “80s workout Barbie” as our costume inspiration. We get to wear baggy sweatshirts, leg warmers, and a sweat band over our ears. It’s a pretty sneaky way to stay warm! Also, purchasing all of my ridiculously bright running clothes has now been justified.
5. Go for a hike: Our leaves are basically almost gone, but if you’re in an area where the leaves are changing you need to go out there RIGHT NOW! Go find a hike through the woods where you can be surrounded by color. It’s the best time of year for hiking!
What are your halloween plans? If you’re running in a race this weekend, what are you dressing up as?