The Great Pumpkin Hunt
A fun, candy-less Halloween event? Yes, that's exactly what the Great
Pumpkin Hunt was. Last Saturday was our second annual Great Pumpkin Hunt
at Beall Park. Nearly 200 childeren took part in the event, painting pumpkins,
and learning about the benefits of healthy eating. We had a blast!
Here's a glimpse at Saturday's festivities.
Have a Happy, and Healthy, Halloween
Witches and goblins and monsters may fill the town on Halloween, but that
doesn’t mean your little ones can’t be secure. Here are some
for you to help
them have fun and stay safe:
- When driving, slow down and be especially alert – children are excited
and unpredictable on Halloween.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs,
and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Eliminate distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on your surroundings.
- Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier
in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Be especially alert for kids during popular trick-or-treating hours, 5:30-9:30 pm.
Spooky Snacks and Devilish Drinks
If you’re hosting an adult costume party this Halloween, try these
fiendish (and healthy) appetizers and beverages:
1 (4 oz.) package low fat cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup pesto
2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
8 pitted olives, sliced
32 triangular (blue, yellow or white) corn chips
Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto. Chill for 40 minutes.
Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls, about 1 heaping tsp. each. Roll in
black pepper and poppy seeds to cover. Press two olive slices into balls
for eyes and place peppercorns in centers for pupils. Insert chip on either
side of ball for wings; serve.
Blood-Bath Punch with Skull
3 blood oranges (or any type of orange)
1 bottle cranberry juice cocktail
1 quart chilled orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Cut 3 oranges into 1/2-inch wedges; freeze. In a large pitcher or punch
bowl, mix 1 (64 oz.) bottle cranberry juice cocktail, 1 quart chilled
orange juice, 1 cup chilled vodka, 1/2 cup triple sec and 3 Tbsp. fresh
lime juice. Serve with frozen orange wedges. Fill a Halloween mask with
water (seal the openings with sturdy tape), freeze overnight, then remove
the mask and float ice face up.
And Speaking of Blood…
Contrary to recent reports, the blood supply at Bozeman Health is not facing
According to Laboratory Services Manager Mike Long, “We continue
to maintain our supply at 50 units of red blood cells, which is about
a three- to four-day supply.” From Bozeman Health’s perspective,
Long added, United Blood Services (UBS), which supplies donated blood
to Bozeman Health for use in transfusions, has not had a problem filling
the hospital’s order.
To overcome the problem UBS is having in maintaining their blood supply,
Bozeman Health encourages Gallatin Valley residents to donate blood early
and often. A schedule of United Blood Services blood drives may be found
on their website at
However, Long noted, “we want to reassure the community that our
blood supply levels are stable.”